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Seafarers have only until September 6 to get a chance of winning 500-K


Cebu City, Philippines. Seafarers who are interested to join the 2019 NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition have only until early next month to get a chance of taking home a whooping 500 Thousand Pesos cash prize.

This after the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP), project proponents, set the deadline of the submission of entries on 6 September 2019.

In a report to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO-7) Regional Coordinator Dexter F. Paro said that interested active or inactive seafarers and their families are encouraged to finalize their start-up business plan proposals and turn them in on or before the deadline

The 2019 NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition is a special project for seafarers and their families by the NRCO, in partnership with the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines and is open to the following: (1) Active seafarers preferably those who are planning to retire from sea life and (2) Inactive seafarers, who have been in the Philippines for not more than five (5) years. “Both should be interested to venture into entrepreneurship,” said Paro.

Participants, he added, may join the competition in solo, duo or by group for a minimum of 3 members and a maximum of 5). “Entrants, whether solo or those falling under other categories, must be Filipino citizens and should be 25 years old or older than that,” he explained.

Qualified seafarers, who are currently on duty but are unable to attend the presentation and coordination activities related to the competition must have at least one (1) official representative- an immediate family member- who will handle all the tasks and activities required in the competition.

All types of start-up business plans are welcome except for those that hailed from the idea of a franchising business, which means, Paro added, entries should be original.

The competition’s national winner will take home P500,000.0 grand cash prize. Other prizes will include P100,000.00 for the First Runner Up; P50,000.00 each for the Second, Third, and Fourth Runners Up; and P20,000.00 each for the remaining national finalists.

Proposals could be submitted to or at or at the OWWA Regional Welfare Office No. 7 located at the 2nd Floor, DOLE-7 Building, General Maxilom Avenue Corner Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City. The NRCO could be reached at (032) 254-3199 or (0916) 317-1121. Other details of the competition could be accessed at and at

The NRCO is under the supervision of the DOLE and the OWWA that is mandated to develop, promote and implement a national agenda on sustainable return and reintegration of OFWs.

The ISP, on the other hand, is a non-stock and non-profit organization formed and established for the welfare of Filipino seafarers and their families.

To recall, the entry of Region-7, Dr. Nelson Mejia’s Metro Cebu Express- an alternative mode of transportation for Cebuanos became the national winner last year. Mejia is the CEO of MCE Shipping Lines that launched its fleet of passenger vessels named MyBoat ferrying passengers from the City of Naga to Cebu City.





For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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