By Armando Fenequito Jr.
DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is set to brief around 1,000 Overseas Filipino Workers and expatriates in Indonesia on the opportunities being offered by the national government under the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP2) program should they decide to return home.
MinDA Sec. Emmanuel Piñol said this briefing is in line with the request of the Philippine Business Council Indonesia (PBCI) on behalf of the OFWs and expats who have expressed their desires to come home.
Piñol said PBCI Chairman Tony Capati told him in an online conference on Tuesday that most of them have little savings and they would like to know what investment opportunities are available in the country.
“In yesterday’s preliminary conference, I thanked the OFWs and expats for expressing interest in joining the “Balik Probinsya” program, ” he said.
He said PBCI Secretary General Norwin Mark Castro scheduled the on-line forum on BP2 via ZOOM conferencing on Thursday.
“As Chairman of MinDA, a member of the BPBPP Council and coordinating agency for Mindanao, I was asked to do the presentation,” he said.
Piñol said he would present investment opportunities in Mindanao, which they would link to the jobs creation component of the program.
He said the BP2 program was the brainchild of Sen. Christopher Lawrence Go and supported by President Rodrigo Duterte aiming to decongest the urban centers by enticing informal settlers to go home to their provinces.
Under the program, those returning to their provinces will get housing and subsistence support; as well as livelihood and jobs.