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Smart World Caravan inspires Overseas Filipinos in Singapore to become entrepreneurs



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The caravan garnered over 400 overseas Filipinos who were on the lookout for the right investment options. 




Filipinos working in Singapore were exposed to business ideas and investment opportunities back in the Philippines at the 3rd leg of the Smart World Negosyo Caravan held there last month.


The event was staged by PLDT Global, through Smart World, the international brand of the PLDT group that provides products and services to Filipinos living and traveling overseas.  This was done in partnership with the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA), The Global Filipino Investors Singapore, and the Department of Trade and Industry.


“We hope that the success stories of our featured entrepreneurs will inspire them to start planning for their future and investing in the right business,” said PGC VP and Group Head for Global Operations, John Palanca.


Be Your Own Boss! A Smart World Negosyo Caravan was held last January 14, 2017 in AIA Tampines, Singapore. Business experts and franchisors flew in to give Singapore-based Filipinos tips and insights on different franchise opportunities.


"This is our way of providing our Overseas Filipinos with a viable option when they return home and decide to start a business in the country," adds Palanca. 


The event featured talks on Operational Efficiency: How to Effectively Manage Your Business by James Melon, Country Manager for PLDT Singapore; and Tapping Opportunities in a Growing Economy by Glenn Penaranda, Commercial Counselor of PTIC-Singapore. Sherill Quintana, PFA Director for South Luzon and president of Oryspa, presented the Overview of and Opportunities in Philippine Franchising; Federico Moreno, president of Xcess Salon, shared his learnings on How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur, and Dana Cuneta, Strategic Planning Consultant of Francorp Philippines, gave tips on How to Invest in the Right Franchise.


“PFA has always been in the forefront in promoting entrepreneurship through franchising while advocating wise franchise investments through the seminars that we conduct,” said Quintana. “We are happy to partner with PLDT Global because Overseas Filipinos are a top priority in our efforts to educate the public on wise franchise investments.”




James Melon, PLDT Singapore General Manager




Sherill Quintana, PFA Director for South Luzon and President of Oryspa





Federico Moreno, President of Xcess Salon 




Dana Cuneta, Strategic Planning Consultant of Francorp Philippines




Plenary session with featured entrepreneurs 




The event also showcased the Smart World digital products and tools that empower Overseas Filipinos to efficiently manage their daily lives while working offshore. “With the Smart World 4G Data SIM, our customers are able to enjoy reliable data connectivity for as low as SG$10. It comes with SG$10 preloaded amount and 1GB worth of data. The service, aside from allowing them to communicate with their loved ones back home, willalso enable them to access and manage their businesses even while they are overseas,” said Melon.

Attendees were also encouraged to download the SmartLife Global and JuanaChat apps. “SmartLife Global is the global Pinoys’ digital connection to home from anywhere in the world. It allows them to pay personally and easily electricity, water, telephone, government services bills and many more back home. It also gives them access to latest Pinoy movies, entertainment, movies, concerts and OPM jams. With the JuanaChat app, on the other hand, our customers are able to enjoy clear Telebabad calls to the Philippines for as low as SG$10 for 7 days,” added Melon.



PNB representatives with PLDT Singapore Marketing Manager, Malou Suguitan



SSS representatives with PLDT Singapore General Manager, James Melon, and PLDT Singapore Marketing Manager, Malou Suguitan




Metrobank Remittance representatives with PLDT Singapore Marketing Manager


Sponsors from LBC


CALATA representative



Sponsors from CDC HOLDINGS



U-FRANCHISE partners



MORPHEUS representatives


The event was made possible by the following: Metro Remittance (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., BPI Family Ka-Negosyo, PNB, LBC, SSS, Philippine Airlines, Kata, Landco, CDC Holding, Gem Travel and Morpheus Hub.

This is part of PLDT Global’s ongoing efforts to reach out to more Overseas Filipinos around the world with reintegration and entrepreneurship programs.