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National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)

June 2019


The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) under the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), is inviting all active and inactive seafarers and their families to join this year’s business plan competition and submit their start-up business plan entries until 06 September 2019.

The competition is open to: Active seafarers preferably those who are planning to retire from sea life and interested to venture into entrepreneurship; and, Inactive seafarers who have been in the Philippines for not more than five (5) years and interested to venture into entrepreneurship.

Participants may join the competition in solo, duo or by group (minimum of 3 members and maximum of 5). Competition entrants, whether individually or members of a team, must be Filipino and 25 years old or older.

A qualified seafarer who wishes to join the competition but is currently on duty and is unable to attend presentation and coordination activities related to the Competition including attendance to screening and mentoring/coaching activities, must have at least one (1) official representative, (must be an immediate family member) who will handle all the tasks and activities required in the Competition.

All types of start-up business are welcome, except franchising. Proposals may be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through OWWA Regional Welfare Offices c/o NRCO Reintegration Officers.

The NRCO, an attached agency of OWWA, is mandated to develop, promote and implement a national agenda on sustainable return and reintegration to address the multi-faceted reintegration needs of returning Overseas Filipino Workers and their families, including the development of their hometowns and/or communities.

The Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines, on the other hand, is a non-stock and non-profit organization formed and established for the welfare of Filipino seafarers and their families. It aims to create avenues where the seafarers' families can improve their lives while the seafarers are on active duty; and to provide ways for their easier social reintegration after the culmination of their overseas jobs.

Other details of the Competition is posted at  

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