Coke PH expands Balik Pinas program for repatriated OFWs

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI)—the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country—has expanded its Balik Pinas program to national scale to reach more repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and help them start their own business at home. Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “Coca-Cola’s commitment to Filipinos has only grown stronger, in weathering this crisis together,” said Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “We will help and support where we can. Through Balik Pinas, our goal is to help repatriated OFWs who have lost their livelihood abroad to start anew, via owning and operating their own business and be successful here, at home, with their families.” With the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), CCBPI aims to reach more OFWs who are interested to start their own business through Balik Pinas. Data from the Department of Foreign Affairs show that as of September 2020, over 190,000 overseas Filipino workers have been repatriated. Balik Pinas gives opportunities to OFWs to be part of the Coca-Cola family as a distributor, wholesaler, or a community reseller. Balik Pinas is a journey that the company and new entrepreneurs take together at every step—from setting up the business, to sustaining it, to ensuring growth. Coca-Cola assists former OFWs in choosing a suitable business model for their area, helps in managing their cash flow and inventory, and sees to it that they are given proper guidance and training until they are fully ready and equipped to operate on their own—all in all, a sustainable and profitable business founded on practical support from a global beverage brand. According to Carlos Rivera, CCBPI Territory Sales Team in Naga City, the Balik Pinas Program started as a small-scale initiative in Naga City to help former OFWs. Just a couple of months after returning home, Carlos Manzano and his family was able to set up their business as Coca-Cola distributor through the Balik Pinas Program, which Carlos said has reshaped his life and outlook forever. IN PHOTO: Carlos and their family’s multi-cab routing unit with the Coca-Cola Naga Sales team. When the program’s pilot rollout started, the Manzanos—brothers Carlos and Jazz, and their father Lito—were among the pioneer members. Carlos and Jazz had both been working for several years in Qatar until the COVID-19 pandemic shook the trajectory of their career and, consequently, the well-being of their families. Together with their father, Lito, who also used to be an overseas worker, they set up a beverage distribution business in their hometown Naga City. Their optimism, as with any new business venture, was tempered with anxiety over how it would all turn out—especially with the considerable challenge of launching during such tenuous times until Rivera offered them membership to the Balik Pinas Program of Coca-Cola. Now, the Manzanos are running a profitable business as Coca-Cola distributors. “Even when I had to leave Qatar suddenly because of the lay-offs, I always envisioned that I would head back to work there when things settle. But with Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas, I have a livelihood that doesn’t take me away from my family as being an OFW had,” said Carlos.  Lito can still remember his first order of 60 cases of Coke products. Now, the Manzano  family business has grown to an average of 4,000 cases a month, just five months after they started—a feat magnified for it being in the middle of a pandemic and strict quarantine measures. The Manzanos have also since invested in routing units to augment their business’s capabilities—a multicab and a tricycle. Since starting his business in 2019, Billy Belleza (left), is now one of the prominent Coca-Cola distributors in his area and has added another mini truck to serve more routes and deliveries. Billy is one of the pioneers of Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas program. Another Balik Pinas program pioneer member is Billy Belleza who decided to return to the country after working for 20 years in Brunei. “I am really thankful that Coca-Cola reached out to me to be a part of this. They have never failed to present opportunities for me and my business to grow since I decided to take part in the Balik Pinas Program. My sales actually soared this year,” said Belleza, who is also based in Naga City. According to Rivera, Balik Pinas Program was really designed for returning OFWs like Billy, Carlos, and Jazz and their families to set up and run a viable business at home. “With their success and in light of current events, this program was expanded to operate on a national scale, so the company can lend assistance to repatriated OFWs and their families as they weather through new challenges brought on by the pandemic,” Rivera said. Coca-Cola has consistently sought to create programs to support MSMEs, more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted countless lives and livelihoods. With programs like Balik Pinas, Coca-Cola remains firm in their commitment to help local communities, contributing to the restart of the national economy—by way of reaching out to Filipinos.  To know more about the program, you may reach Coca-Cola’s contact center at (02)-8813-COKE (2653). For SMART/PLDT users: toll-free number: 1800-1888-COKE (2653); and for GLOBE users: toll-free number: 1800-8888-COKE (2653). You may also contact 0919-160-COKE (2653) via SMS......»»

Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnOct 24th, 2020

TESDA-NCR launches special program for repatriated OFWs

TESDA Director General Isidro Lapena (FILE PHOTO)PASIG CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority National Capital Region (TESDA NCR), t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

161 Kapampangan ROFs benefit from Balik Pinas, Balik Pampanga

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, July 29 (PIA) -- A total of 161 Kapampangan Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) has so far benefitted from the "Balik Pinas, Balik Pampanga" program of the provincia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

OWWA to reactivate livelihood program 

Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac on Tuesday disclosed that he will reactivate the Balik Pilipinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Livelihood Program to help returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW). A massive number of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) keep returning home and their homes after being repatriated and losing their jobs abroad due to the coronavirus disease […] The post OWWA to reactivate livelihood program  appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

Low turnout of jeepneys in Cebu City’s Balik Pasada Program noted

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Two weeks have passed since the Cebu City government has launched the Balik Pasada program, yet only 168 jeepneys have returned to ply the city’s streets.  Councilor James Cuenco, head of the Cebu City Jeepney Task Force, said that it seemed dissapointing that fewer jeepneys went back on the road amid […] The post Low turnout of jeepneys in Cebu City’s Balik Pasada Program noted appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 27th, 2020

Balik-Probinsya program hiniling ng NEDA na itigil muna

Manila, Philippines – Hiniling ni NEDA director Remedios Endencia na itigil muna ng Kongreso ang paggawa ng batas para sa Balik-Probinsya Program sa kadahilanang bagong programa ito at hindi pa gaanong naisasapatupad bukod sa hindi pa napag-aaralan nang husto ang epekto nito sa bansa. Ginawa ni Endencia ang kahilingan habang tinatalakay ito sa Kamara sa […] The post Balik-Probinsya program hiniling ng NEDA na itigil muna appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 17th, 2020

DA launches breeding source of Itik Pinas in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 14 -- With its potential production efficiency and improved egg-laying capacity, the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga through its Livestock Program launched the Regional Ce.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 16th, 2020

DA launches breeding source of Itik Pinas in Caraga

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Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

‘Barangay 143’ conquers Netflix, streams on PopTV this Nov. 18

First Filipino anime series “Barangay 143” continues to bring the country’s name to the global stage after it debuted on streaming giant Netflix last month and even landed among the top ten most watched titles in Netflix Asia. “We are very proud that again we have reached another first with ‘Barangay 143,’ and that is the first Filipino anime series to stream on Netflix. This has been enjoyed by millions of Filipinos nationwide during its free TV run and we believe other countries would enjoy it just as much as Filipinos did. We hope it continues to entertain young viewers and inspire young Filipino animators,” said August Media Holdings CEO Jyotirmoy Saha. “From the very start, we want to make Filipinos proud and to be able to share our story to the rest of the world so we are just overwhelmed with all the positive feedback we are getting. ‘Barangay 143’ represents all of us,” said Synergy88 Entertainment Media COO Jackeline Chua. Ever since it premiered on Netflix, the show has again received positive feedback from Filipinos who expressed how proud they of the Filipino anime. Some also shared how happy they are that they can finally stream it online. Aside from that, clamor for its second season grows even more as avid fans of the show demand producers to finally end its more than one year of hiatus off air. Prior to this, “Barangay 143” made the headlines as it emerged the best in Asia and won the Best 2D Animated Program and Best Theme Song (‘Alanganin’) categories at the recent Asian Television Awards. It was also proclaimed regional winner in the Best Animated Program, Best Drama Series, and Best Theme Song (‘Liga ng Buhay’) categories at the 2019 Asian Academy Creative Awards. Produced by Philippine-based Synergy88 Entertainment Media, Singapore’s August Media Holdings, Japan’s TV Asahi and ASI Animation, “Barangay 143” tells the story of Bren Park, a young and rising basketball superstar from Korea who in search of his biological father in Manila. Here, he finds a new family in a team of misfits and turns their basketball team from underdogs to being the team to beat in the tournament. Aside from its Filipino storyline, “Barangay 143” was dubbed by Filipino celebrities-turned-voice actors led by Migo Adecer, Julie Anne San Jose, Ruru Madrid, and Kelley Day and seasoned actors John Arcilla, Cherie Gil, Edu Manzano, and Lorna Tolentino among others. It’s original soundtrack also features top OPM artists that include Gloc 9, Nina, Top Suzara, Kris Lawrence, Harlem Ty, Kevin Yadao, Krizza Neri, and Willie Revillame. It premiered on free-to-air television via GMA 7 in October 2018 and consistently dominated its Sunday morning timeslot according to data from AGB Nielsen. “Barangay 143” is still available on Netflix and will be available on newest streaming platform POPTV this Nov 18. To download just search “POPTV Pinas” on Google Play or Apple AppStore. For more information, visit»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 8th, 2020

Pre-registration of jeepney drivers begins in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The pre-registration of jeepney drivers has begun in Cebu City following the launch of the Balik Pasada Program of the city’s Jeepney Task Force (JTF) The JTF began the pre-registration of applicants for the jeepneys that will be allowed to return to the streets in selected routes. Read: Cebu City considers […] The post Pre-registration of jeepney drivers begins in Cebu City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 30th, 2020

Dev’t program for Filipino teachers in Cambodia launched

To help more than 1,000 Filipinos working as teachers in Cambodia, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Philippine Embassy in Phnom Penh have launched a development program to enhance their competencies and ensure high salaries. CHED Chairman J. Prospero de Vera III and Chargé d’Affaires Myca Magnolia signed last Friday a Memorandum of Cooperation to introduce the “Developing Global Filipino Teachers” program which aims to equip, capacitate, and enhance competencies of the 1,152 Filipino teachers in Cambodia. According to De Vera, the embassy alerted the commission last year on the plight of these Filipinos working as teachers in Cambodia as the majority of them are not licensed to teach due to lack of proper credentials. The CHED partnered with some universities, including St. Paul University, Cebu Normal University, and the Philippine Normal University, which are centers of excellence in teacher education, for the realization of professionalization of some of the OFWs who are not licensed professional teachers. “We cannot emphasize the importance of higher education in playing a critical role in the development of our citizens here and abroad. This memorandum of cooperation produces better collaboration and easier grasp of the problem at hand,” De Vera said. “The solution is now within our reach, thanks to the Developing Global Filipino Teachers program,” he added. Under the memorandum, those who are qualified for the program include professionals who are not graduates of the teacher education program who intend to take the Philippine Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET); in-service teachers who want to enhance their competencies and their impact in the classroom and beyond to understand global issues; graduates of education program but have not passed the Philippine LET; and those Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). “This program is one of the manifestations of the Filipino ‘bayanihan’ spirit driving the Philippine higher education during this COVID-19 crisis. We grappled with the pandemic individually but we will conquer it together as one,” the CHED chief added......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Let& rsquo;s not turn our back on OFWs

It’s a shame that COVID-19 testing services by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for thousands of repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been stalled due to the delay in the payment by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). The amount has gone over P930 million......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Mga stranded na OFW sa MM, makauuwi na – Roque

Manila, Philippines – Humingi ng kaunti pang panahon ang Malakanyang sa 4,000  repatriated ofws na natengga ngayon sa ibat ibang Hotel sa Metro manila makaraang  maantala ang paglalabas ng kanilang covid19 Test result dahil sa nangyaring gusot sa pagitan ng Philippine Red Cross at Philhealth. Sinabi ni Presidential spokesperson  Harry Roque, sandaling panahon na lamang […] The post Mga stranded na OFW sa MM, makauuwi na – Roque appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

COVID-19 sa Pinas 356,618 na; 14,941 nakarekober; 50 nasawi

Manila, Philippines – Tumataas ang recovery rate ngayon sa Covid-19  kaya naman bumaba na rin ang mga aktibong kaso  sa bansa. Ayon sa Department of Health, mayroong 14,941 recoveries ngayong October 18 dahil na rin sa Oplan recovery dahilan para umabot na sa kabuuang 310,158 ang Covid-19 recoveries. Ang Oplan recovery program ang siyang nagtutuklas […] The post COVID-19 sa Pinas 356,618 na; 14,941 nakarekober; 50 nasawi appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

291,952 displaced OFWs benefit from DOLE-AKAP Program

QUEZON CITY, Oct. 15 (PIA) -- A total of 291,952 displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) received cash aid under the DOLE-Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) Program, the Department of Labor and Emp.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020


IPINANGANAK ang Balik Probinsiya program ni Senator Bong Go dahil sa lumaking pangangailangan ng mga kababayan nating nasa Kamaynilaan na nais makauwi sa kanilang probinsiya dahil sa matinding epekto ng coronavirus 2019 sa kanilang pangunahing pinagkakakitaan dito. Hindi inaasahan ang kaganapang ito na dulot ng pandemya kung kaya’t buong pagsusumikap na ipinatupad ang Balik Probinsya […] The post BALIK PROBINSYA PROGRAM SUPORTAHAN appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

DFA: 41,892 displaced OFWs repatriated in September; most from Middle East

An additional 41,892 Filipino migrant workers who were displaced by the COVID-19 crisis returned home in September, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Sunday. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Higit 231,000 OFWs, nakauwi na sa mga lalawigan — DOTr

Umabot na sa 231,009 na overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) ang naasistihan sa ilalim ng Hatid-Tulong Program. Ayon sa Department of Transportation (DOTr), naitala ang nasabing bilang ng mga napauwing OFW hanggang October 1. Sa 87,708 OFWs, 71,338 ay naihatid sa pamamagitan ng land transport at 111,497 naman ang air transport simula May 25. Samantala, 48,174 […] The post Higit 231,000 OFWs, nakauwi na sa mga lalawigan — DOTr appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

220,000 na OFWs nakauwi na sa kani-kanilang pamilya

Aabot sa 220,000 na repatriated overseas Filipino workers ang nakauwi na sa kani-kanilang pamilya. Batay ito sa datos ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Ayon kay OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac, 70,000 hanggang 80,000 na OFWs pa ang inaasahang darating pa sa bansa. Lahat ng umuuwing OFWs ay inaasistihan ng pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng OWWA sa […] The post 220,000 na OFWs nakauwi na sa kani-kanilang pamilya appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

Livelihood program para sa OFWs, tiniyak ni Bello

LUNGSOD PASIG, Set. 23 (PIA) -- Tiniyak ni Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestro Bello III ang programang pangkabuhayan para sa mga overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) na naapektuhan ng pandemya......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2020

Julia balik eskwela: ‘This is how I turn crisis into an opportunity’

Balik eskwela si Julia Montes ngayong panahon ng pandemya. Sa Instagram post, sinabi ni Julia na nag-enroll siya sa Southville International School and Colleges sa Las Piñas bilang bahagi ng kanyang “new journey from home.” “I am glad to be part of Southville International School and Colleges as I officially go back to school,” ayon […] The post Julia balik eskwela: ‘This is how I turn crisis into an opportunity’ appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2020