Author Archives: Mariel Vincent Rapisura

Never Too Small for Hope- Part III (Service Economy)

Federic Caneta / Resident of Cebu City – Furniture Maker  The miter saw is silent in Federic Caneta’s workshop. The carpenter has a cabinet and a couple of shelves from commissions that were canceled because of the lockdown. His monthly projects vary with demand, “I make furniture on a custom-made or pre-order basis. Orders would […]

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Never too Small for Hope – Part II (Transport and Logistics)

Image Credit: FreePik Respondent: Jhun Rodriguez / Resident of Quezon City- Tricycle Driver Jhun Rodriquez’s day would start with morning commuters in Quezon City. He is one of 4.5 million drivers across the country who have left their vehicles in garages until quarantine conditions are lifted. Jhun has put a ‘Family Use – Private’ sign on […]

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Almost 4 in 10 nanoenterprises bounce back to pre-pandemic level

Update 10: SEDPI Rapid community assessment on the impact of COVID-19 to nanoenterprises Two months after the government started easing lockdowns in most parts of the country, 36% of nanoenterprises reported to have bounced back to pre-pandemic level. In May, only 18% expected to bounce back within one month which may be a good sign […]

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Plight of Microentrepreneurs in the Philippines Part 1 of 3 Sari-sari Stores

Never too Small for Hope- Part I Doing business is largely a family affair in the Philippines – 80% of enterprises are family-owned or family-controlled. Microenterprises are the most intimate and the most common of these businesses. Nine of out of 10 MSMEs in the Philippines are microenterprises. Their kinship is the most deep-rooted because […]

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Position Paper on Section 3.01 of the IRR of RA 11469 Section 4 (aa)

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose serious threats to health and has already disrupted the economy. This prompted the government to enact Republic Act No. 11469 otherwise known as the “Bayanihan to Heal As One Act,” declaring a state of national emergency in order respond to the urgent needs of the people. It is in […]

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Vince Rapisura is SAFER Foundation’s first brand ambassador

Quezon City –Financial Wealth Expert and Host of Usapang Pera Vince Rapisura signed a contract with SAFER Foundation last February 19, 2019 to become its first official brand ambassador. Also present during the event are SAFER Board member Benedict Balderama (Executive Director, PHILSSA), Executive Committee Members Roselle Rasay (Executive Director, CODE-NGO) and Kevin Lee (Convenor, HRC). As a DRRM and development practitioner, […]

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Maria Cecilia Concepcion

Cecilia Concepcion earned a degree in Management and minors in Literature (in English) and Enterprise Development from Ateneo de Manila. In her years in the University, she participated in various organizations such as AIESEC and Ateneo Special Education Society (SPEED). In AIESEC Ateneo, she had the opportunity of creating and eventually leading Project Asenso, a […]

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Changing mindsets: Teaching financial literacy to OFWs in HK

Many overseas Filipino workers face problems with loans. A program for OFWs in Hong Kong is helping change that. By: David Lozada HONG KONG – In a crowded street in central Hong Kong, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) line up in front of pawnshops and loan agencies. The crowd starts to thicken even before the offices […]

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Financial planning for overseas Filipinos

For many Filipinos, the lure of working overseas is plain and simple: money. A higher take home pay enables them to provide their family with a better life. Earning in terms of a stronger currency allows the overseas Filipino to buy more pesos. In 2015, the number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) was estimated at […]

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‘Emotions preventing OFWs from financial success’

By: David Lozada A financial expert says many overseas Filipino workers send most of their earnings to their families – and fail to save for themselves – because they feel emotions such as guilt and shame HONG KONG – What emotions are preventing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from achieving financial success? What needs to change? […]

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