The attendees for the “Business and Investment Opportunities in the Philippines” forum pose for a group photo with Philippine Embassy CDA Pete Delfin and the speakers : PTIC-Singapore Commercial Counsellor Cynthia Ricafort, Labor Attaché Melissa Mendizabal, SSS Rep. Joy Cabading, Pag-Ibig Fund Rep. Edna Peñahermoso, Henry and Mary Jane Raca, owners of C&H Cosmetic Industry, and Embassy officials.

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, in collaboration with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) based in Singapore, conducted a forum “Business and Investment Opportunities in the Philippines” last Sunday, 12 August 2018, at the Chancery.

Philippine Embassy Chargé d’ Affairs Pete Raymond V. Delfin welcomed the participants and expressed optimism that the forum will equip them with information and knowledge that would assist them in putting their hard-earned savings to good and productive use. More than 150 participants attended the event.

The speakers for the forum were Ms. Maria Cynthia Ricafort, PTIC-Singapore Commercial Counsellor, who presented the various entrepreneurship platforms and seminar and training programs of the government in assisting Filipinos to start their own business, and Ms. Melissa Mendizabal, Labor Attaché of the Philippine Embassy, who presented the reintegration programs created especially for Overseas Filipinos.

Henry and Mary Jane Raca, owners of C&H Cosmetic Industry, shared their experience and the challenges they encountered when they first started their soap and personal care business. Mr. and Mrs. Raca were part of the trade delegation/exhibitors from the Philippines who participated at the Brunei Halal Showcase (BruHAS) 2018 at the International Convention Center in Brunei.

SSS Representative Joy Cabading and Pag-Ibig Fund Representative Edna Peñahermoso also presented their respective services and presented the different practical options on how OFs can save for their retirement. The SSS and Pag-Ibig Fund offices were then opened after the forum to provide assistance and services to the participants.

The attendees expressed appreciation to the Embassy and the speakers for conducting the forum. Some of them had a one-on-one session with the speakers to further gain information in starting a business in the Philippines.

This is the Embassy’s fifth Gender and Development (GAD) activity for the year. The Embassy regularly conducts GAD activities that promote gender and development for the benefit of Filipinos in Brunei, particularly for their empowerment and enhanced productivity. END


Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin delivering his Welcome Remarks



Mr. Henry Raca and Mrs Mary Jane Raca, a husband and wife team who owns C&H Cosmetics Industry gives an inspirational success story in starting their own business