30 June 2018, Paris—More than two hundred Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Paris participated in a financial planning seminar organized by the Philippine Embassy in Paris. During the Financial Literacy Seminar held on 30 June 2018 in Salle Chasseloup, Théopile Gautier, Paris, there were two sessions conducted by Consul Arnel Talisayon from the Philippine Consulate General in Geneva. Thereafter, presentations and services were rendered by OWWA, SSS, Pag-IBIG and Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) registration.

Philippine Ambassador to France, Her Excellency Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro and Consul General Aileen Mendiola-Rau delivered the Opening Remarks. In her welcome speech, Ambassador Lazaro said, “It is important to save while you are working here in France to ensure a comfortable future for yourselves and to trust Philippine financial institutions to assist OFWs when they retire.”

Labor Attaché Delmer Cruz from POLO Geneva, Foreign Representative Thelma Venturanza from SSS London and Members Services Officer Maria Fe Mangalile from Pag-IBIG Fund London briefed the audience about the benefits of availing OWWA, SSS and Pag-IBIG membership, which include disability, death and retirement benefits; scholarships; family welfare services; and a fool-proof insurance and savings account, among others. END



Consul Arnel Talisayon from the Philippine Consulate General in Geneva gives practical advice on financial planning to the Overseas Filipino Workers who participated in the Seminar.


Ms. Thelma Venturanza from SSS London and Ms. Maria Fe Mangalile from Pag-IBIG Fund London Office process membership application and answer the inquiries of Overseas Filipino Workers.


OFWs avail of the OWWA membership application, handled by Labor Attaché Delmer Cruz and Ms. Rolena Aguilar from POLO Geneva.


Session 1 Financial Literacy Seminar participants smile as they hold their certificates of participation after attending the talk, as several avail of the OWWA, Pag-IBIG and SSS Services at the background.



The Paris PE Team pose for a shot in between the two sessions of the Financial Literacy Seminar.