MoneyGram International celebrated the opening of its first Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Center in the heart of Manila. The new facility will be used to educate millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) about the importance of financial literacy to help prepare them for living abroad.
Members of MoneyGram’s management team including Alex Holmes, chief executive officer; Grant Lines, chief revenue officer for AMEAP, Russia and CIS region, and; Yogesh Sangle, regional head of Asia Pacific, attended the opening ceremony. The event was also supported by Robin Padilla, MoneyGram’s global Filipino ambassador, along with MoneyGram’s regional sales and marketing teams.
MoneyGram has partnered with DAMLAG Council Inc., an Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) that is an accredited provider of Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars (PDOS). MoneyGram sponsorship of financial literacy talks are expected to strengthen the existing PDOS curriculum which currently touches on topics including health, migration, standard employment contract details, travel tips, OWWA benefits and social programs, and guidelines on what to do and not to do upon arrival at the country of deployment. In addition, a simple safety guide with secure ways to send money home will also be provided.
“We are thrilled to support our Filipino customers and the community with a world-class OFW facility. Our objective is to ensure that overseas Filipino workers are well informed and prepared for their journey abroad to work and support their families,” stated Yogesh Sangle.
MoneyGram has been a steadfast supporter of OFWs and their families for years. Earlier in 2017, MoneyGram spearheaded various recognition programs for OFWs such as the MoneyGram Idol Awards and the Kabayan Homecoming campaign.
MoneyGram’s worldwide money transfer service is available in more than 200 countries and territories through a global network of approximately 350,000 agent locations. Its innovative products and services connect OFWs with family throughout the world by providing a reliable, trustworthy, and convenient financial connection for life’s essentials and daily needs.