Zoom screenshot of event speakers featuring representatives from OFBank/Landbank, Atty. Bobby Mabalot of PTIC-Hong Kong, Welfare Attache Virsie B. Tamayao, and Deputy Consul General Germinia Aguilar Usudan

The Philippine Trade and Investment Center – Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) or PTIC-HK conducted a Trabaho, Negosyo,  Kabuhayan (TNK) webinar series entitled “OFBank Digital Banking, Be E-Safe” together with the Philippine Consulate General Hong Kong SAR (PCGHK), Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA), and Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) on 9 May through Zoom.

PTIC-HK invited LandBank of the Philippines’ Overseas Representative Officers, Mr. Leover A. Loyola (South Korea and Taiwan) and Mr. Francis G. Fellone (Middle East) as speakers. During the main part of the webinar, the speakers underscored the importance of using safe online bank and provided information regarding the different kinds of schemes and guidance on how our Overseas Filipino Investors (OFIs) may avoid falling into these traps.

Zoom screenshot of Leover Loyola, Overseas Representative Officer of Landbank/OFBank

In the opening remarks, Deputy Consul General (DCG) Germinia Aguilar Usudan, in her special message to the 332 OFIs who attended the webinar through Zoom and the thousands who watched the video in Facebook, emphasized that it is not impossible for our OFIs to also be business owners in the future. DCG shared the story of an OFI in Indonesia who makes batik barongs which are worn by celebrities and Indonesians; and the story of Michael Cinco in Dubai who makes gowns for the royal family in Middle East and celebrities around the world.

During the closing remarks, Welfare Attaché Ms. Virsie B. Tamayao related the topics discussed in the webinar to the reintegration of our OFIs in the Philippines when they come back home and expressed her appreciation to officials of OFBank in providing valuable information regarding safety of e-banking.

The webinar aimed to provide a discussion on the different types of scams that one may encounter when e-banking services are used, and it offered instructions to the OFIs on ways to avoid falling in these schemes.

For more information, please visit PTIC-HK’s microsite or send an email to Hongkong@dti.gov.ph. You can also review the full webinar on the official social media accounts of PTIC-HK on Facebook.♦

Date of Release: 1 June 2021