By Roy Mabasa
Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Henry Bensurto Jr. has led the launching of a speaker and networking program aimed to pique the interest of Filipino Americans on the growing number of Filipino businesses that have set up offices and operations in the United States.
Called “SPARK-BIZ, A Spark*Connect*Empower (SCE) Speaker and Networking Series,” the program was launched last month at the Philippine Center’s Social Hall in downtown San Francisco.
In his remarks at the launch, Bensurto expressed his hope that the greater exposure to these businesses will encourage second, third and fourth generation Filipino Americans to patronize the Filipino companies to ensure their sustained growth in the US.
“This could also pave the way for younger Filipino Americans to consider seeking career opportunities in Filipino companies and organizations, and for those looking for investment opportunities to consider Philippine businesses,” Bensurto said.
He explained that SPARK-BIZ is a speaker and networking series which will highlight different Filipino companies in various industries.
It provides a platform for Filipino companies in the Philippines and in the Bay Area to present their corporate values and objectives, products, activities and other initiatives, to the broader Filipino community.
Bensurto added that business enterprises and organizations will also be invited to provide information and insights on doing business in the Philippines.
The Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), one of the pioneer partners of the SCE movement, was featured in the pilot event of SPARK-BIZ.
In his talk, PLDT First Vice President Victor Tria shared his thoughts on the positive developments in the Philippines, including its high economic growth and a vast millennial job market which is attuned to digital technology, social media, and the gig-economy.
Due to the positive response generated by the event, Bensurto said the Consulate General will be organizing SPARK-BIZ as a quarterly event, to feature various companies in different industries.
Prior to the SPARK-BIZ launch, the Consulate also hosted a Fireside Chat and Networking Night entitled “Innovative Solutions for Future Business Opportunities in Electronics Manufacturing” at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center.
Organized in collaboration with the Consulate’s Philippine Trade and Investment Center, as part of a series of events entitled “Spark Chats,” it provides a platform to discuss emerging global trends and opportunities for Filipino industries and companies.