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Bakery Business to OFW Returnee means new beginning, new life
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 (Source: NRCO)
For JONATHAN REDOBLADO MAGSAYO of Purok Kahayag 14 Dumagoc, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, engaging in a bakery business was already a passion prior to his deployment in Durban, South Africa as an able-bodied Seaman.

He started his bakery business in 2008 in Ozamis City with a start-up capital of Php 40,000 for baking equipment and raw materials and cash capital of Php 25,000.The business was handled by his parents while he pursued his overseas employment as a Seaman and eventually stopped operation in 2009. When he finally decided to return back to the country, the operation of the bakery business resumed last June 8, 2013 with his supervision.

Within the same year, the business temporarily stopped because of his decision to transfer to Pagadian City together with his wife Janice. During that time he had the opportunity to apply for the livelihood assistance with OWWA RWO 9 and looked forward to finance his business with the assistance. Once again with the resolve to pursue his passion and with the approval of his NRCO funded livelihood assistance, he opened his bakery last March 18, 2014 in a rented space costing Php 2,000 a month at Sta. Lucia, Pagadian City a commercial area within the city.

The livelihood assistance of Jonathan in a form of Php 10,000 check was personally handed over to him last April 8, 2014 at DOLE Zamboanga del Sur Field Office under the facilitation of the DOLE NRCO IX Regional Reintegration Coordinator Sherwin R. Mendizabel and Field Office Chief Lourdes B. Amores.

With the livelihood assistance, Jonathan intends to expand his business by purchasing items as add on to his inventory of products for sale. Presently his bakery offers a variety of bread manufactured by his own baker such as Margarine Bread, Cup Cakes, Star Bread, Monay, and Ensaymada among others.

The business under his personal supervision, and with the help of his wife Janice and cousin Elmay is presently earning an average of Php 500 to Php 1000 pesos a day. Jonathan does not only sell his bread on display but also delivers his products to his customers with the use of his service vehicle an XRM motorcycle while his wife aside from assisting Jonathan with the management of the business is presently learning baking by studying culinary arts and looks forward to personally bake the breads of the bakery.

Jonathan believes that to be an entrepreneur, one must have the perseverance, belief in oneself and must value hardwork.

Documented by Sherwin R. Mendizabel, NRCO-9

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