Dean Lavina expressed Ateneo’s enthusiasm of supporting the Program because of its positive impact on OFWs, considered as a very important segment of Philippine economy and development.
Rome, June 6, 2016 – The Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (LSE) Rome Alumni had the pleasure of a bonding afternoon with Dean Antonio Lavina of the Ateneo De Manila University School of Government (ASoG) and Chairperson of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship. It was held on 26 May 2016 at the Collegio Verbo Divino.
During the occasion, the different LSE batches, including the batch in Florence, gave reports and powerpoint presentations on “where they and their business plans are now”. While some pursued their plans, many had diverted into joining activities and plans of other groups or had gone to individual plans with their families here and in the Philippines. They were all very proud of having been a part of the Program and were grateful to Ateneo, OFSPES and other partners, for the opportunity of building their capacity to become better persons. Everyone looked forward to sharing this opportunity for future batches in Rome.
Dean Lavina came to Italy to attend the LSE Graduation of Batch 33 in Torino. However, he wanted to meet the earlier 6 batches of LSE that graduated in Rome. He expressed Ateneo’s enthusiasm of supporting the Program because of its positive impact on OFWs, considered as a very important segment of Philippine economy and development. The Program started in Rome in 2008 with Batch 1 and finished with 6 batches in 2015 for a total of about 200 graduates.
The Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (LSE) is a program of the ASoG in partnership with the NGO Associazione Pilipinas OFSPES (Overseas Filipinos’ Society for the Promotion of Economic Security), Embassy of the Philippines, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Its objective is to empower Filipino Overseas Workers (OFW) to become economically independent, enable integration with their environment and consciously contribute to the development of the Philippines. The six-month Program consists of modules on leadership, financial literacy and development of business plans for social enterprises.