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GLOBUS - Transnational meeting in Philippines

    The GloBus project was held at the Philippines last January 26 to February 3. Activities, workshops, and events took place in Balanga Bataan in cooperation with JCI Bataan, in the partnership with Orani Local Government Unit, the Governor’s office, Department of Trade and Industries, Department of Tourism, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Bataan, and the Mayor’s office of Balanga.

    Globus PH Leg served as a gateway of opportunity for the delegates from Brazil, Singapore, Slovenia, Vietnam, Maldives, and the Philippines to understand Filipino Culture, Government, Commerce, Tourism, and Trade. As well as learn entrepreneurial skills from Business angel Matjaz Krc and project proposal writing from Miran Kojc.

    JANUARY 26, 2019 – ARRIVAL DAY, WELCOME DINNER, INITIAL MEETING

    Upon arrival to Manila, participants were billeted to Red Planet Aseana and were treated to a Welcome Dinner. During the welcome dinner, an initial briefing and overview of schedule was
    discussed especially regarding the ferry travel schedule and requirements.

    All the participants were also given a kit which included:

    • Recycled canvass bag with the project logo
    • Recycled notebooks
    • USB cards
    • Foldable fans
    • IDs
    • Metal and bamboo straws

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    JANUARY 27, 2019 – TRAVEL TO BATAAN, PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP

    Morning of January 27, a more detailed briefing was held with the participants regarding expectation of the week, activities, events, government and company visits, and the intercultural afternoon. Afterwards the group traveled via ferry from Manila to Bataan. The group was welcomed by the Orion Central Drum and lyre band sponsored by the Department of Tourism. They also gave the participants shell necklaces and information brochures about the province. They then rode traditional jeepneys to travel to Balanga Bataan.

    The group then met the representatives from Department of Trade and Industries and Department of Tourism and rest of the Filipino Team from JCI Bataan, Bataan ICT Council who were part of the organizing committee.

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    The rest of the afternoon was allocated to start the workshop on Proposal writing which would be the topic for the rest of the week. The group then decided on concept ideas on which to focus on for the workshop on project proposal writing.

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    JANUARY 28, 2019 – MATJAZ WORKSHOP DAY 1, VISIT TO GOVERNMENT OFFICES, GOOD PRACTICE COMPANIES

    On January 28 th , the group met with the Governor of the Province Hon. Albert S. Garcia. He shared his vision and plans for Bataan and how this province become one of the lowest poverty incidence resulting from quality growth attaining top-level Human Development Index in the Philippines. He and his office also shared with the group how the government programs and policies aim to support Start-up businesses and the city. They also had a discussion of the usual problems encountered by the government and entrepreneurs and what the their office implements as initiatives for development to answer the problems.

    One such sample of the projects that the city is undertaking is the “Bunker”. Soon to be finished this year, “The Bunker” will enable the Province of Bataan to achieve its vision of attaining top-level human development index in the Philippines by 2020, according to the Governor. It is the first in the country as a one-stop shop, that will connect all agencies from national to local to facilitate business permits and all other documents needed by our investors and businessmen.

    With the projected establishment of call centers and business one-stop shop, Bataeños may land careers nearer their homes while business processing is made easier for investors.

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    Afterwards the group visited Mayor of Orani, Hon. Efren Pascual Jr. He discussed the growth of their Municipality and their vision on building an ECO Tourism Municipality on 2020. He presented and talked about how he humbly turned the Local Government Unit of Orani, Bataan through his leadership into one of the most competitive and business friendly Municipality in the Philippines, receiving SGLG award for the past three (3) consecutive years. He also shared about the different innovative administrative mechanisms and plans that his administration undertook to encourage business development and investments in the city.

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    The Mayor then treated the group to hearty lunch at Sinagtala Resort nestled within the confines of the Bataan National Park. The Bataan National Park, the only remaining  forest in Central Luzon.

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    Simultaneous to the government offices visit, Matjaz Krc held the 1 st day of his Business Start

    Up workshop held at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Bataan Campus. With a mix of participants from:

    • New members of the GloBus group
    • Students
    • Entrepreneurs and
    • Aspiring entrepreneurs

    The 3 day workshop encouraged the participants to present their business ideas to the group while Matjaz honed and refined their ideas.

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    The group then visited a start-up company Botkeeper which provides automated bookkeeping. Botkeeper—a faster, more accurate, more affordable, and highly scalable bookkeeper that represents the future of bookkeeping as we know it. Botkeeper is a virtual robotic bookkeeper that does bookkeeping and supports accounting needs through machine learning and integration of systems and software. It provides automated bookkeeping support to businesses by using a powerful combination of skilled accountants alongside machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). During the visit Makki Alcala of Botkeeper the story of how the company came to be the. The challenges they faced, the learnings, and how they stay competitive especially with their international clients. He expounded on the reason why they chose Balangao over Manila and how the government has been supportive of their business and endeavors.

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    JANUARY 29, 2019 - MATJAZ WORKSHOP DAY 2, PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP

    On January 29, the group separated again – those attending Matjaz’s workshop and those who joined the proposal writing workshop with project leader Miran Kojc. SWITCH ASIA The group tackled proposal writing workshop for this leg of the project. The group decided to work on a call for Switch Asia call. The group decided on a topic, country, activities they wanted to focus on. The group were divided into trams to work on specific parts of the proposal and presented to the group for the continuation of the brain storming.

    The group decided to work on a proposal to be held in Maldives that focuses on coral farming, sustainable eco-tourism, agro farming, energy efficiency and environment conservation. The group went through the whole process of the proposal writing from concept notes to budgeting. The purpose of the workshop is to encourage the group to be able to write their own proposals for different calls in the future. By going thru all the step by step processes and how to fully understand the requirements of each call.

    The group continued to work on the proposal writing for the next days.

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    JANUARY 30, 2019 – MATJAZ WORKSHOP DAY 3, PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP, STUDENTS WORKSHOP, INTERCULTURAL AFTERNOON, INTERCULTURAL EVENING

    During the morning the group continued to work on and discuss the proposal writing and the rest to attend the last day of Matjaz’s workshop. In the afternoon, the whole group went to Colegio de San Juan de Letran the have a talk with the students and participate in the intercultural afternoon. The group first met with the school’s president who welcomed them and explained the mission and vision of the school. The group then met with some of the students and starting entrepreneurs. Miran Kojc presented what the GloBus project and Erasmus+ is about and Mariam Shakeela discussed leadership.

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    INTERCULTURAL AFTERNOON

    The intercultural afternoon not only featured the products from the project participants but also products local to the province organized by the city’s Department of Trade and Industries. They also provided entertainment through the help of Ms. Danica Lolita Tigas. There were performances from Koro Bangkal, Orion Banduria Ensemble, and the BNHS Dancers that showcased music and dances from the Philippines. Students of the school were invited to join the intercultural exchange and it served as a non-formal learning experience for them to be exposed into the different culture products that the group offered.

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    In the evening, the group continued the intercultural exchange at the hotel. The group played some games local to their country and exchanged gifts with products local to their country as well.

    JANUARY 31, 2019 – VISIT GOOD PRACTICE COMPANY, VISIT LAS CASAS DE ACUZAR, FILIPINO CUISINE WORKSHOP

    On this day, the group went to visit Bataan Peninsula State University to visit their Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Research Laboratory (AMREL) headed by Dr John Ryan Dizon. BPSU AMREL is envisioned to be the Regional Center for developing new materials and technologies related to 3D Printing. The Laboratory serves as a facility for the BPSU community to do research, share and create their ideas, essentially serving as a playground for generating new products and world-class research projects. The facility also aims to educate the community about new technologies. The laboratory also works hand in hand with the Industry, Business Community, LGUs, and various government and non-government institutions. AMREL is the first in the Philippines and has been utilized to conduct research for undergraduate and graduate theses.

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    The group then proceeded to Casas Filipinas de Acuzar through the sponsorship of Gov. Garcia and relive the Spanish Era of the Philippine History with their Theater Director/ Tanghalang
    Tatsulok Director Karloz Bong.

    Las Casas de Filipinas de Acuzar is a product of José "Gerry" Acuzar, when he started to rebuild Spanish colonial-era mansions in Bagac, Bataan in 2003. In 2010, the heritage park was opened to the public. Spread over 400 hectares of land, the park features a collection of 27 Spanish colonial-era buildings, with the entire site made to resemble a period settlement. The resort has a restaurant, a beach, calesa rides and a swimming pool. It plans to have 50 such heritage houses. The houses were chosen based on their historical, cultural and architectural value. Each house was dismantled in situ brick by brick, numbered, transported to the Bagac site, where they were reassembled and restored. For parts that were missing, woodwork and bricks were replicated to resemble the original structure.

    What started out as a private collection to preserve historical houses is now a thriving business that attracts tourists both local and foreign to Bataan.

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    The day ended with a Filipino Cuisine Cooking Workshop held at Miami Beach Resort, Morong Bataan sponsored by Mr Jimmy Bustamante. The group got hands on as the learned and prepared their dinner of flavorful Filipino dishes.

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    FEBRUARY 1, 2019 – PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP, EVALUATION

    The group continued to work on the Switch Asia proposal before travelling back to Manila. Initial evaluation and plans for the next leg of the project was also discussed.

    FEBRUARY 2, 2019 – TRAVEL BACK TO MANILA

    Upon approval to Manila, group evaluation was continued and the next steps for proposal writing was discussed.

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    FEBRUARY 3, 2019 – DEPARTURE DAY, FINAL EVALUATION

    Before departure, the group finalized the dates for the Maldives leg, what needs to be prepared, and expectations for the next leg.