On Sunday, 16 July 2017, ASKI Global Limited held its 12th Commencement Exercise at the CREATE Tower, University Town, National University of Singapore. The ceremony, a collaborative effort with Citi Foundation, MasterCard and National University of Singapore, was graced by guest of honour, His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Morales of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore. Joining him were Managing Director, Head of Operations and Technology for Citi Singapore Ms Susan Kwek, President and Chief Executive Officer of ASKI Group of Companies, Inc. Mr Rolando Victoria, and Head of Operations for ASKI Global Limited Ms May Garlitos.
During the convocation, a total of 223 migrant workers who have completed their training in all academic programmes were recognised. Training ran from July 2016 to July 2017 and saw the transformation of its programme participants into financially fit and entrepreneurial individuals. 46 out of the total number completed their financial literacy training under the Citi-ASKI Overseas Workers Financial Stability Program. The Citi-ASKI partnership also saw 27 overseas workers graduating as the second batch of Advanced Financial Education, which was implemented once again after its successful pilot run.
The ceremony also saw 158 participants graduating from the Basic Entrepreneurship course under the MasterCard-ASKI initiative, a year-long project that targets to train 400 female migrant workers and develop their entrepreneurial mind-set. Rounding up the graduating batch for this commencement exercise were 18 students who gained new skills-set in Dressmaking.
In his commencement message, Ambassador Morales congratulated them on successfully completing their education, highlighting its prestige in having National University of Singapore in their certificates. “(NUS) is the number one university in Asia; you should be proud of the certificates that you have received on stage earlier,” he said. His Excellency also reiterated the Embassy’s stand on empowering the Filipino migrant workers, and their support for ASKI Global and its advocacy.
Memorably, in her closing remarks, Ms May Garlitos related her work experience to that of the graduates. “I am also an OFW, just like you,” she said, as she held back her tears. Ms Garlitos then shared about her new journey moving forward, as well as the impending plans for ASKI Global. She ended off her speech with a turnover ceremony, wherein former Senior Communication and IT Officer Mr Mohammad Sufyan Bin Saad was officially recognised as the Operations Manager for the Singapore office.
Moving forward, ASKI Global aims to empower even more migrant workers through its financial literacy and entrepreneurship training. With the guidance and support of its mother organisation ASKI Group of Companies, Inc. as well as partners from various sectors, ASKI Global strives to create impact and transform their lives by providing the necessary tools to change their mind-set and start making a difference in their lives.