April 17th, 2015
April 16 2015 – Overseas Filipino (OFW) Parents have left 9m children behind, or 27% of all children under 18 in the Philippines, according to the UNICEF. Overseas Filipino (OFW) Parents would love to see their children grow and children left behind are often distressed by not knowing whether their tuition payment is coming.
University of Southeastern Philippines and PhilSmile partner today to facilitate tuition payments from abroad for OFW-supported students.
Overseas Filipino (OFW) Parents can now pay the tuition fees from anywhere in the world from only $1 per transfer, 80% cheaper than cash remittance through:
- online payment with PayPal, debit or credit card
- cash payment at participating merchants (retailers, remittance companies, kiosks)
- salary deduction with participating manning companies
Though PhilSmile, parents will also have access to the grades of their children. Parents’ involvement is key to students’ academic performance. New tools can help them overcome the distance that challenge their relationships.
PhilSmile will also develop with University of the Southeastern Philippines dedicated programs to help support OFW students and increase their completion rates. Check it out: https://philsmile.com/
February 16th, 2015
Dubai, UAE February 13 – A new service for Overseas Filipino Workers to assist in payment of their kids’ schooling in the Philippines, was launched in Dubai, UAE this past weekend.
Mufazzal Ezzi discussing and explaining PhilSmile to the audience.
PhilSmile, a new payment facility where OFWs can directly pay for their loved ones’ tuition in the Philippines, was launched and demonstrated in front of an audience of OFWs at the Dream Palace Hotel in Dubai. With PhilSmile’s service, Filipinos in the UAE can now conveniently access multiple payment kiosks and pay their kids’ tuition directly to their respective schools. Users, who can register on PhilSmile for free, will be informed and reminded of tuition payments via SMS. After school terms are finished, OFW parents will also be sent the grades of their kids.
NT. Payments Kiosk used for demonstration, where PhilSmile’s service can be found.
PhilSmile is powered by TransferTo, whose network of payment kiosk providers make the PADALA ESKWELA service widely available for OFWs in various countries. Demonstrated at the launch were how to use PhilSmile’s service in the UAE via payment kiosk providers: NT. Payments and ManGo, who together have OVER 800 kiosks in all of the UAE. Given this, OFWs now have a more accessible and easy way to pay for their loved ones schooling back in the Philippines. Aside from the convenience, PhilSmile offers lower sending fees than traditional cash remittance which can start as low as only 3 AED. This is definitely great news to Filipinos in the UAE, which is one of the most highly populated countries with OFWs.
Established last year, PhilSmile aims to help overseas Filipino workers with their goal: Makapagpatapos. Providing an education for their kids is one of the major reasons Filipinos migrate to work abroad, and PhilSmile ensures that OFWs’ hard earned money goes towards the education of their kids. No longer do OFW children need to worry (or even dropout) if their tuition money would not be remitted in time; PhilSmile takes care of reminding OFWs regarding their loved ones’ tuition bills and facilitating payments in a fast, efficient and more affordable way.
Ms. Susan Francisco giving insights on Filipino Migrant workers and savings.
In addition to the PhilSmile demonstration, Ms. Susan Francisco gave a talk on Filipino Migrant Workers, their savings and statistics to educate participating OFWs on their savings and investments.
To learn more how PhilSmile works for Overseas Filipino Workers in the UAE, visit the PhilSmile UAE Page.
February 7th, 2015
Manila, February 6 – A social enterprise forged a partnership with the Philippine Catholic bishops’ commission for migrant workers assist children of overseas Filipino workers.
PhilSmile CEO Camille Kreji and CBCP-ECMI Executive Secretary Fr. Restituto Ogsimer joined by their respective PhilSmile and ECMI Teams
PhilSmile forged a memorandum of agreement with the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for programs to assist OFW children.
The assistance will revolve around ensuring that OFW children finish schooling.
PhilSmile, for its part, offers also a payment facility in which the overseas Filipino can pay the child’s tuition through PhilSmile’s payments system and the enterprise will directly remit the tuition to the child’s school. In return also, PhilSmile will report to the overseas parent the child’s performance in school through his or her academic records.
Overseas Filipino (OFW) Parents have left 9m children behind, or 27% of all children under 18 in the Philippines, according to the UNICEF.
OFW Parents would love to see their children grow and children left behind are often distressed by not knowing whether their tuition payment is coming, said PhilSmile owner Camille Krejci.
PhilSmile offers a unique way to connect them by offering direct payment to schools and sending back the grades of the children sponsored, so they can follow-up on them.
PhilSmile and ECMI will also develop innovative activities to support OFW students in partnering education institutions around the same goal: Makapagpatapos.
CBCP-ECMI Executive Secretary Fr. Restituto Ogsimer speaking about how the partnership will address the betterment of OFWs and their families left behind.
PhilSmile CEO Camille Krejci enlightening the media on the importance of the partnership, especially for the education of the OFW children left behind.
PhilSmile CEO Camille Kreji and CBCP-ECMI Executive Secretary Fr. Restituto Ogsimer signing the official documents to seal partnership.
PhilSmile CEO Camille Kreji and CBCP-ECMI Executive Secretary Fr. Restituto Ogsimer shaking hands after the completion of partnership.
August 1st, 2014
Hong Kong—July 13, 2014, Mr. Camille Krejci, CEO of PhilSmile, attended a seminar for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong. It was a class type discussion mostly about debt management. The session was headed by Phoenix Alliance Limited’s Miss Wilma Padura and Mr. Alvir Catacutan together with their team.
Mr. Krejci and Miss Ann Carl Bailey had the chance to talk about different topics. PhilSmile was introduced as an amazing tool for Overseas Filipinos to plan and pay their education expenses back in the Philippines. “I was blessed by the enthusiasm and dynamism of the participants.”
Mr. Krejci also expressed:
“I was glad to witness the great work of Wimler Foundation training a new cohort of Overseas Filipinos in Hong Kong on Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship, developed by Ateneo de Manila, School of Governance and SEDPI. The theme of this session was mostly around debt and how to manage it.
July 14th, 2014
Emilio Aguinaldo College students during the seminar-workshop
Manila, Philippines— PhilSmile sponsored a seminar-workshop last July 5, 2014, at Emilio Aguinaldo College. In partnership with EAC’s Center for Guidance and Counseling, the Seminar-Workshop was attended by 103 OFWs’ children. The topics are: The Joys and Challenges of having OFW Parents in Building Your Own Future, and Clarity and Performance: An Introduction to Producing Results.
The seminar-workshop started at 7:30 in the morning for registration and followed by doxology and national anthem. Mr. Randy Wilson C. Delfino, RCG, Director for Center for Guidance and Counseling, gave the Opening Remarks. EAC students who have OFW parents listened to both speakers of the event, Dr. Mayla T. Sampa; PhilSmile’s Vice President for Business Development and Mr. Richard “D-Cal” W. Dacalos, Spin Manila Founder. PhilSmile partnered with Spin Manila, which brings together a diverse group of professionals from different disciplines and background, together aimed to solve social problems through the co-creation of playful and profitable projects and enterprises.
Dr. Mayla T. Sampa talked about The Joys and Challenges of Having an OFW parent in building Your Own Future.
Dr. Sampa spoke about the Joys and Challenges of Having OFW Parents in Building Your Own Future. The topic is focused on the relationship of the parents to their children in spite of the distance; the coping mechanisms of separation and the phenomenon of materialism. The students were focused in listening and very engaged in sharing their joys, challenges and dreams towards themselves amidst the reality of having OFW parent/s.
The second speaker, “D-cal” focused on the three Laws of Performance: Perspective, Language, and Future-based language. He discussed how OFW children can succeed in life and achieving their goals. He also said that our own wrong perspective and fear can hinder our performance. D-Cal coached students how to have a mind set of owning their dreams and goals in order to succeed. In short, he taught students to always think positive and mean what they say and promise.
Sir Richard “D-cal” Dacalos, Spin Manila Founder.
Based on the seminar evaluation, 96%of the participants said that the seminar was useful and it helped a lot in dealing with their personal experiences. The students learned how to manage their own life, their studies, goals and dreams to succeed in life in order to repay the hardships of their OFW parents.
PhilSmile is helping OFWs to know where their money goes and be sure their hard-earned money is spent on what they cared most: Makapagpatapos. It also reached out hundreds of OFW students to be enlightened and realized their own goal and helps their parents fulfill their goal “by studying hard and succeeding in everything they do.
Students listening to D-cal.
June 18th, 2014
Know more about Philsmile by reading the article. Click on the link below. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/364199/pinoyabroad/news/startup-firm-seeks-to-help-ofws-pay-kids-tuition
June 13th, 2014
Ms. Karen Bonifacio, Philsmile’s 2014 Selfie Contest Winner, was born in Aurora, Quezon. At the age of 9, she went to Bulacan at her lola’s place to study. After a year of studying there, she then went to Quezon City.
When Karen was in high school, she was a writer in their tagalog school newspaper. Because of the passion in writing, she was motivated to enroll in La Consolacion College Manila as a Mass Communication student in 2011. In college, Karen was granted with a scholarship and in return she worked as a student assistant in the School of Music and was also a chorale member.
Karen dropped out when she was in her junior year, when she got pregnant. After giving birth, she needed to provide for her family, her scholarship was not sufficient. She started a small business as a seller of wholesale of fish meatballs in Quezon City. It went well as many vendors are buying.
Ms. Bonifacio learned about PhilSmile’s Selfie Contest from a friend and didn’t have second thoughts in joining the said contest. When asked what is her strategy to make people vote for her, she said “Message everyone (her friends) in Facebook, asked them one by one to vote for my picture.” She had confidence in herself because she really wanted to win and finish schooling. We asked her what her inspiration in her pose in the picture is, she said she wanted it to be unique so that people will notice it abruptly and vote for her without hesitancy.
When she learnt she had won the selfie contest, she felt very grateful and happy by the new opportunities getting back to school represent. Karen researched about culinary schools around Quezon City. Karen wanted it her course to be related in her food business since she also has a passion in it. She then chose Commercial Cooking NC2 and Baking in MOST Institute Culinary.
PhilSmile’s CEO Sir Camille Krejci & Dr. Mayla Sampa, Vice President, personally accompanied Ms. Bonifacio to enroll.
Below are some photos of them talking to Sir Rodel Boitizon, MOST Institute Culinary’s President.
Sir Krejci (PhilSmile CEO, Sir Boitizon (President of MOST Institute Culinary), Dr. Sampa (PhilSmile’s Vice President)
Sir Krejci, Sir Boitizon, Dr. Sampa & Ms. Karen Bonifacio
Ms. Karen Bonifacio filled up all the necessary forms before being officially enrolled.
Mr. Boitizon, Sir Krejci & Dr. Sampa with Karen Bonifacio, PhilSmile’s 2014 Selfie Contest.
June 9th, 2014
We are very happy to announce that the selfie contest winner is Karen Bonifacio! She received one-year scholarship for a full value of nearly PHP100,000. Karen will be able to go back to school and chose to enroll in MOST Institute Culinary. Here is the winning selfie entry of Ms. Karen Bonifacio.
PhilSmile’s 2014 Selfie Contest Winner