An online basic wellness program was successfully conducted on February 6 and 7, 2021. The program aimed to train trainers who will facilitate future basic wellness training programs. It was organized by K-Group 10/10, in partnership with Association of Filipino Educators in Korea, Itaewon Global Village Center, UPAA Korea, FEWA, FSK, PEOPLES, SulyaPinoy, Pinoy EPS in Korea and Pinoy Iskolars sa Korea (PIKO).
The training program was composed of three modules: 1.) Despair, which covers appreciative inquiry, appreciative resilience and stress management exercises; 2.) Forgiveness, which covers self-compassion, gratitude and appreciative story-telling; and 3.) Hope which covers goal setting, smart goals, vision board, vision journal and personal finance.
Speakers were Dr. Emelyn D. Dicolen (U.P. Manila), Dr. Monica H. Walet (Miriam College), Dr. Angelita B. Cruz (Keimyung University) and PIKO Adviser — Dr. Joeffrey M. Calimag (University of Ulsan).
It was attended by H.E. Christian L. De Jesus, Charge d’Affaires, a.i. (Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in South Korea), Ma. Celeste M. Valderrama, Labor Attache (Philippine Overseas Labor Office), Filipino community leaders, professionals, workers, students and Filipino residents in Korea.
After the training proper, participants were given the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and concerns about their community/organization that they represent. We (the PIKO ExeComm) took this opportunity to relay the difficulties of Filipino students in Korea, stressing on their financial, social, and working relationship problems. We also raised the situation of scholars who are unable to fly to Korea due to pandemic travel restrictions. Finally, we proposed for a possible collaboration with K-Group 10/10 and hope to organize a wellness program that will attend the needs of Filipino students in the future.