Community Development DevSeries: Invest in You

Written By MEcO Bulletin | Mar 11, 2018 | IMPACT INVESTING


Article by Julian Uy / Photos by Mark Anastacio

ComDev DevSeries is a project under the HR Department of MEcO in partnership with the Community Development Department. Its goal is to impart the value of financial literacy with personal finance at its core. To be well-versed in the fundamentals of such concepts such as passive-active income and financial life stages is the goal of this project.



The team invited a very successful entrepreneur as a speaker to help achieve that goal. This speaker has made numerous achievements to his name. Graduating from Ateneo with a Bachelor’s degree in management and a masters in Entrepreneurship from the Asian Institute of Management, Sir Vince had no shortage of talent. Even at a young age, Vince had represented the Philippines in the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program and in the Global Youth leadership program in Japan. He also founded SEDPI, a social organization that caters to low-income OFWs and is established in many countries.


Suffice it to say, Sir Vince was more than qualified in attempting to extract the hidden potential of each and every young mind that lent their ears to him.


During the talk, Sir Vince talked about three major points. He talked about passive and active income, financial life stages and more importantly, to invest in oneself. By weaving his words and connecting them purposefully, he enticed his listeners to not only dream about the future, but to chase after it and eventually attain it. He regaled possible futures where we could be retired as early as mid-30’s or being able to traverse different parts of the globe, seeing many wonders as one goes. He emphasized that to attain this we would need to start investing somewhere and the first and utmost important thing to invest in would be in oneself. To invest in oneself is to have a dream and to be committed to it and making it the end goal of your life. Having an end goal in life that you desire would drive one far beyond the point mundane motivations can take you.

It was in this that listeners were made to think about what they really wanted, and if a speaker can make his audience think, even for a minute, then he would have achieved his purpose.

Dev series started strong with an ambitious speaker. Indeed DevSeries had set high hopes and expectations for today’s generation as they will be the hope of the future.