Sept. 27, 2007 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Filipinos employed at Obeikan Investment Group of Companies located in the 2nd Industrial Area, Riyadh successfully open their “First Obeikan Investment Group Basketball Tournament“. The event was graced by H.E. Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Antonio Villamor and Mr. Saad Al Azwari, the General Manager of Printing and Packaging Shared Services Department of OIG.
Obeikan Investment Group of Companies is one of the country’s leading manufacturer of paper and plastic packages for food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and foil lids, and fiber glass packages for tents and commercial printing. The company also operates bookstores, publishes and sells books; provides educational and research and development software programs.
Obeikan Group consists of 12 companies and employs more than 1200 employees mostly Filipinos, from managerial post to rank and file. It has more than 25 field offices in the Middle East, Far East and North Africa .
“The tournament is the first of the series of tournaments organized by the OFW-Bayanihan Pinoys,” said Mr. Efren Danoso the Chairman of the Sports Committee. The event was officially dubbed as “The OBENOYS Basketball Tournament”; Obenoys comes from the words “Obeikan” and “Pinoys” merge together.
Mr. Marlo Baldo one of the organizer added “the tournament is very much supported by the management, the company’s way of expressing their gratitude to the OFWs who made major contribution for the company’s success from the beginning it started in 1982.”
Overseas Filipino Workers Congress President Mr. Alex Veloso Bello in his message pointed out, “that sports can cope up homesickness and prevent undesirable activities among Filipinos away from home”, he further added, “It promotes harmony between employee and employer relationship”.