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Have a Business Idea That Can Improve the Lives of Others? BPI Will Pay You For It!

Are you an entrepreneur with a social mission? Or maybe you have a business idea that solves a problem. 

Then make it shine bright and help improve the lives of Filipinos in the BPI Foundation Sinag Challenge

The basic aim of this challenge is to discover, recognize and support young social entrepreneurs who can help uplift Filipino communities. 

How to Apply

Apply now by downloading the application form online or by directly filling out an online application form available on the contest website.

Mechanics

Around 20-30 participants will move on to the Semi-Finals round wherein they will be invited to attend a 6-day Business Bootcamp. From there, ten (10) will compete in the Final Round where they will make a pitch presentation, consisting of oral and PowerPoint presentations before the panel of judges and an audience.

Prizes

Five (5) winners will be rewarded with P200,000 cash + undergo a structured mentoring program over a period of 6 months + opportunity to set up an office at the Ateneo Impact Hub + an access to finance.

From among these winners, one (1) will be named the Grand Winner and will receive additional cash prize worth P300,000.

The 5 non-winners will not go home empty handed because they will receive P50,000 each.


Requirements


  • Individuals and/or groups, 18-35 years old
  • Local residents with beneficiaries in the Philippines
  • Leads an existing social enterprise in operation for not more than 3 years and being implemented in specific marginalized communities or social sectors in the country
  • The social business addresses a specific social problem and aimed at generating a defined social impact
  • The social enterprise is financially sustainable
  • The enterprise has not received cumulative funding in excess of $50,000 or P2 million
  • If you don't have a social enterprise running, you must at least have a definite social enterprise idea or concept in mind, but need guidance in order to plan and start the social business


Contest Mechanics


  1. Log on to sinag.bpifoundation.org and download the application form. You can also choose to fill out an application form online
  2. Send your application form to bpisinag@gmail.com with subject "BPISinagEntry_Lastname, Firstname, Middleinitial "
  3. Competition Stages
  4. Selection Round
  5. A panel of screeners will select the top 20-30 participants from the entries submitted
  6. Elimination /Semi- Final Round
  7. Five (5) judges will select the ten (10) Finalists who will make a Pitch Presentation in the Finals
  8. Finalists will be invited to attend the 6-day Business Bootcamp after which they will compete for the Top Ten Finalist slots
  9. Final Round
  10. Each finalist will make a pitch presentation, consisting of oral and PowerPoint presentations before the Panel of Judges and an audience
  11. Each finalist will be given a maximum of 7 minutes to deliver their pitch presentation
  12. After each pitch presentation, the panel of jurors will be given a maximum of 5 minutes for questions addressed to the finalist
  13. The criteria and scoring system with a scoring sheet will be distributed to all jurors ahead of the judging. There will be one scoring sheet per finalist or business plan
  14. A panel of five (5) judges will select the five (5) winners and the Grand Champion

Judging Criteria

Selection Round

40% Potential to attain desired social impact
30% Strong business model – financial and market potential
30% Innovative approach


Elimination Round

33.3% Business Model, Mission, Vision & Objectives (entrepreneurial spirit, mission & vision, logic & feasibility; realistic & sound objectives)
33.3% Market Strategies & Competitive Analysis (soundness; depth of market knowledge)
33.4% Design & Development Plan (logic, implementability, comprehensiveness of business model; supportive of the social value proposition)


Final Round

20% Business Model, Mission, Vision & Objectives (entrepreneurial spirit, mission & vision, logic & feasibility; realistic & sound objectives)
20% Market Strategies & Competitive Analysis (soundness; depth of market knowledge)
20% Design & Development Plan (logic, implementability, comprehensiveness of business model; supportive of the social value proposition)
20% Financial Plan (realistic projections consistent with development plan)
10% Management & Organization Plan (managerial experience, cohesiveness & efficiency)
10% Written Plan/Pitch Presentation (Clear, concise, well-written/well-presented interesting business plan)


If your group lands in the semi-finals, you can only send a maximum of one (1) representative to the Bootcamp

The panel of judges for the selection of finalists and winners will consist of business educators, social entrepreneurs, social development experts, and marketing/functional specialists nominated by BPI Foundation and ADMU-John Gokongwei School of Management

The decision of the panel of judges is final and irrevocable

Contest Period: Submission of entries until July 20, 2015
October 6, 2015 - Selection of winners

Contest Prize

Grand Prize - One (1) winner of P300,000 CASH
Final Round Prize - Five (5) winners of
P200,000 CASH each
Undergo a structured Mentoring program over a period of 6 months
Will be entitled to set up office at the Ateneo Impact Hub, a physical incubator for start-up social businesses
Access to finance
Consolation Prize - Five (5) finalists will receive P50,000 EACH

For more info, log on to sinag.bpifoundation.org


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Calling all Cebu High School and College Students for a Chance of a Lifetime!

Can you please help us invite young leaders ages 12-20 years  to join the 9th Season of the Young Minds Academy?

What is Young Minds Academy?

Young Minds Academy (YMA) is a youth leadership and citizenship development program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. – Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, which aims to develop the youth to become responsible and accountable leaders and pro-active citizens who are ready to serve the public and its interests.

This is done through experiential learning sessions, community visits, immersions, project development, and project implementation anchored on the theme Urban Development with emphasis on Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Response.


How to join?


Form a team of five (5) members under one of the following categories:
•        Generation A : 17-20 years old
•        Generation B : 12-16 years old

Accomplish the following:

Team requirements


  1. Completed team application form (YMA Application Form 01)
  2. Letter of recommendation and support from any of the following: school, barangay, office/organization, church, or whatever group the team is representing indicating their willingness and commitment to monitor the team and ensure that they abide by the rules and comply with the requirements of YMA. 
  3. A Team Accountability Partner who shall serve as a team partner, ensuring and monitoring the team’s compliance in YMA requirements.  


Individual Requirements


  1. Completed individual application form (YMA Application Form 02)
  2. Completed medical review and release of liability form (YMA Application Form 03)
  3. Certified true copy of birth certificate
  4. An essay on “What citizenship means to me” in no more than 300 words (Arial, 11, double spaced, short bond paper)
  5. A counterpart contribution of:
  •          - Public High School Students and Out-of-School Youth - Php600
  •          - State Universities/ Colleges Students- Php800
  •          - Private Schools (High School and College) Students - Php1,000

Submit completed application forms and requirements to RAFI for short listing and screening.  You may mail or submit in person at the following address:

                                    The Executive Director
                                    Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center
                                    Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.
                                    35 Lopez Jaena St. Cebu City 6000

Deadline for application is on March 7, 2015.

Get your application forms from the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, 35 Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City or download them at www.rafi.org.ph/yma-application.

For your queries, please feel free to contact us through Jenny Lea Tan at 418-7234 loc 112 or 09233550980 or email jenny.lea.tan@rafi.org.ph.


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One Thing You Forgot To Thank God For #awesomebrand

How often have you thanked God for having normal limbs? I'm guessing close to never.

We have taken some blessings granted. We are drowned into a lot of responsibilities, distractions, lists and people that we tend to overlook the simple things that make daily living bearable and convenient.

Disability is a very personal matter to me. I have loved ones who are unfortunate enough to suffer from such. If it's random science or God's challenge, I will never know. What I can say is that they are a million times stronger than I am for enduring such hardship with grace. All the love and compassion you have may not be enough, but give it anyway.

Implementing laws such as prioritizing them on public transportation, places of worship and establishments or making sure your building complies with accessibility may never be enough. They would need more access to affordable healthcare and education, protection against discrimination in the workplace, equal employment opportunities and premium assistance in fulfilling familial duties and if employment is not possible then at least, more effective and sustainable livelihood assistance.

There is so much work to do to ensure they lead normal lives and since the government could not do everything alone, it gives me so much joy to think that an organization places the interests of the physically challenged first.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
Matthew 5:5





Here is an ad promoting God Is Able Int'l produced by Ad Garlic Philippines. It's very heartwarming to see that these people live amongst us and are no less of a functioning citizen than what some of us judge them to be. A person's worth shall not be limited to the things he can do and challenged people needs our respect as they have to face such stigma every day of their lives. The video sends an influential lesson that we should look out for each other and prove that our God is more able than our problems.

While it is sad the advertising industry has placed overemphasis on bodily perfection, setting unrealistic standards of beauty to the point of distorting our perception, it is refreshing to see that the same industry is starting to champion the causes of our impaired brothers and sisters. For an industry who tries to honor diversity, these marginalized people should be included in more campaigns to make brands more authentic and inclusive. Agencies have to be more informed of disability issues and how they can leverage that in delivering brand messages so powerful that they give their brands positive market feedback while at the same time increasing awareness on the harsh realities people with disabilities face.

Here's what you can do now, thank Him and visit godisableintl.org and become a partner today.

Be awesome.



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Know someone or an org doing awesome stuff for the country? 6th RAFI Triennial Awards

May we invite you to nominate individuals and institutions to the 6th RAFI Triennial Awards.

The awards program aims to recognize people and organizations who have committed themselves to building a more humane, equitable and caring society.  

It is given in 2 categories: the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution.

The Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual is open to every Filipino, natural born or naturalized citizen, at least 30 years old, and of good moral character whose dedication to their profession has made significant contributions to the advancement of the well-being of fellow Filipinos. 
The Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution is open to all institutions or organizations. They may be government organizations, non-government organizations, civic organizations, or people’s organizations, which have been established for at least three years, with functional programs and work with other groups in bringing about comprehensive and responsible development.

To nominate, you may fill out the attached nomination form and mail it to:

Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center 
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. 
35 Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City, 6000 



You may also send your nominations through email at mel.yan@rafi.org.ph;
OR through text by keying in
Nominee's Full Name <space> Nominee's Contact Details <space> Name of Person Nominating, 
and sending to 0949-764-3525 or to 0927-576-8055; 



OR by logging on to www.rafi.org.ph/event/nomination-form



Deadline for submission of nominations is on May 31, 2014. 

Winners of each award category will be given a trophy, cash prize of not less than Php 400,000, and the opportunity to travel in the Visayas and Mindanao to share their expertise and experience to various groups. 
Nominations are also accepted from government agencies, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, civil society, academe, and the business sector. Self-nomination is discouraged.




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How to do Kickass Rebranding and Awesome Social Media Strategy

Social Media Primer

What is social media?

Social Media is defined as a conversation powered by online platforms. Conversations between all people in the internet.

There is no regulation and no formal organization so an expert consultation is needed to aid entities who wish to utilize this form of media. Content that you share has to be emergent, fun, compelling but the key thing is to listen to your target audience.

The ability of your target audience to respond in real-time makes goals quantifiable as well as measurable qualitatively. It is a brand new way of understanding markets not just another messaging channel.

What are the things you can do with social media?


  1. Post real-time updates and advisories
  2. Complement your traditional media campaigns by making the materials available online
  3. Archive and distribute important government documents meant for public distribution
  4. Promote events 
  5. Raise awareness
  6. Crowd source materials, ideas, feedback, suggestion
  7. Recruit volunteers
  8. Raise funds


What are its limitations?

It is not a magic bullet, it will not help you if you don’t develop your brand, and if you don’t have a staff. As with any other medium, it takes time: to listen, to participate, to generate buzz and build a community. The biggest struggle non-profits and government have is understanding the platforms as tools to engage communities, that is what new media companies are built for.


Why is it important?

Internet usage is growing at an exponential rate. This year, Asia Pacific is expected to triple theirs with wifi-enabled mobile computing devices becoming commodities. Corporations, governments and NGOs are capitalizing on their social media profiles to engage.

Philippines has a fair chance to achieving the same brand success given the right tools, planning, and implementation. GlobalWebIndex published a study about social networking usage for 2011-212 and we, Filipinos, ranks first; all the more reasons to tap the medium. Industry insiders attribute it to our culture of kinship among family and friends.

Publicity.com reports that it took radio and TV to reach 50 million users. Facebook added 100 million users in 6 months. Amazing isn’t it?

No wonder why department and agencies of developing countries’ governments are on Facebook: Department of Health Victoria AU and Department of Health and Health Services of the US.


Overview of Social Media Planning


  1. Preplanning
    • Listening to existing benchmark entities and target market
  2. Planning
    • Setting goals
    • Developing brand
    • Developing key messages
    • Developing social media plan
    • Choosing the right platforms
  3. Implementation
    • Social media scheduling or action plan or workflow
    • Creating content
    • Posting content
    • Engage
  4. Evaluation and Recommendation
    • Checking metrics
    • Updating campaign strategy




Sample redesigned Cover Photo for National Nutrition Council Region 7 (NNCRVII)

Full-scale Implementation Proposal

Case Study for @NNCRVII


PROBLEM


  1. Workflow Managment. NNC 7 has to consolidate all social media properties.
  2. Branding. Needs to strengthen brand to effectively deliver key messages: 2012 NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR FILIPINOS 
  3. Promotion. Needs to let citizens in the region practice healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits


SOLUTION

Full-scale implementation of rebranding of NNC 7, developing content that engage target market, quantify results and widen reach, positive brand perception to increase reputation, authority, build community, loyalty and mind recall, hire an NNC outsourced social media manager to post, engage and maintain social media properties and brand equities.


GOALS


  1. Develop strong branding guidelines for NNC 7
  2. Increase Facebook page followers
  3. Increase Facebook page targeted content engagement
  4. Increase Twitter page followers
  5. Increase Twitter page targeted content engagement
  6. Create social media content (ONLINE) and marketing collateral (OFFLINE) that effectively deliver the key messages included in the 2012 NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR FILIPINOS 
  7. Update communities in the region about NNC 7 projects and advisories


Main Target Audience

Region VII Filipino Youth Age 14-22 (High School to College Students)
Region VII Filipino Young Adults Age 23-30 (Working Professionals and Young Parents)







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A Great New Way to Support Countryside Entrepreneurial Activities @swcebu @swbohol @dost_pagasa


THE Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICT Office), is again supporting Startup Weekend Cebu (SWC) which will be on its fourth staging come June 6-8 at the University of Cebu (UC) Banilad campus.

Startup Weekend Cebu 4, organized by TechTalks.ph and DOST-ICT Office and supported by Cebu Educational Development Foundation for IT (CEDF-IT), is aimed at generating breakthrough ideas from tech communities in the Visayas region.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition where developers, designers, marketers, technopreneurs, and venture capitalists come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup businesses.

The concept, which started in the U.S., is a global movement to empower young entrepreneurs to nurture their innovative ideas into becoming sustainable businesses.

The event gathers experts and practitioners from different fields of business to mentor the participants as they launch their concepts into business reality.

The whole event involves the participants in different stages of the business cycle including idea creation and business pitching, prototype development, mentorship and networking sessions until product or business presentation to possible investors and funders.

According to DOST Undersecretary and ICT Office executive director Louis Napoleon C. Casambre, the ICT Office has been moving forward in its new thrust to uplift the entrepreneurial spirit in the ICT industry, and in line with this, it is supporting Startup Weekend Cebu 4.

“The DOST - ICT Office believes that providing support in countryside entrepreneurial activities is an effective way in livening and expanding the local economy through ICT,” Ibrahim said. “Promotion of homegrown ICT products and businesses will not only provide employment in the countryside but also help develop innovative and creative solutions that can address not only the local but also the global market.”

Tina Amper, founder of TechTalks.ph, said the DOST - ICT Office has since been very supportive of their activities, which now includes a Startup Weekend in Bohol later this year.
“From the first Startup Weekend Cebu to `Geeks on a Beach’, the DOST - ICT Office has been a consistent backer,” Amper said. “They have always been there for us, and we are very grateful to them, specially to Usec. Casambre and ICT Office deputy executive director Mon Ibrahim.”

Amper is serving as adviser/mentor to a new set of volunteer organizers who have stepped up to lead this year’s Startup Weekend. Entrepreneurs Rica Serenio and Ben Skelton will be leading SWCebu and SWBohol, respectively.

During Startup Weekend, participants get acquainted with one another starting on a Friday night. They pitch startup concepts they are passionate about, and form teams around the most popular ideas. They refine their ideas and business plans and start building product prototypes with the help of the onsite mentors, and then present what they have accomplished in a four-minute pitch and demo by Sundayevening.

Following the success of its inaugural staging in May 2012, Startup Weekend Cebu organizers successfully staged its second and third and now decided to hold its fourth leg in June due to the incessant demand of startup enthusiasts in the Visayas and Mindanao area again in partnership with DOST-ICT Office.

With the support of DOST - ICT Office, Amper said the 4th edition of Startup Weekend Cebu in June is again expected to be a resounding success, as well as the first Startup Weekend Bohol in Tagbilaran.

The DOST – ICT Office and TechTalks.ph are likewise co-organizing Startup Weekend Bohol which, according to Amper, has already drawn the backing of Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto.

Everybody interested in learning how to start a business using web or mobile technologies are invited to participate in Startup Weekend Cebu 4. Technical mastery is not required.

Students, business people, and tech enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. Software developers and designers are likewise welcome to the event.

For registration or more information, visit the cebu.startupweekend.org or bohol.startupweekend.org sites, or find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @swcebu and @swbohol.



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See What This Telco Did To Change These Families' Lives Forever [Short Film]

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) will be remembered forever as a catalyst to global cooperation. Thousands of families have lost not only their homes but their lives and their families from the catastrophe that is why it makes my heart warm to be part of the launching of Globe Tattoo Village in Ormoc, Leyte.

Graced by the presence and support of Globe ambassadors, Georgina Wilson, Liz Uy and Mars Miranda, blessed families at Barangay Tambulilid can wake up to a new home soon.

With the mobilization and operational capabilities in community building by Gawad Kalinga, we can only hope that the partnership will spark a stronger, better Leyte and the rest of the country. Enjoy the short film!



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What Happens When Kids Are Taught The Basics of Fire Safety

For 10 days across different schools in the operating area of VECO, the electric service provider to Metro Cebu conducted enjoyable seminars to fifth graders aimed at fire safety, education against kite flying, personal defense, and practical first aid treatment. The Fire Safety Caravan fortifies the fact that kids learn when they have fun, understand its relevance and when they have complete hands-on experience. Enjoy the short film featuring the kids from Mandaue City Central School!

 

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#JayseeBlabs Closer Look on Corporate Social Responsibility

For a firm that monopolizes a utility service, VECO as a brand is never perceived as an evil capitalist mainly because they genuinely care about their customers by having numerous activities, benefit programs and marketing strategy such as this. It is a mantra that is passed on from generation to generation that every enterprise, big or small, should give back to its community. Implementing programs that encourage social good in the interest of your firm could be a first step in adding this component to your operations.

This is a great way of establishing what your company truly stands for. Being involved in city fires especially those living in cramped rundown spaces, the company has been challenged a numerous times and they could never do it alone that is why they have active education programs that helps consumers make wise energy-based decisions.

Events like this which targets children would need to go through a lot of planning and the content would even need to go through approval since it is a sensitive market, and VECO did a stellar job at creating modules which are both fun and informative as well as visually entertaining and interactive at best. The whole school area was utilized and the children did have a lot of laughs and when you can initiate an emotion like that, your frontrunners and company representatives did a great job for the day.

VECO also had to outsource the program to a non-profit who specializes in survival for content creation, training and event handling which gives us a lesson that you should capitalize on your strengths and tap the strengths of others to develop yours.




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How Cebu Provincial Gov't and CEMEX Makes A Difference After Haiyan

CEMEX Philippines, the leading producer of cement and other ready-mix products worldwide, officially partners with the provincial government, city governments of Northern Cebu and various non-government organizations to help the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda today.

According to Chito Maniago, CEMEX Philippines director for corporate communications and public affairs, the company’s new project dubbed as “Build Unity” is a “holistic, strategic and synergized community rebuilding program”.

A total of Php25M donated by the various CEMEX branches worldwide is intended to help the victims of the typhoon.

“It’s not the money but the partnership created. In unity, there is strength. We can’t do it alone,” said Maniago.

CEMEX Philippines tapped Task Force Paglig-on of the provincial government for the said project.

Atty. Ramil Abing, who appeared in behalf of Gov. Hilario Davide III, thanked CEMEX Philippines and other partners for their commitment and continued efforts in rebuilding Cebu.

“The province is doing its best to help and is currently facilitating the release of the help from the national government,” reported Abing.

Aside from the provincial government, “Build Unity” project is in partnership also with the city governments of Bogo and Danao where four (4) unity villages are set to be built with the help of Gawad Kalinga.

CEMEX Philippines partners also with the Department of Education Cebu Division to rehabilitate Kawit National High School in Medellin and with 3 Villages, 1 Goal  (3V1G):

  1. to build a community health center in Malapascua Island, 
  2. provide a bancambulansya (boat ambulance) and 
  3. train the people on first-aid and disaster response.


This project also aims to build a community livelihood center in Carnaza Island where a masonry skills training will be conducted with the help of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and install underwater cement sculptures and driftwood sculptures in various coastal towns that would serve as marine habitat as well as boost the areas’ ecotourism.

Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. and Daanbantayan City Mayor Augusto Corro unceasingly thanked all the government, non-government organizations and private entities who continued to send help even up to now. They are aiming to acquire lots for the relocation of the many families that survived the typhoon Yolanda as well as rehabilitate the damaged houses and livelihood.

“We are committed to the province, and to the cities. You can count on us. This is not just an act of today but we are moving forward,” said Paul Arcenas, CEMEX Phils vice president for strategic planning. (Lianne Llesol)


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Giving Back To The Country

The Young Minds Academy is a citizenship and leadership development program that is designed to develop young emerging leaders to become responsible citizens and accountable, pro-active leaders ready to serve the public and its interest.

YMA is an exciting opportunity by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, funded by the UnionBank of the Philippines,

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Yours Truly receiving the Certificate of Completion after grueling months of training and community involvement while at the same time finishing Thesis, graduating college and working part-time at an IT firm. I encourage every young Filipino to be civic minded and help in nation-building no matter how big or how small your efforts are.

Since its inception in 2006, YMA has trained almost 700 Cebuano youth leaders under its 3Cs framework of building Competence, strengthening Character, and promoting active Citizenship. This is done through raising awareness, experiential education, community immersion and open discourse.

The YMA scholars’ outputs, insights and realizations indicated how they were inspired to become agents of change, elevating the lives of others.

In this connection, we would like to invite your 12-20 years old youth friends/ students/ members/ children/ colleagues  to join YMA Season 8.

We will be accepting applications until March 10, 2014.

How to join YMA? 


A. Form a team of five (5) members under one of the following categories: 
  • Generation A : 17-20 years old 
  • Generation B : 12-16 years old 


B. Accomplish team and individual requirements: 
Download attached documents or download at www.rafi.org.ph/yma-applications

C. Submit completed application forms and requirements to RAFI for short listing and screening.  You may mail or submit in person at the following address: 

                        The Executive Director
            Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center
            Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.
            35 Lopez Jaena St. Cebu City 6000

Deadline for application is on March 10, 2014.

For your queries, please feel free to contact us through Jenny Lea Tan at 418-7234 loc 112 or email jenny.lea.tan@rafi.org.ph.

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2014 Ten Outstanding Students of the #Philippines Region 7 Launched | TOSP Region 7

The Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Region VII (TOSP Region VII) 2014 has officially commenced. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can now nominate graduating students who are outstanding in leadership, social responsibility, and academics. Colleges and universities should send their nominations on or before March 17, 2014, 5pm. Late submissions will not be accepted. The following designated offices should be considered in submitting the nomination forms:

HEIs in Cebu

CHED Region VII OfficeNational Government Center, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City
Contact Person: Edilyn Lopez
0929-555-9191
edilyn_lopez@yahoo.com

HEIs in Bohol


Dreams Project OfficeNew Capitol Building, Tagbilaran City
Contact Person: Nesie Fe Binatero
0909-859-3353
nesiefebinatero@yahoo.com

HEIs in Negros Oriental and Siquijor

ABC Learning CenterPiapi, Dumaguete City
Contact Person: Ryan Jay Riconalla
0905-473-1053
ryerics88@gmail.com


About TOSP

TOSP nomination forms can be downloaded at www.tospac.org or http://www.rfmfoods.com/ or contact the aforementioned persons for more information.

After all the nominations shall have been submitted, a screening process will be done to determine the Top 20 finalists who will undergo a three-day formation workshop and final interview in April 2014 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

TOSP is an Awards and Formation Program that seeks to galvanize the youth into nation building through exemplary academic performance, change-making social involvement, and inspiring leadership services to their school, local communities, and the country.

Since 1961, TOSP has been a laboratory of great leaders. In its roster are the likes of church luminaries Bishop Antonio Ledesma and Fr. Manoling Francisco, good governance icons Rene Saguisag and Raul Roco, social development gurus Vicky Pineda-Garchitorena and Sonia Roco, renowned broadcaster Ricardo Puno, and the current chief of the country’s higher education mandate, Dr. Patricia Licuanan who is the first awardee of the Search.

TOSP is a commitment of RFM Foundation, RFM Corporation, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), National Book Store, PLDT, and TOSP Alumni Community (TOSP-AC).



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Why You Should Screen This Film With Your Company or Organization Today

Intel Philippines and FIT-Ed, in collaboration with the Coalition for Better Education, are inviting you to watch a special screening of “Girl Rising”, a ground breaking feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform families. 



About Girl Rising

Narrated by the beautiful voices of Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Freida Pinto, the movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices.
  • There are 66 million girls are out of school worldwide. 
  • 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence and half of all sexual assaults victimize girls under 15 years old. 
  • The number 1 cause of death in girls aged 15-19 is childbirth

These are stunning figures provided to us by UNESCO.

The film which is shown world-wide presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world. The film uses powerful storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will change the World.

The special screening of Girl Rising was held last February 7, at the Cebu Normal University and since you most likely missed it you may host your own screening at home with your family, your university as part of Social and Economic Studies or in your office as part of your HR gender sensitivity program.

For more information, email CBE at admin@cbephils.net and they will be glad to make arrangements.


Official Trailer 

 


 Watch the full movie in YouTube 



#JayseeBlabs About Corporate Sponsorship on Women Empowerment Initiatives

Feminism and gender equality has been a positive catalyst to our modern society creating a world a better place for women, members of the third sex and the marginalized. We've heard about the recent brouhaha created by the sexist remarks of the newly minted Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who said that women who do not ask for a raise will be rewarded with good karma, an PR disaster that broke the whole tech world's golden gates for all the world to see. It is a cutthroat business world out there  reminiscent of fabled battlefields, that if you are too are too meek then you will not survive an industry run by vicious men and the CEO's comments reflect the current state of the world today, that there is a great divide because of the pains brought about by ancient practices and honored by different cultures who discriminate and looked lowly at women.

At a milestone event organized by UN Women and the UN Global Compact in Serbia, 12 CEOs signed the Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles last March. The private sector champions are: Avon, Actavis, Banca Intesa, B92 Media, Carlsberg, Coca Cola Hellenic Group Serbia, Deloitte, Erste Bank, IBM, Serbia Post, Transnafta and VIP Mobile. Many had already begun to implement a range of initiatives to empower women, such as to develop and track the leadership potentials of female employees, HR practices that protect women's interests, sponsoring women and LGBT events, offering flexible work schedules and recognizing the status of working parents.

As a business leader, you should start to take the cue of those who signed up for this treaty and in your own small ways, join in the revolution to make the private sector one of the best places to work and live for.


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The Rise of Techie Pinoy Laborers

Digital skills are seen as most critical to economic growth especially in the Asia Pacific region. Governments are encouraged to revamp education and offer more opportunities for employment to hasten economic development.

To address the increasing demand for skilled technical workers, Intel and TEVSAPHIL are working to integrate the Intel Easy Steps course into vocational programs nationwide.


Yours truly with Cebu bloggers supporting the cause.

To date, Intel Easy Steps, through its various partners, have reached a total of 54,034 grassroots learners and 1,182 trainers.

About Intel-TEVSAPHIL Partnership

Intel is looking at this collaboration to scale the reach of the Intel Easy Steps through the 4,500-strong private vocational school network of TEVSAPHIL INC.


“These days, knowing how to use ICT tools like computers, tablets, word processing, email, the internet among others is imperative in delivering quality services in healthcare, tourism, and business process outsourcing,” 
- Alex T. Escaño, Chairman & President, TEVSAPHIL -

“We envision a future where the Filipino workforce can readily harness the power of technology for both employment and their lives outside work. 
"Our partnership with Intel is definitely a step towards that direction.” 
Mr. Escaño adds.


About Intel Easy Steps

With the Intel Easy Steps course integrated into its programs, TEVSAPHIL will be able to improve the digital literacy skills of both trainers and tech-voc students, who will in turn impart their acquired skills to other members.



Intel Easy Steps teaches adult learners basic computer skills like word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia, internet, and email, and trains them how to use these skills for entrepreneurship and employment. 


“We have seen great success from Intel Easy Steps in the Philippines, and we are very grateful for the continued support of TESDA.
We are very hopeful that with this complementary partnership with TEVSAPHIL, we will be able to reach more technical vocation learners and together achieve a digitally literate workforce in the future,” 
- Yvonne Flores, Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel PH -

#JayseeBlabs on Supporting Vocational Training

For a global technology technology brand, investing in vocational education could only develop positive brand awareness as well as reaching out to potential market, who will, one day, consume and adapt to high-end technology by increasing its value to the life of the learners; a smart move indeed both in business and social responsibility perspective.


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A Dying Man's Wish

We are not strong.

I am sorry to disappoint you, world but we are not as “resilient” as what you may have heard of us. You can’t just say that we had this crisis because we are "strong people."  

When the greatest storm of biblical magnitude comes crashing in, you’ve got nowhere to run, the strength we once know just… disappears.

Nothing will ever discount the pain brought about when our towns got awashed like an ant thrown into a tumbling industrial washing machine. If developed nations took a considerable amount of time to recover, imagine a small country like ours suffering hundred times more.

No one could ever be prepared enough for the tragedy that took the lives of hundreds of thousands and one heart of our nation.

An expat stormchaser recounts the last days of Tacloban as a sea of water where, moments later, lit up the dark sky as the remnants of the city went afire.

Where were you as a child got torn away my arms by ravaging waters finger by finger? Where were you as a gym’s roof got ripped away by devilish winds and landed on some crouching people as furious as you would stomp on a cockroach? Yes. You were safe and warm. Oh wait, have you ever seen a bloated corpse? Yep, she could be a wife, a mother, or a sister over there.

The winds had this… sinister ominous whistle. You heard it didn’t you? How can I forget it? It cradled me to sleep.

Thing is, we’ll never know when we are able to stand up again. 
The people were beyond exhausted. 

The rest of us had grief taken over our bodies and began to act on instincts. Ravaged. Beastly. The stench of death everywhere taught them to be stronger. Panning your vision around, you are unable to make the places that you once call home. Survival withers away by the second and the last ones have hit rock bottom.

I wish I can say to myself that the only to look is up, but their joints are too weak to even pivot. Emotionally. Spiritually. Physically. 

I don’t have the energy to blame anyone. So should you. No blaming politicians and their cohorts whose corruption scandal just went public. No blaming risk councils whose disaster plan was a blank web page. No blaming the media who upon hearing the tragedy went on to air stupid dance numbers instead of a telethon and uninterrupted coverage. No blaming the all mighty President who went on to say that we were not prepared enough. No blaming yourself for doing nothing or not doing enough. No blaming God. And I could go on but… Just. Stop. Blaming. Each Other!

Can you imaging a Dying Man's Wish? "We’re gonna use our last weakened breaths to scream for help. Screams that will haunt you in your sleep. The same sounds dying families made while struggling in the water. I’ll keep screaming that if I may not be able to live a day more… someone else will."

We are not 'strong'...

Help.


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EARTHDAY JAM TOUR 2013 AT AYALA CENTER #CEBU #ReliefPH

Cebu’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, Ayala Center Cebu and Earthday Jam Foundation Inc., bring you the first leg of the Earthday Jam Tour 2013 this November.

On November 23, 5pm at the Ayala Terraces, catch the launch of the 2013 Clean Air Concert to mark the month-long Clean Air celebration by Earthday Jam Foundation and DENR in a series of Earthday Jam concerts.

The country's biggest concert for a cause is back with ethnic, reggae and alternative artists such as Bambu Spliff, Dance With Me Kris and Kaliftra with Rivermaya, Nina, Lou and her band, Noel Cabangon and Karel Marquez.  

Earthday Jam Tour will also feature local non-government organization partners, DENR Cebu and educational organizations and supporters in the series of events. The program will highlight environmental documentaries, animated music videos, booths, demonstrations and trivia segments with various prizes and environmental citations. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Ayala Center Cebu Concierge at (032) 516-2035 or (032) 231-5342. You can also visit the website: www.ayalamalls.com.ph or “like” the official Ayala Center Cebu on facebook (www.facebook.com/AyalaCebu) for more details on upcoming shows and events.


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Filipino Nurses Heralds Compassionate Care

About 300 catholic nurses will gather this Saturday (September 21) to discuss issues and concerns relevant to catholic faith and caring as they hold their 2nd Local Convention. 

This was announced by Ms. Edith Rose R. Santos, the Convention Chair. Santos added that the local convention carries the theme

“Nurses: Witnesses of Faith towards Compassionate Care” 

As part of the observance of the Year of Faith, professional nurses will convene at the JSU-PSU Mariners Court, ALU Cmpd, Arellano St., Cebu City.

Pope Benedict XVI has decreed that the Catholic Church will observe the Year of Faith between 11 October 2012 and 24 November 2013.

He has set aside a special year for Catholics throughout the world to rediscover, and share with others, the precious gift of Faith entrusted to the Church and the personal gift of faith that we have each received from God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

The program will start with a Eucharistic Celebration. Rev. Fr. Benjamin M. Trazo, the organization’s spiritual adviser will officiate the mass.

Former Regional Director of Professional Regulations Commission Region VII and CNGP Board Member, Dr. Delia Z. Mediano will elaborate the theme while Fr. Loreto Jaque of the Cebu’s Archbishop Palace will discuss “Finding sacredness and meaning in one’s work”. 

The event is organized by the Catholic Nurses Guild of the Philippines (CNGP) Cebu Chapter with Dr. Carmelita T. Villanobos as President. CNGP, a member International Committee of Catholic Nurses and Medico-Social Assistant is an association of catholic nurses with the objectives of:

  1. promoting the professional, spiritual, personal and moral welfare of nurses in the country; 
  2. cultivate professional nursing practice that is compassionate, competent and ethical; 
  3. foster fellowship and cooperation among its members; and 
  4. promote social action and lay apostolate. 


For details about the convention and membership, you may call Merlyn at 0943-366-8976 or Lita at 0919-507-7990.


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YOU'RE INVITED: Rock Ed Cebu 1st Year Anniversary Events

Call to action re: Zamboanga War


1.) Kick-off event:
Movie Wednesday at Handuraw
September 25, 2013, 7pm
(Handuraw, 2nd Floor)
Featuring Cebu's Promising Indie Films


2.) Main Event:
Peace Concert
September 28, 2013, 7pm-sawa
(Handuraw, 1st Floor)
Featuring Cebu's Hottest LoKal Bands
Book Drive/ Donation Drive for the displaced evacuees in Zamboanga standoff.

Peace Facts


  1. Cebu City Council Resolution No. 09-044, 12-756, 12-3789-2012, 12-4252-2012 declared this month as Interfaith and Peace Month.
  2. United Nations Resolution 36/67 establishes the International Day of Peace every 21st of September.


Life Notes

I was in Cagayan de Oro for a very short trip a few days ago and the tensions in Zamboanga echoed among airwaves and everyday conversations with the locals like wildfire waiting to consume us all. If you are not familiar with this unfortunate tale, I recommend you read this eye opening piece by Jowel Canuday of GMA News.

But you have to know that there is always something we can do no matter how big or small a step you take today. I was just glad to have a few hours of my Saturday night off to meet with the core group of Rock Ed Cebu

I had met Pip, Kim and Jay, who all have the passionate hearts to initiate active citizenship among the youth and young adults by taking advantage of our vibrant music and indie art scene and the welcoming Cebuano attitude. In fact, they have also met up with Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. heads Sir Ruben, Herbert and Chanel the first time the group was convened, as inspired by Ms Gang Badoy herself. As the Outreach Chair, I pledged the support of CBSi into any form of marketing especially to our online followers and partners.

If you wish to be part of the group, please give Pip a holla, your contribution would be very much appreciated.

We all are tired of running away: from our responsibilities, problems, anger or unsettled pasts. But can you imagine what displaced families are running from, when the difference between life and death is cantering a mile away? Though we can't physically protect them, the least we could do is take part in movements within our convenience and give a little piece of ourselves to those who need it most.

Ring up your folks, mark your calendars because it's going to be one heck of a night! :)


Movie Wednesday at Handuraw
September 25, 2013, 7pm 

Peace Concert at Handuraw
September 28, 2013, 7pm-sawa 



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My Alternative Proposals Instead Of #ScrapPork #MillionPeopleMarch PDAF

I have nothing against #ScrapPork and the #MillionPeopleMarch. In fact, I am so happy that the people are not passive about this, as active citizenship is badly needed in these challenging times. I call it heroic. Our country, despite the amazing credit rating, is currently facing grave effects of corruption, cities drowning under water because of torrential rains and hundreds of lives lost in yet another sea tragedy. 

I want the people to be angry. We need a burning passion to rebuild, passion for our country to excel. But we should do it smartly.

I strongly believe Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is not to blame. It was intended to distribute national wealth for soft (social services) and hard (infrastructure) government projects supposedly. A vision to serve people. Please don't blame the initiative. Even great NGOs are suffering from bad publicity because of the involvement of the bogus ones. We can't abolish it since the government agencies would have to do all the spending since they have their own priorities as well. Legislators need the fund too for the improvement of their constituencies.

What I am suggesting is the incorporation of third-party auditors before and after the funds are released. We are home to Asia's, if not the world's, best auditing firms, The Big Four (esp. SGV and Manabat Co.) and the best business consulting firms such as Guthrie-Jensen, McKinsey, Bain and BCG. So why not invest in their capabilities and save billions along the way? Since Commission on Audit and our corruption watchdog agencies could only do so much. Even in their presence these things happened, so then we ask, isn't it about time we partner with people who do world-class project development and unbiased auditing and accounting services?

Second, we need real-time transparency to the last cent through publicly accessed information channel such as the internet. Finance, business and accounting students all over the country may even incorporate it in their curriculum and projects as case studies for further scrutiny. When the general public have access to verified financial reports and supporting documents, our public leaders will be more cautious and shall be praised if they had done well.

I think we are past inciting hatred. It is about time we cultivate passion within our selves to start caring for this country and other people, so that one day, no one will be hungry, no one will be poor. Idealistic? Nope. I call it visionary.

As someone who has collaborated with NGOs, worked in the corporate world and graduated with Information Technology majors, I've concluded that we should start with the end in mind and everything will eventually fall into place if we do it right.

One thing we lack is that the bureaucracy needs to be collaborative, dynamic and innovative. Some of our systems are broken and it takes forever to address them, maybe because of the generational gap or the inefficient traditional processes. New ideas and technologies should be considered immediately just like how businesses and top-notch organizations operate.

Listening to the needs of the people and the organization and bench marking on the world's best practices should be priority as well. Lastly, we should always integrate risk mitigation, sustainability and protecting public interest at all times.


Here's what our legislators and significant people have to say about the fund and please don't miss out the honest comments below, trust me, you're gonna have a great time!

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/8-opinions-pdaf-scam-know-012118372.html


If you want to participate in online nation-building efforts, visit Change.org/ph


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Special Feature: Awesome Women for Tomorrow!

Moving women from poverty to financial independence is a dream that only a handful of organizations have attained.

Standing strong against indicators and factors that microfinance institutions face is what Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. (NWTF) promises, if it is the last thing they would do.

I was fortuitous enough to be able to get the chance to meet the people behind the globally-recognized institution that has changed the way millions of Filipinos have lived. I would like to thank Gadgets Magazine and their judges and partners for recognizing this blog as the winner for the Special Category of the GoodBlog Awards last year and to my teammates and friends for life from the Young Minds Academy (YMA) and shoutout to people NWTF especially to Ms. Presy Alba and Mr. Pachito Genovia for the travel opportunity of my life. Thank you for arranging my itinerary and accommodations. Also I would to extend my gratitude to the staff of South Gate Inn in Kabankalan City, O Hotel in Bacolod City, and Danjugan Island for your hospitality.

Flying from Cebu-Mactan Int'l Airport, I was able to see the green quaint landscape of vast agricultural lands of Bacolod City an hour after departure when the heavenly fluffy clouds had cleared away below my plane window.

What is NWTF?

In more than three decades of operating, NWTF has proven that financially handicapped people are very credit worthy partners contrary to what traditional banks think of them. Reports will show that they have made significant and amazing contributions to nation-building by stimulating the economies of rural areas.

As they have gained economic stability as their home businesses grew, so did their dignity. The organization has expanded socio-economic performance by providing benefits that used to be just a dream to the poor such as scholarships for their children, insurance benefits, dental aid and business marketing and management training.

Over the years, they have emphasized the culture of excellence and partnership which I think brought them to heights they have never imagined.

I was introduced to the NWTF Kabankalan Branch team where major transactions are being done. I met Ma’am Virgie, a loan officer for twenty long years whose motivation to work is the relevance of what she does for others. I also met Ms Aileen Talanguenes and Ms Sharyn Aroz who make sure the paper works are done right. NWTF also offers scholarship to less fortunate but deserving students as well and as for the business loans, they offer a 2.5% interest rate with a rebate of 10% at the end of the term, an offer so generous no mainstream bank would dare counter.


NWTF Achievements

Their new policies, strategies and direction have paved the way for their yearly successes and the divergence between the people working behind have contributed just as much.

In fact, they have sought partnership with Ateneo University, Citi Foundation and Bayan Academy to roll out training courses that will empower their employees as they try to reach organizational goals. Investing in their managers and flying them all the way to the USA is one of their greatest feats in the area of employee development; special thanks to Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, and Harvard Business School in Boston for making it happen.

Known to be blessed with fertile lands, straggling rice plantations are an enlivening common sight. If you move around poetic country roads, you will be welcomed with stately trees lining as you pass by like soldiers welcoming a distinguished guest.


Building a rock solid banking player, their Dungganon Bank Inc. boasts of amazing critieria: 20 million pesos in portfolio, 3,000 active clients and zero portfolio at risk as of 2011.
Expanding to 50 more provinces in Panay, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Samar and Palawan, their loan disbursements and portfolio has no way to turn but up.

Buses and tricycles are the main modes of transportation going around the nostalgically attractive kabankalan city negros oriental. Those are zealous farmhands loading sugar canes on their truck at one stop we had, and the one inset is a preacher who discusses relevant scriptures and would ask for donations to make what does sustainable which is actually quite common in Manila as well.
Buses and tricycles are the main modes of transportation going around the nostalgically attractive town. Those are zealous farmhands loading sugar canes on their truck at one stop we had, and the one inset is a preacher who discusses relevant scriptures and would ask for donations to make what does sustainable which is actually quite common in Manila as well.

A fetching sworn seashore that is home to a retired boat is just beautiful for an afternoon stroll. bacolod city
A fetching sworn seashore that is home to a retired boat is just beautiful for an afternoon stroll.

Two fishermen seeking solitude below a sturdy tree before heading on to finish their shellfish harvesting. bacolod city
Two fishermen seeking solitude below a sturdy tree before heading on to finish their shellfish harvesting.


But one metric for their success is the fact that they had been recognized by international entities namely Kiva Microfunds, Vittana and WholePlanet Foundation to name a few.
They received the highest recognition as Triennial Awardee by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI).


Here is my short documentary of NWTF at one of their lively center meetings where members would update the cluster of their business progress, challenges they need assistance with and where they would remit their loan payments for the week...


Seeing how candidly happy they are with each other and how their lives turned out through the group sharing, they'll make you realize that the people behind the organization have done one heck of a job. Something about asking them to watch each other's backs and monitoring each other's progress contributed to the exponential success of NWTF all these years, as they try to venture out to new markets throughout the nation. These women have forged a bond deeper than anything I've ever seen. Their challenges with their home-based businesses and their families have not been toppled in their soft shoulders alone since they have the whole community walking through it with them. kabankalan city negros oriental
Seeing how candidly happy they are with each other and how their lives turned out through the group sharing, they'll make you realize that the people behind the organization have done one heck of a job. It really helps that my vernacular, Bisaya, is quite similar to theirs so communicating wasn't really much of a hindrance. Something about asking them to watch each other's backs and monitoring each other's progress contributed to the exponential success of NWTF all these years, as they try to venture out to new markets throughout the nation. These women have forged a bond deeper than anything I've ever seen. Their challenges with their home-based businesses and their families have not been toppled in their soft shoulders alone since they have the whole community walking through it with them. 

Just a walk away from the hut they have built as a modest community center are the muffled sounds of cute brown piglets seeking refuge with each other in a natural pen in one of the mom-client's business. Also a merchandise of an NWTF client is the refueling center catering to tricycle and motor drivers who ride in the area with a light-hearted warning that she takes no credit, as part of mitigating risk from heartless customers which made me smile. kabankalan city negros oriental
Just a walk away from the hut they have built as a modest community center are the muffled sounds of cute brown piglets seeking refuge with each other in a natural pen in one of the mom-client's business. Also a merchandise of an NWTF client is the refueling center catering to tricycle and motor drivers who ride in the area with a light-hearted warning that she takes no credit, as part of mitigating risk from heartless customers which made me smile.



What is Project Dungganon?

Project Dungganon provides credit of one thousand (P1,000) to hundred thousand pesos (P100,000) to women micro-entrepreneurs. Members form a group of five and organize weekly meetings and what is interesting about it is that they are also responsible in monitoring prompt payment of fellow members. They check on each other to ensure that they have a healthy credit standing with NWTF.

It is also note worthy that they have a supplementary system that enables them to assess how the client will be able to survive. They have devised a strategy that effectively sees the members' innate talents, skills and work experiences that has business potential. Through the IGSS or Income Generating Survival Skills method, clients can define a business plan and lower the portfolio at risk and higher repayment rates as they tend to go about their lives.

When the client has the capacity to expand business from the micro up to the Small and Medium Enterprise level, they then graduate and proceed to a new program, the Project Kasanag.

The first successful client I've met personally was Ms. Cecille Salarde who shines bright with her smile as she welcomes me into her first house's living room. Yes, right now she has a second bigger home reaped from her success. After a very engaging conversation over refreshments, I've learned about how she began with two trays of balut and selling it in the neighborhood personally excreting tears and pain in the process before becoming the mega-entrepreneur she is today. Being awarded by the Citi Foundation for her dedication to give her family and those who work for her a brighter future, she is also a living tribute to the very values that NWTF stands for.

Ms Salarde gives me a tour to her numerous enterprises. Clockwise from top left is one of the dozen salvers of boiled peanuts ready for packing, a balut or a delicious steam duck embryo over a light bulb to assess its freshness and age, one of Ms. Salarde's workers inspects the balut storage cabinets in one of her warehouses and a truckload of pink-tainted salted duck egg which exhumes a very aromatic brine and has become a staple appetizer in Filipino homes. Not in this collage are her three burger stands, sari-sari store and her frozen foods produce.



She has the penchant for brightly colored love birds and the songs they make all throughout the day works just like a charm.



I've also come to notice some adorable pigeons bathing at a puddle nearby like little kids on a beach and they were just ignoring them like a common sight but I really do find it very captivating.

Ladies and gentlemen, the NWTF-Project Dungganon Story...




I've also met Ms Josephine Rico who was elected the Chief of Center 50 who herself had gone through great afflictions before she progressed to be the leader of the women in her neighborhood. She remembers that before NWTF gave her the chance to build her own business, she used to share one whole egg with her husband and her children as a whole day's meal. I wouldn't know what she went through but I can definitely say she is one strong woman to have risen up from her challenges. Nothing ever prepared her of the difficulties of moving away from her hometown in Zambales to be with the man he loves but it all turned out quite amazingly well eventually. With strong faith and hard work, she now operates seven motorcycles, two sari-sari stores, donated a parcel of land to be the community center as shown in the photo and owns two houses.

As their name resounds the very essence of empowering women and their families for tomorrow, NWTF will continue to transform lives of their clients and their families each day.

2 Things You Can Do Now:



  1. Visit NWTF Official Website for more information so that you would have an idea as to how you can participate individually or through your company. There is a cluster in every major city in the country so they're probably not hard to miss.
  2. Wherever you are in the world today, you can easily invest in an NWTF mom at Kiva.com by just using your Facebook Profile




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