REACHING THE FARTHEST FIRST
The State of Social Enterprise in the Philippines



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MESSAGE FROM PHILSEN

Social enterprises in the Philippines may be characterised as responses to the current development paradox of high poverty and inequality despite constant economic growth. Social enterprise stories in the country are moving not only increasing incomes of households but also remain true to certain causes such as poverty alleviation, gender empowerment, social inclusion, environmental awareness, among others.


Oftentimes when we relate to government and legislators, we are asked about the number of social enterprises, where are they located geographically and sector-wise and the extent of impact that these do for the people and the communities.


This research then is a very good attempt to qualify these questions beyond the anecdotes. It attempts to provide evidence of the growing sector, the promise of engaging both governments and the private sector and the challenges the sector face.


While we have initial gains to build upon, policy-makers are still enjoined to focus on the consistent social enterprise narrative of employing, engaging and empowering sectors which are almost always left behind, if not the farthest behind. Putting them in the forefront of social enterprise initiatives coupled with private sector and government support paints a picture that we can change the paradoxical story we are in – that of high economic growth with high poverty and growing inequality.


It is in this context also that the Philippine Social Enterprise Network together with the PRESENT Coalition, a group SE and like-minded organisations, resource institutions and advocates, have been pushing for the Poverty Reduction through Social Entrepreneurship (PRESENT) Bill to recognise the positive contributions of social enterprises in the Philippines.


We thank our partners in the British Council, the European Union and UNESCAP for trusting us in this endeavour. The same level of appreciation also extends to all who have participated in the survey. As we always say in the Network, let’s continue to do good, do well and do right!


The PhilSEN Board of Trustees and Staff


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STRENGTHENING CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL ENTERPRISE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT (CSO-SEED)



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Overview

CSO-SEED aims to improve civil society participation in policy reforms to develop an environment conducive to decent work, job creation and SME development. The project will realise this goal by using social enterprise as a development pathway.


CSO-SEED will be implemented for three years and will cover the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM, along with other Bangsamoro areas in Mindanao. These are areas affected by conflict and underdevelopment for over four decades.


This project is through a consortium of Balay Mindanaw, the Foundation for a Sustainable Society, PhilSEN, the British Council and co-funded by the European Union. CSO–SEED aims to build a stronger SME sector through the promotion of social enterprise, considered a sub-category of SME. The focus on social enterprise development will in turn deliver an innovative approach to the areas of decent work and job creation.


The approach offers a sustainable and empowering way to support inclusive economic development, reducing barriers to economic security, particularly for vulnerable groups.



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Project Highlights

CSO–SEED will mobilise the project through a consortium with Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc. (BMFI), the Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc. (FSSI), the Philippine Social Enterprise Network (PhilSEN) and the British Council. The consortium will closely work with the Department of Trade and Industry in the ARMM in the implementation of the project, focusing on three interlinked components:




Project Outcomes

The results from all the project components will contribute to an enhanced understanding of the social enterprise landscape in Mindanao, especially in the ARMM area, and contribute to the agenda on decent work, job creation and SME development in the Philippines. Lessons learnt and best practices will be shared in support of building viable social enterprises that resolve current challenges such as unemployment and income inequalities. CSO–SEED is pioneering in its approach; milestones will also provide building blocks for future undertakings in similar contexts.


Project Reach

1.33 MILLION EUROS OR 68 MILLION PESOS FUNDING
300 SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LEADERS
60 SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
20 ADVOCACY-ORIENTED CSOS
10 SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INTERMEDIARIES
20,000 INDIRECT BENEFICIARIES OF THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS


START-UP REHABILITATION FUND FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY (SURFER)





Through SURFER, PHILSEN aspires to contribute and assist in rebuilding and restoring the vibrancy of the economic landscape and resuscitate the fractured lives and economies in the communities, villages and barrios of areas/provinces devastated by Haiyan. Specifically, the project aims to --

    1. Give the Haiyan survivors access to financial resources for the rehabilitation of the community livelihood enterprises in the form of soft loans;

    2. Capacitate and improve their skills in DRRM, sustainable livelihood and social entrepreneurship, etc.; and,

    3. Link them to profitable markets and competitive value chains towards achieving the triple bottomlines of social enterprise of “doing good, doing right, doing well”.


The communities

1. Ormoc Organic Farmers Association (ORFASI) with the Philippine Network of Rural Development and Democratization (PHILNET-RDD)

  • Currently with 150 members in 3 barangays with the possible expansion to 650 total farmers in 13 barangays in Ormoc City
  • Organic rice production

2. Sinirangan Coffee Producers Association (SICOPA) with the Philippine Coffee Alliance (PCA)

  • 187 members (67 men, 120 women) in General McArthur, Quinapondan, Giporlos and Llorente in Eastern Samar
  • Engaged in marketing outlets cum coffee kiosks in strategic locations in the 4 towns

3. Mahawak Fisherfolk Association (MFA) with Bag-ong Sugbu Foundation

  • 58 members (all men) in Medellin, Northern Cebu
  • Engaged in dried fish processing and marketing

4. Tolosa Organic Farmers Association (TOFA) with Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT)

  • 86 members in Tolosa, Leyte
  • Production and marketing of organic agricultural products and a food house

5. Tabgas Women’s Association (TAWA) with Balay Mindanaw Foundation/ Katilingbanong Pamahandi sa Mindanaw Foundation (KPMFI)

  • 240 members (all women) in Barangay Tabgas, Albuera, Leyte
  • Engaged in retail of meat through a meatshop and now adding grocery items and other agricultural products






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