Policy Brief

Study of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystems in South East and East Asian Countries – Country Analysis: Republic of the Philippines


This Philippine country analysis is part of a series on the social entrepreneurship and social innovation ecosystems in Asia countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. The comparative study provides a global analytical framework on characteristics, trends, challenges and lessons learnt for building a supportive social enterprise ecosystem that leads social innovation in the different focus countries. According to the report, the social entrepreneurship and enterprise sector in the Philippines is currently undergoing a transition with more and more young entrepreneurs stepping in to start social enterprises. The lack of business skills—such as expertise in accounting, tax regulations, value chain development, organizational management, etc.—is one of the most common challenges identified by social enterprises and intermediaries. To respond to this demand, a number of organizations have started providing trainings in these areas. Also, there is generally a lack of financial support for social enterprises. Thus, to mitigate this challenge, the report proposes sharing information and deals among investors in order to bring in new investors.


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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