– Launching of Yellow Entrepreneurs / Gawad Kalinga CSI (Center for Social Innovation)

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Jun 25, 2011

GK Enchanted Farm, Bulacan
24 June 201
Despite heavy rains, President Benigno S. Aquino III graced the Launching of the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Center for Social Innovation (CSI) Social Enterprise Movement at the GK Enchanted Farm in Bulacan.

In his message, the President said that 99.6 % of businesses in the Philippines are comprised of micro, small and medium enterprises. With this, GK's Social Enterprise Movement will certainly help in contributing to the country's economic growth leading to poverty eradication. He encouraged all Filipinos, especially the youth, to take part in GK business endeavors that will not only improve their lives but will also bring more job opportunities to their fellow Filipinos. President Aquino stressed that the administration will give its all-out support to the Social Enterprise Movement and business sector through expedited processing of business registry. He will make sure that all efforts of industrious businessmen will not be put to waste. The GK's plan of training five hundred thousand young entrepreneurs until 2016 was lauded by the President. He also commended Gawad Kalinga Founder and President Tony Meloto for all his undying efforts in giving solutions, rather than complaints, to the country's challenges.

President Aquino checked some of the products offered by the GK CSI like the kesong-puti made from milk of organically-farmed goats, the bicycle made of bamboo called Bambike and other local Bulacan delicacies.

GK CSI Social Enterprise Movement produces affordable and high-quality Filipino products using organic Philippine-grown ingredients. It promotes the culture of entrepreneurship among the new generation of social Filipino entrepreneurs and aims to establish socially relevant and high impact businesses that will promote an environment of healthy competition.
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Center for Social Innovation 

CSI (Center for Social Innovation) is a business ecosystem developer that aims to build a culture of social entrepreneurship. Business ecosystems are spaces that are forgiving enough for social entrepreneurs to make mistakes while testing prototypes and new business models; AND spaces that are also demanding enough for them to build global Filipino brands that have real social and environmental impact.

CSI does this by engaging the Gawad Kalinga network and by leveraging on the Gawad Kalinga community platform. The first provides access to experts and volunteers from the academe, business, government and other fields. The second allows social enterprises an opportunity to achieve scale, sustainability and impact.

Scaling up is hard to do but there is an urgent need for social enterprises to do them. Social enterprises that achieve scale not only achieve financial sustainability but they also directly improve the lives of more Filipino families and significantly address environmental concerns. CSI therefore facilitates the transfer of resources from experts and institutions to social entrepreneurs who need them for scaling up.

The missing element in all of these is a pipeline of young leaders, potential social entrepreneurs. They have the time and the energy to immerse in communities who need to be sustainable but also have enough skills to deal with experts and build Filipino brands. CSI then partners with key institutions to ensure a steady supply of young Filipinos actually become social entrepreneurs.

Social entrepreneurs deal with a wide range of issues and not just business-related ones. You can help us build a culture of social entrepreneurship every time you:

1. Attend CSI Nights! Tuesdays on Katipunan Avenue and Thursdays on Taft Avenue. (Watch out for CSI Nights outside Metro Manila.)

2. Apply as volunteer or intern for CSI or for any of the social enterprises on its network.

3. Convince your school (present or previous) to start a course or program on social entrepreneurship. We can guide and provide templates for the school administration and faculty.

4. Share personal or business development skills via trainings for social entrepreneurs.

5. Visit the Enchanted Farm (in Bulacan and soon in Bacolod, Palawan, CamSur, Samar, and Butuan) and join the day- to week-long camps. Regular trips are on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

6. Invest in a social enterprise or convince the company you are in to be a partner.

7. Start a social enterprise yourself, with your barkada, your organization or even with us!

Interested? Questions? Please email!


About rictandag @rictandag @LVHelpGro Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Tandag, Surigao del Sur, Republic of the Philippines 1979-1980; Financial Management training Program [FMP], G.E., Appliance Park, Louisville, Kentucky 1981-1982 Champion [two days] Jeopardy 1986 Attorney, Los Angeles, CA 1989-1995 Disabiility Rights Attorney,, Las Vegas 1998-1999 Immigration Asylum Attorney, throughout the State of Kansas 1999-2001 Supply Logistics Specialist, UPS Las Vegas, 2006- present [business] advocate for: [Gawad Kalinga, tagalog for "to give care"]
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