Dr.Aris Alip dreamed of opening a bank for the poor when he was heading the field program operations group of Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). His dream became a reality after 11 years when he set up Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Inc as a social development foundation with the aim of providing micro lending assistance to the […]

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) under the new president Rodrigo Duterte and Secretary Ramon Lopez defined its overall mission as alleviating poverty and uplifting the quality of life of all Filipinos. This will be done through sustainable economic growth that generates more income opportunities through employment and entrepreneurship. Secretary Lopez, a champion of SMEs for the last eleven […]

The Philippines had 5.36 million foreign tourists in 2015 staying an average of 10.5 days. It earned some P227.62 billion in revenues, representing close to 16% increase in arrivals and close to 6% increase in revenues vs 2014. Samie Lim, Vice President for Tourism and Retailing of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), has proposed 8A’s to drastically […]

Before becoming a Congresswoman in 2012, Leni Robredo was a lawyer focusing on the poor and marginalized. She was awarded the Most Outstanding Private Prosecutor in 2009 given by Volunteer Against Crime and Corruption (VACC). She decided to run as congresswoman after her late husband died due to the belief that only 1 family member will be in public office at a time. In Congress, […]

Q1: La Frutera developed the first large-scale banana plantation in the ARMM region, and hired rebel returnees. It is now the fourth largest regional producer of cavendish banana. What was on your mind when you decided to invest in a war-torn province instead of a safer region? A: I am just one of the co-founders of La Frutera which is now a 1300-hectare banana plantation. […]

Atty. Teresita Herbosa is the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) tasked to implement two major laws, the Corporation Code, where they act as the registrar and monitor of all corporations and partnerships, and the Securities Regulation Code (SRC), where they regulate securities and capital markets. According to the Direct Selling Association of the Philippines (DSAP), many new […]

Q1: You have been with Mansmith for over 10 years, what was Mansmith like before and after you took over? A: Back when it was founded in 1990, Mansmith was inspired by a simple passion for learning – i.e., learning beyond textbooks, learning from experts, learning about what matters in business, among others. There was an opportunity for a training […]

Q1: Your foundation has been helping 30,000 children through some 17,000 regular donors. What fundraising strategies have proven effective for you? A: World Vision in the Philippines took the bold step of seeking donations from Filipinos inside malls. We were actually the first NGO here in the country to do this. Our staff asked mall-goers to “help a child go […]

Q1: You graduated from West Point and is a co-alumni of former Philippine president Fidel Ramos.  What pieces of advice, experiences or lessons has he shared with you and other fellow West Pointers about government service? FVR Knows How To Manage People, Whether His Peer Or Subordinate. He Is A Great Motivator Who Understands How To Balance Interests. What I […]

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