ISEA Leads Post-Yolanda Reconstruction Initiative through Social Enterprise Platform Building

Close to a hundred (100) delegates from over fifty (50) organizations launched the Reconstruction Initiative through Social Enterprise (RISE) during a post-Yolanda conference on March 13-14, 2014 at the Diplomat Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines. The Social Enterprise Rehabilitation Visioning and Engagement (SERVE) Conference was organized by the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA) in cooperation with Oxfam, Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), the Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc. (FSSI), Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), VICTO National Cooperative Development Center, Foundation for TheseAbled Persons Inc (FTI), Philippine Social Enterprise Network (PhilSEN), Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Philippine Coffee Alliance (PCA), World Fair Trade Organization(WFTO)-Asia/Philippines and the Ateneo School of Government.

 

The Reconstruction Initiative through Social Enterprise (RISE) is a multisectoral platform aimed at making social entrepreneurship and social enterprise development an important strategy to engage the poor as stakeholders in the rehabilitation process in provinces devastated by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that hit the Philippines in November 2013.

 

The SERVE Conference was the culmination of an action research and consultation project led by ISEA from the third week of January to the last week of February 2014. The project involved over 350 people from more than 200 organizations in the six provinces most affected by Typhoon Yolanda namely Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz and Aklan. Called APPRAISE RAY or Agenda and Platform for Poverty Reduction and Addressing Inequality through Social Enterprise to enhance Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda, the project articulated RISE as a response towards building back better. APPRAISE RAY’s funding partners were Oxfam, PEF, FSSI, BPI Foundation and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

 

The government’s platform, Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), with its emphasis on public-private partnerships had been appraised as weak in setting a poverty reduction goal and defining strategies for such to happen. To address this infirmity in RAY, RISE was envisioned to engage the poor in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise development towards building sustainable livelihood systems and better mechanisms for the delivery of basic needs and services.

 

Setting the tone during the first day of the SERVE Conference were Dr. Aris Alip, the Managing Director of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD-MRI), whose representative delivered his opening address; Mr. Isagani Serrano, President of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) who explained the context and importance of APPRAISE RAY; and Ms. Renia Salinas, Chief Executive Officer of VICTO National, who welcomed the participants to the gathering.

 

ISEA President Marie Lisa M. Dacanay led the presentation of the APPRAISE RAY action research outputs, with ISEA’s research associates sharing the highlights from each of the provinces covered. This became the basis for the workshops that deliberated on and enhanced the SERVE Conference Declaration and RISE as a platform.

 

Leading the presentation of RISE Evolving Initiatives, featuring about 30 proposed social enterprise rehabilitation projects resulting from the action research process was Ms. Anna Meloto-Wilk, President of Gandang Kalikasan Inc.

 

Serving as resource persons during the dialogue between social enterprise resource institutions and the participants were Oxfam’s Humanitarian Response Manager Tariq Riebl; Mr. Jay Lacsamana, the Executive Director of the Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc (FSSI); and Mr. Ricardo Soto Jr, Peace and Equity Foundation’s Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction.

 

Joining the dialogue on RISE during the second day of the SERVE Conference were representatives from the government sector led by Undersecretary Danilo Antonio of the Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) and Secretary Joel Rocamora of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). Also joining the dialogue were Mr. Edicio Dela Torre, the head of the Program Management Office of the Integrated Coconut Agro-Industrial Hubs Program of the Department of Agriculture and Director Andres Bojos who represented Atty. Asis Perez of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

 

The dialogue with the business sector was facilitated by Hapinoy President Mark Ruiz with Mr. Rapa Lopa, Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) as resource person.

 

The SERVE Conference ended with the unanimous approval of the SERVE Conference Declaration and an expression of commitment from the participants to actively advance RISE as a platform. The SERVE Conference Declaration concluded: “Through RISE, we shall build back better with social enterprises as transformational partners of the poor, civil society, government and business in sustainable, inclusive and gender-responsive economic development”.

 

Relevant Documents

Photos for Day 1

Ms. Precious Namoc, National Coordinator of Philippine Coffee Alliance, serves as emcee during the Opening Program on March 13, 2014

 

Ms. Renia Salinas, Chief Executive Officer of VICTO National Cooperative Development Center warmly welcomes the participants to Cebu City.

 

Keynote Speech of Dr. Aris Alip, Managing Director of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD-MRI) is delivered by Mr. Marco Antonio Tejada, Deputy Director of CARD MRI’s Community Development Group.

 

 

Mr. Isagani R. Serrano, President of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), explains the context and relevance of the APPRAISE RAY Project in addressing poverty and inequality in communities devastated by Yolanda. 

 

 

Prof.  Marieta Sumagaysay, ISEA Research Associate, presents highlights from the Provincial Action Research and Consultation processes conducted in Leyte.

 

 

Ms. Lorena Dagatan, ISEA Research Associate, presents highlights from the Provincial Action Research and Consultation processes conducted in Eastern Samar

 

 

Ms. Teresa Ruelas, ISEA Research Associate, presents highlights from the focus group discussions conducted in Northern Cebu.

 

Dr. Rhodella Ibabao, ISEA Research Associate, presents highlights from the Provincial Action Research and Consultation (PARC) processes conducted in Capiz. Joining her in the panel is Prof. Joy Lizada (seated to her right) who also presented highlights from the PARC processes in Iloilo.  

 

 

Mr. Melvin Purzuelo, ISEA Research Associate, presents highlights from the Provincial Action Research and Consultation processes conducted in Aklan.

 

 

 

Dr. Marie Lisa Dacanay, President of Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia, presents a synthesis of the results of the APPRAISE RAY Project focusing on the Reconstruction Initiative through Social Enterprise (RISE) as a platform.

 

Ms. Regina Antequiza, Executive Director of ECOWEB, shares the initiatives of the Philippine Social Enterprise Network consistent with pro-poor value chain and subsector development as a RISE strategy.

 

Ms. Jocelyn Villanueva, Regional Lead for Women Economic Leadership of OXFAM GB Asia, stresses the importance of empowering women in the rehabilitation process as an integral part of RISE.

 

 

Mr. Pedro Carlos Baclagon, Area Manager for Visayas of the Foundation for a Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI), explains the guidelines for the workshops where the participants are to critique and enhance the proposed SERVE Conference Declaration and elements of the Reconstruction Initiative through Social Enterprise (RISE).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participants actively make proposals during the Critiquing and Enhancement Workshops tackling the SERVE Conference Declaration and Reconstruction Initiative through Social Enterprise (RISE) Platform.

 

Ms. Geraldine M. Labradores, Managing Director of Southern Partners and Fair Trade Center  moderates the plenary where the workshop outputs are presented.  

 

Photos for Day 2

 

ISEA President Marie Lisa M. Dacanay provides a Recap of Day 1.

 

 

Mr. Pedro Carlos Baclagon, Area Manager for Visayas of the Foundation for a     Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI), presents the revised SERVE Conference Declaration based on the suggested changes of the workshop groups.

 

Ms. Anna Meloto-Wilk, President of Gandang Kalikasan Inc., moderator during the “Panel Discussion on Reconstruction Initiative through Social Enterprise (RISE): Platform and Evolving Initiatives” attentively listens to presentations.  She also presented “Gawad Kalinga’s  Gawa Training Center” as an evolving initiative under RISE.

 

 

 

Mr. Jorge Mendros, Chairman of the South Eastern Samar People’s Organizations Consortium (SEASPOC), presents their RISE Evolving Initiative to rehabilitate their sea weed production project involving close to 800 fishers from 22 barangays, in a way that would improve their productivity and access to markets.   

 

Ms. Leonora Lava, Program Coordinator of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) in Leyte, presents their RISE Evolving Initiative entitled “Fishery Rehabilitation after Yolanda (FRY)”

 

Mr. June Pacifico of the Damgo sa Kaugmanon in Northern Cebu presents their “Back to Sea Project”, which combines organizing fishers with the rehabilitation of fishing, fishery resources and ecotourism in 16 coastal barangays as their RISE Evolving Initiative.

 

Ms. Maria Cecilia Ibabao, Chairperson of the Progressive Women and Agrarian Reform Cooperative (PWARC) in Capiz, composed of over 600 mostly women farmers, presents the rehabilitation of their organic Golden Calamansi Juice enterprise  as their Evolving Initiative under RISE.

 

 

 

Ms. Precious Namoc, National Coordinator of Philippine Coffee Alliance, presents “Integrated Coffee Agribusiness” as their RISE Evolving Initiative focusing on coffee value chain development.  The initiative hopes to engage women’s groups and cooperatives in communities devastated by Yolanda as coffee processors while rehabilitating their coconut and coffee farms. 

 

Ms. Lolita Gelle, Executive Director of Foundation for the TheseAbled Persons, Inc. (FTI)

 

Ms. Marta Villafañe, Forest Program Officer of FTI

 

Mr. Luis Arches Posa, Regional Manager of Association of Differently Abled Persons Iloilo Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ADPI-MPC) make a joint presentation of their RISE Evolving Initiatives towards Building and Strengthening Community Social Enterprise with Focus on Persons With Disability.  Their Shelter, Habitat and Enterprise Development (SHED) pilot project in Leyte shall engage 3,500 persons with disability and other marginalized people in  cooperatives manufacturing pre-fabricated housing materials, school chairs and educational toys.    

 

Mr. Mark Ruiz, CEO of Microventures, Inc. / Hapinoy, presents the “Bagong Araw Project” as a RISE Evolving Initiative to engage 2,000 women micro entrepreneurs to rehabilitate sari-sari stores as distribution channels for goods in Yolanda affected communities.

 

Mr. Jay Lacsamana, Executive Director of the Foundation for a Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI) explains FSSI’s Triple Bottom Line Local Economic Development framework during the “Panel Discussion on Reconstruction Initiative through Social Enterprise (RISE) with Social Enterprise Resource Institutions”.  With him in the panel are Mr. Ricardo “Bong” Soto, Jr., Disaster Risk Reduction Program Coordinator of Peace and Equity Foundation (extreme left) and Mr. Tariq R. Riebl, Humanitarian Response Manager of Oxfam. 

 

 

 

Mr. Tariq R. Riebl, Humanitarian Response Manager of Oxfam explains their focus in Eastern Samar, Leyte and Northern Cebu during the dialogue between the SERVE Conference participants with social enterprise resource institutions. 

 

 

 

Secretary  Joel R. Rocamora (center) of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) chats with participants after speaking at the Panel Discussion on the Reconstruction Initiative through Social Enterprise with Government on May 14, 2014. 

 

 

 

Mr. Edicio dela Torre,  Program Management Office  Head of the Integrated Coconut Agro-Industrial Hubs Program led by the  Department of Agriculture discusses potential convergence initiatives involving coconut farmers and other value chain actors that may be pursued under RISE during and after the Panel Discussion on RISE with Government.

 

Mr. Andres Bojos, Regional Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 7, representing BFAR Director Asis Perez, presents BFAR’s initiatives in response to Yolanda during the Panel Discussion on RISE with Government.

 

Mr. Rafael C. Lopa, Executive Director of Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), discusses PBSP’s advocacy towards inclusive business during the dialogue between the SERVE Conference participants and the business sector.

 

 

 

Representatives from the SERVE Conference meet the press during the second day.

 

Ms. Malou Guanzon-Agpalisok, Columnist and Member of the Board of Directors of Cebu NewsCoop hosts the press conference.

 

 

Mr. Mark Ruiz, CEO of Microventures, Inc. / Hapinoy (upper photo) and Ms. Anita Ogrimen, President of Basey Association for Native Industry Growth or BANIG (lower photo), speak about the impact of typhoon Yolanda on microentrepreneurs and  artisans during the press conference.

 

Undersecretary Danilo Antonio of the Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) poses with the SERVE Conference participants after their dialogue on Reconstruction Initiative through Social Enterprise (RISE).

 

 

 

(Upper photo, from right to left) Ms. Silay Ramos and Ms. Teresa Ruelas of the SERVE Conference Secretariat work  double time  to complete registration  and other requirements.
(Lower photo, from right to left)  SERVE Conference Secretariat members Ms. Donna Nobleza, Ms. Line Mamburam, Ms. Teresa Ruelas and Ms. Silay Ramos take a break with Ms. Geraldine Labradores, representative of the World Fair Trade Organization-Philippines to the Organizing Committee.

 

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