INILUNSAD ng BPI Foundation at Ayala Land, Inc., (ALI) and kanilang partnership upang bigyan ng market access ang social enterprises ng BPI Sinag, bilang pagtugon sa kilusang #BrigadangAyala. Ito ay isang comprehensive development program na naglalayong tulungan at bigyan ng market access ang mga social enterprise (SEs).
“Through ALI’s Alagang Ayala Land program, our Sinag SEs can avail of free leasable space for three months to one year in any Ayala Malls nationwide, subject to certain minimum conditions,” ani BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen Cammayo. “This mutually beneficial partnership will surely spark business opportunities for both parties as the SEs attract new markets to the Ayala Malls.”
Ang top 10 winners ng BPI Sinag Spark business challenge ay mananalo ng hanggang P300,000 cash grants. Bukod pa rito ay magkakaroon rin sila ng MBA-like virtual training sessions at makatatanggap ng libreng leasable space for three months sa Ayala Malls.
Ayon sa ulat ng USAID noong ASEAN 2018, ang Filipinas ay mayroong mahigit 160,000 SEs, karamihan ay mga kooperatiba. Ang mga social enterprises na ito ay tumutulong makapagbigay ng trabaho sa kanilang komunidad.
Bago pa man nagsimula ang CoVid-19, marami nang balakid na hinaharap ang SE sector kagaya ng isyu sa problemang pinansiyal, kakulangan sa epektibong pagsusukat ng epekto nito, at mababang kamalayan ng publiko.
“Most SEs are part of the micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) sector, which is considered one of the main drivers of economic development in many countries, including the Philippines,” pahayag ni BPI President and CEO TG Limcaoco. “With the ongoing pandemic, our commitment to help this very important sector recover and survive remains intact. Supporting the growth of MSMEs is key in building a financially inclusive and sustainable Philippines.”
“This partnership with BPI is perfectly aligned with Alagang Ayala Land. While the BPI Sinag project would identify and nurture budding social enterprises, we in Ayala Land will provide the spaces in our malls lease-free to the most promising of these enterprises,” ani Ayala Land Inc. President and CEO Bobby Dy. “This reflects our commitment and synergy in the Ayala Group, especially when our hope is to provide opportunities for our fellow Filipinos.”
“We recognize the importance of providing a vibrant environment for social enterprises to flourish and make further impacts on society,” dagdag ni Department of Trade and Industry Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona.
“While a legal framework for social enterprises is yet to be institutionalized, DTI commits to provide interventions in sustaining the MSME development including our social enterprises so as to generate more employment and to give better lives to millions of Filipinos.”
Sa nakalipas na taon, mahigit 180 SEs ang natulungan ng BPI Sinag sa larangan ng healthcare, food and beverage, education, energy, technology, agriculture, and manufacturing, atbp.
“Aside from the network and learning opportunities, we have awarded almost P20M worth of cash grants to our Sinag SEs aimed to boost their enterprise and further uplift the lives of the communities they serve and operate in,” dagdag ni Cammayo. “This year, we will inject another P2M in cash into the ecosystem, provide the SEs access to invaluable mentoring sessions, MBA-like crash courses and premium marketplaces.”
Maaring mag-apply ang mga gustong sumali sa nasabing programa hanggang 23 Hulyo 2021. Bisitahin ang bpifoundation.org/page/bpi-sinag.
Ang #BrigadangAyala ay sama-samang pagtugon ng mga kompanya ng Ayala Group sa pagpapahayag sa halos dalawang siglong commitment sa national development sa pamamagitan ng iba’t ibang uri ng social development at corporate social responsibility initiatives – mula disaster relief and response, public education assistance, championing of social enterprises, public health advocacy, atbp.