Center for Social Innovation Night on December 1

Some of our Pro Pinoy readers might be interested so we are posting this.

Do you want to get rich and create wealth for others at the same time?

Do you have a great business idea but have no idea how to make it work?

Do you know what you want to do but have no team to work with?

Do you want to start a business but have no idea what to do?

We have the perfect venue for you.

Join us on December 1, 2010, 7:00-9:00pm for the first

Center for Social Innovation Night at Y408, De La Salle University – Manila.

Guest speakers:
Tony Meloto
Cito Lorenzo

Other social enterprises will also share their experiences in establishing and sustaining their businesses.

What is the Center for Social Innovation?

The Center for Social Innovation (CSI) is a new program of Gawad Kalinga that aims to create wealth in GK communities through the establishment of sustainable social enterprises. The CSI model of business emphasizes partnerships with stakeholders such as the GK communities, large corporations, private investors, and entrepreneurs in order to create businesses that are pro-poor as well as pro-environment. CSI aims to fly Filipino brands by supporting young entrepreneurs as well as encouraging innovations and entrepreneurship within the GK communities.

For more information about CSI, kindly check the attachment.

Business and economics faculty and students are highly encouraged to attend this event. For professors who would like to make this an alternative class, kindly coordinate with us so that we can facilitate registration for you.

For CSB students, alumni and outsiders, kindly confirm attendance with us on or before Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 4:00pm.

For inquiries and confirmation of attendance, kindly send an SMS to Carmel Puertollano at 09272101506 or 09331598070. You may also e-mail her at [email protected] Thank you very much!

Ateneo's Cultura Verde wins Entrepreneur Student Challenge

Eileen Ang of Entrepreneur wrote,

Beating 25 other groups, Cultura Verde, which means “green culture” in Spanish, is composed of Mary Felicci Ongchuan, Joey Ermita, Eleonor Japzon, Erika Ty, MJ Arevalo and David Nadela—all students at Ateneo de Manila University.

Under the brand “SOULe,” the business produces affordable, stylish and limited-edition shoes using materials such as worn-out airplane tires, old clothes and selected bits of scrap cloth. This way, the fledgling company, which got its start in a bazaar this July, provides the market with “innovative and fashionable footwear while offering a solution to “growing environmental and social concerns,” the group says.

via @ninaterol
Photo via Cultura Verde on Entrepreneur

BSAIII action plan on the economy

Economy: Walang Maiiwan!

Action Plan on the Economy

Underlying all the problems and weaknesses of the country and the economy is corruption and the weakening of our democratic institutions. We will restore trust in government by emphasizing good governance and anti-corruption to increase investment, regain people’s trust to pay proper taxes and ensure that the people’s money is well spent.

  • We will uphold the people’s right to information on matters of public concern and vigorously support the enactment of the Freedom of Information Bill in Congress
  • We will ensure transparency and citizen’s participation in crafting and implementing laws, rules and regulations and in monitoring the programs, projects and transactions of government
  • We will put into place a “zero-based” budgeting system to enhance transparency and improve efficiency.
  • Budget allocations for the different agencies of government will be shaped by their performance and their compliance with the reports of the Commission on Audit (COA)
  • Qualification standards, especially on eligibility, will be strictly followed, and at least half of the positions of Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries will be filled by honest and competent career civil servants to ensure continuity and sustainability of effective policies and programs
  • Performances of government agencies and civil servants will be evaluated rationally and systematically through an effective and measurable performance management system to be approved by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

We will have broad based and inclusive economic growth through increased incomes by generating quality jobs and attracting more investments.

  • We will have a government that is not corrupt and is business-friendly, thus lowering the cost of doing business and production in the country.
  • We will reduce red tape, reducing the number of processes required to do business in the country.
  • We will improve infrastructure in transportation and housing, which will generate jobs and also support investments.
  • We will directly target industries with the greatest potential for growth and where the Philippines has a competitive advantage, industries that have already been identified by domestic and foreign business groups and include agribusiness, business process outsourcing, creative industries, infrastructure, manufacturing and logistics, socially responsible mining and tourism and retirement.
  • In the immediate short term, we will take care of the most vulnerable and marginalized sectors of society through programs such as conditional cash transfers dedicated, among others, to keeping healthy young children in school.
  • We will promote entrepreneurship that provides employment, helping small and medium firms with access to credit and diffusion of technologies and skills.
  • We will focus investment expenditure in the very urgent need to invest in education (especially in early childhood education) and in health.
  • We will promote technical/vocational schools to strengthen the labor supply and better match the needs of enterprises.

A clean government will facilitate macroeconomic stability, reigning in the record level deficits of the current administration, and bringing down the debt-to-GDP ratio.

  • We will plug revenue leakages by having competent and trustworthy tax collectors, broadening the tax base.
  • We will instruct DBM to lead an internal government review of all its costs and present a plan to reduce government overhead within six months.
  • We will review policies and programs to enhance productivity and modernize the agricultural sector.

[Archived from the official campaign web site of President Benigno S. “Noynoy” Aquino III]