Up and Coming Social Enterprises in the Philippines 2018 Pt. 1

Up and Coming Social Enterprises in the Philippines 2018 Pt. 1

The fight for environmental sustainability, inclusive business practices, and locally produced goods is tough – but it’s not lonely.

In BPI Sinag, BPI Foundation gathers a group of the country’s up and coming social enterprises for weeks of sharing and learning, planning and developing, and pitching and funding. Now on it its fourth year and with the help of Bayan Academy, the selection of #SinagEntrepreneurs continues to showcase the best of Philippine social enterprise. From award-winning furniture made with plastic waste to the country’s first sports program for special needs kids, BPI Sinag’s top enterprises are here to give us opportunities to care for the environment, help marginalized communities, and show some local love in the most fun and creative ways possible.

In this week’s blog, we’d like to share the first half of Sinag’s Top 20 social enterprises with you. Having met them all in this year’s first Sinag Bootcamp, we can say that they’re all founded on a genuine desire to do good and have all the skill necessary to do well.

Auro Chocolate

“Auro Chocolate is a proudly Filipino, bean-to-bar chocolate company that sustainably sources our cocoa beans directly from local farming communities in Davao while doing [its] part to restore the Philippines’ heirloom varieties.”  

Photo from Auro Chocolate.


“Bambuhay is a social enterprise that is leading the way in sustainable business creating inclusive and eco-friendly solutions to heal the planet and build opportunities by empowering marginalized communities.”

Photo from Bambuhay.

Bila Rural Development Club

“[Bila Rural Development Club, or BiRD, provides] roasting services for individuals, SMEs and organizations in the nearby municipality of Tadian and in the locality of Bauko. Aside from that, BiRD Club, prides itself with its premium coffee, a product of functional facilities, continuous trainings undergone and learnings gained thus raising the quality improvement of coffee in the Province.”

Photo from DTI Philippines.

Calaboo Dairyard Inc. 

“By invoking the spirit of bayanihan, we are challenging narrow mindsets and industry practices that feed poverty not Filipinos, to liberate the local market from foreign brands with our own world-class answer of dairy deliciousness from our noble carabaos.”  

Photo from Calaboo Dairy.

Carboncycle Processing Inc.

CarbonCycle Processing Inc, is a recycling company that is planning to venture into renewable energy and tackle this problem of energy dependency and deficiency by designing, constructing and operating Solar concentrators for agricultural processing using scrap materials from informal scrap collectors who were displaced with the closure of the open dumpsite of Cagayan de Oro.”

Cocoasenso Corp. 

CocoAsenso is developing a network of medium-scale factories in remote areas of the Philippines where coconuts can easily be sourced directly from local farmers.

Photo from Cocoasenso.

Edaya Cordillera 

“Empowering local/international youth to find their calling, shape their future, and help address social issues in their own communities. This is EDAYA.”

Photo from Edaya Cordillera.

Exceptional Sports Philippines 

“Exceptional Sports’ mission is to share Gods love and inclusiveness for all exceptional children and their parents as well as our volunteers through the medium of sports.”

Photo from Except Sports PH.

Got Heart Social Enterprises, Inc.

“Mission – To develop social enterprises and projects that enable marginalized communities to be Sustainable, Holistically developed, Independent, and Dignified.”

Photo from Got Heart.

Hilway Art Project / Inday Dolls / Fine Arts Major Organization

“Female inmates from the Iloilo City District Jail Female Dormitory make handmade ‘Inday’ dolls for an art project called ‘Hilway Art Products’. The dolls reflect their life and their dreams for themselves and their families.”

Photo from CNN Philippines / MA. ROSALIE ZERRUDO

Tune in next week for the other 10 social enterprises!

Romano Santos
Romano Santos

Romano is a project manager, content creator, and public speaker for MAD Travel. You may reach him through romano.santos@madtravel.org or on Instagram as @romanohimself

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