Notwithstanding many a few social adversaries, Philippines has continuously advanced towards an emerging economic disposition. With the expanding growth on gross domestic product (GDP), our country has been coined as the world’s largest center for business process outsourcing, due to the inflow of foreign direct investment and remittances.
As Aquino administration carries out the current Philippine Development Plan (PDP), one factor is foreseen to completely achieve the country’s Millennium Development Goal – the rising power of social entrepreneurship.
The ideology of social entrepreneurship does not only revolve in putting up a business, earning money and gaining profit. Rather, this step of venturing in the realms of business and industry concerns development and growth of the society, while developing solutions to social problems.
In the Philippine context, the budding force of young social entrepreneurs has paved the way to adopt a mission of undertaking a business, which creates opportunities for the livelihood of Filipinos and shapes the moral values of local workforces.
Gawad Kalinga (GK), as one of the fastest growing communities which caters development of social entrepreneurship, is developing schemes on how to provide livelihood sources in each GK village by partnering with young social entrepreneurs to create sustainable employment opportunities.
If and only more local enterprises will enter the world of trade and industry the same way GK and other social entrepreneurs do, Philippines will certainly be a society of employed citizens who does not only work to earn a living but bears positive returns to humanity.
If that aspiration happens in real life, we can see several Filipinos working hand in hand for the betterment of the society; cohesive workforce uplifting ‘bayanihan’; joyful homes receiving basic needs of the family; and employed citizens exhibiting social values and morale.
Drawing upon a mission of harnessing partners towards national development, it is a noble initiative to realize that to uphold social entrepreneurship is to give birth to social transformation.