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Building a Nation of Skill-based Entrepreneurs: Bayan Academy and J.P. Morgan support TESDA’s Skillspreneurship program

A nation is considered progressive when its citizens collectively help create an environment that fosters more inclusive economic growth through employment and provides conducive ecosystems for small businesses to thrive.


The challenge to create a citizenry of entrepreneurs is daunting, and governments in collaboration with reliable partners with expertise and resources must be encouraged to achieve this goal.


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In an effort to address this challenge, a public-private partnership – between the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Bayan Academy, and the social responsibility arm of global banking giant J.P. Morgan – was formed with the objective of training TESDA trainers who can then teach ‘skillspreneurship’ or skill-based entrepreneurship to a broader population.


Partnership for Skillspreneurship


TESDA, through its National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD) chose trainers from all over the region to attend the “National Training of Trainers on Skillspreneurship”.


“This program aims to introduce entrepreneurship to TESDA technical-vocational graduates to explore the path to entrepreneurship as a way to maximize their technical skills and promote family-based enterprises for employment generation in their own localities,” explained Philip S. Felipe, Executive Director of Bayan Academy. “With Bayan Academy’s Learning Systems, skills-based entrepreneurship education could be democratized.”


TESDA Skillspreneurship 2Two ‘skillspreneurship’ trainings were implemented, the first batch having 44 participants while the second having 55. The attendees – who’ve come from all over the country some of them as far as Buyabod in Marinduque or Surallah in South Cotabato – were identified by TESDA as trainers who have the potential to become skills-based entrepreneurs and who can later on help uplift their respective communities and bring employment opportunities to their localities.


The training not only introduces the benefits of ‘skillspreneurship’ but is also aimed at equipping participants with the knowledge of related topics such as customer profiling, market research, location analysis, investing, marketing, and Human Resources among others.


“Bayan Academy has established itself as a pioneer of enterprise development, technopreneurship and transformative education by developing curriculum and learning materials in grassroots enterprise development. We are very proud of our partnership with both TESDA and J.P. Morgan as we look to contribute to long-term efforts towards social equity for all Filipinos,” said Felipe.


“At J.P. Morgan we believe that increased economic opportunity and more widely shared prosperity are essential to the growth and development of countries where we live and operate in. We also recognize the impact made by our partners like Bayan Academy, as they engage with underserved sectors of our society and extend effective technology-based interventions like the Community-Based Technopreneurship Program. Through our social responsibility arm, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, we hope to create pathways to opportunity for all by supporting economic growth, workforce readiness and financial capability programs in communities around the globe,” said Roberto L. Panlilio, Managing Director and Senior Country Officer at J.P. Morgan.


Continuous learning

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To ensure continuous learning, program participants are not only encouraged to further that “multiplier effect” (as they share what they’ve learned in their community groups) but also to increase their technical know-how independently through the J.P. Morgan-sponsored entrepreneurship online platform (bayanlearningsystems.ph) where they can access a customized version for TESDA tech-voc graduates.


For more information on JPMorgan Chase Entrepreneurship Education for Community Development Program, visit Bayan Academy at 825 EDSA, Quezon City, call (02) 920-5201 or email: bayanacademy@gmail.com.



Advancing local animation industry to the next level

Bayan Academy, JPMorgan boost next-gen Filipino animators’ skills, creativity
Bayan Academy’s Technical and Livelihood Center, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC), recently completed its Technopreneurship course on 2D and 3D Animation NC III in Quezon City. The four-month program for 2D animation and five-month program for 3D animation aim to equip aspiring Filipino animators with the necessary skills essential to their success and critical to ongoing efforts of both public and private institutions to boost job creation within the animation industry in the country.
A total of 50 graduates received their certificates of completion from Bayan Academy for successfully completing 840 and 1,040 hours of classroom training in the 2D and 3D Animation NC III courses, respectively. They also finished at least 120 hours of internship which included project immersion to further enhance their competencies, and test their attitude and workplace relationships. Of the 50 graduates, 47 already passed the TESDA assessment; while the remaining 3 are scheduled to take their tests.


Rising talent
One of the scholars is 21-year old Pamela Ladrillo who is currently employed by a local animation studio. According to her, the training she received prepared her for the demands of the job. “I learned a lot from my training and while it is uncommon to find women animators, I’m confident that I can compete amongst the best in the industry. I am now a 3D animator but my employer -– impressed with my work –- saw my potential to do 3D modeling too,” Pamela said.



Sharing Rapsing’s success story are six other graduates of the program who are now 2D and 3D animators in Dreamlords Digital, a direct-to-digital studio based in Las Vegas and Manila, specializing in games and gamified apps.


Another inspiring grantee is Marissa Cassica who left her previous work to pursue her passion. After finishing the program, she was accepted in September 2016 as an Artist and Production Officer at SGNFX, an integrated in-house design and manufacturing company.  After three months, she was promoted to Operations Division Head managing at least 20 people from different departments such as administration, purchasing, design, sales and production.


“Through the program, I was able to improve my skills in layouting, drawing, movement of figures, among others. The technopreneurship sessions helped me improve my management skills particularly in dealing with customers and my staff. As a breadwinner, the program also provided an opportunity for my family to improve our way of life,” she said.


With the support from Bayan Academy, some of the freelance graduate artists are also in the process of forming their own Animator’s Guild, a group of young animators formally offering their creative services to industries offering jobs on animation and visual effects such as entertainment, media and advertising companies. One example is Philip Anthony Gaspar, awarded as the Best 3D Animator of the batch, who has since been rendering services to online clients and continues to develop game applications.


Empowered breed of learners and educators 


According to a study conducted by Bayan3.3 Academy, the scholars were mostly millennials who strive for recognition and were committed to improving their craft regardless of the amount of time required to complete the training. Interestingly, 20 out of the 50 animation scholars were women; while 11 of the graduates were high school teachers. The participation of women in high-tech, high-impact industry such as this is a breakthrough and one that is highly-encouraged.


As part of Bayan Academy’s efforts, Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) teachers are also encouraged to participate to equip them with the necessary entrepreneurial knowledge to teach senior high school students under the K-12 program. They will also be invited to join the Teachers’ Training in Technopreneurship, a program that is also supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, in order to have access to Bayan Academy’s bayanlearningsystem, an online learning platform on entrepreneurship.


JPMorgan Chase & Co., one of the world’s leading financial services firms, continues to make an impact in the country through its Foundation’s support for programs that contribute to both workforce readiness and employment generation for disadvantaged communities, as well as, support for small businesses development and for marginalized people to access and benefit from affordable financial products.


For more information on JPMorgan Chase Entrepreneurship Education for Community Development Program, visit Bayan Academy at 825 EDSA, Quezon City, call 920-5203 or email: info.bayanacademy@gmail.com.


[VIDEOS] 4th EETA winners

Watch the short videos of the 4th Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards (EETA) awardees. All of the awardees received trophies and cash prizes: Php 500,000 for the “Most Transformative School” and Php 300,000 for the other category winners.


The EETA is an annual award given by ABS-CBN Bayan Academy to public and private schools offering elementary and secondary education nationwide. The award recognizes the innovative efforts of schools in transforming themselves into institutions that promote learning effectiveness and school efficiency while being true to their vision, mission and values.




Bayan Academy is now PCNC-Accredited and a Donee Institution

Recognizing its position as a professional organization with a heart of an NGO, the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) awarded Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development, Inc. (Bayan Academy), a three-year Certificate of Accreditation after an impartial scrutiny and verification with its standards of good governance, management and accountability. Bayan Academy is a not-for-profit social development organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Cooperative Development Authority. The PCNC certification is valid from February 26, 2016 to February 25, 2019.

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As an institution accredited by the PCNC, the Bureau of Internal Revenue  (BIR) upon its review and evaluation also awarded Bayan Academy a Certificate of Registration as a Donee Institution on May 27, 2016.  As a donee institution, Bayan Academy has now the right to receive tax-deductible and tax-exempt donations under the 1995 Tax Code.


Philip Felipe, Executive Director of Bayan Academy, thanked PCNC and BIR for the trust and confidence in awarding the accreditations. He added that “as a first-time applicant, it shows that Bayan Academy has not only been contributing in building the country from the ground but is also operating as a professional organization.”


Bayan Academy dedicates this milestone to its partners and to the beneficiaries of its entrepreneurship, education, employment, environment and ethics programs. It hopes to create more partnerships in the years to come as it positions itself as a learning organization and as a “servicer of servicers”.




Schools that showcase excellent transformation cited at 4th EETA

In celebration of the role of collaboration, e-learning technology, and transformative education in raising the 21st Century Whole Child, five outstanding schools, a schools division, and an academic leader were honored for their inspirational achievements at the 4th Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards (EETA) held recently at the Dolphy Theater of the ABS-CBN compound.


This year’s EETA winners are: Miriam College (top award, Most Transformative School for Learning Effectiveness and School Efficiency), Isulan Central School SPED Center of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat (Innovations in Access to Education and Child Safety, Security, and Sensitivity), Casisang Central School (CCS) of Malaybalay, Bukidnon (Innovations in Quality Education: Curriculum Design and Development, Learning Materials, and Learning Methodologies and Delivery Systems for Learning Effectiveness), Sisters of Mary School-Adlas, Inc. of Cavite (Innovations in Quality Education: Education for the 21st Century), Ateneo de Davao Junior High School (Innovations in Learning Environment and Institutional Leadership and Direction Setting) and the Schools Division of Bayawan City of Negros Oriental (Innovations in Leadership, Governance and Management).  The awardees each received trophies and cash prizes: P500,000 for the “Most Transformative School” and P300,000 for the other category winners.


[VIDEOS] The 4th Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards (EETA) winners


Edizon Angeles Fermin, Ph. D., principal of Miriam College, became the first recipient of the Oscar M. Lopez (OML) Award for Educational Leadership. As a tribute to Dr. Oscar M. Lopez, Chairman-Emeritus of the Lopez Group of Companies and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc., the award is given to an educator who has developed and implemented transformative programs and has led a school, district, division, or region towards excellent learning outcomes.  Dr. Fermin, whose biggest transformation effort thus far was his vital role in transitioning the focus of the curriculum from STEAM to DREAM (Design, Robotics, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics with technology built into Robotics), received a P300,000 cash prize, trophy, and a Knowledge Channel On-Demand package.


The first and only educational award in the country that recognizes unique ideas and best practices in school management and teaching and learning innovations — with the aim of promoting and sharing them with other schools – EETA was organized by Bayan Academy in partnership with Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc., Rex Book Store Inc., ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, and the Department of Education (DepEd).


In photo are 4th EETA organizers and awardees (from left): Don Timothy Buhain, Chief Operating Officer, Rex Book Store; Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., Chairman and President, Bayan Academy; Atty. Dominador Buhain, Chairman, Rex Book Store; Oscar M. Lopez, Chairman of Knowledge Channel and Chairman Emeritus of Lopez Group of Companies; Rina Lopez-Bautista, President of Knowledge Channel; Gina Lopez, Vice Chairman, Bayan Academy and Chairman, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation; Dr. Rosario Lapus, President, Miriam College; Coslita Muring, Principal, Casisang Central School; Ofelia Hermosa, Schools Division Superintendent, Schools Division of Bayawan City; Sambra Camsa, Principal, Isulan Central School SPED Center; Sr. Eva Aringo, Principal, Sisters of Mary School-Adlas, Fr. Michael Pineda, Principal, Ateneo de Davao University Junior High School; Edizon Fermin, Ph.D., Director for Basic Education and High School Principal, Miriam College; Armin Luistro, former secretary, Department of Education.

Moving beyond boundaries


For the opening part, the audience were engaged in learning sessions by Dr. Cecilia B. Manikan and Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., Chairman and President of Bayan Academy, which anchored on the theme “Repositioning Schools for the Whole Child of the 21st Century.” Both resource speakers touched various points through the winning schools’ case studies, underscoring in particular the greater learning benefits of adapting the Whole Brain Learning System in different learning phases and situations.

During his talk, Dr. Morato emphasized that for today’s generation of Filipino students to achieve exceptional combination of high-level academic achievement and breadth of learning, stakeholders must become part of the advocacy now.


Inspirational empowerment


A thought-provoking introspect on the essence of transformation in education was delivered in a speech by the Guest Speaker, Bro. Armin Luistro, former Education Secretary. Luistro, who strongly advocated for the implementation of the K-12 program, inspired the audience on the importance of unity and cooperation in uplifting the Philippine educational system.

Before presenting the OML Award to Dr. Fermin, Rina Lopez Bautista, President of Knowledge Channel Foundation, gave a heart-warming tribute and introduction to Dr. Lopez for his invaluable contributions, long-standing commitment and leadership in uplifting Philippine education systems and standards.

The five winners, in their separate speeches, also thanked Bayan Academy and its partners for the honor and opportunity to become part of their mission. Citing teamwork, collaboration, and passion for teaching, the awardees also expressed their consolidated support to continue the advocacy on transformative education.


The culminating ceremony also highlighted the launch of the 5th EETA Awards and the launch of the book “Excellence in Educational Transformation: Text and Cases, Volume 4” by Dr. Eduardo Morato, Jr., Chairman & President of Bayan Academy.


SOURCE: The Daily Tribune 



JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Bayan Academy hone 21st century skilled workforce through, high-impact technopreneurship program in the Philippines

Transforming communities and building lives through strong partnerships



JPMorgan Chase volunteers conduct a workshop on Work Ethics with the 2D and 3D Animation NC III students last May 18, 2016 at the JPMC Livelihood and Center, Bayan Academy.


From its humble beginnings in 2010, the JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) Entrepreneurship Education for Community Development Program has grown into a movement that continues to uplift the lives of many underprivileged Filipinos, helping create better livelihood opportunities and entrepreneurial careers through free tech-voc and entrepreneurship skills education.


As it marks its sixth year of active corporate social responsibility in the Philippines, JPMorgan Chase focuses on bringing holistic intellectual and human capital development through a renewed partnership with Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development, Inc. (Bayan Academy), a social enterprise development institution whose mission is to “serve the servers.”


Leading the way in addressing the needs and challenges of the 21st century global economy, both JPMorgan and Bayan Academy recognize the importance of strategic collaborations in synergizing genuine grassroots intervention efforts.


Enhanced tech-voc program


In an  effort to address the skills and job mismatch besetting today’s industry and workforce, Bayan Academy has structured this year’s JPMC program to focus on developing high-tech, high-impact, in-demand hard skills. Compared with the previous JPMC initiatives, this year’s program provides an innovative learning framework that will help achieve full-scale knowledge and tech-voc skills transfer. The shift in focus is in response to the looming industry need for workers with 21st century readiness skills  including a higher remuneration of graduates.


Under the two-year initiative, more than 1,000 beneficiaries will be trained in the following STEM skills: IT (contact center services, computer system servicing, 2D and 3D Animation), Welding (shield metal arc and gas metal arc), and Construction (electrical installation and maintenance, carpentry, masonry and plumbing) from June 2016 to March 2017.  Participants who successfully finish the program will be certified by the government’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Also within the two-year program, at least 500 teachers will be trained online to use-up-to-date entrepreneurship and STEM modules.



Students of Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II during their hands-on training conducted at CCT-TDI Rodriguez, Rizal Campus.

During the initial phase of the program in May 2016, Bayan Academy awarded 25 scholarships in 2D Animation NC III and another 25 scholarships in 3D Animation NC III to deserving and qualified scholars. Fifty scholars for the electrical installation and maintenance NC II and 25 carpentry NC II courses were also given the grant. For teachers training, 162 have been trained in Rizal, Cebu City and NCR in partnership with Department of Education (DepEd).


Building on its core STEM training program, Bayan Academy, will pilot three new components: Evaluation and thought leadership; creation of trade guilds to facilitate employer-employee contact; and blended, online training of trainers’ tool. Dubbed the Bayan Learning Systems, the platform aims to scale the Academy’s work by helping disseminate JPMC-supported learning materials as well as broaden the reach of the program to connect with more distant learners like OFWs, student-beneficiaries and teachers, nationally.


Partners in progress


Roberto Panlilio,  Managing Director and Philippines Senior Country Officer at JPMorgan Chase & Co. said the renewed partnership with Bayan Academy  affirms the company’s  commitment to uplifting the lives of the Filipino people through education and skills training.


“We believe it is our responsibility to do the right thing not only for our clients but also the communities we support, and this includes extending support to nationwide efforts focused on employment generation. Addressing the skills gap and jobs mismatch is a critical step towards economic development and inclusive growth.”


“Bayan Academy is a thought leader in social development and has created effective interventions through educational, livelihood and technical programs, increasing social capital and facilitating greater private-public partnerships.,” Panlilio added.


Critical to the success of the ongoing  program is the collaborative efforts of Bayan Academy with various private and government stakeholders. Among these are ground development institutions like the Center for Community Transformation, the National Housing Authority, and the ERDA Foundation which directly work with underprivileged communities and mobilize them as recipients of the training program. Also commendable for their training and job placement support are industry partners — Wilcon Depot, Inc., Workx and Wayz Solutions, Covenant Community Service Cooperative, Global Tronics, Inc., Anino Play Lab, and Affinity Express.


“Bayan Academy has developed a solid business and operational model that leverages the full organization’s strength and expertise. With their strong governance framework, network of partnerships across the academe, government institutions and private organizations, it is easy to recognize the Foundation’s vision and strategy executed effectively,” Panlilio remarked.


Nation building from below through corporate giving


Enlivening the spirit of ‘bayanihan’ in the modern setting, the JPMC program also became the venue of Manila and Cebu-based JPMC volunteers to share their skills and knowledge. Participating as speakers and career coaches, the volunteers connected with the program beneficiaries by engaging them in sessions covering life-long learning, personality development, work ethics, project management skills, including proper decorum during job interviews.



Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., Chairman and President of Bayan Academy shares his vision and plans for the JPMC Entrepreneurship Education Program for Community Development with a JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy senior officer.

“The firm  continues to sponsor skills-based volunteerism and engage our employees to actively participate in Bayan Academy-led training activities. Be it ideation sessions or soft-skills training, these volunteer initiatives all form part of a broader strategy that not only provides JPMorgan with an opportunity to give back to the community but also allows our own employees to share their expertise with our beneficiaries while also developing their leadership capabilities,” said Patricia Anne Javier–Gutierrez, Executive Director and head of Corporate Communications



For Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., Chairman of Bayan Academy, JPMorgan as a corporate giant is not only reaching the underprivileged segments of the society but also helps Bayan Academy in achieving its mandate of designing, developing and delivering innovative social interventions that could create powerful impact to the underserved segments of the society.


“The story of Bayan Academy is incomplete without the generosity and trust of JPMorgan. With JPMorgan, we can reach more grassroots and propel the technopreneurship program to its highest ideals. Through their seeds of support, NGOs like Bayan Academy are given wings to soar greater heights, even beyond the scopes of its divine mission,” he concluded.


Shanti Institute of Ayurveda and Bayan Academy’s 20-day Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselors Training

Ayurveda is considered as one of the oldest medical science, healthcare and healing system not just in India but in the whole world. In this fast-paced world filled with unhealthy lifestyle choices, Ayurveda helps the people to practice a healthy and balanced life.

On July 4, 2016, Shanti Institute of Ayurveda or SIA officially launched the 20-day Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor Training in partnership with Bayan Academy for its Health Entrepreneurship Series.


Sona Roy, Founder of Shanti Ayurveda delivers an inspirational message and welcome the participants to the 20-day Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor Training.

The Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselors Training provides the unique opportunity to learn the fundamental principles and essential practices in holistic healthcare and healing in Ayurveda and its immense relevance today. The training also introduces Ayurveda, its history and branches, with focus on biology, pathology and pharmaceuticals in Ayurveda and Ayurvedic management of few common non-communicable diseases–which includes natural home remedies, home care, and self-help therapies and healing methods.


The Ayurvedic approach to nutrition is “Let Food Be Your Medicine”. The course uses this perspective in the topics covering food and nutrition. It presents what is called kitchen pharmacy, through knowledge of essential medicinal plants, then how to use home spices and local herbs as healthy and healing food. There will also be a kitchen demonstration of proper and healthy food preparation.


Ayurveda’s ancient twin–Yoga–was taken up in the course, and practiced as part of a healthy Ayurvedic lifestyle. This involves basic Yoga asanas or postures that include the full sequence of Surya Namaskar or sun salutation, plus mediation and pranayama or Yogic breathing, as tools for healing, health and balance.



Thirteen out of fourteen participants of Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor Training are staff of ASA Philippines Foundation Inc., a non-profit, non-stock corporation, specializing in microfinance. Dr. Rosario Fe Mendiola of Occidental Mindoro State College also participated in the course.

The objectives of Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselors Training is teach the participants how to identify common health issues, preventable diseases, explain the changes in lifestyle in generations and its relationship with the emerging health, explain basic concepts, principles, philosophy of Ayurveda and its importance to reduce preventable diseases, explain Ayurvedic dietary and nutrition principles and demonstrate some food preparation, identify and explain the use of locally available herbal plants and spices, and their products readily available in homes in addressing common health issues and exhibit and practice basic yoga exercise for healthy lifestyle.



11th Global Community Day Drew More Than 85,000 Citi Volunteers Around the World


People often volunteer to “give back” to the community.  But more often than not, the act of volunteering is a rewarding experience not just for the recipient of the generous act, but also to the individual who rendered service.


This year, over 85,000 Citi volunteers in more than 500 cities spanning 91 countries and territories engaged in service activities in their local communities. In the days leading up to and including Global Community Day, which was set on June 11, Citi colleagues, alumni, clients, family and friends volunteered on 1,400 service projects ranging from urban revitalization to literacy and education, career readiness, environmental conservation and disaster relief.  Since the inaugural Global Community Day in 2006, Citi volunteers have contributed more than 2.5 million hours of service to Global Community Day projects in hundreds of cities.


Paul (4th from right) with Citi Volunteers that led the personal finance coaching and mentoring session.

Here in the Philippines, Citi saw nearly 4,200 volunteers participating in 19 events across 10 cities, working with 10 community partners including Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development, Inc.



Citi volunteers mentor microentrepreneurs on Risk Management.

Bayan Academy is a long-time partner of Citi with whom it runs the Citi Foundation-funded the Citi Microenterprise Development Center (CMDC).    Many senior executives at Citi have volunteered their time to mentor budding entrepreneurs on a range of topics, from personal finance to risk management.


For 11th Global Community Day, once again senior executives of Citi Philippines generously took the opportunity to use their time, skills and expertise to train, coach and mentor microentrepreneurs at CMDC.


Bayanihan at work


“I’m proud to say that volunteerism has become a time-honored tradition at Citi, more so since Global Community Day was introduced in 2006,” relates Aneth Lim, Citi Philippines’ Head for Corporate Citizenship.  “Rain or shine, we can count on our volunteers to sign up and generously do their share in making their communities a better place.  It can be as simple as sweeping the streets when we helped in the clean-up of Intramuros, Manila’s famous walled city.  It can also be as life changing as sharing our skills to help a micro business owner take that leap and grow her business.  Or just somewhere in between where we give our time and help the best way we can.”


Indeed, knowledge and expertise were freely shared by the senior executives of Citi who spent several mornings with budding entrepreneurs who have no means to go to school, on the fine points of personal finance and overseeing the financial aspect of their business.


Citi Markets Head Paul Favila says being a mentor is an emotionally rewarding experience, “It makes me feel good that we have this training haven to help and guide these micro entrepreneurs.  It was truly humbling to be treated as“gurus.” We were told that what we shared will be shared further in their communities and that makes it even more fulfilling.”


Aneth (far right) join Citi volunteers and CMDC scholars in a healthy cooking demonstration.

Risk management was another topic covered in these volunteer sessions, and after two intensive trainings, Citi volunteers capped it with a morning of cooking lessons with community women, united in their mission to provide healthy meals for their families, as well as help CMDC scholars learn new dishes to serve up in their restaurants or catering businesses.


According to Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., Chairman & President: “”Bayan Academy heartily supports the annual Citi Global Community Day. After six years of productive partnership, Citi Foundation and Bayan Academy remain steadfast in the commitment to uplift the lives of micro entrepreneurs and their families. The annual Global Community Event makes this endeavor more special since Citi volunteers get to engage the beneficiaries of the Citi Microenterprise Development Center. This is a truly rewarding encounter for both the volunteers and the beneficiaries because they can share each other’s experiences and learn from one another.”


The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well at Citi and what its employees are learning is that “giving” is not just one way.   Those who participated said they enjoyed engaging with their colleagues and their community partners and giving the time to do something of value to someone else.