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Who We Are


“Bayan Academy was primarily established to equip ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation’s micro borrower clients with the necessary skills to become small and even medium-sized entrepreneurs.”





Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development (BASE-HRD or Bayan Academy) is a social development organization offering entrepreneurship, management and education training programs and services for development institutions, cooperatives, banks, educational institutions and micro and small enterprises, as well as livelihood and skills training courses. Primarily established to equip ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation’s micro borrower clients with the necessary skills to become small and even medium-sized entrepreneurs and also equip their relatives with necessary skills in order to obtain employment. At the same time, it propagates ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation’s human resource training program which puts emphasis on values formation and accountability.


Established in 2008, Bayan Academy grew out of the education and training initiatives of the ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation, Inc. (ABFI) under its Enabling Network for the Upliftment of Filipino Families (ENUFF). It was registered with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in January 2009 as a non-stock, non-profit educational subsidiary of ABFI that promotes the democratization of entrepreneurship and management education in the country.


More than a training facility, Bayan Academy is a learning hub and laboratory for the development of new learning methodologies and technologies in teaching entrepreneurship and management, as well as innovative learning materials that cater to the entrepreneurial poor.  Bayan Academy is envisioned to become the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, not only in the Philippines but in Asia.


Calling itself a “Servicer of Servicers”, Bayan Academy operates through a network of like-minded partners in social development who want to help build the Filipino nation from the ground up. It develops programs by pooling together different expertise and resources from among its partners to respond to the demands of the market, particularly its clients in microfinance and microenterprise, most of who are at the bottom of the pyramid.


Bayan Academy has developed different modalities to fit the learning preferences of its target beneficiaries – from tailor-fit livelihood courses through corporate partnerships, to entrepreneurship for the masses, workers assistance, technical and livelihood courses for communities, a culinary facility and technopreneurship.

Bayan Academy’s 3 Es of Entrepreneurship, Education and Employment


Bayan Academy’s offerings are designed to democratize entrepreneurship, education and employment by making these available to the poor.


Democratizing Entrepreneurship

The Citi Microenterprise Development Center (MDC) shall help address the concern that 91.0% (2011 most recent data) of all businesses registered with the Department of Trade of Industry (DTI) are micro, and most of them fail to grow into small and medium-sized enterprises due to the lack of entrepreneurship and management skills, technical skills, innovation and capital.


Bayan Academy noted that although microfinance improves the poor’s access to economic opportunities, a 2006 study of its own clients showed that only 1% out of 40,000 clients was able to scale their business from micro to small sized enterprise. Beyond access to capital, the microfinance client must learn how to grow their business through learning the basics of enterprise management to professionalize their enterprises and achieve profitability and productivity. Aside from training the microentrepreneurs, the program envisions to scale the reach of the program through the training of the loan officers. This shall also help in changing the mindset of MFIs from mere lending to enterprise development. The training of trainers and loan officers shall also allow MDC to reach more Filipino microentrepreneurs through a low-cost delivery model that is delivered through the microfinance and training officers.


Democratizing Employment and Education

As of January 2013, there were an estimated 40.8 million Filipinos in the labor force, of which 7.1% (2.9 million) were unemployed. Joblessness was at its worse in Metro Manila, with nearly 1 in 10 residents without paying work.


In 2009, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO), unemployment in the Philippines is a problem that affects the young in a disproportionate manner since the youth comprised nearly two-thirds of the total unemployed. From only 1.28 million in 1988, the number of young unemployed doubled to 2.4 million in 2006. In 2006, the youth to adult unemployment ratio stood at 3.1:1, meaning that young people were three times more likely to become unemployed compared to adults.


Advent of K to 12 Educations

With the advent of K to 12 through the Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, the number of years of basic education shall be increased; hence the need to develop new curriculum for the additional two years. With the full implementation scheduled in 2016, there is a pressing need to develop responsive learning materials for both teachers and students that shall ensure that they are prepared for either employment or entrepreneurship.


Even though the engaged youth went through formal education, a study by the ILO (2009) showed there still occurs a mismatch between jobs available and skills generated by the education and training sector, leading to unemployment.


Bayan Academy’s 4th E: Environment

In a memo issued by the President dated July 4, 2013, the Bayan Academy’s Fourth E – Environment was introduced.  He said that since 2007, the former ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation and Bayan Academy have pursued the 3Es of Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment through our successful work with MSMEs, schools, corporations, and other civil service organizations.


The 4th E was acknowledged as experimental approach because of Bayan Academy’s relationship with Bayan Enterprise Developers, Growers and Evolvers, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation and for Bayan Academy to capitalize on its past experiences. This new direction is for the benefit of specific communities and ecological sites and also for Byana Academy to open its doors for environmental related projects with entrepreneurship, education, training and research components. .


Bayan Academy 5th E: Ethics

The success of the initial phase of the Pinoy Tsuper Hero challenged us to think beyond award giving and to do something in addressing the other needs of the drivers to become model drivers.  There is a need to create a mechanism to educate and provide them with vital information in order for the drivers to become the model drivers and most, importantly, the ETHICAL drivers we want them to be. In doing so, we are starting to create steps to those who were initially disqualified to join the program while at the same continue to acknowledge model drivers to become advocates of change in their respective areas. Thus, the Ethics, becomes the 5th E of Bayan Academy.