DAVAO, (MinDA) — President Benigno Aquino III will address top leaders from the government, business and social development sectors who will be attending Philippine Business for Social Progress’ (PBSP) Mindanao Membership Meeting and the Launch of the Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Program on Monday, September 8, 2014, at the SMX Convention Center, SM Premier in Lanang, Davao City.
He will deliver his keynote address before 500 guests that include donors, partners in government and non-government sectors, PBSP member-companies, and the media. PBSP officials will be led by Mr. Paul G. Dominguez, vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Mindanao Regional Committee, and Mr. Rafael C. Lopa, executive director.
At the first part of the event, PBSP will report on the gains of its almost two-decade engagement in the Mindanao region, particularly its 15-year Mindanao Peace and Development Program. The second part will mark the launch of its Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Program, a new initiative under the foundation’s Inclusive Business Imperative (IBI) nationwide campaign. Guests will also witness the signing of a partnership agreement between PBSP and the Mindanao Develoment Authority (MinDA).
The President, in his mesage for the Mindanao report, whose first job was at PBSP, praised the 43-year-old organization for its efforts in pushing for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the private sector, and for being “a steadfast partner” of the Filipino people in “sustaining the optimism for lasting peace and stability.”
He also expressed his pride and gratitude for being given the opportunity to work in the organization.
“I remain humbled and proud for having had the opportunity to apply my values under your auspices. Thank you for reinforcing Corporate Social Responsibility in the private sector and creating a formidable force for social transformation in our society,” said President Aquino in his message to PBSP.
The Chief Executive, in his speech at the recent 13th Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati last September 2, 2014, also mentioned his experience at PBSP and the work that the organization had been doing.
“The PBSP started in 1970 – I was not a founding employee at that time of course – with 50 business leaders who made a rather unusual pledge: to give one percent of their gross profits towards funding activities that now fall under the title of ‘corporate social responsibility.’ In effect: they pooled resources to fund development efforts at a grassroots level. Working for the PBSP made concrete the lessons that my parents, the Church, and my university had taught me: that we must be men or women for others, especially for those on the margins,” said President Aquino.
The highlight of PBSP’s event in Davao is the Launch of the Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Program which promotes the organization’s Inclusive Business Imperative (IBI) campaign in Mindanao. Through the IBI campaign, PBSP aims to address income gaps in the country by incorporating the poor within the company’s value chain as suppliers, consumers, distributors, and employees. The organization has been championing the application of business strategies in a multi-stakeholder effort to address poverty and create greater socio-economic opportunities for the poor in the last four decades.
About the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP)
Established in 1970, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) is the largest business-led social development organization in the country committed to poverty reduction. With more than 250 large, small and medium-scale companies as members, PBSP helps uplift the lives of Filipinos through social development programs that focus on Health, Education, the Environment, and Livelihood & Enterprise Development (HEEL). Since the start, PBSP has been at the forefront of advocating for stronger corporate citizenship with the aim of supporting inclusive national development.
PBSP has been influencing the Philippine business community to integrate CSR practices into their core businesses and advocating the application of business strategies in addressing poverty.
In 2010, PBSP began looking at the concepts of Inclusive Business and the need to use the Collective Impact framework when tackling big societal challenges.
Promotion and development of Inclusive Business models for the strategic Platforms for Collective Engagements (PlaCEs) in the areas of Health, Education, Environment and Livelihood and Enterprise Development (HEEL) are at its core program agenda.
PBSP is also continuously observing trends in Overseas Development Assistance and partners with both international and local nonprofit and aid organizations to promote inclusive national development. Because of its extensive experience in social development, PBSP has cultivated relationships with both the government and the private sectors that it leverages to participate in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) that empower communities around the Philippines.