EntrepComm goes for Solidarity in Business


Projects of partnerships that are strategic, where partners work together and innovate, will more likely be sustainable and more likely to improve the quality of lives of present and future generations. So says the EntrepCommittee Session on Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development.

Leticia Deyto, CSR Specialist from Meralco and EntrepComm Chair, presented the results of a mini survey on enterprise collaboration by the committee members. It was revealed that projects were mainly concentrated in Luzon, particularly the National Capital Region, with very few initiatives in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. The study stressed the importance of having a common vision between the foundation and its program partner in order to address common problems such as: (1) difficulty with release of budget and clearances, (2) lack of continued support and enthusiasm from local government units (LGU), (3) difficulty in monitoring and documentation of project, (4) limited financial resources and lack of understanding on the part of beneficiaries, and (5) inadequate skills and capacities on the part of project donors handling the programs.

Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Mercedes Parreno, the Provincial Director of DTI Rizal, shared how DTI champions business and consumers, working to provide service to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) because it believes that SMEs are the backbone of the economy. Parreno cited its Waterlily for LIFE project in Cainta, held in partnership with Meralco and some lessons learned from the integrating CSR into the partnership.

Hon. Sherwin Gatchalian, Mayor of Valenzuela City, enumerated and discussed five (5) sample projects which the city launched together with institutions including NGOs, cooperatives, foundations, the private sector and other partners. The Mayor stressed that the partner institution must bring its own core expertise to the project -- this is the city’s driving principle when it comes to partnering with institutions. According to him, the LGU welcomes any support and help from partners, as long as the projects are sustainable and will improve the quality of life of the residents.

During the panel discussion and open forum moderated by Maria Teresa Tumbali of the UCPB-CIIF Finance & Development Corporation, the group discussed access to financing as a major difficulty for SMEs, as well as peace and development, and dealing with local government officials.

The LCF CSR Expo aims to provide corporate citizens with skills, knowledge, and relevant experience to increase their awareness and empowerment as they work to achieve enhanced goodwill in doing sustainable and relevant business with society. LCF is a network of over 70 operating and grant-making corporate foundations and corporations seeking to provide business solutions to social and environmental problems in the Philippines.