Civil Society Organiztions in Cotabato City and Maguindanao Province participated in the Strengthening Civil Society Participation in Social Enterprise Education and Development (CSO-SEED) orientation last December 8, 2016 in Cotabato City.
Led by the British Council and co-funded by the European Union, CSO–SEED aims to build a stronger SME sector through the promotion of social enterprise, considered a sub-category of SME.
The approach offers a sustainable and empowering way to support inclusive economic development, reducing barriers to economic security, particularly for vulnerable groups.
The program is designed to create a strong civil society network capable of promoting social enterprise as a viable alternative that will complement the traditional livelihood models of the Mindanawons. It will center on the improvement of CSO participation in policy reforms to develop an environment conducive to decent work, job creation and SME development.
Regional Secretary Anwar Malang of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) commended the program and expressed high hope in addressing the unending cycle of poverty in the region. ARMM has an increased poverty incidence from 47% in 2012 to 54% in 2015. Despite the increased in government budget as well as ODA coming from international donors, still, many people suffer from hunger, malnutrition, and low standard of living.
In view of this, Sec. Malang Asked if it still relevant to speak of political solution when after three decades more people are still hungry and not empowered. He opined that there is a need to have a parallel or even prioritizing the basic needs of the people. He also related that the CSO-SEED can be a platform to address this basic needs. "If people have access to opportunities, if there is no longer hungry stomach and when people are able to participate, perhaps, that's the kind of condition we can effectively advance our right to self-determination," he said.
The Moropreneur Inc takes this as an opportunity to improve on its designs and approaches in terms of programming and services. Currently, it prepares for the implementation of its All-iNclusive Growth Activities Towards Development And Poverty AlleviaTion (ANGAT DAPAT) Program in the poorest towns of ARMM and other parts in Mindanao. ANGAT DAPAT has four interlinked components: Bridging Khalifah (Leadership and Values Transformation Sessions); Capacity Building; Business Development Support Services; and, Partnership and Networking. Overall, ANGAT DAPAT envision to generate community0based enterprise that will generate safe, culture- and gender-sensitive jobs that will increase the income of household.
In the long run, it will help the family meet their basic needs and allow each member especially the youth to access social services and become a healthy, skillful, confident and responsible citizen of ARMM.