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In the Philippines, there has been a rise of social enterprises that caters specifically on gender-sensitive sustainable enterprises, particularly for the informal sector. With the daunting challenge of the increasing number of natural disasters in the country and its devastating impact on lives, property and jobs, particularly the poor, a great number of social enterprises have gravitated on developing social enterprises that not only cater to their economic needs but are sustainable as well. It is this unique convergence of social protection, gender and climate change that espouses the very essence of inclusive growth wherein people are empowered to contribute to development, while equitably benefiting from the continuous yet sustainable expansion of economic pie. Under the Philippine Labor Employment Plan (LEP-2011-2016), the Department of Labor and Employment has committed to realize sustainable enterprises as a source of decent and productive employment for Filipino workers.

Research Tour Itinerary

1. GK Enchanted Farm (Bulacan). Gawad Kalinga has been a prime mover on promoting social enterprising communities in the country. One of the visions of GK is to create wealth by providing world-class products and services through building up the family and the community. GK Enchanted Farm, the first of 24 sites in the Philippines, is designed to be an idea incubation valley for social enterprises. It provides livelihood centers for GK residences and soon to offer immersions & green /sports/ wellness camps. As these endeavours are designed to promote productive undertakings for the resident beneficiaries, the same strategy can be replicated and utilized to ensure gender mainstreaming efforts of the government and social partners. The social entrepreneurship can therefore become a gender movement for other industries to adopt and emulate like heritage and eco-tourism in other localities.

2. Bolinao Eco-Tourism. A coastal town in the province of Bolinao, this town is proud of its white sand beaches, old church and its marine reserve and park. Home to _ fishermen, this town produces 60% of the bangus catch of the whole province of Pangasinan. Bolinao is also known as the fish basket of Pangasinan because of the 14 mile barrier reef located within its area at the mouth of the Lingayen Gulf. As such a variety of fishes are caught in the waters off Bolinao. Due to the diversity of marine life, Bolinao was chosen by the University of the Philippines to be the location for the UP Marine Station Institute.

3. Baguio Arts & Heritage Tourism Industry. Known for its cool weather and rich artistic heritage tourism, the City of Baguio boasts of a diverse range of eco-tourism areas that Filipino tourists frequent year round. A cradle of arts and culture, Baguio has attracted artists and culture enthusiasts who visit Baguio for its distinct combination of ecotourism and heritage sites.

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Title: 2012 ILS Research Tour on Social Enterprises

Researcher: Advocacy and Publications Division

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