In July 2012, PLDT and its private sector partners came up with a campaign to put together business concepts with deep social impact, particularly in alleviating poverty in the country.
Project Pagsulong was born to realize the social relevance in the things we do when it comes to and especially with business ideas. The Php 1 Million Youth Challenge is a revolutionary youth challenge for 18 to 30-year-old entrepreneurs.
PLDT KaAsenso, PLDT SMART, RFM Foundation, and TOSP-AC joined together and committed for this project with the support from GoNegosyo, Idea Space Foundation, and DRAFTFCB.
374 student teams registered and joined Project Pagsulong and decided to invest time, effort, and as Paolo Bediones, host for the awarding ceremony, would have put it, “probably, blood sweat and tears.” Out of the 80 provinces nationwide, 47 came in to represent. Entries came from as far as in the province of Benguet up North and down to Sultan Kudarat in the South. All proposals came in and were collated by business professionals and industry experts and have chosen 30 finalists team from the 374 entries, which later was trimmed down to Top 10 selected finalists. The top 10 finalists were trained and mentored during a boot camp activity.
And from that, Power Builders’ Power Mussels bagged first prize in the recently concluded Project Pagsulong. Power Mussels aims to empower people through green construction. The group Power Builders came from Leyte and is into green construction and aims to use mussels shells as the raw material in producing stronger and lighter hollow blocks called Power Mussels.
They won the seed money of Php 500,000 to help fund their pitched project.
The Spark Project Team from Metro Manila took home Php 200,000 and JHANS (Cordillera Night Crawlers Team from Benguet) won Php 300,000 seed money, respectively.
The Spark Project aims to showcase Filipino talent and ingenuity by giving them access to an online crowd-funding platform where they can campaign to fund their creative, innovative and passion-driven projects. On the other hand, JHANS’ project seeks to address environmental problems by shifting from conventional to organic farming.
TEAM AIHO or Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes bagged The People’s Choice Award with a special prize of Php 100,000 handed by SMART Public Affairs Head, Mon Isberto. This group of medical doctors aims to provide a link among health professionals to become available for a stronger and equitable health system through CareersForHealth.ph.
Here are the list of the remaining finalists:
The group aims to set up a cottage industry that will produce vermicompost fertilizers from biodegradable food waste of various community members.
Bahay Kubo Organics (Metro Manila)
The team seeks to provide solutions to environmental degradation using aquaponics farming.
Team K.K.K. (Rizal)
The team aims to provide inexpensive coffins produced from recycled materials to address the expensive cost of burial among marginalized communities.
Villa Socorro Farm (Metro Manila)
The Farm wants low-income Filipino families to eat a decent meal three times a day. Thus, it created cheap yet nutritive meal that can get Totoy by the day.
TayoPH.org (Metro Manila)
A team of MD-MBA students aims to build on the potential of Filipino innovators, to rise as an empowering platform for the youth to come together as one nation united to conquer poverty through health.
The Byaheros (Metro Manila)
Byaheng Bayani Tours and Travel aims to provide socially responsible tours and activity packages for travelers who seek to see the real Philippines and be immersed in the community.
The awarding was held at the Alphaland Southgate Tower in Makati City last March 16, 2013.
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