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Ecotourism, crowd-funding, and women

from by Flor G. Tarriela I recently attended the 2017 Subic Ecotourism festival organized by the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) headed by former Secretary of Tourism Mina Gabor.  The festival was held in celebration of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.  The spotlight is on ecotourism, as the Philippines is rich in natural resources and biodiversity.  [...]

AWEN: Solution to social impact and gender equity?

from by Pacita U. Juan Yes, we already have the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) composed of focal point women organizations for all ASEAN member states. The Philippines is represented by the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WomenBizPH), of which I am now Chair while Chiqui Escareal-Go is President. The network was founded in 2014 and the First Chair was Madame [...]

ASEAN Women Leaders Explore the Philippines

Through Agila: The EKsperience Sta. Rosa, Laguna – Members of the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) were recently in Manila to attend a series of forums to discuss the growing role of women in today’s faster-paced, technology-driven world. The talks focused on S.T.E.A.M., which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, a very timely theme for this year’s meeting [...]

Women rising in high-tech world

From Philippine Daily Inquirer by ANNELLE TAYAO-JUEGO Seasoned and startup. According to a few of Southeast Asia’s power women, it is the healthy mix of these two kinds of entrepreneurs which could increase the number of women in business across the region. “Startups are the best [kind of entrepreneurs] for new industries, because they work leaner, they work faster, and they have the technology. [...]

A woman of passion empowered by innovation

TeamAsia Founder and President Monette-Iturralde Hamlin, together with other influential #GirlBosses empowered Filipinas in celebration of International Women’s Day last March 8 through a dialogue on #WomenWill, a campaign by Google Philippines. In partnership with, Google Philippines sought to highlight technology and its capability to enable women to pursue their passions by providing [...]

Diversity and Sustainability in Action

from by Pacita “Chit” Juan There are born entrepreneurs who keep coming up with innovative ideas.  But how does one come up with something new, socially relevant, and profitable? The perfect person to ask would be Pacita “Chit” Juan — founder of Figaro Coffee Co., Binalot Fiesta Foods and ECHOstore, and proud ICD Fellow. “My advocacies are summed up in [...]

Women in tech

From by Pacita U. Juan Why should we have more women in tech? Quoting from an Economics & Statistics Administration (ESA) article entitled, “Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation” (To read the article, please visit the link Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the US economy, they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs. This has been [...]

Clark is new home of ‘Solar Lolas’ training center

The state owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Diwata-Women in Resource Development Inc. (DIWATA) recently signed an agreement for the use of the BCDA Group Women’s Center facility in the Clark Freeport Zone to train more solar engineers among the women of the indigenous Aeta community or now commonly referred to as “Solar Lolas”. The [...]

Why we need Clark Green City, a new metropolis

By Ma. Aurora D. Geotina Garcia from Around the world, we see the need to address issues such as congestion, worsening traffic, climate change, uncontrolled urban sprawl, soaring populations, poverty and social exclusion. In the Philippines, there have been numerous debates on transport systems and infrastructure in the capital as the outcry on worsening traffic conditions pepper quad [...]

Why financing women entrepreneurs can turn around economy

By Ma. Aurora D. Geotina Garcia MARCH being International Women’s Month, I have chosen to write about a topic that has been discussed lengthily in both international and local fora. Several studies noted that while women-owned enterprises comprised a major part of formal SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in emerging markets, these businesses were observed to exhibit slower growth rates than those [...]
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