Who We Are


The Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WBCP) was established in 1997 through the endorsement of then President Fidel V. Ramos and then Trade Secretary Ernesto V. Ordonez. It was formed to provide a platform to hear about women’s issues in business and to discuss possible policies that could be endorsed to  government bodies to help women in general, through business-focused solutions.


As an advocacy group composed of the country’s top women business leaders and entrepreneurs, the WBCP is an active force in looking for solutions to challenges women generally face in the conduct of their business. Further, it seeks to promote women-led and women-owned enterprises through networking and through the use of technology.


Principal Purpose


The Council was established to serve businesswomen in the following areas:


  1. To influence economic policies and advocate programs to address women’s business concerns in such areas as technology development, training, and access to markets and finance.
  2. To monitor the status of women in the economy and to advocate or undertake programs to advance the status of women workers, entrepreneurs, owners or executives.
  3. To forge business alliances and establish commercial networks among women-owned, women-led or managed business and with other business groups.

Objectives


Its primary objectives are as follows:


  1. Enhance women’s access to finance
  2. Generate benchmark data on women in business
  3. Entrepreneurship development
  4. Policy advocacy
  5. Networking and business matching
  6. Membership expansion

Vision


To be the premier Advocate and Resource for Filipino women in business.


Mission


To influence business in the country, to be the voice of Filipino Women in business and to be a major force in global networking.


The WBCP was cited by the Bureau of Gender Equality, International Labor Office, Geneva Switzerland, as among best practices in the workplace on "Enabling Women's Businesses to Flourish." and trailblazed the generation of benchmark data on Asian women in business through the conduct of a Three Country Study (Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines ) in partnership with the Asian Institute of Management, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office of Project Services.


In collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) WBCP developed modules on entrepreneurship training, i.e., the Business Start-up Course (BSuC) and the Business Improvement, Survival, and Expansion Course (BISEC). These modules, first given in March 1999, at the Women's Center in the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA helped crystallize TESDA's Program of promoting entrepreneurship.)

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