Philippines | In action since 2005
Inspired by the residents of La Virgen Milagrosa, a small village on coast of the West Philippine Sea, the Enactus team at Mariano Marcos State University launched an initiative to diversify the community’s dependence on fishing. After completing an extensive needs analysis, the team partnered with their school’s College of Aquatic Sciences and Applied Technology to learn more about seaweed harvesting and processing, and how it could be more successfully integrated in the local economy. After engaging villagers, they developed a comprehensive training program that highlighted sustainable harvesting techniques as well as teaching important business and financial skills. The team also engaged women from the community and taught them how to process, market and sell the natural resource, the first income-earning opportunity for many of them. Through this initiative, the team has positively impacted nearly 11,000 people, both directly through the villagers and indirectly through the positive economic impact on the community.
Proudest moment of the past year:
Improving the quality of life and standard of living of the Ilocano people by turning challenges into opportunities
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Managing challenges in our Seaweed Production project
How they're preparing for the WC:
Getting all of our paperwork and documents in order, while also working on our script and presentation, with training sessions from Enactus Philippines
They're most excited about:
Celebrating the different cultures and diverse backgrounds coming together to share their experiences of helping communities – it is so much more than a competition
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With less than a year left until her graduation, Jazzerie has just completed her first year of Enactus work, after initially learning about the organization from the team’s President and faculty advisor. While she lists a number of positives from the past year, including days filled with laughter with her team and the satisfaction of receiving a thank you from a beneficiary, there has also been challenges, such as failed projects, experiences that have taught her so much. She hopes to build on that learning at the World Cup by expanding her view of the world and gaining new skills, all while making new connections.
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Two years ago, Patrick kept hearing about an on-campus organization from his professors and schoolmates. Intrigued, he set out to learn more and found in Enactus an opportunity to change peoples’ lives for the better while gaining valuable skills that will serve him well in the future. He now serves as the team’s President and says that leading the team to their national championship this year is his single best Enactus moment. As they prepare for Toronto, he is looking forward to building his knowledge, skills and experience at World Cup with his team.
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