The Need is Great in the Philippines
The Philippines is a chain of 7000+ islands southwest of China and directly south of Taiwan. Although there is relatively low unemployment in the Philippines, the underemployment percent sits at 18% with up to 75% in some of the more rural regions. Several major typhoons have impacted the growth of their economy over the last several years. While there have been great strides made in the last decade in lowering the overall rate of Filipinos living in extreme poverty, 64% of Filipinos still live under the overall poverty line on $5.50 per day or less. This is not enough to survive.
The Philippines was the first country that Mentors International started serving in. The Davao region opened up two new branches in the cities of Malita and Bansalan during 2018. We are also in the process of opening up a new branch in the city of Cagayan de Oro scheduled for the spring of 2019. While there are many challenges in the Philippines our mentors are working harder than ever to make a sustainable impact on the lives of those in their communities. After serving in the Philippines for 29 years, our dedicated team is very knowledgeable and experienced. Watch Mentors Philippines Branch video to learn more.
Source: The World Bank
Mentors Philippines 2018 Impact Numbers
Success Stories From the Philippines
“Last Summer was a whirlwind of craziness and I’m not just talking about the Typhoons in the Philippines. Every day was a new adventure with different clients and teaching different business principles. One of my favorite experiences was the opportunity we had to...
Evelyn is pictured above with her family and other members of her loan group. She is in the center wearing the purple shirt. Evelyn Paran is a true leader and mentor to her friends and family. She has been working with Mentors Philippines in Davao for nine years and...
Elizabeth and her business Roxas Bags are trendsetters. They are making purses, bags, backpacks, and more from up-cycled jeans. This is a family business where her husband and son find and purchase the used jeans. They are always on the lookout for the best deals. Her...
The San Bartolome High School in Quezon City, Philippines serves some of the poorest children in this country. Over 7,500 students attend this school. With so many students they have to attend in two shifts. Only 50% of the 7th graders can read at this school. Many of...
“I only completed my 5th year of schooling and now look at my daughter today, she is a university graduate! I started with two sewing machines that I purchased second hand. Today I own four housing units. Three for my business, and one for my family. I made sure that...
Interested in receiving a microloan and business training
to help your small business in the Philippines?
We have offices in Manila, Cebu. Davao,
Contact our local office: G/F Melendres Bldg F. Manalo St., Malinao, Pasig City, 1600 Philippines
Phone: 632-641-2207 or 632-239-6354
Dean Nolasco Bermudez
Executive Director Mentors Philippines
Dean Nolasco Bermudez has been working for Mentors International since 2002 when he started as a Project Officer. He helped mentor and train our clients in the Philippines as they were working to qualify for their loans. Since then he has worked as a Program Manager, Branch Manager, and in 2016 he was promoted to the Executive Director
Perfecto Gonzaga Calipes
Deputy Executive Director - Mentors Philippines
Perfecto Gonzaga Calipes, Jr. holds an MBA from Ateneo de Davao University. Before joining Mentors Philippines in 2006,