Philippines

est. 1990

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

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Success Stories From the Philippines

Norma Lim

Norma Lim

The Success of Norma Lim from the Philippines   “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a life-time.” Norma Lim is grateful to her parents who taught her the useful skill of fishing when she was young. But she is even more...

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Melania Paran

Melania Paran

The Success of Melania Paran from the Philippines   “I want to grow my business to be more successful so that I may provide employment for others. I want to teach people to engage in business and plan for a better tomorrow. I want be an example of courage to...

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Luz Lituanas

Luz Lituanas

The Success of Luz Lituanas from the Philippines   When Luz was only 14 she had to drop out of school to help support her family and eight siblings. Working as a shopkeeper Luz didn’t give up on her dream to finish high school. She worked hard and five years...

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Leah and Gil Eltagon

Leah and Gil Eltagon

The Success of Leah and Gil Eltagon from the Philippines   Leah and Gil Eltagon run a motorcycle and bicycle repair and parts shop in Davao, Philippines.  They are loving parents that want their children to have more. They are examples in their communities and...

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Jocelyn Aragon

Jocelyn Aragon

The Success of Jocelyn Aragon from the Philippines   “My four children are now able to attend school and gain their education because of the Mentors Philippines program. This is very important to me and my husband. We want to give our children the opportunity for...

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Interested in receiving a microloan and business training

to help your small business in the Philippines?

We have offices in Manila, Cebu. Davao, Malita, and Bansalan.

Contact our local office: 50 Avenida “A”0-19, zona 2 de Mixco, Colonia Molino de las Flores 1, Guatemala, Guatemala.

Phone: 50224336639

Local Directors

Dean Nolasco Bermudez

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 for the Philippines Branch of Mentors International. He believes in the mission of Mentors International. While working for Mentors International he went back to school and received a second degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Human Resource. He is a dedicated and loving husband and father with four kids.

Perfecto Gonzaga Calipes

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, Calipes, spent over 16 years in the banking industry. Calipes is happy to help share his skill in finances with those throughout his community to help lift families out of poverty. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

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