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
“Mentors Philippines has been with me for a few years now. My husband and I wanted to provide the best for our children. Today I am very blessed. My business is strong. I am able to help provide my children and family with jobs. I am always surrounded by family. Yes,...read more
Rita Mareno is a real go-getter. She owns a shop where she sells a variety of rice, and she also owns a small luncheonette. She is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, never taking a day off. Rita is very grateful for the mentoring and lessons she had learned from...read more
“I only completed my 5th year of schooling and now look at my daughter today, she is a college 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 the...read more
“The experience that stands out in my mind is of an older lady taking care of her granddaughter. Together they ran a small tindahan (store) in their house. Even though the Philippines is overly saturated with these kinds of stores, every time my partner and I visited...read more
The Success of Melchora Catayong from the Philippines The journey towards greater self-reliance doesn’t come overnight. It can take years. Step by step, lesson by lesson, learning and applying the business skills takes time and dedication. Melchora Catayong...read more
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,