As part of a shared advocacy to support aspiring and existing micro-entrepreneurs, and enable them to pursue business ventures that are responsive to current challenges, BDO Foundation recently forged a partnership with LINK Center for the Deaf for a training initiative aimed at enhancing the capabilities of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). The memorandum of agreement was signed by (from left) BDO Foundation program director Rosemarie Espinosa, BDO Foundation trustee Ma. Corazon Mallillin, BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, LINK president Carolyn Ui, LINK managing director Marical Ui and LINK trustee Bernadette Gallego. A non-governmental organization, LINK supports the holistic development of people who are deaf through programs in the areas of sign language training, teacher enhancement, educational support and enterprise development, among others. The agreement formalized the partners’ collaboration for the development of a training program for MSMEs, which will be made accessible to micro-entrepreneurs including persons with disabilities. Funded by BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, the training program will be composed of eight modules, covering such topics as business planning, marketing strategies, financial management, customer relations and other aspects of operating successful small businesses. The foundation will provide these materials and a series of training of trainers sessions to interested implementing partners such as local governments, NGOs, church groups and other institutions serving the MSME sector.
About BDO Foundation
BDO Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank. Founded in 2008, the foundation aims to contribute to nation-building by addressing the needs of underserved sectors of society through its disaster response and financial inclusion advocacies. Supported by the BDO Unibank community and in partnership with local government units and non-governmental organizations, BDO Foundation mounts relief operations, rehabilitates rural health units, constructs school buildings, implements financial education programs and undertakes COVID-19 response programs across the country. Its corporate citizenship initiatives have been recognized at the Retail Banking Awards of Asian Banking & Finance magazine and Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards of Enterprise Asia. For more information, visit www.bdo.com.ph/foundation/home, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8840-7000 local 36046.