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Member since: 
November 2014
Philippine Social Enterprise Network, Inc.

The Philippine Social Enterprise Network (PhilSEN) is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization duly registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission on May 2005 under registration no. CN200504839.

PhilSEN as a network organization adopts the strategies focus on the area-based (geographic) and subsector/ value chain industry.

PhilSEN is dedicated to the development of social enterprises that have the poor/local communities as primary stakeholders, and creating a greater impact on the poor, the marginalized and vulnerable sectors of society.

For the network to grow as a social enterprise institution, it anchors its business philosophy on the four pillars of: 1) economic efficiency, 2) social responsibility,3)  gender equity, and 4) ecological sustainability. It shall ensure that member organizations' work is consistent with the development principles and core values of the network.


PhilSEN traces its roots from a loose network (IGA Network) of NGOs, development institutions, people’s organizations, and cooperatives engaged in income-generating projects, livelihood programs development including microfinance/savings and credit working among the poor communities/groups.

Since 1999, the network focuses on enhancing capacities of member organizations through value chain analysis and market studies, business planning and monitoring, business development services, social entrepreneurship capacity building, markets and products development, including micro-finance/ savings and credit.


PhilSEN envisions a vibrant and sustainable people’s enterprises at the core of a democratized and sovereign Philippine economy.


To build a critical mass of social enterprises and people’s enterprises in the Philippines.


A strong network of NGOs and social businesses for the poor, promoting social entrepreneurship and market development in the Philippines through development of replicable models and strategies, exchange of experiences, lobby and other means.

Programs and Services

Membership development:

  • Harnessing Communities of Practice (CoPs)
  • Institutionalization of PhilSEN’s Code of Ethics and Social Enterprise Quality Index (SEQI) as tools for MandE amongst network members and partners
  • Membership expansion
  • Social Entrepreneurship Capacity Development
  • Best Practice Study (research, documentation, and publication)

Advocacy, Networking & Lobbying:

  • Promotion of PhilSEN VMO, Strategy, and Social Enterprise Quality Index (SEQI)
  • Engaging the private sector’s participation (by mobilizing volunteers and promoting the inclusion and participation of grassroots-small producers/community-based enterprises in the value chain)
  • Resource mobilization
  • Policy advocacy and lobbying, i.e., pushing for the enactment of a proposed bill on social entrepreneurship as a strategy for poverty reduction with the poor as primary stakeholders
  • Networking and establishing linkages with the private sector, government, academic institutions and other like-minded networks and organizations

Business Development Services:

  • Social Entrepreneurship for NGO Executives and BDS Practitioners (modular courses on Value Chain-Firm level, Value Chain Development, Financial Management, etc.)
  • Social Entrepreneurship for Grassroots / Community-based Enterprises Trainers course (SE4Grassroots)
  • Value Chain Study
  • Social Entrepreneurship Mentoring/coaching

Our Core Values

  • Responsible stewardship and accountability
  • Empowerment of the poor, the marginalized and other vulnerable sectors of the society, including women empowerment and gender equality
  • Ecological integrity
  • Economic self-reliance and sustainability
  • Fair trade
  • Transparency
  • Cultural integrity and diversity
  • Solidarity


PhilSEN looks at the development of enterprises in selected sub-sectors/value chains at the area level that is expected to play a vital role in the development of local economies, and in selected industries at the national level.

The subsector/value chain approach involves the development and replication of successful social business models. PhilSEN adopts the Community of Practice (CoP) as an approach to strengthening relationships, as well as managing knowledge resource base among members.

Concretely, the Communities of Practice (CoPs) aim to develop replicable models of social enterprise interventions and strategies in the value chain, provide opportunities for exchanges of experiences and lessons, and utilize experiences and lessons learned for effective lobby work in support of social enterprises.

Our member-organizations participate through the Communities of Practice (CoPs) where they are grouped based on common theme and concerns along value chain development.

Our Board of Trustees:

  • President: Reuel Velarde (PHILNET-RDI)
  • Vice President: Arsenio Tanchuling (Tambuyog)
  • Treasurer: Edna Francisco(Optima)
  • Secretary: Richard Rejas (KPMFI)
  • Members: Amenodin Cali (Kalimudan),Joelyn Big (SPPI)
  • Executive Director: Lurina Gargarita

Our Members:

  • Luzon

    • An advocate of Philippine Fair Trade, Inc. (APFTI)

    • Assistance Development Association of Pampanga, Inc. (ADAP)

    • Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment Through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS)

    • Kaisampalad, Inc.

    • KINIPAN Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Kinipan MPC)

    • Management and Organizational Development for Empowerment, Inc. (MODE)

    • OPTIMA Management Development Center, Inc. (OPTIMA)

    • Philippine Federation for Environmental Concern, Inc. (PFEC)

    • Philippine Network of Rural Development Institutes (PhilNet-RDI)

    • Punla sa Tao Foundation, Inc.

    • Tambuyog Development Center, Inc. (TDC)

    • Task Force Mapalad, Inc. (TFM)

    • TSPI Development Corporation, Inc. (TSPI)

    • Upland Marketing Foundation, Inc. (UMFI)

    • Unlad-Kabayan Migrant Services Foundation, Inc.

    • Women’s Institute for Sustainable Economic Action, Inc.

    • Women’s Rural Bank, Inc. (WRB)

    • Integrated Development Foundation, Inc. (IRDF)

    • Philippine Coffee Alliance (PCA)

    • Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya, Inc. (SIBAT)

  • Visayas

    • Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI)

    • Buglas Bamboo Institute, Inc. (BBI)

    • Guimaras Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GMPC)

    • Panagtambayayong para sa Bag-ong Sugbo Foundation, Inc. (Bag-ong Sugbo Foundation)

    • Pitad Foundation, Inc. (Pitad)

    • Trowel Development Foundation, Inc. (Trowel)

    • Center for Empowerment Resource Development, Inc. (CERD)

    • Pamilacan Island Boat Operators and Spotters Association (PIBOSA)

    • Sentro Ha Pagpauswag Ha Panginabuhi, Inc. (SPPI)

    • Kalipunan ng Maliliit na Magniniyog ng Pilipinas (KAMMPIL)

  • Mindanao

    • Alterdev Services Foundation, Inc. (Alterdev)

    • Creative Solutions for Development Cooperation, Inc. (CSDCI)

    • Davao Provinces Rural development Institute (DPRDI)

    • Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. (ECOWEB)

    • Katilingbanong Pamahandi sa Mindanao Foundation, Inc. (KPMFI)

    • Kalimudan Foundation, Inc.

    • Klowil Agricultural Enterprise Multi-Purpose Cooperative

    • Sentro sa Maayong Magbalantay, Inc. (SMMI)

    • Maranao People Development Center, Inc. (MARADECA)

    • Tri-People Concern for Peace, progress and Development of Mindanao, Inc. (TRICOM)

    • Builders for Rural Empowerment and Human Rights Advocates Network, Inc. (BRETHREN)


PhilSEN is a member of:

  • Institute of Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA)

  • Philippine Consortium on Migration and Development (PhilCOMDev)

  • United Nations Civil Society Association (UNCSA)

  • Beyond 2015