Top PH entreps, experts unite to help communities via “Quest for Love”

 

Former Department of Environment and Natural Resources Gina Lopez has brought together some of the country’s top entrepreneurs, experts, and business advocates, to help transform local communities into sites for sustainable development through the “Quest for Love” nationwide search of her Investments in Loving Organizations for Village Economies (ILOVE) Foundation.

 

Liter of Light Global Foundation founder Illac Diaz, Bootleg Innovation Design co-founder Aaron Palileo, ECHOstore owners Reena Francisco, Pacita Juan, Jeaninie Javelosa, business mentor Marvin Beduya, Human Nature co-founder Anna Meloto-Wilk, sociologist Czarina Medina-Guce, StreetPark Productions Inc. president and founder John Aguilar, and actor and restauranteur Marvin Agustin will serve as mentors to eight deserving organizations that will be selected through the “Quest for Love” competition.

 

Launched last month, the project is a collaboration of ILOVE Foundation, several government agencies and private companies to promote wide-spread social and environmental development in the country. Since the launch, Lopez has been going on roadshows in different parts of the country to encourage groups to join.

 

People associations, social enterprises, cooperatives, foundations, or non-government organizations all over the Philippines can join the search. Organizations will then be shortlisted to 16 based on their track record, leaders, and the potential impact of the proposed intervention on the partner community.

 

The Top 16 will then participate in a three-day boot camp with trainings on area development where candidates shall pitch their preliminary plans to a panel of judges at the end of the boot camp. After the training and background checking by the I Love assessors, eight candidates will be chosen to undergo the ILOVE mentoring and support program for eight months with each of the organizations receiving P100,000 cash, one-on-one guidance from the mentors mentioned above, plus direct access to government support.

 

In this period, the organizations are expected to work towards specific enterprise, social and environmental objectives. After which, they shall present the progress of their programs to a panel of judges with the top three winners receiving additional direct assistance from ILOVE and its private and government partners.

 

To show their support for “Quest for Love,” Sen. Loren Legarda, Department of Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar, Department of Science and Technology secretary Fortunato Dela Pena, Department of Tourism assistant secretary Reynaldo Lacao Ching, Department of National Defense undersecretary Cesar Yano, Department of Social Welfare and Development undersecretary Malou Turalde, Department of Trade and Industry assistant secretary Amina Fajardo, and TESDA director Sonia Lipio were present in the launch.

 

Viewers will get to follow the journey of the eight semifinalists soon on “G Diaries” on ABS-CBN. Now on its second season, the program hosted by Lopez features local destinations, products, and services that show how community-based businesses can bring progress and improve lives of Filipinos.

 

Lopez is scheduled to do a roadshow in Tandag City and Surigao City on April 12, in Mindoro on April 17, in Tawi-Tawi on April 25, in Tuguegarao on April 27, in Koronadal on May 3, and in Sultan Kudarat on May 4. There will also be an orientation in Rockwell, Makati City on May 2.

 

Submission of applications for “Quest for Love” has been moved to May 18, 2018. For more information, visit www.questforlove.ph or follow @questforloveph on Facebook.

 

Former Department of Environment and Natural Resources Gina Lopez has brought together some of the country’s top entrepreneurs, experts, and business advocates, to help transform local communities into sites for sustainable development through the “Quest for Love” nationwide search of her Investments in Loving Organizations for Village Economies (ILOVE) Foundation.

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