Iligan City-based business wins Developmental Social Enterprise Awards

04 Mar 2015

Awarding the DSEA grand winner. From left: BCYF Chairman Antonio Yap, Senator Bam Aquino, ECOWEB Executive Director Regina Antiquesa and Isla Lipana & Co./PwC Philippines Chairman & Senior Partner Alex Cabrera.

Isla Lipana & Co./PwC Philippines and the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation (BCY Foundation) recognized at an awards ceremony the winning Filipino enterprises committed to social objectives through their enterprises.

Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. (ECOWEB), based in Iligan City, was named the overall winner of the Developmental Social Enterprise Awards given last 4 March at the Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan City. ECOWEB was organized in 2006 to respond to interlinking problems of poverty, conflict, environmental degradation and poor governance. It partnered with a number of farmers and women to produce natural fertilizers and pest repellent under the trade name “EcOrganic”. ECOWEB will receive a PHP250,000 cash grant and one-year free consultancy from the PwC Philippines and BCY Foundation.

The other finalists were: 3846 Social Enterprises, Inc., a sustainable program providing scholarship grants to poor but deserving Filipino students; Coffee for Peace, a mission agency focused on peace advocacy that grows and markets Coffee Arabica here and abroad; Global Organic and Wellness Corporation, which empowers farmers by helping them create a common marketing platform for organic products; and Good Food Community, Inc., which works with farmers in Tarlac, Benguet and Mountain Province in creating an alternative distribution system and connect them with city-based consumers.

Receiving special recognition for their unique and impressive achievements in social entrepreneurship were health cooperative facility Medical Mission Group Metro Manila East Hospital & Health Services Cooperative; technology development organization Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc.; microfinance enabler SEDPI Development Finance, Inc.; and manpower provider Staff Search Asia Service Cooperative.

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV who headed the panel of judges was the keynote speaker at the event. The ceremony started with welcoming remarks from our Chairman & Senor Partner Alex Cabrera.

Attending the awarding night from the firm were Assurance Partners Rodel Acosta, Gina Detera, Che Javier and Paul See; Tax Managing Partner Malou Lim, Tax-CAS Partner Fedna Parallag, Ethics & Compliance Director Grace Aries, Assurance Director Lois Abad, Senior Managers Jocelyn de Chavez, Tess Buted and DC de Guzman, Manager Lance Yu, and Risk Assurance Manager Christopher Guzman.

Since its launch in August 2014, the DSE Awards received nominations from corporations, partnerships, cooperatives in the Philippines through its website, A screening committee from the academe, social enterprises, government, private business and media selected the finalists and top winners last February 2015.

(Left photo) With the DSE Awards finalists. From left are: BCYF Chair Antonio Yap, Senator Bam Aquino, two representatives of 3846 Social Enterprises Inc., ECOWEB Executive Director Regina Antequisa, Ms Joji Pantoja of Coffee for Peace, delegates from Good Food Community Inc. and Global Organic and Wellness Corp., and Isla Lipana & Co./PwC PH Chairman & Senior Partner Alex Cabrera.
Iligan City-based business wins Developmental Social Enterprise Awards