The Philippine startup industry is reaching new heights but aspiring tech entrepreneurs still face certain challenges—from business conditions to regulatory requirements and gender disparity.
To assess the country’s current startup ecosystem, QBO Innovation Hub, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), conducted a Startup Ecosystem Mapping exercise which identifies areas that need to be improved and available resources in order to help make the Philippines a globally competitive place for startups. The initiative is also part of QBO’s Startup Pinay program that encourages and supports increased female participation in the startup industry.
“DTI acknowledges the importance of a thriving, science and technology-based startup ecosystem to achieve the country’s goal of growing globally competitive and innovative industries. Our focus is on S&T-based solutions in sectors that need innovative solutions such as communications, agriculture, health, AI, IoT, among others. and covering not only software but also hardware and business model. Having an innovative tech and services industry contributes to inclusive growth and employment generation of the Philippines as a whole,” said DTI Undersecretary of the Competitiveness and Innovation Group Rafaelita M. Aldaba. “We partnered with QBO to support startup development by building the startup ecosystem; bridge the gap between innovative technological seeds and commercialization; and help create global Philippine startups.”
In 2016, only two cities—Manila and Cebu—were mapped. But with Philippines startup exhibiting growth in other areas, the 2019 Startup Ecosystem Mapping extended to three other cities: Legazpi, Bohol, and Naga. Similar mapping efforts are to be conducted in Zamboanga City, Puerto Princesa, Pangasinan, and Dumaguete by the Department of Information and Communications Technology with Ideaspace Foundation, making it an unprecedented countrywide effort.
The mapping sessions were participated by startup representatives, accelerators, public and private incubators, community builders, venture capitalists, angel investors, government, and private companies. The cities were categorized based on Techstars’ 7 Stages of Startup Communities: Nascent, Foundational, Accelerating, Established, High Functioning, Progressive, and Aspirational.
“Aside from assessing the health of the startup communities in these cities, we also put together a set of recommendations after each mapping session to help them move to the next stage,” said QBO President Rene “Butch” Meily. “We’ve seen remarkable changes from 2016 to 2019 and ultimately, our goal is to promote and encourage collaboration to address the pain points experienced by startup founders and identify initiatives that will enable them to grow.”
Manila: A Place Where Startups Accelerate and Thrive
Home to most successful startup stories in the country, Manila’s landscape has improved remarkably. The 2018 Startup Ecosystem Canvas revealed Manila as having an “Accelerating Ecosystem” because of the increasing support it is getting from the government, investment groups, and other stakeholders. Recent exits from startups such as ChatbotPH, Teko, and Coins.ph have also contributed to the stronger awareness about startups in the city. Recent findings of the 2019 StartupBlink Report revealed the Philippines ranking 54th among 202 countries, with the strongest startup ecosystem, Manila, as its frontrunner breaching the global top 100 for the first time.
“In order for Manila to move to the next stage, we recommend verticalization of support programs that specialize in specific industries such as FinTech, HealthTech, and PropTech and creation of a density center or cluster for housing, services, and spaces to increase collaboration among startups and ramp up their productivity,” said Meily. “Corporate engagement must also be strengthened and entrepreneurs must be engaged in the development of a favorable regulatory environment that addresses concerns relevant to the tech industry.”
Cebu, Bohol, Naga, Legazpi: The Next Wave Cities for Startups?
Aside from Manila, four other cities exhibited growth potential in their respective startup economies: Cebu, Legazpi, Bohol, and Naga.
Cebu is categorized under the Foundational Ecosystem due to an increasing density of startups, considerable number of co-working spaces, and strong regional networks with connections with Manila, the rest of Southeast Asia, and Silicon Valley. The city also benefits from the strong support from the government, with local officials taking the lead in developing the local startup ecosystem. To further elevate Cebu’s ranking, recommended key actions include the establishment of local incubators with accessible mentor networks, stronger support for local businesses, as well as more dynamic engagement with universities.
Bohol’s potential to be a travel tech hub is also evident with efforts to develop the local talent and inspire Boholanos to be more involved in tech. The mapping effort revealed that these programs must be made sustainable for Bohol to reach its full potential. “Bohol has a lot of potential and this can be fully achieved by inspiring and mentoring young talents to build their own startups,” added Meily. Currently, Bohol is categorized as a Nascent Ecosystem characterized by a group of passionate people pushing to build a stronger startup community.
Visible support from local businesses and involvement of local universities is pushing Naga to be categorized as a Foundational Ecosystem. Additionally, the efforts of Naga’s local government units contribute to its fast-growing startups. Similarly, Legazpi’s startups are benefitting from programs with fund allocation and support from different government agencies. To continue this momentum, recommended actions include putting up an online information portal related to the local startup ecosystem and organizing more collaborative and networking events.
“The Philippines has a lot of potential hubs for startups—all it takes is for all stakeholders to come together and realize that great ideas can come from everywhere. To achieve our goal of advancing the Philippines’ startup ecosystem, there must be a concerted effort not just from Manila but from the countryside as well to cultivate talent and support burgeoning businesses locally” said Meily.
For inquiries on how you can map out your own city, visit www.qbo.com.ph or email [email protected] To learn more about the QBO’s ecosystem mapping efforts, visit https://www.facebook.com/QBOphilippines/.
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People who want to become teachers need to pass the Licensure Exam for Teachers or LET. The test is held twice a year and although many make it, there is also a great number of people who don’t.
The test is not easy, as it is common to see some individuals take the test multiple times. Some get discouraged and end up pursuing a different career.
But one persistent individual did not give up on her dreams of becoming a professional teacher.
Nelma M. Dahimulla graduated from Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Agri-Fishery arts. It took her eight attempts to finally pass the LET. She tried over the span of four years and did not quit. The first time she failed, she took it lightly and was still optimistic.
“My first take naka 68 lang ata ako dayyy. masakit sobra pero madali lang man makamove on agad kasi inisip ko ‘ah wala ‘to first time ko kasi kaya nanibago lang siguro tapos wala pang review.'”
She got to the point where she was short of less than one percent to pass the exam, having scored 74.20%, 75% being the passing score. This was when she really felt down, she was so close but yet so far. She blamed herself for studying on her own instead of going to a review center. She said that teaching is her passion and that her family has always wanted this profession for her.
“gusto ko to maachieve at mas maging proud pa ang parents ko sakin at magawa ko ang gusto kong gawin that is to inspire other people through my profession. I love teaching others and giving inspirational advice. So yun nga bagsak pa rin ako kasi puro ako self review at sa mga post na reviewer sa Facebook lang ako.”
After getting tired of failing, she decided to enroll at CBRC (Carl Balita Review Center). She said that the review center helped a lot, as they do not just teach academics, but also how to have faith in God. The instructors make their students feel like they should not quit and are worth it, even if they have failed many times.
“Believe sila samin at saludo sila sa tapang naming mga Repeaters na kahit paulit-ulit na bumagsak kami still bumabangon parin kami para lumaban. Sobra talaga ako naiyak that day as in.”
The instructors always remind their students the reasons they should pass their exam. She enjoyed her experience there as she made new friends, too.
Before the day of the exam, she did a lot of praying and employed all the techniques she learned at the review center. Nelma had renewed confidence as she took the exam for the eighth time.
May 25 came, the day when the results would be released and Nelma was nervous the entire day. When her mother notified her that the list was out, she immediately went online to look for her name on the list. The internet was slow and she kept on refreshing the page until she saw her name,
She described it as almost having a heart attack due to being too happy. This was life changing for her and her family.
“Alhamdulillah pasado na ako!! muntik ng sumabog puso ko that day. haha sorrry naman na … overwhelming ang feeling eh 🤣 at sobra pa nung masabi ko sa parents ko na pumasa ako beshhh.. Priceless ang Mukha nila. yun ang mas nagpasaya sakin kesa sa result hahaha grabe sila.”.
She urges people, that are struggling to make it in life, to just believe in God and that He will give you what you need at the right time. She scored a 78.40 and is now a licensed professional teacher.
Each one of us is unique in our own ways and sometimes that brings inspiration to everyone. Our determination to pursue our dreams defines who we are, just like Monching, despite being a “little person,” has showed his determination to graduate from college.
The Facebook page of Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) Office of Student Affairs Services shared photos of Ramon “Monching” Delos Santos, who graduated with a course of Diploma of Technology major in Electronic Technology, with the Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles taking a selfie with him.
Ramon was not the class valedictorian of his batch but because of his determination, despite being different, had inspired all his batch mates as they gave him applause while he was marching to receive his diploma, which became the highlight of the ceremony.
Seeing his photos on social media not only inspired his batch mates but also inspired the netizens as it garnered a thousand shares and reactions on Facebook. The cabinet secretary Karlo Nograles, as their guest during the graduation ceremony, was also inspired with Delos Santo that made him post a video on his Instagram account with the caption:
“Nakaka-inspire ang mga kabataang tulad ni Ramon “Monching” Delos Santos, na sa kabila ng kanyang kalagayan, ay nagtapos ng 3-year Diploma of Technology major in Electronics Technology sa Zamboanga State Polytechnic College ngayong araw.
Tunay na walang hindi kayang abutin ang sinumang pursigidong matupad ang kanyang pangarap.
Saludo ako sa iyo, Ramon.” – Nograles wrote
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Nakaka-inspire ang mga kabataang tulad ni Ramon “Monching” Delos Santos, na sa kabila ng kanyang kalagayan, ay nagtapos ng 3-year Diploma of Technology major in Electronics Technology sa Zamboanga State Polytechnic College ngayong araw. Tunay na walang hindi kayang abutin ang sinumang pursigidong matupad ang kanyang pangarap. Saludo ako sa iyo, Ramon.
The Definitely Filipino Balita in an interview with Dr. Roy Velasco, one of the Delos Santos professors, said that Delos Santos can contain the happiness he had felt after receiving his diploma. Despite all the trials he had encountered, receiving his diploma is something he can be proud of as this can also help him find and apply for a job that can help to support his family.
Velasco also said that despite being a little person, the determination and perseverance that Delos Santos showed has never fallen short to compete with the other students in achieving his goals.
Truly with his success, Delos Santos is an inspiration to everyone as he has proven that success is not defined by your physical appearance.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
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A 64-year-old college graduate became an inspiration to the younger generations to be serious with their education. Despite being a senior citizen, and taking a lot of time, he was still able to finish his studies.
The man behind this inspiring story is Generito Yosores, a tricycle driver from Zamboanga del Sur. With his old age, he was able to attain his college degree with a course in Secondary Education major in English at the Western Mindanao State University, under the external studies unit of Molave, Zamboanga City.
Among 1,397 graduates of Bachelor of Secondary Education, Generito’s family was so proud because he is one of the graduates marching on stage to receive his diploma. Netizens on social media were also so proud of him because of his perseverance and positivity in reaching his goals.
Despite poverty, he didn’t see that as a hindrance to his success. Even when he just a tricycle driver, Lolo Generito tried his best, and it had taken him so much time to finish his studies. With the help of his family and the school, he was able to surpass all the challenges to be a college graduate and is now a professional teacher.
Most of the netizens congratulated him for the success of the education he achieved, despite being a senior citizen. This has become an inspiration to all young minds out there continuing their studies. That poverty is not a hindrance to success and age doesn’t matter, as education is intended for all individuals who wants and is willing to learn.
This is a lesson for all students, that education is a big stepping stone to success. For all who had the dream to have a better life in the future, education is the answer.
Surely, most people dream of travelling abroad and taking pictures of the beautiful tourist spots that are truly Instagram-worthy!
However, the only downside of everyone’s vision is the lack of funds. Everyone knows that it would cost a fortune to travel around the world, not only because of the air fare but also because of the documents required to be submitted before the issuance of passport and visa.
On the contrary, these hindrances can’t stop us from fulfilling our dreams. A Facebook user named Noid Oropesa Ragian shared a hack which will let Filipinos see international tourist spots without the need to acquire huge amount of money and certain documents, and without having to leave the country!
Oropesa became creative and traveled locally to visit the spots in Zamboanga City which resembles the iconic places abroad and in the country as well.
Here’s the Zamboanga version of the Man-made forest in Bohol:
Want to see the alternative for New Zealand’s famous hills?
What about the iconic stairs in Thailand?
Or perhaps, do you dream of seeing Cape Town up close?
If you want to have a feel of Japan’s ambiance, here’s a great substitute for their Hokkaido Bridge!
No need to travel all the way to Baguio for the foggy mountain. They have it here too!
Want a quick Puerto Rico escapade?
Oropesa showed that these international spots have an identical equivalent here in the Philippines if only citizens are eager enough to look for hidden gems. Moreover, her post helped promote the country’s tourism.
Facebook users who had seen her post are quickly encouraged to visit the area, as Oropesa succeeded in letting netizens see the beauty of Zamboanga.
It’s not too late to plan for your ultimate summer travel this year! Would you like to see these sceneries in person?
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A new breed of corn is yet to be known in Zamboanga City! The corn was said to be filled with multi-colored kernels instead of the monotone yellow bits.
The unique variant of the corn was said to be bought in Indonesia and Thailand, way back in 2016. It was planted on a farm located at Barangay Bolong just recently. Three months later, Mark Basaluddin, owner of the farm was shocked with how beautiful the corns sprouted.
He said in an interview, “I tried planting the unique variant just because the vibrant colors of the corn made me curious.”
Even though the corn brings more visual attractiveness, the rainbow-colored variant was said to taste like an ordinary corn.
Basaluddin is now trying to hit local markets to see if people would patronize the new breed of their favorite afternoon snack.
The up and coming magazine for gay men, Team Mag, expresses their enthusiasm as they share an article about what could be the next LGBT thing.
Philippines is known for the beautiful bodies of water surrounding it. Many foreign visitors even travel miles away just so they could experience the beauty of nature in the country.
Although there are a lot which have been a favorite go-to by the tourists, many of them are still undiscovered such as this one, which was posted by One Zamboanga Facebook page.
This beautiful beach is located in the boundary between Zamboanga City and Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte.
Some of the lucky visitors who have seen the place in person, said that it can be compared to those beaches in Palawan.
Many netizens felt bad since they couldn’t visit the place due to security reasons. They thought that this could be a wonderful tourist spot if it weren’t for the lack of safety measures.
Our national hero, Jose Rizal once quoted that “The youth is the hope of the Nation”, he said this knowing that our future will be entrusted to the children of today, that they will be the ones who will accomplish the hopes and goals of the individuals today who are striving to make our society a better place to live, but how could this angels become what they should be, if they are being denied protection from those evils who tends to wreck their dreams and make their lives a nightmare.
Today cases of children being molested and abuse are rising to an alarming rate and it looks like the government can’t do anything to stop it, every year many children suffer this kind of cruelty and the ones responsible are able to walk the streets heads up and smiling free from the consequences of what they did, sometimes it is because the victims themselves are too afraid to go to the officials because of the threat that if they do it’s either them or the one’s important to them will.
1-3 Girls and 1-7 Boys under the age of 18 are sexually abused. -1989 Reports presented for Fed. Parliament (RCMP) Jaclyn Mace @ Statistics Canada, even infants are not an exemption to the insanity of these maniacs, shaking is a prevalent form of abuse seen in very young children.
The majority of shaken children are less than 9 months old. Most perpetrators of such abuse are male, though this may be more a reflection of the fact that men, being on average stronger than women, tend to apply greater force, rather than that they are more prone than women to shake children. Intracranial hemorrhages, retinal hemorrhages and small ‘‘chip’’ fractures at the major joints of the child’s extremities can result from very rapid shaking of an infant.
They can also follow from a combination of shaking and the head hitting a surface. There is evidence that about one-third of severely shaken infants die and that the majority of the survivors suffer long-term consequences such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy or blindness.
Sexual abuses are not only committed by adults minors are also tend to be involve in this cases, it is because of the lack of attention and the way parents raise their children, less attention and time for them means less time to teach them valuable lessons and correcting their mistakes and bad attitudes.
Just recently a report of a 6-year-old girl sexually abused by 12-year-old neighbor came; the girl and her family are among the evacuees living in tents in Zamboanga City’s Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, the disturbing thing is that during the investigation the authorities found out that the camp managers at the sports complex tried to silence the mother of the victim. “When the relatives were about to bring the child to the Medical Center, the camp managers ran after them and tried to stop them,” said Gammar Hassan, head of the No To Relocation Movement, he also claimed that the DSWD is more “concerned of protecting the image of their office than the welfare of the minors who are being victimized by these rapists.”
Protecting the safety and the welfare of our children’s are ensuring the future of our society, the greatest gift we could give them is a life protected from harm and wickedness, keep them away from the dark side of life so they could grow walking the right path and thus making them the living testament to Rizal’s words.