On March 14, 2018, Go Negosyo sa Radyo host DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla together with co-host Senator Bam Aquino were joined by AM Valdez, Marketing Head of Make A Difference Travel (MAD Travel), and Carmelo Orpilla, President of Batang Negosyante Ako Barkadahan, the two winners of TAYO or Ten Accomplished Youth Organization in an hour of substantial discussion about business and advocacy.
Being a youth means the person is passing through a transition period where individual experiences marked the changes in their way of thinking, feeling, acting and socializing. This led them to maturity as aided by internal factors that allow them to withstand frustration and make sense of what they are experiencing. A common trait of the youth is loving fun and excitement while ignoring other important matters. However, this do not apply to all in general as some Filipino youth are already ahead of their time and making their mark in the society.
In this episode, two inspiring Filipino youth will share their experiences on how they incorporate entrepreneurship into their advocacies.
DJ Cheska asked Senator Bam what is the importance of starting early in the business or engaging in social advocacy at the young age. Sen. Bam answered, ”yung pagsasanay sa pagiging negosyante o sa pagsasanay sa pagkakaroon ng ganitong activities, it takes practice kumbaga practice never makes perfect but practice makes you better. So kung nagsisimula ka habang bata ka mas magandang training yan for the present and the future”.
AM Valdez of MAD Travel envisioned the Philippines to be the top social-tourism destination in the world believing that tourism is not only about posting pictures on Instagram and Facebook but through tourism people can make an impact to the communities they visited. Their objective is to bring tourist in the indigenous people community so the guests can experience their way of life and to give additional livelihood to the tribe which she calls “pasyal with a purpose”.
The second guest Carmelo Orpilla and his friends noticed that there are various social problems involving the youth such as teen pregnancy, engaging to fraternities and unemployment, what they did is they used their business idea to change the lives of the troubled teenagers. Their mission is to create a young entrepreneur in every family by giving free coaching seminars, entrepreneurship and financial literacy training on how to become an entrepreneur and build their own business.
PRIORITIZING THE EXPERIENCE RATHER THAN INVESTMENTS
DJ Cheska mentioned a study stating that millennials do not save money for material investment instead they are spending more money in traveling, she asked AM if it is true and what is the principle behind it. AM shared, “Actually totoo sya, kasi sa amin nakikita namin yung experience na isang paraan po para matuto kami o makakilala kami ng ibang tao o ng ibang kultura, so dun namin pinipiling iinvest ang resources namin” AM answered. For her the experience, learnings and the people you meet in every travel adds value to the person and the value does not depreciate unlike material things.
Their advocacy is to help Aetas in restoring their ancestral land and transform it into tourist spot because of the need to sustain the livelihood of the Aetas. To have a sustainable financial resources to continue the restoration project in the community and to provide additional income for the Aetas, AM and her friends turn their fond of traveling into business knowing that there are a lot of people like them who love to travel and experience new things. Their first clients are their relatives and friends and by word of mouth, random travelers started to asked them about the tour.
WHICH COMES FIRST BUSINESS OR BARKADAHAN
Making your friends as business partners or be friends with your business partners is common among entrepreneurs, Sen. Bam asked Carmelo Orpilla on what comes first, is it the business or the barkadahan? Carmelo and his friends are young entrepreneurs who each have their own businesses, their involvement to the National Youth Commission united them to form a social enterprise that will assess the social issues among the Filipino youths. Carmelo and his friends started from scratch, their will to help the youths like themselves became their driving force. First they collected empty water bottles in Ayala and after a month they sold the bottles and buy processed meat and later on they were able to rent an apartment that they later called “Tambayan” where they teach their students to be entrepreneurial and at the same time a temporary shelter for some of them.
Making your friends as business partners or be friends with your business partners is common among entrepreneurs, Sen. Bam asked Carmelo Orpilla on what comes first, is it the business or the barkadahan? Carmelo and his friends are young entrepreneurs who each have their own businesses, their involvement to the National Youth Commission united them to form a social enterprise that will assess the social issues among the Filipino youths. Carmelo and his friends started from scratch, their will to help the youths like themselves became their driving force. First they collected empty water bottles in Ayala and after a month they sold the bottles and buy processed meat and later on they were able to rent an apartment that they later called “Tambayan”.
Tambayan is the group headquarter where they give free workshop and entrepreneurial training to the unemployed and out-of-school youth as well as giving important lessons about values and discipline. The youths in their Tambayan came from different areas of the Philippines where they were invited to talk, some came from Visayas and other latter part of the country. At first, their students are free of charge and expenses and after months of training when the student is already earning money on their own, they will be having their fair share of expenses.
HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION
For AM Valdez, the success of their organization can be measured by looking at the developments that they did in the Aeta community and for Carmelo Orpilla their success is about the positive changes that they bring to the lives of the out-of-school and unemployed youth.