Philippines through the eyes of CEFE Macedonia
Philippines through the eyes of CEFE Macedonia

POSTED ON 05 Oct 2016 by Elena Gagacheva

The Philippines is an island state in Southeast Asia. For the economy of this country is said to be stronger than a typhoon. And that is because in 2013 the Philippines experienced a decline in economic growth due to the typhoon Haijan, which they say is the most catastrophic typhoon that has ever hit this country and that took 7,000 lives, devastate many parts of the country, houses were destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people without the fundamental existence.


From 01 to 27 August 2016 the President of CEFE Macedonia and CEFE trainer Jovan Stalevski was in the Philippines. Purpose of the visit was training for new trainers that will work with CEFE methodology. Despite Stalevski, trainer was and Rene Resurreccion of CEFE Net Philippines. They conducted three training sessions for participants from the business sector and the people of Los Banos, on the following topics:

1. Online marketing for companies by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Los Banos

2. Entrepreneurship for high-income members of the church community

3. Entrepreneurship of agriculture and agriculture businesses of Los Banos.

At the end of this training the participants had to practice through coaching.


During the stay in the Philippines, representatives of CEFE Macedonia discussed the potential networking and collaborations with organizations that would provide support for entrepreneurship in the Philippines, and contributing also to GET YES project implemented by September 18 to October 2 in Macedonia. The representative of CEFE Macedonia, during his stay in the Philippines, visited also the University of the Philippines Los Banos, and the Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship.


- We got to know the university staff that explained what support they allow to their students. We visited the incubator that has 20 offices that are available to students. University owns land that is given for establishing businesses. At this University we identified potential support for implementing the modules of Agribusiness within GET YES project - said Jovan Stalevski, CEFE trainer.


Stalevski also met with representatives of Impact Hub Manila including with Cees Rondario, one of the founders of Impact Hub Manila.


- We talk about the potential cooperation in trainings between CEFE Net Philippines and Impact Hub Manila, as well as for joint events. Looking forward to future cooperation on the creation of massive open online course on how to support entrepreneurship in the Philippines, and how to develop and promote the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Manila - Stalevski added.


It is said that Filipinos do business with people rather than companies. So, if you change the representative during negotiations or meetings, you may need to begin the process of building business relationships again. Also in the Philippines often the decisions are make based on feelings rather than facts, so it is imperative to develop a wide network of personal relationships. CEFE Macedonia, we believe, this time succeeded.