Two smiling business owners in the Philippines

Our Efforts in the Philippines

Catalyste+ has been working in the Philippines since 1968. Our efforts to improve the economic and social well-being of vulnerable communities continue today with local partners operating in dynamic sectors such as agriculture and tourism, supporting job creation, sustainable income generation and community economic development. Gender equality and growth that works for everyone is what drives us.

Country Contact

Matt Navalta, Country Representative

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Our Focus

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Strengthening Agribusiness

Our Accelerating Women’s Empowerment program provides technical assistance in agricultural practices to increase productivity, competitiveness and natural disaster mitigation. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) strengthen their operations through support in business planning, strategy and marketing. We focus on women’s empowerment in the ginger and turmeric value chain.

How We’ve Made a Difference in the Philippines

▪ We partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry to provide training in management, product development, export and marketing to women owners of small food businesses.

▪ We collaborated with academic institutions such as Cagayan and Bulacan State Universities to strengthen networks and improve service quality in the tourism and hospitality sector.

▪ Through a partnership with the National Apiculture Research, Training & Development Institute, we delivered training in pest and disease management, beekeeping and product development, strengthening livelihoods in the apiculture industry.

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Volunteer with Catalyste+

By sharing your professional knowledge and expertise, you can make a positive difference in Canada and around the world. We’ve been successfully matching our volunteer Catalyste+ Advisors with clients and partners in over 120 countries since 1967. Our Advisors drive both economic and social change by strengthening the private sector and creating an environment for communities to thrive.