In September 2010, Bayan Academy
and JP Morgan Chase & Co. ( JPMCC) Philippines joined forces to implement the JPMCC entrepreneurship education program for community development, an education initiative focused on developing and enhancing the entrepreneurial skills of the parents of World Vision Philippines- sponsored children in the Baseco community in Manila.
Twenty-eight parents and relatives of the initial 25 JPMCC-sponsored children who passed the screening and recruitment process underwent Bayan Academy’s 12-day Grassroots Entrepreneurship and Management or Entrep- Eskwela program, which introduced them to the components of successful entrepreneurship.
As emphasized by Dr. Eduardo Morato Jr., chairman of Bayan Academy and president of ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation, a unique feature of the Entrep-Eskwela program is the Self Mastery module. He said that the main secret of successful entrepreneurs and individuals is their ability to master themselves. He wanted the students of Entrep-Eskwela to realize this before learning the other two modules, Situation Mastery and Enterprise Mastery.
The students also completed the 15-day culinary entrepreneurship program to earn their Technical Education and Skills Development Authority culinary accreditation in commercial cooking.
The culminating activity was held at the Dolphy Theater, ABS-CBN Compound, where the graduates received their diplomas for completing the program.
The guests of honor included Gina Lopez
, vice chairperson of ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation and Bayan Academy board of trustees member; Dr. Morato; Roberto Panlilio, JPMCC Philippines senior country officer; Patricia Anne Javier-Gutierrez, JPMCC CSR manager; and Elnora Avarientos, national director of World Vision Philippines.