The Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development, Inc. (BASE-HRD or Bayan Academy) was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit organization on January 13, 2009. It was primarily established to equip ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation’s micro borrower clients with the necessary skills to become small and even medium sized entrepreneurs and also equip their relatives with necessary skills in order to obtain employment. In 2011, the Board of Trustees of ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation and Bayan Academy decided to merge the two (2) organizations, with Bayan Academy as the surviving organization. After the merger, Bayan Academy maintained a mixed portfolio of income-generating and socially-oriented programs and projects. In 2014, the Board of Trustees decided to spin off the income generating program into a separate entity, the Bayan Enterprise Development, Growth and Evolution, Inc. (Bayan-EDGE). To date, Bayan Academy pursues its social mission offering entrepreneurship, management and education training programs and services for development institutions, cooperatives, banks, educational institutions and micro and small enterprises, as well as livelihood and skills training courses. More than a training facility, Bayan Academy is a learning hub and laboratory for the development of new learning methodologies and technologies in teaching entrepreneurship and management. It also develops and provides innovative learning materials that cater to the entrepreneurial poor. Bayan Academy has developed different modalities to fit the learning preferences of its target beneficiaries-from tailor-fit livelihood courses through corporate partnerships, to entrepreneurship for the masses. Technical and livelihood courses for communities, a culinary facility and “technopreneurship” are also offered. Bayan Academy is envisioned to become the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, not only in the Philippines but in Asia. Its main office is located at 2nd Floor, Cinderella Building, 825 EDSA, Quezon City. The foundation has 24 regular staff, 15 project-based staff, and 11 members of the Board of Trustees.
It was first certified for 3 years on May 27, 2016 and which will end on March 1, 2019.
Its purposes (V-M-G), among others, are “to be stewards of a happy, healthy and wealthy Filipino nation built on the strength of enterprising families, caring communities and progressive industries; to uplift the lives of Filipino Families to ensure the total well-being of their children; to foster the formation of viable enterprises, the forging of competitive industries and the convergence of area forces and resources; to be the premier servicer of servicers as they weave a potent network of nation builders; to be the role model in social entrepreneurship and the exemplary stewards of sustainable philanthropy”. The Foundation’s programs/projects focused on the following areas:
BEST (Bayan Educational Systems and Technologies) – design of degree and non-degree courses;
- CREST (Consultancy and Research Technologies) – learning hub for social entrepreneurship education and research.
- TOP (Training of Professionals) – Self-Mastery
- GREAT (Grassroots Entrepreneurship and Technologies) – TESDA Training for Work Scholarship i.e. Entrep-Eskwela (livelihood and microenterprise undertaking), Technopreneurship (trainings for unemployed individuals to become productive members of society), partnership with TESDA and Other Institutions (technical and vocational skills training to high school graduates and out-of-school youth).
APEX (Awards, Publications, and Expositions) – Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards, Pinoy Tsuper Hero, BPI Sinag Award (for social entrepreneurs).