Best Projects 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Published on September 30, 2020 um 17:18
Type of Enterprise
Year the ngo or company was founded
Explain your project in details:
BioPhil is a United Nations Development Program supported project. It provides an alternative to coal wherein it is cleaner, cheaper and more accessible energy source from harmful invasive plant species of lake water; transforming the water hyacinth to useful Biomass in the hopes of creating sustainable Biofuel manufactured by Green Companies that can power transportation vehicles and be an energy generation alternative. The social issue we are trying to address is the lack of access to energy source in off-grid local communities in our region. This is because of the lack of usage maximization of available invasive plant species as energy source, and the declining political and economic state of underdeveloped communities in BARMM, our region. In addition, we also address the proliferation of these invasive species that hinders the livelihood of fishermen as it adds to the scarcity of resources in lake waters, and so declines job opportunities. Lastly, we address the issue on the need of green technologies to preserve a better environment for the next generations to come. The Social Enterprise will provide green power plants (such is the Bioenergy corporation of the Philippines) necessary Biomass to manufacture the biodiesel they need. Biomass is an alternative to coal in producing fuel that can power transportation vehicles and enable the food and beverages industry to operate through its cleaner energy for the environment. This Biomass is an energy source itself that can easily be accessed especially by off grid local communities for its key resources are from the lake waters infested by water hyacinths and other invasive plant species. The business activities require local workers for efficient management thus providing for them job opportunities.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
BioPhil has connected environmental, clean energy, and SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR ADVOCATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND BEYOND i.e. Malaysia and Singapore. Further, we are building our project to provide jobs for the fishermen IDPs as well as establishing green sustainable and inclusive communities when we venture on providing clean energy from invasive species. To add, we have successfully created partnership and research support from the Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Malaysia and its network of companies in Malaysia. Also, our project has been tailored with the help of the United Nations Development Program and Youth Co: Lab of the Philippines. The YSE of Singapore International Foundation further extends its support for the project through trainings and market viability. The long-term goals we have set include the following: to provide the sitios sustainable energy source; to control the proliferation of invasive plant species thus creating a sustainable lake water where there will be available livelihood and to help these green companies in promoting and providing cleaner energy source.
Sustainability and future plans
Initially, we aim to establish partnerships with green power plants in our country. Supplying them with necessary biomass they need to produce biodiesel. In addition, BioPhil shall pursue communications with the Green Summit Bioenergy Corporation of the Philippines in order to build a fixed partnership wherein BioPhil will be the water hyacinth Biomass supplier for the company. The Green Summit Power plant expects an annual net generation of 83 kWH through its Biofuel products. By the communications, BioPhil expects to be part of the 3.4 million dollars net cash flow per year with the power plant. Also, the project shall continue on making partnerships to create a bigger green network for market and systematic positive impact through engagement in business expo and project pitching. Therefore, BioPhil will continue the communications with Tunku Abdulrahman executives and researchers for further development of the business idea and endeavor, that is to say, offer our product to the Malaysia green power plant companies also. Our plan is to install necessary initial facilities in manufacturing these pellets and briquettes of biomass, and form contracts with the necessary labor force and startup agencies of our region especially with our focus target which is the Green Summit partnered with the government's Department of Energy (DOE). After, we will present these green power plant companies the guarantee of having to be able to provide them the necessary biomass for their operation so to establish the long communicated partnership by producing the quality biomass and quantity biomass expected. We will also do the same with our partners in Malaysia and to let them evaluate the efficiency of our produced biomass.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Raheemah Hafsah Pangarungan, 19 years old, is one of the Co-founders of BioPhil and is the team leader of SaRanaw. She is an active youth leader, International Social Entrepreneur, young multimedia journalist, award-winning literary writer and Public Speaker. She won the highest award by the FOI Philippines in writing and was commended for her photography as she forwards advocacies in social entrepreneurship, peace and development. She was the 2018 Student Head writer of MSU ISED Budyong and the current Editor in Chief of MSU MSHS Suwara. She is the youngest delegate and the lone qualifier of BARMM during the National Center for Women's Resources 2019 Journalist Training. Also, she was featured in the Mindanao Gold Star daily for her theatrical performance as Scar of Lion King. She recently won National and Regional Awards for Writing and Photography contests by UNFPA, BARMM, and Project Seasid. She was a Regional debater and the 2018 President of MSU ISED Debaters Society. She wrote literary pieces published by different National Magazines and Media Platforms such as BFP, Empowering ME US Embassy, and Duyog Marawi Magazine, and performed her Persuasive speeches and Spoken poetry as Champion in local arenas. In addition, she is an aspiring social entrepreneur and youth leader. Taking active roles in the institution's Student Parliament, Hafsah is an International delegate and National delegate in various Social Enterprise and Leadership Conventions. Having projects supported by the United Nations Development Program, she is one of the Top Finalists of the Yong Social Entrepreneurs by Singapore International Foundation. Further, she led the SaRanaw Team for the Study Visit Program in TARUC, Malaysia. She was a Philippine Finalist of the 2019 CIMB Young ASEAN Leaders (CYAL) in Malaysia. Today, she continues her endeavors as she and the team find ways to reach out amid Covid.
BioPhil Final Pitch deck