Bakal Lokal

About Us

What is Bakal Lokal?

In line with Youth First Initiative Philippines, Inc.’s (YFI) strategy to make increasingly active contributions to the sustainable development goals and regional economic recovery, Youth First Initiative Philippines, Inc. (YFI PH Inc.) in partnership with DOST-VI is implementing a pandemic response program entitled Bakal Lokal.

Bakal Lokal bridges MSMEs, producers, delivery services, advocacies, and consumers using modern technology and strategies.

As quarantine and lockdown measures reveal business continuity and sustainability challenges on local businesses, transportation providers, and consumers, Bakal Lokal will not only focus on providing a platform but also in developing the capacity and potential of our partners through our awareness campaigns and capacity building training.

The project desires to promote decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) along with responsible production and consumption (SDG 12) in Western Visayas. The challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has brought an urgency to the implementation of this project.

Under the Grants-in-Aid (GIA) fund of DOST VI, YFI PH Inc. will implement the program in Region VI starting in Iloilo City for the first year of the project.

Youth First Initiative Philippines

Youth First Initiative Philippines, Inc. is a youth-led, non-government organization working towards development through community empowerment and social innovation. It is a dynamic group of committed, passionate and empowered individuals from various fields of expertise. Youth First Initiative believes that young people will be the key players towards a progressive and sustainable future.


We envision innovative and sustainable communities driven by a progressive and empowered youth.


To promote development by educating and encouraging active involvement of the community, especially the youth, towards social equity. Social equity is a concept that aims to ensure each person receives fair and just treatment, regardless of social or economic status

Our Team

Rayjand Gellamucho

Project Leader, Executive Director, YFI PH Inc.

Anvie Jezette Magbanua

Logistics and Strategic Partnerships Manager, Sustainability Officer, YFI PH Inc.

Katherine April Gonzales

Design and Creatives, Vice President YFI PH Inc.

Rey Guidoriagao Jr.


Xedie Sornito

Finance and Admin Officer

Ruel Benliro Jr

UX Designer

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