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PhilDev envisions a prosperous Philippines. With its mission of eradicating poverty through the benefits of science and technology, it builds and strengthens links for knowledge, capacities, and opportunity exchange. PhilDev’s mission planning began in the United States, and established our main office in the Philippines.

In the Philippines, we respond to the vision by bringing together multisectoral partners to exchange ideas and share initiatives on the role of science and technology in national development; connect people and organizations in creating scalable and sustainable solutions to domestic needs; and advocate for innovative ideas and usher them to a global platform.

In the United States, PhilDev mobilizes the Filipino diaspora to give back and support technology-driven innovations and entrepreneurship in the Philippines. We develop links with private industry and universities to share resources, expertise and collaborate with counterparts in the Philippines, as well as granting scholarship opportunities.

PhilDev was founded by Diosdado “Dado” Banatao, one of Silicon Valley’s most significant men, and together with like-minded Filipinos, committed to make a difference and give back to the Philippines in the way that they knew how. Through their combined efforts and influence, they have been able to initiate programs in education, start-ups and mentorship.

Founded in 2011, PhilDev is a registered nonstock, nonprofit organization.


This scholarship is a second chance. I had to leave school for a year because I couldn’t afford it. This scholarship came and gave me hope to continue my dream.
— Ronald Reveche, PhilDev-Shell Chemical Engineering Scholar at UST

My father was a farmer. I am an engineer.

There are countless kids who just need a chance like I did. I am not so special. But I am determined.
— Dado Banatao, founder of PhilDev

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