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Creative projects tackle a number of social issues in the Philippines

At the beginning of August, several groups of graphic designers met at the Ayala Museum in the Philippines to put their heads together and address a number of social issues facing the island nation.

Many people send money to the country, and similar to those efforts to assist loved ones and help boost the economy, the designers of Plus63 Design Co., Inksurge and Team Manila intend to help problems facing a number of Filipinos.

The people involved believe that this unique approach to education, culture and health care might be able to change how specific components of those sectors function, according to 

Berns De Leon-Yumul, co-founder of Plus63 Design Co., recently talked to the website about poverty and corruption in the Philippines, and how his company, as well as others, might be able to do something about many social issues.

"It started with the typical frustration about the current state of affairs," said De Leon-Yumul. "We thought design can help bring about solutions."

The members of Plus63 also stated that design can illustrate the goals many Filipinos envision, such as a healthy and happy society, according to

The topics of the August 3 museum meet-up were education, health and culture. For example, possible problem-solving solutions included home-schooling aids and re-designed education materials, using social media to find blood donors, and changing design elements of the Ayala Museum to better help visitors appreciate the exhibits. 

Another organization similarly attempting to improve social issues in the Philippines is IBM, which recently flew over volunteers to assist on projects in the country, reported.

The Corporate Service Corps program included topics of interest such as education, traffic and government. One fix included mapping cities highly susceptible to flooding, in order to better protect citizens. 

Additionally, an online money transfer can help many people living in the Philippines, and many programs also look to improve daily life in the nation. Overall, the more people who attempt to make a change, the better the odds of success.

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