President Rodrigo Roa Duterte together with the Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance members. (Seated L-R) Sec. Ramon Lopez, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion. (Standing First Row L-R) Domingo Yap, Fr. Jose Victor Lobrigo, Paul Santos, Armando Bonifacio, Benjamin Castillo, Ramoncito Fernandez, George Barcelon, Ma. Alegria Sibal-Limjoco, Feliciano Torres, Ma. Asuncion Golez, Rex Daryanani, Bobby De Ocampo, Ma. Victoria Espano, and Richard Sanz. (Standing Back Row L-R) Josefino Sarmiento, Michelle Cordero-Garcia, Monette Hamlin, Catherine Salceda-Ileto, Joyce Co-Yu, Arlene Padua-Martinez, Florian Gottein, Ho-Ik Lee, James Wilkins, Christine Salangad- Pardiñas, Danilo Lachica, Rhoda Castro-Caliwara, Robertson Chiang, Michelle Cordero-Garcia and George Siy.

As the Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, it is my mission to hasten support for our micro and small entrepreneurs while fulfilling my role as the founder of Go Negosyo, chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines and vice chairman of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Council. We — along with our partners in government, especially the Department of Trade and Industry, under the leadership of Sec. Ramon Lopez — are doing our best to help our micro and small entrepreneurs. Likewise, our efforts in helping the agricultural and tourism sectors also remain a priority, as addressing these will help reduce poverty. With President Rodrigo Duterte entering the second half of his term, we need to push harder for MSME development, seeking both support and teamwork from public and private sectors.

ASEAN BAC and Go Negosyo Mentors fully supported the Mentor Me On Wheels program held last October 2, 2018. In photo L-R: Oudet Souvannavong (ASEAN BAC Lao PDR), Tessie Sy-Coson (ASEAN BAC Philippines), Sen. Bam Aquino, Okna Sok Piseth (ASEAN BAC Cambodia), Anangga Roosdiono (ASEAN BAC Indonesia), PA Joey Concepcion, Dr. Robert Yap (ASEAN BAC Singapore), Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, Dr. Mohd Munir (ASEAN BAC Malaysia), Sen. Migz Zubiri, Arin Jira (ASEAN BAC Thailand), Dr. Ramesh Kodammal (ASEAN BAC Malaysia), Moe Kyaw (ASEAN BAC Myanmar), Chanthachone Vongsay (ASEAN BAC Lao PDR) and Dr. Doan Duy Khuong (ASEAN BAC Vietnam).

DTI Sec. Lopez mentoring Genalyn Socorro of Gen Sweet Tarts.

Senator Miguel Zubiri during a one-on-one mentoring session in Calamba, Laguna.

SM Investments Corp. Vice chair Tessie Sy-Coson during the free one-on-one mentorship of Mentor Me On Wheels.

CEO of Golden ABC – Penshoppe, Bernie Liu during the free 1-on-1 mentorship.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte graced the mentorship program and shared her knowledge during the session.

Honeylet Avancena joined the mentoring session during MMOW held in Davao City.

President and COO of LT Group, Inc. Michael Tan shares his business expertise during the free 1-on-1 mentorship.

The latest batch of inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs were recognized by President Rodrigo Duterte and Go Negosyo. In photo [First Row] DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Dr. Lourdes Montinola, President Rodrigo Duterte, Helen Yuchengco-Dee, PA Joey Concepcion, Alice Eduardo, Aya Fernandez; [Second Row] Lydia Codinera, Abdulia Austria, Angelene Calungcaguin, Merle Paete, Mica Tan, Armanda Battad, Florencia Tarriela, Jeannie Javelosa, Edilee Omoyon, Edelyn Canero, Kathleen Yu; [Last Row] Zarah Juan, Warblitz Martinez, Mary Grace Arboleda-Young, Olivia Puentespina and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo.

Forum four highlight the stories of Norlela Suhailee, Chair of ASEAN Coordinating Committee for MSMES, Mah Khine Zaw, CEO of Earth Group of Companies, Felicia Atienza, President and CEO of Chinese International School Manila, Gaita Fores, President of Cibo, Inc., Josephine Costales, Chairperson for Costales Nature Farms, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Happy Skin, Neri Miranda, Celebrity Entrepreneur, Lenora Cabili, Founder and Creative Designer of Filip + Inna and Charisse Tinio, Owner of Nice Print Photography.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines named the first batch of Golden Agrow Awardees int ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2018 held last October 1 at the SMX Convention Center Manila. Awardees include: Huang Ho Agricultural Farms (Brunei) represented by their Secretary General Choo Jun Lee; Amru Rice Co., Ltd. (Cambodia) represented by their Chairman and CEO Saran Song; GarudaFood (Indonesia) represented by their Director of Manufacturing Rudy Brigianto; Burapha Agroforestry Co., Ltd. (Laos) represented by their Deputy CEO Souphayvanh Thiengchanxay; Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (Malaysia) represented by their Operations Director Samuel Teh Sar Moh Nee; Myanma Awba Group Co., Ltd (Myanmar) represented by their Chairman and Group CEO U Thadoe Hein; SL Agritech Corp. (Philippines) represented by their Chairman and CEO Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong; Olam International Ltd. (Singapore) represented by their Co-founder and Group CEO Sunny Verghese; Swift Co., Ltd. (Thailand) represented by their Managing Director Paphavee Suthavivat; and ITA Rice Fragrant Rice Research & Export Corp. (Vietnam) represented by their General Director Tran Hoang An. The awards were handed over to the awardees by Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol; ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion; 2018 ASEAN BAC Chair Dr. Robert Yap; ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Member and Vice Chairman of SM Investments Corporation Tessie Sy-Coson; and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Member and Philippine Chamber of Commerce Industry Chairman George Barcelon.

The 2018 MVP Bossing awardees: Mary Grace Dimacali of Mary Grace Foods, Margarita Fores of Cibo, Johnlu Koa of French Baker, David Leechiu of Leechiu Property Consultants, Benjie and Maan Lolim of LDP Farms, Richard Sanz of the FoodAsia Group, Dioceldo Sy of Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Raj Uttamchandi of Esquire Financing Inc., Delfin Wenceslao Jr. of DM Wenceslao and Associates Inc. Doris Magsaysay-Ho of A. Magsaysay Inc. was recognized as Grand MVP Bossing, and Metrobank’s George Ty, represented by son Alfred Ty, was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement award. Also in photo are PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, Bossing Joey Concepcion, Bossing Bernie Liu, Bossing Cecilio Pedro and executives of the PLDT Group.

PA Joey Concepcion who was recognised as one of The Outstanding Filipino Awardee for his contribution in Entrepreneurship Development in the country was joined by other awardees including Fr. Benigno P. Beltran for Community and Humanitarian Service; Congressman Raul V. Del Mar for Public Service and Dr. Hilly Ann Maria Roa-Quiaoit for Environmental Conservation. Also in photo are PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, JCI Senate Philippines 2018 National President Apollo Enriquez, TOFIL Judge Dr. Cecilio Pedro, Justice Jose Vitug.and TOFIL 2018 National Chairman Christopher Camba.

The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network or AMEN has been officially launched in Australia in partnership with Australia-ASEAN Business Council during series of engagements last March 14-16, 2018.

AMEN Founding Chair and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Co-chair Joey Concepcion seals partnership with Korean Federation of Small and Medium Business led by Chairman Park Sung-taek and ASEAN-Korea Centre led by Ambassador Lee Hyuk. (In photo: Concepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, Chairman Park Sung-taek, and George Barcelon of ASEAN Business Advisory Council.

AMEN launched in Thailand last September 20, 2018 with Thailand Chair Khun Arin Jira, Global Entrepreneurship Network Board Member Jeff Hoffman, and GEN Thailand Chairman Steve Cheah.