Archive for March, 2009

YEGAP Meets in Manila

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Manila served as the venue for the 2008 breakout session of CACCI’s Young Entrepreneurs Group Asia Pacific (YEGAP). The Manila gathering was one of the most well-attended gatherings of the group, with more than 100 participants from various CACCI member countries in attendance.

Held at the historical Manila Hotel, the session was an integral part of the program of the 22nd CACCI Conference, which was hosted and organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). It was designed to provide members of YEGAP to discuss trends and developments, problems and issues, and prospects for growth of entrepreneurship in the region. The participants also explored possible areas of cooperation among CACCI members in promoting entrepreneurship among the youth.

The meeting was opened by Ms. Anna Marie Periquet, YEGAP Chairperson. She welcomed all the participants and said that there was a need to work together amidst the global challenges that are ongoing in order for all member countries to attain global competitiveness.

After her opening statement, Ms. Periquet introduced Mr. Tetshiyuko Udo, Chairman of the Japan Entrepreneurship Group. Mr. Udo gave an update on the various projects of the group in Japan. He said that the main role of his group is to listen to the various issues and problems of their members and formulate solutions that are forwarded to the Government for their consideration.

Mr. Udo’s speech was followed by the presentation of Mr. Dennis L. Cunanan, National President, Junior Chamber International-Manila, who spoke on the “Experience of Youth Entrepreneurship in the Philippines”. Mr. Cunanan highlighted the following points:

a. Entrepreneurship is the backbone of the Philippine economy, with MSMEs comprising 99% of businesses in the country. However, certain challenges face Philippine entrepreneurs as follows: Inadequate access to technology; Lack of financing; Inadequate logistics; and Lack of marketing advice;

b. There is a need to promote entrepreneurship for the youth in order to solve the problem of unemployment. By creating more enterprises, more businesses and jobs will be created, which will lead to a better quality of life for the Filipinos.

c. The Philippine Government has been instituting measures to establish Young Entrepreneurship Programs to promote entrepreneurship. President Gloria Arroyo issued EO 470 in 2005, which established the “Youth Entrepreneurship Program”, which enjoined the active participation of the private business sector in ensuring the success of the program. The E.O. has the following components: Entrepreneurship Education; Credit Assistance and Lending; Role Modeling and Mentoring; Business Plan Development and Training; Market Syndication and Linkaging; and Business Information Network.

Honorable Jose Ma. Concepcion, Cabinet Secretary and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, talked about the country’s experience in Entrepreneurship. In his presentation, Mr. Concepcion pointed out:

a. Entrepreneurship is the solution to the problem of poverty facing the Philippines as it will help solve the unemployment problem. Thus, it is important to ignite Filipinos to be entrepreneurs. It is important that people are trained at a young age to be entrepreneurs by integrating entrepreneurship in course curriculums and more importantly through character formation. By training them young, you are giving them the confi dence to succeed in business in the future.

b. Through his appointment as Presidential Advisor for Entrepreneurship, he started the program called “GO Negosyo”, which pushes on the creation of more enterprises and entrepreneurs in the country. They do this by having caravans, publications, shows, mentoring the young and having successful businessmen to be speakers so that students can learn the ins and outs of business.

c. In order for the Philippines to be more successful, there is a need for micro businesses to be transformed to large companies. Based on their research, capital is not the main problem facing the country but the business plans/ models used by many entrepreneurs lack differentiation. These entrepreneurs lack the knowledge to address this, so the Go Negosyo is helping them through their different programs.

Mr. Wilson Jacob, Founder, Kottayam Port and Container Terminal Pvt, made a presentation on Kottayam Port & Container Terminal, an Export promotion Infrastructure Development Project and a public-private partnership initiated by the South Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Jacob said that the objectives of the company are to facilitate and induce exports from the districts of Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta; to promote cargo consolidation; and to promote Inland Water Navigation. He mentioned the social benefits of the project, which include: employment generation, increased trading activity within the neighboring districts, diversion of containers from road to water transport hence minimizing road congestion and increasing lifespan of roads, fuel economy and earning of carbon credit, development of tourism, earning of foreign currency, development of an export promotion industrial park and watercraft park connected to the port, and modifi cation of bridges in this waterway.

Mr. Mohammad Lutfar Rahman, Chairman International Finance Investment and Commerce Bank, spoke about his accomplishments in business, particularly his companies in Bangladesh. He pointed out that he has business interests are mostly oriented towards rural areas and nonprofit organizations. His businesses are in banking, television channels, Insurance. He is affiliated with Non Profit Business Organizations such as Rupganj Employment and Youth Development Association, AL-Manar Trust and Hospital, Bangladesh Cricket Control Board. He is considered to be the youngest Chairman of a Bank in the history of South Asia. His main business is the International Finance Investment and Commercial Bank Limited. When he met took over the bank in 2006, it was a Z BANK (nondividend bank), but under his guidance and management the bank has become profi table and is now an “A” category in the Capital Market within one year. He was able to do this by introducing new products for its clients such as women entrepreneur loans, agricultural loans, youth loans, SME financing.

The Open Forum that followed the presentations discussed the integration of entrepreneurship in the curriculum of public schools in the primary and secondary levels, which the Go Negosyo team is working out with the Department of Education. The Cagayan Chamber of Commerce and Industry from the Philippines expressed its intention to link up with Mr. Rahman, who replied that he would gladly help the Chamber. The Bacolod Chamber of Commerce expressed their interest to join YEGAP, to which Ms. Periquet said it would not be a problem as the Chamber is a member of PCCI

The session also discussed the following activities of the YEGAP: (i) YEGAP Newsletter; (ii) 2nd Asia- Pacific Young Entrepreneur Awards; and (iii) the creation of YEG Chapter in each CACCI member country (noting that Hong Kong formed its YEGAP chapter recently).

Before adjourning the session, YEGAP agreed to meet again in Yokohama, Japan during the 23rd CACCI Conference scheduled on May 31-June 1, 2009.

The Yokohama gathering of CACCI is also significant as it coincides with the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Port of Yokohama, one of the largest international trading ports in Japan. CACCI delegates will participate in the Commemorative Ceremony which will take place on the morning of May 31, 2009. Around 4,000 invited visitors and guests – including members of the Japanese Imperial Family – are expected to attend this important event.

The Young Entrepreneurs Group Asia- Pacific (YEG-AP) invites you to be a part of the most dynamic group of young entrepreneurs from Asia and the Pacific.

Membership in YEG-AP will provide international exposure and networking opportunities with colleagues and potential business partners from other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Membership and nomination forms are available at the CACCI Secretariat Office with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan through tel. Nos (886 2) 2725-5663/4 You may also email us at


The Importance of Inspiring

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I was surprised to find out that a lot of people read my column last week entitled “Gone So Soon”. For those who have not read it yet, I wrote about a friend who inspired me in a different way. His story reminds us of how short our journey on earth is, and that we need to find our purpose in this journey and fulfill it the best we can.

I started the Go Negosyo advocacy together with many other entrepreneurs. From where we started, Go Negosyo has come a long way. In a way, not everything we do is planned. It just happens. Even on my column, I don’t plan what to write weeks before. Ideas just come (even sometimes during three hours before deadline).

March 31 Go Negosyo Booksigning

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Behind every Successful Woman is A Story.

Sometimes, all it takes to launch the business of your dreams is a little inspiration.

Meet the women who overcame obstacles and steered their negosyos to success. Have your books signed by Nanay Coring, Cong. Cynthia Villar, and other iconic women entrepreneurs.

MARCH 31, 2009

6 PM

Glorietta 5 National Bookstore

Ayala Avenue, Makati City


GO NEGOSYO PARA SA KBP: Kabuhayan at Bagong Pag-asa

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

In light of our continuing advocacy of spreading the entrepreneurship mindset, Go Negosyo partnered with the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) in organizing an integrated forum and expo for media employees and their families. GO NEGOSYO PARA SA KBP: Kabuhayan at Bagong Pag-asa will be held on April 3, 2009 at the Ateneo de Manila University Auditorium (20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City).

Topics for that day range from inspiring start-ups stories to tips and advice on how to grow the business. Ten to fifteen booths and exhibitors will be showcasing possible business models and negosyo-related products and services.

To view program, click here .

All KBP members are invited. For inquiries, please call the KBP Secretariat at (02) 815-1900 to 92 / 892-4129 or e-mail .


4th Summer Training for Gender Fair Education

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Enhancing Education with Gender Equality and Development

April 27 – May 1, 2009
Miriam College, Katipunan Road, Diliman, Quezon City

PhP 6,000 (inclusive of kit, meals of 1 lunch and 2 snacks per day)

The Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) of Miriam College is a specialized center for advocacy that promotes women’s human rights and gender equality in education, research and development. WAGI conducts regular summer courses on Internaitonal Women’s Human Rights, Gender Fair Education, Summer Institute on Migration, and Feminist Economics.

This year, WAGI will hold its 4th Summer Training for Gender Fair Education which primarily aims to equip our educators — teachers, GAD focal persons, gender advocates, and professional staff — with the knowledge and skills needed to implement the government’s Framework Plan for Women. Moreover, it is aligned with our country’s commitment to attain the Millennium Development Goals, specifically  universal primary education and gender equality and empowerment of women.

This year’s Summer Training focuses on:

* International Instruments and Gender Fair Educaiton
* Gender Mainstreaming in Education
* Gender in the Teaching-Learning Process
* Gender Socializtion in Educational System
* Eliminating Gender Stereotypes in Instructional Materials
* Curriculum Integration of Gender Fair Education

For inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Ellen Guanzon

Women and Gender Institute (WAGI)
Miriam College
(02) 435-9229 / 5805400 loc 3590


Gone so soon

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

We were in Sydney last week to attend the wedding of my wife’s cousin. At first, I was hesitant to join her as we just finished the Go Negosyo Women Summit. There were so many requests for me to speak in different events. I also wanted to attend the 50th birthday of Jaza and personally welcome him to the “half century club”. But, priorities had to be set, so I joined my wife’s family reunion in Sydney.

While in Sydney, I got an SMS from a good friend, Dito Borromeo. Our common friend, Franco Delgado, passed away in the medical plane as he was heading home from Houston.


Thursday, March 12th, 2009

IT’S WOMEN POWER at the World Trade Center as Go Negosyo staged the biggest women entrepreneurship event of the year – the “GO NEGOSYO: Babae, Yaman Ka ng Bayan!”, in celebration of the National Women’s Month.

Crowd estimates was placed from 10,000 to 15,000 as participants come in and out of the World Trade Center, mostly composed of women, from different sectors, groups and communities.

“This is the biggest crowd that Go Negosyo has ever had in all forums and caravans we have organized. This is proof that the Filipino women are truly a force to reckon with when it comes to entrepreneurship,” Joey Concepcion, founding trustee of Go Negosyo, said.

Organized in partnership with the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), the one-day women summit centered on the objective to empower the Filipino women through positive change in mindset and capability development.

“We have achieved success today by bringing all these people together under one roof and re-affirming our commitment to promote positivism in spirit. But this is just a first step to journey of a thousand mile. The government, our private sector partners and the citizens need to work together and create that synergy with the aim of promoting a negosyo climate for the country so we can move forward,” Joey added.

Negosyo mapped out different entrepreneurial and women topics in the form of plenary and breakout sessions. Forums and programs were held, with topics ranging from negosyo basics to tips and advices on the general concerns that ‘womenpreneurs’ face about health and wellness, fitness, family and workplace. Over 170 participating booths and exhibitors showcased their different business models – products and services – relating to the needs and wants of women consumers.

In one of the forums, the national and local governments were well represented by Senator Loren Legarda, Cong. Cynthia Villar, Sec. Espie Cabral of DSWD, Usec. Merle Cruz of DTI, Asec. Ma. Lourdes Orijola of DOST, Gov. Grace Padaca, Mayor Marides Fernando, and Chairperson Myrna Yao of NCRFW. Presidential daughter Luli Arroyo-Bernas also joined the government officials in discussing subject of entrepreneurship development in relation to the government and the society.

Go Negosyo’s pool of mentors also shared their entrepreneurial advice and expertise: Maricel and Anthony Pangilinan, Les and Dina Reyes, Valerie and Ping Sotto, Abbygale Arenas-De Leon, Cory Quirino, Dean Pax Lapid, Dir. Tess Fortuna of DOST, Chit Juan, among others.

Hosts and moderators were highly respected broadcast journalists and television icons. Among them were Rico Hizon, Connie Sison, Boy Abunda, Susan Enriquez and Tintin Bersola-Babao.

Most of the inspiring women entrepreneurs who Topbilled Go Negosyo’s third book title were also present during the summit to sign books and share their experiences.

One of the highlights of the event was the public launching of the GO NEGOSYO: Joey Concepcion’s 55 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs. This is the third of Go Negosyo’s book series on inspirational stories of successful entrepreneurs. The women featured in this book also presented a fresh perspective and shared their entrepreneurship journey and learning in the different forums.

Another highlight of the summit was an awarding ceremony for unique and remarkable women icons of today. Go Negosyo recognized women icons who continue to be the source of inspiration to the many aspiring entrepreneurs, especially to many women. Socorro Ramos, 85; Dr. Helena Benitez, 94; and Madam Eulalia Razon Baylon, 101; was recognized as the “Mother of All Mother Entrepreneurs”.

This recognition is in honor of women founders in the field of entrepreneurship education. Full of optimism and zest for life, they are the highly respected women who have built a business on education and who have chosen to live a more meaningful life.


Time and Patience

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

President Obama is the choice of majority of Americans to lead the nation out of the world’s biggest financial crisis. What we see today is basically like the great depression in the 1930s. Obama, being the first African-American president, became the source of hope and confidence who will lead his people out of crisis.

So far, with months of financial crisis, things are just getting worse. Bloomberg’s news survey projects America’s unemployment rate will reach 9.4 percent this year. Citibank, once the world’s largest bank, now has a share price that is worth a can of Coke. Everything seems to be falling apart.

Blue Ocean Strategy Day

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

All aboard NGOs! Embark on our voyage to the BLUE OCEAN!

MARCH 12, 2009

Isla Ballroom, EDSA Shangri-la Hotel

Breakthrough success in times of crisis in not incidental. Blue Ocean Strategy is a decade long study of 150 strategic moves spanning more than 30 industries over 100 years. Put your organization on a breakthrough pathy by taking this opportunity to learn from the author of Blue Ocean Strategy, Prof. W. Chan Kim.

Non-profit organizations can avail of a special 20% discount from the regular rates!

For inquiries, call 637-9229 or email us at



Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Earlier this year, our Go Negosyo Bicol Caravan in the province of Gov. Lray Villafuerte set the record in terms of the attendance of people with the interest to start a business. It was a huge success.

This time, we have set another record. The Go Negosyo: Babae Yaman ka ng Bayan truly lived up as the biggest entrepreneurship event we ever completed, in partnership with the National Commission n the Role of Filipino Women Chairperson Myrna Yao and the Micro SME Development Council. The World Trade Center was packed with women, who participated because they wanted to learn and be inspired.