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The MVP Bossing Awards 2016

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Go Negosyo’s long time partner PLDT SME Nation through its MVP Bossing Awards 2016 recognized the Filipino entrepreneurs who have inspiring stories of trials and success which have led them to their success today.

On its 7th year, Tony Tan Caktiong, Chairman and CEO of Jollibee Foods Corporation was named as the MVP Grand Bossing 2016. Other 2016 Bossings recognized are Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr.; Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng; Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia; Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua; Architect and Designer Kenneth Cobonpue; Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona; and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy.

I was also awarded with the Nation Builders’ Award along with Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade who was awarded as an MVP Bossing in 2015. This award is given to Bossings who have ‘answered to the call of public service, having gone beyond business to contribute to the greater needs of society in government.

Eric Alberto in his speech shared, “Their recent appointment in the near government ensures that more attention and resources are deployed in further advancing the critical national economic agenda and that is to strengthen the competitive ability of all business in this country. Their ultimate mandate is to achieve inclusive growth and wealth creation for the wider based Filipinos. Ladies and gentlemen, I speak of no other than, our friend, the honorable Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, our partner, Mr. Go Negosyo himself, Joey Concepcion. And the honorable Secretary of Trade, our Kapatid, Sec. Ramon Lopez.”

An offshoot from our Kapatid Program, PLDT SME Nation, Go Negosyo, and Department of Trade and Industry also had the first-ever Kapatid Awards which supported the development of micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs through partnership with big brother companies. The Kapatid Awardees featured Shared Service Facilities (SSF) cooperators and end-users from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Among the awardees were: Luzon – SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province; Visayas – SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte; and Mindanao –SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua is one of the 2016 MVP Bossing. His company Eng Bee Tin is famous for its delicious Chinese delicacies such as hopia and tikoy.

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua is one of the 2016 MVP Bossing. His company Eng Bee Tin is famous for its delicious Chinese delicacies such as hopia and tikoy.

Architect and designer Kenneth Cobonpue accepts his Bossing award for his globally recognized furniture. Also in photo is Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.

Architect and designer Kenneth Cobonpue accepts his Bossing award for his globally recognized furniture. Also in photo is Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.

Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona smiles as she receives her Bossing award for establishing the most trusted nationwide drug store chain in the Philippines. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, Joey Concepcion, Vivian Que Azcona, Eric Alberto, and Jovy Hernandez).

Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona smiles as she receives her Bossing award for establishing the most trusted nationwide drug store chain in the Philippines. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, Joey Concepcion, Vivian Que Azcona, Eric Alberto, and Jovy Hernandez).

Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy right after he received his Bossing trophy.

Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy right after he received his Bossing trophy.

 Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia happily received his Bossing award for his fast expansion into the world of real estate.

Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia happily received his Bossing award for his fast expansion into the world of real estate.

Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng joins the roster of MVP. He is recognized for his world class hotels and resorts. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, Joey Concepcion, Jeffrey Ng, Eric Alberto, and Jovy Hernandez).

Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng joins the roster of MVP. He is recognized for his world class hotels and resorts. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, Joey Concepcion, Jeffrey Ng, Eric Alberto, and Jovy Hernandez).

Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr. enthusiastically smiles as he holds up his Bossing award.

Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr. enthusiastically smiles as he holds up his Bossing award.

 After his pure energy performance, musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Gary Valenciano was given the People Saving the Future Award for his Shining Light Foundation. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, PLDT Foundation President Esther Santos, Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, Gary Valenciano, SMART Public Affairs Head Mon Isberto, and Jovy Hernandez)

After his pure energy performance, musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Gary Valenciano was given the People Saving the Future Award for his Shining Light Foundation. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, PLDT Foundation President Esther Santos, Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, Gary Valenciano, SMART Public Affairs Head Mon Isberto, and Jovy Hernandez)

The hosts of the MVP Bossing Awards 2016 were BBC anchor Rico Hizon and Bloomberg TV Philippines reporter Shawn Yao.

The hosts of the MVP Bossing Awards 2016 were BBC anchor Rico Hizon and Bloomberg TV Philippines reporter Shawn Yao.

Eric R. Alberto, PLDT’s Executive Vice-President, gives the opening speech.

Eric R. Alberto, PLDT’s Executive Vice-President, gives the opening speech.

Grand MVP Bossing 2016, Jollibee President Tony Tan Caktiong, gives his acceptance speech.

Grand MVP Bossing 2016, Jollibee President Tony Tan Caktiong, gives his acceptance speech.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder, Joey Concepcion, receives the Nation Builders’ Award from Manny V. Pangilinan, Senator Bam Aquino, and Eric R. Alberto.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder, Joey Concepcion, receives the Nation Builders’ Award from Manny V. Pangilinan, Senator Bam Aquino, and Eric R. Alberto.

Secretary Ramon Lopez, Head of the Department of Trade and Industry, joined Manny V. Pangilinan, Senator Bam Aquino, and Eric Alberto on stage to receive his Nation Builder’s Award.

Secretary Ramon Lopez, Head of the Department of Trade and Industry, joined Manny V. Pangilinan, Senator Bam Aquino, and Eric Alberto on stage to receive his Nation Builder’s Award.

Kapatid Awardee from Luzon are SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province.

Kapatid Awardee from Luzon are SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province.

Kapatid Awardee from Visayas are SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte.

Kapatid Awardee from Visayas are SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte.

 Kapatid Awardee for Mindanao are SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

Kapatid Awardee for Mindanao are SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

Sec. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz, and Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion join the Kapatid Awardees from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao with DTI Regional representatives: DTI Benguet Provincial Director Freda Gawisan, DTI Region 8 Director Cynthia Nierras, DTI Leyte Trade and Industry Division Specialist Rebecca Cormanes, and DTI CARAGA Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran.

Sec. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz, and Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion join the Kapatid Awardees from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao with DTI Regional representatives: DTI Benguet Provincial Director Freda Gawisan, DTI Region 8 Director Cynthia Nierras, DTI Leyte Trade and Industry Division Specialist Rebecca Cormanes, and DTI CARAGA Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran.

 Manuel V. Pangilinan, President of PLDT Group of Companies and Grand MVP Bossing 2010.

Manuel V. Pangilinan, President of PLDT Group of Companies and Grand MVP Bossing 2010.

Senator Bam Aquino and Rappler Founder and CEO Maria Ressa.

Senator Bam Aquino and Rappler Founder and CEO Maria Ressa.

Liwayway Marketing Corporation Chairman and 2015 Grand Bossing: Amb. Carlos Chan.

Liwayway Marketing Corporation Chairman and 2015 Grand Bossing: Amb. Carlos Chan.

The 2016 MVP Bossings. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin (Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation); Eric Alberto (Executive Vice President of PLDT Group); Sen. Bam Aquino; Joey Concepcion (Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Founder of Go Negosyo); Manny V. Pangilinan (Chairman of PLDT Group); Vivian Que-Azcona (President of Mercury Group of Companies); Edgar “Injap” Sia (Chairman and CEO of Double Dragon Properties Inc.); Tony Tan Caktiong (Chairman and CEO of Jollibee Foods Corporation); Kenneth Cobonpue; Dennis Uy (President and CEO of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc.); Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr. (CEO of Andok’s Litson Corporation); Gerry Chua (President of Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli); Jeffrey Ng (President of Astoria Hotels and Resorts); Amb. Carlos Chan (Chairman of Liwayway Marketing Corporation and 2015 MVP Grand Bossing); Dr. Cecilio Pedro (President and CEO of Lamoiyan Corporation and 2011 MVP Grand Bossing); Sec. Ramon Lopez (Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry); and Jovy Hernandez (First Vice President & Head PLDT ALPHA Enterprise).

The 2016 MVP Bossings. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin (Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation); Eric Alberto (Executive Vice President of PLDT Group); Sen. Bam Aquino; Joey Concepcion (Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Founder of Go Negosyo); Manny V. Pangilinan (Chairman of PLDT Group); Vivian Que-Azcona (President of Mercury Group of Companies); Edgar “Injap” Sia (Chairman and CEO of Double Dragon Properties Inc.); Tony Tan Caktiong (Chairman and CEO of Jollibee Foods Corporation); Kenneth Cobonpue; Dennis Uy (President and CEO of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc.); Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr. (CEO of Andok’s Litson Corporation); Gerry Chua (President of Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli); Jeffrey Ng (President of Astoria Hotels and Resorts); Amb. Carlos Chan (Chairman of Liwayway Marketing Corporation and 2015 MVP Grand Bossing); Dr. Cecilio Pedro (President and CEO of Lamoiyan Corporation and 2011 MVP Grand Bossing); Sec. Ramon Lopez (Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry); and Jovy Hernandez (First Vice President & Head PLDT ALPHA Enterprise).

Amb. Carlos Chan and Bossing Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech Corporation.

Amb. Carlos Chan and Bossing Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech Corporation.

rand Bossing Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation.

Grand Bossing Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation.

Atty. Mike Toledo, Head of MVP Group of Companies Media Bureau, and Mitch Locsin, Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation.

Atty. Mike Toledo, Head of MVP Group of Companies Media Bureau, and Mitch Locsin, Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation.

Prudencio Garcia of Mekeni Foods Corporation, PA Joey Concepcion, Annabella Wisniewski of Raintree Hospitality Group.

Prudencio Garcia of Mekeni Foods Corporation, PA Joey Concepcion, Annabella Wisniewski of Raintree Hospitality Group.

Rey and Violy Lapid of R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbeque.

Rey and Violy Lapid of R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbeque.

PLDT SME Nation Unveils the 2016 MVP Bossing Awardees

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Taguig, November 23, 2016 – Tony Tan Caktiong, Chairman and Founder of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), leads the 2016 batch of PLDT SME Nation MVP Bossings who were honored at Awards Ceremonies held at Shangri-La at The Fort, Bonifacio Global City.

Declared the year’s Grand MVP Bossing, Mr. Tan Caktiong was recognized along with the seven MVP Bossings of the night:  Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr.; Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng; Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia; Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua; Architect and Designer Kenneth Cobonpue; Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona; and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy.

Grand MVP Bossing Tony Tan Caktions of Jollibee Foods Corporation.

Grand MVP Bossing Tony Tan Caktions of Jollibee Foods Corporation.

MVP Bossing Awards 2016 Awardees: Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona; Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia; Jollibee Foods Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong; Architect and Designer Kenneth Cobonpue; Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy; Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr.; Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua; and Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng.

MVP Bossing Awards 2016 Awardees: Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona; Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia; Jollibee Foods Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong; Architect and Designer Kenneth Cobonpue; Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy; Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr.; Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua; and Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng.

“Tonight we not only acknowledge the contribution of a valuable sector of our society which continues to spur economic growth, but, more importantly, celebrate leaders who have steered their businesses to success while inspiring others to make it big.  Among this emerging group of achievers are leaders who have also successfully woven inclusive growth into their business journeys. Their stories of determination despite trials and eventual success are a testament to what entrepreneurs can achieve if they persevere,” said Mitch Locsin, PLDT Vice President and Head of SME Nation.

The MVP Bossing Awards Night caps the annual search for the next batch of the country’s most accomplished entrepreneurs that began in October.  With the battlecry, “Sulong Bossing!” the 2016 awards underscore the important role that local businesses -– both big and small -– play in driving economic prosperity through inclusive growth.

Kapatid Awards:  Recognizing Successful Smaller Scale Businesses

Sharing the limelight on the same evening were recipients of the first-ever Kapatid Awards, a program developed by the triumvirate of Go Negosyo, the Department of Trade and Industry, and PLDT SME Nation. The awards are an offshoot of the recently launched “Kapatid Program” developed to support the development of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through training and partnering with larger, more established organizations. The Kapatid Awardees were chosen for having successfully incorporated inclusive business models and linking together micro and small entrepreneurs in their value chain.

Deserving leaders representing Shared Services Facilities (SSF) Cooperators and End-Users were recognized from each of three regions – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Kapatid Awardees from Luzon were SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province.

Kapatid Awardees from Luzon were SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province.

Honored with a Kapatid Award from Luzon were SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province.

Kapatid Awardees from Visayas SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte.

Kapatid Awardees from Visayas SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte.

SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte were hailed as the first-ever Visayan Kapatid Awardees for their work on the Pandan and Bariw Bag-Making SSF Project.

Kaatid Awardees from Mindanao were SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

Kaatid Awardees from Mindanao were SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

Awarded from Mindanao were SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

The SSFs also provide employment opportunities to hundreds of direct and indirect workers, as well as livelihood for countless households in the communities where they operate. Operating within this ecosystem, SSF Cooperators and End-Users are able to maximize and optimize local resources to increase productivity in the production of goods.

Giving Back

The 2016 Bossing Awards was truly a night of celebration, not only for business success, but also leadership in society. Three notable frontrunners in government service were recognized with a special citation called “The Nation Builders Award” for answering the call of public service and having gone beyond business to contribute to the greater needs of society.  Honored with the award were past Bossings Arthur Tugade and Joey Concepcion, and long-time advocate of entrepreneurship, Mon Lopez, who currently assume the roles of Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, and DTI Secretary, respectively.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion with Sen. Bam Aquino.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion with Sen. Bam Aquino.

Manny Pangilinan DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, Sen. Bam Aquino and Eric Alberto.

Manny Pangilinan DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, Sen. Bam Aquino and Eric Alberto.

Musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Gary Valenciano was also presented with the “People Saving the Future” (PSF) Award for his work with the Shining Light Foundation, Inc., a non- stock, non-profit Christian institution established in 1989  that acts as a channel of financial, spiritual and caring support system for pastors, missionaries, church workers and needy families.

The Shining Light Foundation received a special ‘SMART School in a Bag’ from the PLDT-SMART Foundation and SMART Public Affairs. The Shining Light Foundation may donate the bag to any school of its choice. Included in the ‘SMART School in a Bag’ are learning tools that aim to catalyze education with the aid of technology, such as mobile applications and management systems.

“Together with our growing community of Bossings, Kapatids, and other enablers in the Philippine society, we hope to continue to work together towards the steadfast goal of not only igniting the spirit of entrepreneurship throughout the country, and also striving towards the success and progress of the Filipino people,” added Mitch Locsin.

On the Road to Scaling Up

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

After launching the Kapatid, Angat Lahat program last August, we have launched one of its components, the Go Negosyo Mentor Me program, in different provinces and cities such as Cavite, Tarlac, Baguio, Iloilo, Tacloban, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Cayagan de Oro, Tubod, and Zamboanga. For the past months, together with DTI and our partners, we have deployed many entrepreneur-mentors who are willing to guide and assist the micro entrepreneurs (MEs) in their journey to scaling up.

Just recently, Baguio and Zamboanga concluded their first batch of Mentor ME last November 18 and 21 respectively. Their culmination day is a combination of Business Plan Presentation and graduation rites. During the presentation, mentees were asked to present their Business Model Canvass or plans for expansion to a panel composed of a) Bank/Financing institution, b) Entrepreneurs which expertise are on Operations and Marketing, c) Go Negosyo Angelpreneur / DTI Regional Director and their d) Negosyo Center business counselor who will help them realize these plans even after graduating from the Mentor Me program.

First batch of graduates from Mentor Me Baguio with DTI-CAR representatives and panelists.

First batch of graduates from Mentor Me Baguio with DTI-CAR representatives and panelists.

Zamboanga Mentor Me graduates with DTI 9 and DTI Zamboanga, panelists.

Zamboanga Mentor Me graduates with DTI 9 and DTI Zamboanga, panelists.

For most of them who are already running their business for years, I am equally surprised and relieved that it’s their first time to prepare a business plan. Relieved simply because they are appreciative of the fact that at last someone has taught them that a detailed plan is essential for an entrepreneur who is eager to be successful. I am delighted to share some of the first batch of mentees’ inspiring feedback and stories during their culmination day.

First is 57 years-old Perlita Ballacillo from Abra, owner of Emilia’s Herbal Products, who worked as a lady guard for more than 25 years in different buildings of DTI in Metro Manila.

Initially, she has no plans of starting a business but when her brother who was getting bald tried a branded hair-grower which caused him severe allergies, it convinced Perlita to make her own herbal hair-grower. During her shifts, she does research on herbal medicines and buys little amount of ingredients out of her salary. To her surprise, it cured him and his hair even grew. She started to give it to friends who are in need of its effects and they usually come back to her with positive feedback so she started making more. Through her research, she realized that the raw materials can be naturally sourced in her province so when she went back to Abra last year, she started seeking assistance through the local DTI. After that, she saw herself joining her very first local trade fair. After selling a few bottles, she realized she can make a living out if it and help her family without being away from them.

From her first hair-grower, Perlita is now producing other herbal products such as facial crème, facial toner, and herbal shampoo. Her co-mentees, who can vouch for the effectivity of her products, are now helping her market it to their own network – talk about market linkages among micro entrepreneurs!

Besides the knowledge on proper pricing and costing, she is really thankful for the business plan development module. “Wala po kasi talaga kaming idea na lahat pala ng maaring mangyari sa negosyo mo ay mag-uumpisa sa pag-plano.”, she shared.

Another is Estrella Dinampo from Zamboanga. She is the President of a group with 20-women members called Tugbungan-Ayudahan Livelihood Association producing assorted bags and slippers out of locally sourced canvass, cloth and batik. Some of the members are under the 4Ps program of DSWD and most of them are victims of the armed conflict in their area. In 2014, they moved to Tubungan where they all met in a 15-day LGU initiated livelihood seminar where they collectively decided to start an association.

Today, they have a total of 9 sewing machines, 5 of which were given through loan assistance of the government, 4 were bought from their earnings. With an average daily income ranging from P300 to P1,000/women depending on the demand, Estrella is hopeful that her learnings from the mentors will help her and the association to expand, helping more women in their community.

When asked on her best take from the program she tells, “Maliban po sa production and operation management, ang pinaka tumatak po sa akin ay ‘yung mindsetting, mahirap po talaga mag negosyo pero nung nag attend ako ng Mentor ME, nakita ko na may pag asa at may oportunidad na lumago. Marami akong natutunan.”

Some of the Zamboanga and Baguio mentees who graduated are former OFWs and have now decided not to go back to being one anymore. These mentees come from different backgrounds but are all thankful because of Mentor ME, they realized that the mentoring is important in starting and running a business. One of them even told the panel, “I should’ve met Mentor Me Program 5 years ago, I could’ve been a big player now!”.

These are just two of the many inspiring stories from the first batch of this nationwide mentoring program. Before we go on our own holidays this December, there will be more Mentor ME graduations in different regions. And next year, we will have more Mentor ME launches in various Negosyo Centers. Together with our partners and DTI, it will be our mission to bring this mentoring program nationwide.

Linking Kapatid – Big Brothers Helping Small Entrepreneurs

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The concept behind Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry’s Kapatid, Angat Lahat program is to link small entrepreneurs to big brother companies for the prosperity for all.

Just recently, in the National MSME Summit 2016 held in Davao, we had a town hall session with the Micro and Small entrepreneurs and big brother entrepreneurs such as Tessie Sy Coson (SM Investments); Feliciano Torres (Yazaki Torres); Manny Osmena (Manny O Group); Tennyson Chen (Bounty Fresh); William Belo (Wilcon Depot); Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation); Rosalind Wee (W Group); Glenn Yu (Seaoil); George Barcelon (PCCI); Santi Araneta (LBC); and Sammy Uy (DIMDI).

We were also joined by Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Labor Secretary Bebot Bello, Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol, and Cong. Joey Salceda.

Kris Aquino, who is an advocate of Go Negosyo and MSME development, moderated the engagement among micro and large entrepreneurs. She prepared well for the program, and even studied the profiles of the micro entrepreneurs and how they can be linked to the other entrepreneurs on stage.

Through this engagement, we were able to help the micro entrepreneurs get support and help from the big brothers.

Let me share some of the highlights from the town hall session.

One of the small entrepreneurs linked was Rudolf “Jun” N. Mariano. Jun was connected with Manny O Wines’ Manny Osmeña because they are both in the beverage industry. Jun said he’s happy that Osmeña has committed to helping Mariano’s kalamansi juice product through distribution. The latest news he shared was that Osmeña has a new project in BGC where he intends to have the kalamansi product served. He is also excited because of their recent approval from FDA meaning distribution of their products could grow. Lastly, he said that Kris’ endorsement of his product during the program really boosted interest and the sales of his product.

One of the small entrepreneurs linked was Rudolf “Jun” N. Mariano. Jun was connected with Manny O Wines’ Manny Osmeña because they are both in the beverage industry. Jun said he’s happy that Osmeña has committed to helping Mariano’s kalamansi juice product through distribution. The latest news he shared was that Osmeña has a new project in BGC where he intends to have the kalamansi product served. He is also excited because of their recent approval from FDA meaning distribution of their products could grow. Lastly, he said that Kris’ endorsement of his product during the program really boosted interest and the sales of his product.

Another microentrepreneur was Emelyn Bragat who shares that after the Town Hall, a big benefit to her business was the boost in exposure. She said that it was truly helpful in giving credibility to her business and generated more interest in her product. She believes the program was able to distinguish her business from other pastillas vendors because people found out that they exported to other countries and were DTI-approved. Also, after Kris introduced her to LBC owner Santi Araneta, people from his company talked her about special packages she can avail for future shipments of her product.

Another microentrepreneur was Emelyn Bragat who shares that after the Town Hall, a big benefit to her business was the boost in exposure. She said that it was truly helpful in giving credibility to her business and generated more interest in her product. She believes the program was able to distinguish her business from other pastillas vendors because people found out that they exported to other countries and were DTI-approved. Also, after Kris introduced her to LBC owner Santi Araneta, people from his company talked her about special packages she can avail for future shipments of her product.

Meanwhile, Connie P. Sendrijas, the Warden for BJMP Gensan Women’s Dorm, says that the exposure and dialogue that occurred in the Town Hall was a big help for the BJMP Inmates Crafts business. She said that it boosted interest in their upcoming participation in the DTI Trade Fair and more importantly, the morale of the inmates. They are now more motivated to learn and work and are hopeful for their future after release. She shared that Sen. Migz Zuburi’s statements on putting forth policy that will remove the stigma against the employability of ex-inmates gave the women hope that life after jail won’t be filled with rejection. Sen. Migz also suggested to incentivize the entrepreneurs who will employ ex-convict inmates who have undergone rehabilitation program.

Meanwhile, Connie P. Sendrijas, the Warden for BJMP Gensan Women’s Dorm, says that the exposure and dialogue that occurred in the Town Hall was a big help for the BJMP Inmates Crafts business. She said that it boosted interest in their upcoming participation in the DTI Trade Fair and more importantly, the morale of the inmates. They are now more motivated to learn and work and are hopeful for their future after release. She shared that Sen. Migz Zuburi’s statements on putting forth policy that will remove the stigma against the employability of ex-inmates gave the women hope that life after jail won’t be filled with rejection. Sen. Migz also suggested to incentivize the entrepreneurs who will employ ex-convict inmates who have undergone rehabilitation program.

Kris links small business owner, Luis Bueno Jr., to Bounty Fresh’s President Tennyson Chen. The two agreed to talk about exploring the possibility of Bueno supplying his chili products for Bountry Fresh’s new pre-marinated chicken line.

Kris links small business owner, Luis Bueno Jr., to Bounty Fresh’s President Tennyson Chen. The two agreed to talk about exploring the possibility of Bueno supplying his chili products for Bountry Fresh’s new pre-marinated chicken line.

French Baker Founder John Lu Koa, DA Sec. Manny Piñol and Evelyn, a local coffee entrepreneur, discuss the potential of the coffee industry like what the government and the people involved are doing.

French Baker Founder John Lu Koa, DA Sec. Manny Piñol and Evelyn, a local coffee entrepreneur, discuss the potential of the coffee industry like what the government and the people involved are doing.

Vice Mayor Cezar Gonzales shares the story of Lambunao Garments which creates school uniforms and creates jobs for the people of Labunao and is joined by DOLE Sec. Belo and DTI Sec. Lopez who promise to help his project.

Vice Mayor Cezar Gonzales shares the story of Lambunao Garments which creates school uniforms and creates jobs for the people of Labunao and is joined by DOLE Sec. Belo and DTI Sec. Lopez who promise to help his project.

Abaca fiber production and trading cooperative manager, Leonora Mila, talks about her hopes of getting the warehouse that was promised to their business sooner with DOA Sec. Manny Piñol. Sec. Piñol talks about the governments initiative to invest more on abaca as special Philippine product.

Abaca fiber production and trading cooperative manager, Leonora Mila, talks about her hopes of getting the warehouse that was promised to their business sooner with DOA Sec. Manny Piñol. Sec. Piñol talks about the governments initiative to invest more on abaca as special Philippine product.

Lingkod Banahaw Co-op Founder Pablo T. Aranas also said that after Kris linked him up with Rosalind Wee, they talked about Lingkod Banahaw’s plans and how the W Group can help. The latest news he’s heard from Wee is that they are studying the possible avenues for the partnership and their plans to visit the Lingkod Banahaw site in Quezon. He added that beyond Wee’s help, they were also approached by Sen. Migz Zuburi about the possible ways the government can help the co-op.

Lingkod Banahaw Co-op Founder Pablo T. Aranas also said that after Kris linked him up with Rosalind Wee, they talked about Lingkod Banahaw’s plans and how the W Group can help. The latest news he’s heard from Wee is that they are studying the possible avenues for the partnership and their plans to visit the Lingkod Banahaw site in Quezon. He added that beyond Wee’s help, they were also approached by Sen. Migz Zuburi about the possible ways the government can help the co-op.

Mr. Feliciano Torres talks about how his manufacturing company, Yazaki Torres, has greatly helped revolutionize the rice farming industry. He is joined by Sec. Piñol who shares how the government wishes to copy Mr. Torres’ rice farming model.

Mr. Feliciano Torres talks about how his manufacturing company, Yazaki Torres, has greatly helped revolutionize the rice farming industry. He is joined by Sec. Piñol who shares how the government wishes to copy Mr. Torres’ rice farming model.

Macky Bongabong shares his story of coming to Davao with virtually nothing and eventually having his own exhibit and painting the president’s portrait. He says he hopes to put up the first portrait painting art school and collective in the Philippines.

Macky Bongabong shares his story of coming to Davao with virtually nothing and eventually having his own exhibit and painting the president’s portrait. He says he hopes to put up the first portrait painting art school and collective in the Philippines.

PA Joey Concepcion commended Kris Aquino for a great job in hosting the town hall session and for inspiring the big brothers to help the micro entrepreneurs.

PA Joey Concepcion commended Kris Aquino for a great job in hosting the town hall session and for inspiring the big brothers to help the micro entrepreneurs.

 

Hope for OFWs

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

In the desire to improve their lives, many Filipinos sacrifice their time with families to work abroad and earn a decent income. Hopefully, in the next years, our modern day heroes do not need to return to their work overseas in order to help their families.

The 6th OFW and Family Summit attended by more than 3000 OFWs and their families. (In photo: DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion).

The 6th OFW and Family Summit attended by more than 3000 OFWs and their families. (In photo: DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion).

Last Tuesday was the 6th OFW and Family Summit. This summit was organized by Villar Sipag Foundation and Go Negosyo promoting entrepreneurship among OFWs and their families. For the past years, this summit has featured different business opportunities that OFWs or their families can consider and invest on.

I met one former OFW turned entrepreneur, Imelda Dagus. She has been an OFW for more than 20 years and worked as an executive secretary in an oil company in Oman. She has always been enterprising. She has read business books and attended business seminars. In fact, she attended one of the first seminars abroad of Go Negosyo in 2013 held in Bahrain where she met some of our angelpreneurs and learned about the Go Negosyo advocacy.

Her family has a business which is a coffee shop established by her grandmother in 1962. The family has managed the business but because of the lack of focus, the business did not grow. This is when Imelda decided to improve the business and upgrade the products and services they offered.

In 2015, she opened Dennis Coffee Garden, which originated in Jolo, Sulu, but is now in Zamboanga. It is one of the most visited coffee shops in the province. Their coffee shop offers organic coffee called “Kahawasug” which is under the Robusta variety of coffee. They outsource their coffee beans from their relatives who grow coffee in Sulu.

What differentiates Dennis Coffee Garden from other local coffee shops is that it has perfectly showcased the traditional and modern fusion. Aside from innovating and developing the business, she preserved the legacy of her grandmother who started their coffee business.

Less than one year in the business, she was given the opportunity to open another branch in the biggest mall in Zamboanga. Despite uncertainties, she opened it in September 2016.

Throughout her entrepreneurial journey, she acknowledged the help of her mentors. Some of her mentors are from Go Negosyo such as Chit Juan and Butz Bartolome. She understands that mentors are there to guide and solidify the plans she has. She consults them whenever she faces roadblocks. Imelda compares the value of mentorship to diving. She shared, “When you dive, you don’t know how deep the waters is. Sometimes, you will need to dive with someone who knows how deep the water is.” This is what I have always told micro and small entrepreneurs – find mentors that can support you in the process.

When asked what Imelda learns in her entrepreneurial journey, she proudly shared that through their business, she was able to help people from Jolo, “the unsung heroes”, to bring food to their tables. She has helped in the job creation in her area and trained even her nephews and other relatives which have sparred them from illegal jobs. She has empowered many people.

“The real sense of being an entrepreneur is seeing beyond the profit.”

Imelda Dagus of Dennis Coffee Garden and Cong. John Bertiz III.

Imelda Dagus of Dennis Coffee Garden and Cong. John Bertiz III.

Today, she is part of our coffee group which is being mentored by Johnlu Koa of French Baker together with many of the local coffee growers and manufacturers in the country.

Aside from Imelda, I also met Cong. John Bertiz III. Before becoming a representative of the ACTS OFW Partylist, he was once an OFW himself. When his family was struggling financially, at 18 years old, he decided to work in Saudi Arabia. Because of his hard work and determination, he rose from the ranks. Aside from his full time job, he had other jobs on the side including selling merienda such as balut and tokneneng, and many others. In 1997, he returned home to put up their first business which was a hair salon. But because of his expertise in human resource management, he put up Global Asia Alliance Consultant Inc. which offers job opportunities here and abroad. His company is also one of leaders in promoting ethical recruitment practices.

He then became one of the spokesperson of the recruitment sector and OFWs. He was the spokesman of OFW Advocates Coalition which fought for issues affecting OFWs. Today, as a representative, he is still an advocate to the rights and development of OFWs. He proposes for the establishment of a department focused on the development of OFWs. He wants OFWs to know more about different business opportunities that they can invest on once they arrived back. “Dapat yung pagbalik ang pinag-hahandaan”, Cong. Bertiz added.

The OFW and Family Summit was a great venue to showcase different business models either through agri-entrepreneurship, franchising, direct selling or other types of businesses.

Thanks to our partners: Senators Manny and Cynthia Villar and Villar Sipag Foundation for continuously helping our fellow Filipinos. Go Negosyo will always be a partner in the development of lives through entrepreneurship.

Man of Real Change

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion with Pia Hontiveros.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion with Pia Hontiveros.

Right after we launched the Mentor Me in Davao, I was interviewed by Pia Hontiveros in her show News.PH in CNN Philippines. We talked about the state visit to China and the Go Negosyo Mentor Me program.

Let me share our discussion:

PIA: Welcome back to News.PH, I am Pia Hontiveros. With me now is long-time business man, wears very many hats, and I’ll explain to you in a little bit why he’s guesting on the show when we’re talking about this pivot to China. He is the adviser to the president on entrepreneurship. He is also, this year, the chairman for the ASEAN Business Advisory Council because the Philippines is going to be hosting the ASEAN Summit. And, like I said, a long-time businessman who was at the helm of one of the country’s biggest food conglomerates, Mr. Joey Concepcion. Sir, thank you very much for joining us now.

PIA: We have just finished talking about China including the trip of the president to China. You are going to be on that trip to China?

JOEY: Yes, I will be on that trip, yes.

PIA:  Okay. Can you tell us in more details why, and in what capacity, and what exactly do you hope we can get from this trip?

JOEY: Well, everybody seems to be very excited—the president, of course, and we have a lot of Filipino-Chinese business men here in the country. The president is actually putting his bet on China on what China can sort of reciprocate here. As you know, we have the issues with the base which has been constructed out there. Likewise with every business man out there, they want to give the president full support.

PIA: Earlier today, Charles Jose, spokesperson for the DFA, was asked in a Malacanang press conference: “Can you give us more details about these MOUs, MOAs, what all these business men are going to be signing?” He said that they are still being finalized. Do you have some idea what’s in store for us?

JOEY: Well, I only know one because he is part of our business community in Go Negosyo. It’s Injap Sia who is the owner of Jin-Jiang Inn. They will be singing a MOA with their partners overseas in China and I think they’re going to double-up their number of rooms that they will be building in the Philippines. That’s one of the many agreements that I think is going to be signed. Everything seems to be a go. Everybody’s expected to be there by the 19th. It’s very hard to say exactly what will happen. There could be something good that will happen; but rather than say it, we just wait for it to happen. Many things can change but I’m looking at this with full optimism. I think the president is different; he relies on his gut feel, he believes that China is the right person to approach, and let’s see what concessions we can get from them. We can’t wage war against China. They are here to stay. So, what can we get out of this whole thing?

PIA: Okay. So, we are not pivoting away from the US or alliances with other, well, the EU for example. We’re not pivoting away from them and pivoting towards China and Russia? We’re not leaving that behind?

JOEY: They still are major players in the world, and no country in the right mind would just shove them away. I think we will all be surprised in the outcome of our China visit that things will turn out pretty good.

PIA: Yung mga small, micro, SMEs, these are very close to your heart because of Go Negosyo. Will they also benefit?

JOEY: Not directly. I think the approach here is really that most of the medium-sized and large businesses that are visiting China, but we are all anchored on many micro and small enterprises. As we expand our businesses, many of our smaller entrepreneurs—suppliers who are entrepreneurs—are attached to the whole ecosystem. If the country continues to grow, and if China comes in and invests in the country in a large way, definitely it will spur a lot of business activity which will filter down to many of the other entrepreneurs who are connected to the larger corporations. So, I think the anxiety really poses: what is going to happen with our relationship with China? We can’t wage war against China. Even if the Americans side with us, there’s no chance because, you know, you drop one bomb in the Philippines and we’re finished. The economy will go in shambles. Let’s give him the chance to try his style. His style is unique. It’s really a gut-feel approach. I’ve met with him a couple of times, and there’s no playbook on Duterte. He goes on how he feels the situation is. That is how he has run Davao for a very long time, and he’s been successful as a lower government official. Now, this is the real case. Let’s see what happens after China.

R: Part of the excitement is also about what we can gain in terms of infrastructure for example.

JOEY: As I’ve said, it’s like you’re asking for a gift and the gift is not there. Let’s see what China has to offer.

R: Tell us a bit more about you already mentioned before, you are the ASEAN-BAC chairman and Philippines is hosting ASEAN. How does that fit into what the President is trying to do with China?

JOEY: Next year is going to be the 50th year of ASEAN. It’s very important that in the first time the president himself is holding an international event of this magnitude that we showcase the best.

R: Just to close this segment of this show and you said something very interesting, you said that  there is no playbook to Duterte, and you’ve spent a lot of time with him. How did he offer this job to you as Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship?

JOEY: I guess he’s been exposed to what Go Negosyo has been going all over these years. He believes that helping the small and micro entrepreneurs is the way to go. That’s why you see Mon Lopez there as DTI Secretary who is doing his job. And in the past, many DTI (secretaries) have focused on larger companies. This time, we will have a DTI secretary who will help the smaller people because many of the micro and small (entrepreneurs) comprise more than 90% of the Philippine business are playing in that level. We have to really scale up from education to mentorship.

PIA: You’ve just launched a mentorship program.

JOEY: Yes, we’ve launched the Kapatid Program.

PIA: Totoong mentorship program iyon. I mean this is not for show.

JOEY: No.

PIA: This is a real, holding them, taking them by the hand.

JOEY: This is a Kapatid Project, a project between Go Negosyo and DTI. So, all the way down many private sector companies are joining down to help mentor. I’m glad that the president spent a lot of time with us last Friday (Mentor Me Launch in Davao – October 7) which is close to five hours. He was very comfortable with the entrepreneurs, and that’s when I saw the different side of a Duterte presidency. In other words, he was open – people can talk to him and share their problems. They were taking picture and autographs.

PIA: Final words, sir?

JOEY: Well, you know, I think everybody is concerned on what is really happening. They expect the president to change, and we can’t change his character. That’s what he’s made of and that’s why he got elected. As we move forward, I think we’re going see different Duterte but don’t expect him to change and become a very formal guy. In fact, when he attended our Friday event, he was very casual, no socks, we had to remove our jackets and unbutton our shirts.

PIA: Yes.

JOEY: He’s a very casual person. I’m very optimistic that change is happening. We all have to be part of change. We have him for six years. We should somehow stop complaining and we have to understand that this man is out for real change.

PIA: Mr. Joey Concepcion, the Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship. Thank you very much, sir, for joining us on News.Ph. Maraming Salamat po.

JOEY: Thank you, Pia.