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“Young entrepreneurs are driven by passion and purpose, not profit”

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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On August 16, 2017, Go Negosyo Radio hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Go Negosyo Angelpreneur and Creative Voice Productions Founder Pocholo Gonzales as a guest host for an episode featuring two inspiring young entrepreneurs.

Josh Mahinay is the founder of BEAGIVER, a local social enterprise that champions causes in the community, most especially education for impoverished children. The social enterprise’s story begins with its founder—Josh shares that the initial idea was to provide school bags for many of the Philippines youth who can’t afford one. This came from his personal experience growing up. One of the triggers that inspired the idea behind BEAGIVER was when he returned to the Philippines and saw a young boy with a red and white striped palengke supot as his school bag. Growing up in poverty, Josh remembered that once upon a time, he was that kid as well.

Josh always saw education as his way out of poverty. In 2007, Josh was given an opportunity to make a better life for himself and his family by moving the US. Initially, he thought a good life simply meant being able to afford the nice things he couldn’t before. However, it was in the US where he realized that there is more to success than the personal aspect. Although, Josh lead a comfortable life in the US, his heart ached for his people. “I returned [to the Philippines] because of the calling of where is it that I want to serve,” Josh shared.

Today, BEAGIVER has gone above and beyong Josh’s initial call to provide school bags to the impoverished youth. Aside from developing, manufacturing and selling their own line of products, BEAGIVER also partners and collaborates with other designers, social enterprises and organizations not only to offer high quality products to our customers, but most especially to create an impact in different communities.

When asked by Senator Bam as what he saw as the difference in mindset between the younger and older entrepreneurs, Josh says the youth are more willing to fail more. Also, the motivation or  they “why” of young entrepreneurs are quite different. Sen. Bam agreed saying “during my time, what we used to look at was simply the sweldo. But millenials now more than ever look at the ‘why’ and the purpose of what they pursue.”

True enough, this primacy on purpose is seen in young entrepneur Jairus Ferrer. The second guest of the episode is the founder of the iFarms, Inc. and Pronic Foods, agri-enterprises that hopes to merge tech and innovation to agriculture. Jairus entrepreneurial journey finds it roots in the gap year he took after graduating high school. His parents agreed to his decision of taking a year off before college as long as he made it a productive one. Thus, Jairus joined an agri school in Bukidon for a four-month program. What was supposed to be a gap year venture into agriculture spanning a couple of months turned into a five years with the school in Bukidnon. Today, Jairus is an advocate of sustainability and of agriculture as a smart and relevant industry.

“I was the first high school grad to finish the program,” Jairus said about his stint in the Bukidnon agri school, “I was given the opportunity to work with them [afterwards].” Jairus said that he had to learn everything form scratch “the people who taught me quality control were the people I dealt with in the markets. I didn’t learn it from school—when I started serving bigger markets, what I learned from smaller markets I was able to apply on a larger scale.”

Jairus is positive that technology will serve as the bridgeway for many more millenials to become interested in agri. He warns those who want to enter into the industry, to be prepared to work and study hard. He shares that you have to have a mixed set of skills to truly make it work. “I want to change people’s perception [of agri], farming takes a lot of hardwork. Farming takes a lot of science and business knowledge. It is a really noble undertaking.”

How can the young connect with the older generations?

Jairus shares that he is persistent in pursuing mentors and other organizations for guidance. “I would really ask for questions and their time to bounce of my ideas. They have the wealth of experience and I have the wealth of time to do it.”

Josh agrees and says that “Although experience is the best teacher, you don’t have to fail to learn. All it takes is a lot of guts. I started with just the idea to give out bags. I had no intention of becoming a bag designer. But I study designs and travel to look, learn and collaborate with other designers.”

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ABA Cover photo footerThe ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) aims to recognize the outstanding ASEAN enterprises in the region. It brings to the spotlight businesses that have contributed in the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy and have the potential to become global economic players in their respective industries.

The ASEAN Business Awards 2017 will be on September 6, 2017!

Visit our official website here: https://www.aba2017.com/
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ASEAN BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 REGIONAL DELIBERATIONS CONCLUDED

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion together with the ASEAN Business Awards team led by ABA Chair Jopin Romero with them are the ABA official judges.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion together with the ASEAN Business Awards team led by ABA Chair Jopin Romero with them are the official judges of ABA.

MAKATI: August 15, 2017—The ASEAN Business Advisory Council recently concluded its hosting of the regional deliberations for the ASEAN Business Awards at the Dusit Thani Hotel. The judges coursed through 224 applications from across the ASEAN region to come up with the final list of 16 winners in the categories of SME Excellence Awards (Growth, CSR, Innovation and Employment), Priority Integration Sectors Excellence Awards (Fisheries, Electronics, E-ASEAN ICT, Textiles, Logistics, Wood-based, Rubber, Agri-food, Healthcare, Tourism, Automotive, and Retail), Special Awards (Eco Green, Friends of Asean), Women Entrepreneur Award, Young Entrepreneur Award, and the two new categories of Legacy and Inclusive Business.

The official judges committee were composed of business leaders and enablers in their respective home countries. They esteemed judges are Soon Loo (CEO, Brunei Economic Development Board), Kuy Vat (CEO, VTRUST Group), Dr. Agus Purwadianto (Professor Universitas Indonesia), Phosy Chanming, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D (Deputy Director of Research and Academic Service Office, National University of Laos), Prof. Datuk Marimuthu (President, Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association), Dr. Aung Thura (Executive Committee Member and Secretary, UMFCCI; Founder & CEO, Thura Swiss), Tay Woon Teck (Managing Director, Risk Advisory, RSM), Dr. Suthad Setboonsarng (Independent Director), Dr. Pham Thi Thu Hang (Secretary General, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry), and the Philippines Committee Chair Marife Zamora (Chairperson, Convergys, Philippines; President, MAP).

The decided upon winners of the prestigious ASEAN Business Awards will officially be awarded on September 6, 2017 at the Solaire Casino and Resort which will be attended by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, other top government officials and the ASEAN Economic Ministers.

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The ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) aims to recognize the outstanding ASEAN enterprises in the region. It brings to the spotlight businesses that have contributed in the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy and have the potential to become global economic players in their respective industries.

The ASEAN Business Awards 2017 will be on September 6, 2017!

Visit our official website here: https://www.aba2017.com/

Philippine Finalists to the ABA 2017

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
The ASEAN Business Awards 2017 will be held on September 6, 2017.

The ASEAN Business Awards 2017 will be held on September 6, 2017.

This coming September 6, we shall name the latest winners of the ASEAN Business Awards 2017. The ASEAN Business Awards is a regional search for exceptional enterprises who have contributed to the economic and socio-cultural development of the region. These enterprises have grown not just in their home countries but have conquered and made marks other ASEAN countries. Hopefully soon, these companies will reach global markets and we can all proudly say that they are all ASEAN-grown.

But prior to the announcing of winners, we had a deliberation of Philippines’ finalists to the ASEAN Business Awards. Let me tell you, this is one of the exciting parts of an awards search. We received more than 200 applications from all countries and each country has to deliberate on who will represent their country in the award categories.

Philippines had its own deliberation with Sen. Bam Aquino, Johnlu Koa, and Jose Magsaysay Jr. as judges. Over 100 Filipino companies applied for the ABA 2017. After some grueling discussion, the judges identified 20 companies who will vie for regional awards.

Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc. is one of the Philippine finalists to the ASEAN Business Awards. The business led by Pedro and Catherine Delantar proudly manufactures high-end home and hotel furniture made from sustainable materials since 1997. Nature’s Legacy Eximport is a finalist to the Wood-Based and Innovation categories.

One of the San Miguel Pure Foods Company’s subsidiaries, San Miguel Foods also made it as a finalist in the Agri-Food category. San Miguel Foods is engaged in agro-industrial manufacturing producing commercial feeds, poultry, pork, and beef. Over the years, the company has built a network of third-party owned and operated facilities such as feed mills, farms, processing plants and other infrastructure nationwide.

Another finalist to the Agri-food category is the Destileria Limtuaco & Co which is headed by Olivia Limpe-Aw. The company produces quality wines and liquors crafted with Philippines’ fruits. The company has rationalized the product portfolio from mass market to a niche mid-range market in the country and across ASEAN.

I’m sure we all know Bernie Liu of the Golden ABC, one of the leading retail companies in the country. His company is a Philippine finalist to the retail category. Golden ABC is a multi-awarded fashion enterprise which is composed of several brands including Penshoppe, Oxygen, Forme, Memo, Regatta, Tyler, and Red Logo. Started with an initial capital of P5000.00, the company rose into an ASEAN brand well loved in Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

One of the leading photography brand in the country, Great Image, will also be finalist to the ASEAN Business Awards under the retail category. Founded in 1983 by Robert and Evelyn Palomo, the company is the leading photography brand for the last three decades. It has provided a professional, reliable, and creative photography services available to most Filipinos. Evelyn Palomo is also a finalist to the Women Entrepreneur category.

Gandang Kalikasan Inc. which is founded by sisters Anna Meloto-Wilk and Camille Meloto also made it as a finalist in the Healthcare category. The brand is known for producing natural, eco-friendly, green wellness and cosmetic products. It is one of the recognized inclusive businesses in the country which has tapped poor farmers and low-income communities.

Connecting markets across the ASEAN region is important that is why Logistics is one of the priority industry sector in the ASEAN. Asian Marine Transport Corporation is the country’s representative in this category. Asian Marine Transport Corporation started its small operations in 1999 penetrating countryside ports. Just recently, it is the first logistics company to heed to the call of the government to connect the ASEAN region through the opening of Davao-Bitung route.

Mont Albo Wellness Corporation is one of the finalists for Growth category. Since 2007, the company specializes in Filipino traditional massage and home therapy. Nol Montalbo started the business with only P1,500 but is now employing 500 masseuse and therapists thus providing livelihood opportunities to many Filipinos.

Another Philippine contender in the Growth category is Human Resource Innovations and Solutions which is provides human resource solutions to businesses. HURIS began in 2005 with the firm mission of delivering quality services to its clients.

One of the two corporate social responsibility category finalists, Lamoiyan Corporation provides employment to the deaf community. Its CSR framework is based on the principles of human dignity and promoting self-worth anchored on the company values of building integrity and cultivating respect. The company started in 1987 and is the first Filipino toothpaste brand launched in the market.

Lamoiyan Corporation’s co-finalist is the NCST Institute of Industrial Research and Training. The company provides quality education and industrial capacity building. Through its program Study Now Pay Later Zero Cash Out Scheme, economically-challenged students are given access to quality and relevant industry-based training. From an initial 10 trainees, more than 30,000 students have benefited from this CSR program.

Fruitas Group Inc., is a finalist to not just one category but two. The company is competing for the award on either Innovation or Employment. Fruitas Group has been founded in 2002 by Lester Yu and has provided the local market with affordable fresh fruit beverages. Since its establishment, the brand has grown to include other concepts such as Buko Loco, Black Pearl, Friends Fries, and many more.

Another contender in the Employment category is the Titan Barong of Lumban which is a quality producer and retailer of barong tagalog. Few years ago, the company is only selling hundreds of their special barong tagalog, but today, they are now producing and selling an average of 100,000 pieces per year. The company has hired and provided employment to 178 employees in total.

Young entrepreneur Dennis Uy founded the UDENNA Corporation in 2002 which established a single independent filling station in the retail fuel industry. Under UDENNA are its two subsidiaries Phoenix Petroleum Philippines and Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corporation. Phoenix Petroleum is the 3rd biggest oil company while Chelsea Logistics in now a dominant player in the shipping industry.

Contending against Dennis Uy is Richard Sanz of FoodAsia Group. The company is involved in various businesses such as restaurant and bakery operations, food retail, food manufacturing, franchising, and real estate. From one employee, the company now has more than 500 employees.

Another women entrepreneur finalist is Nannette Medved-Po which leads the Friends of Hope, a business of purified bottled water established in 2012. The company’s program Hope in a Bottle donated 100% of its profits to the building of public school classrooms. Their brand empowers Filipinos to participate in building schools by buying their water bottles.

These are just the Philippine brands that will compete in the ASEAN Business Awards. While some are competing for two categories, a company cannot win in both. Watch out for the 2017 ASEAN Business Awardees!

ASEAN now likely 6th Largest Economy in the World

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, and ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, and ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion.

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and current ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion attended the recently held ASEAN@50 Conference in Malaysia. The Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez was also at the event wherein he gave the Keynote Address. The event was followed by the ASEAN Commemorative Dinner & Achievement Awards where Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was in attendance.

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Recent estimates suggest that Asean is now the sixth largest economy globally, as opposed to the seventh between 1975 and 2016, says the Prime Minster.

Najib said this rise in position also indicates Malaysia’s resilience in a challenging global environment.

“The Malaysian economy too has demonstrated its strength in recent years. The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development have issued reports commending the government’s sound macroeconomic management and success in transforming the economy into one that is well-diversified and inclusive,” he said in his keynote speech at the Asean@50 Commemorative Dinner and Achievement Awards, here today.

The event was hosted by the Asean Business Advisory Council (Asean-BAC) Malaysia, and Najib was accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, as well as International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Najib said between 2009 and 2016, Malaysia’s Gross National Income increased by nearly 50 per cent and 2.26 million jobs were created.

“Malaysia’s inflation and unemployment have been kept low and we have secured record levels of Foreign Direct Investments, when opponents keep trying to scare people, that Malaysia is going bankrupt,” he added.

According to Najib, businesses would not be investing in Malaysia, if they felt that way, citing Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation investing over RM1 billion to build its future regional headquarters at the Tun Razak Exchange.

This is alongside Saudi Aramco investing US$7 billion for a 50 per cent stake in Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development in Johor, he said.

He said in addition, jobs had been created, wages lifted and skills transferred, which was good for investors and for Malaysians.

“We had a plan and that plan has delivered, and continues to deliver,” Najib added.

The dinner brought together 600 guests, not just from Malaysia, but from the Asean region and beyond. —ASEAN-BAC Malaysia

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ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion joined a forum with Donald Kanak (Eastspring Investments), Masakuni Nakayama (Marubeni Corporation), Dr. Nikolai Dobberstein (A.T. Kearney), and Thaweelap Rittapirom (Bangkok Bank). The forum was moderated by Dr. Mohd Munir.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion joined a forum with Donald Kanak (Eastspring Investments), Masakuni Nakayama (Marubeni Corporation), Dr. Nikolai Dobberstein (A.T. Kearney), and Thaweelap Rittapirom (Bangkok Bank). The forum was moderated by Dr. Mohd Munir.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia Dr. Ramesh Kodammal, and ASEAN BAC Malaysia Datuk Farid Alias.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia Dr. Ramesh Kodammal, and ASEAN BAC Malaysia Datuk Farid Alias.

ASEAN @ 50: Pushing Prosperity for All

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella, ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Legal Counsel Sec. Salvador Panelo, ASEAN BAC Philippines Tessie Sy-Coson, and George Barcelon

Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella, ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Legal Counsel Sec. Salvador Panelo, ASEAN BAC Philippines Tessie Sy-Coson, and George Barcelon

Back in 1967, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formed to create a bond among its members that will help each other in economic growth, social progress, and cultural development.

Move forward to today, we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of ASEAN last Tuesday. This is the 3rd chairmanship of the country with the first in 1987 and the second in 2006. We are lucky to host the 50th founding anniversary of the association.

President Rodrigo Duterte led the celebration in PICC last August 08, 2017. He briefly shared the background of ASEAN and how the history of cooperation among its members has worked well to advance our values and interests.

He also recognized the efforts of the private sector specifically the ASEAN Business Advisory Council in supporting the government in its mission to alleviate people from poverty. He said, “Public-private partnerships must be harnessed fully to lift up our people from poverty. Indeed, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s Alliance for Prosperity for All is showing how an inclusive business model will help achieve the growth of our MSMEs and our people in the grassroots.”

The Alliance for Prosperity for All was created with the mission to build a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary alliance of organizations and individuals and to pursue prosperity not just in the Philippines but across ASEAN nations.

We look forward to contributing more to the development and growth of our MSMEs and the members of the low-lying communities.

Additionally, I was part of Malaysia’s celebration of ASEAN50. Last August 4, a conference was hosted by ASEAN BAC Malaysia led by Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid. In a forum, I shared the importance of MSMEs in ASEAN.

Afterwards, a dinner was attended by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

ASEAN has indeed proved that despite our differences in culture, religion, and political views, we can all have a solidarity of pushing for prosperity for all. We look forward to another 50 years of continuous growth and progress.

President Rodrigo Duterte with Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion after the ASEAN50 celebration in PICC.

President Rodrigo Duterte with Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion after the ASEAN50 celebration in PICC.

Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia chairman, led the celebration of ASEAN BAC Malaysia for ASEAN’s 50th anniversary

Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia chairman, led the celebration of ASEAN BAC Malaysia for ASEAN’s 50th anniversary

Malaysia Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

Malaysia Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak led the ceremonial cutting of the cake during the ASEAN@50 commemorative dinner in Malaysia.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak led the ceremonial cutting of the cake during the ASEAN@50 commemorative dinner in Malaysia.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion joined a forum with Donald Kanak (Eastspring Investments), Masakuni Nakayama (Marubeni Corporation), Dr. Nikolai Dobberstein (A.T. Kearney), and Thaweelap Rittapirom (Bangkok Bank). The forum was moderated by Dr. Mohd Munir.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion joined a forum with Donald Kanak (Eastspring Investments), Masakuni Nakayama (Marubeni Corporation), Dr. Nikolai Dobberstein (A.T. Kearney), and Thaweelap Rittapirom (Bangkok Bank). The forum was moderated by Dr. Mohd Munir.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia Dr. Ramesh Kodammal, and ASEAN BAC Malaysia Datuk Farid Alias.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia Dr. Ramesh Kodammal, and ASEAN BAC Malaysia Datuk Farid Alias.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, and ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, and ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion discussed why MSMEs are important in the ASEAN Integration.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion discussed why MSMEs are important in the ASEAN Integration.

“Negosyong Aarangkada, Ikaw and Bida!”

Friday, August 11th, 2017

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On August 09, 2017, Go Negosyo Radio hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Nathaniel Lee (GoMoto), Dennis Ng (Mober), and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Paulo Tibig (VCargo Group) for an episode tackling the the logistics industry and the innovations and challenges present in it.

On-demand, in demand
Mober and GoMoto are tech startups hoping to change the game in logistics. VCargo’s Paulo Tibig, whose company addresses logitics in the country on a larger scale, says that these tech startups will be good for small businesses by helping them outsource services that are outside their core competencies.

Customers of Mober—the first ever Philippine tech startup that offers an on-demand platform for same day delivery service—have definitely felt the benefits of having Mober in their lives. Their client base includes SMEs, shoppers, and families hoping to move in to their new homes, looking for a cost-effective, safe and fast logistics service. Mober shares that the demand for their service is growing and that they even encountered customers with unique requests. “We pick up pets from the airport then we drop them off to a training center and then back again to the airport,” Dennis shared.

GoMoto similarly provides a fast on-demand service for many customers seeking movement of small packages. Enlisting a credible fleet of motorcycle riders and an easy-to-use iOS and Android app, GoMoto ensures delivery within 90 minutes of booking. Their courier fleets save many businesses the cost of hiring personal couriers, whilst allowing motorcyclists to maximize their assets.

 

In the photo (L-R): Paulo Tibig of VCargo, Dennis Ng of Mober and Nathaniel Lee of GoMoto.

In photo (L-R): Paulo Tibig of VCargo, Dennis Ng of Mober and Nathaniel Lee of GoMoto.

Shared economy

Mober and GoMoto aren’t only providing in demand service for their customers. They also hope to address current transport problems through a sharing economy model. Dennis said that Mober approached colorum UV Express owners and recruited them as part of their fleet. “We don’t accept people who say that they will buy vans then join us. We prefer owners who already have under-utilized vans.” With over 15,000 under-utilized vans in Metro Manila, Mober hopes to provide a win-win solution wherein van owners can maximize their vehicles and SMEs and other potential customers can minimize their costs.

GoMoto concurred with Mober’s principle of avoiding getting more vehicles on the road. The true objective is to maximize the vehicles that are already there so that many families can supplement their current income. “We target Facebook groups/motorcycle groups,” Nathaniel said about the couriers they enlist into GoMoto, “we give them livelihood or additional income through GoMoto.” Hoping to ensure the safety of cyclists and others on the road, GoMoto said that they are very strict with their riders in terms of adhering to road safety rules and regulations.

Easy-to-use

Fast feedback loops and a drive to always improve keep Mober and GoMoto at the top of their game. Hoping to provide better service to both their partners and clients, the two companies act fast and gather feedback from all parties concerned, regularly. For example, GoMoto shares that they’ve improved their riders facilities to ensure the safe delivery of all kinds of food. At the same time they ensure the safety of their riders by always knowing what’s in the package being delivered to ensure that their aren’t any contraband present.

Mober provides easy access to their services by allowing interested clients to take on their service through their website, mobile app and call center hotline. They offer GPS tracking so customers can track the movement of their goods and can avail of the VanPlus service wherein a helper can assist in unloading cargo for a more convenient drop-off.

GoMoto has also developed an easy and intuitive mobile interface that will allow anyone to book and track the delivery of their packages.

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How to Apply

To apply as a partner of Mober, get in touch with their partner hotline: 0939-1282222, e-mail partners@mober.ph or Facebook @moberph.

For those who want to apply for GoMoto, visit https://gomoto.com.ph/register/#/ for complete details of application process and requirements.

Alliance For Prosperity for All

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
PA Joey Concepcion and President Rodrigo Duterte briefly talked after the speech of the President. President Duterte commends the ASEAN BAC's Alliance for Prosperity for All.

PA Joey Concepcion and President Rodrigo Duterte briefly talked after the speech of the President. President Duterte commends the ASEAN BAC’s Alliance for Prosperity for All.

Fifty years ago, five foreign ministers formed an organization of an inter-government cooperation towards economic, social and cultural progress.  This is what we call today as Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The founding fathers of ASEAN were Adam Malik (Indonesia), Narciso Ramos (Philippines), Tun Abdul Razak (Malaysia), S. Rajaratnam (Singapore), and Thanat Khoman (Thailand). ASEAN then gradually expanded and grew as Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam joined one by one completing the current 10-member countries.

Fast forward to 2017, we are celebrating a milestone in ASEAN – the 50th jubilee of the Association. Philippines is fortunate and honored to host the golden year of ASEAN together with the ASEAN foreign ministers, delegates, and members of the government and private sectors. We honored the founding fathers of ASEAN for starting an organization of countries that has united amidst its diversity. Indeed, we overcame differences and stood together with one vision.

After all the impeccable performances, President Rodrigo Duterte shared in his speech the background of ASEAN and how its history of cooperation has advanced the collective values and interests of each member country. He added, “We proved that regionalism developed on our pace, our terms and values will work in our favour.”

We are glad that President Duterte also recognized the efforts of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council and the whole private sector.

PRRD said, “Public-private partnerships must be harnessed fully to lift up our people from poverty. Indeed, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s Alliance for Prosperity for All is showing how an inclusive business model will help achieve the growth of our MSMEs and our people in the grassroots.”

Alliance for Prosperity for All was established with the mission to bring poverty alleviation to a bigger scale by tapping business organizations and chambers to be part of a dedicated working committee that will push for MSME Development. We are keen on working closely with the government in bringing prosperity not just to the MSMEs but also to those who are in the low lying communities in the country.

Together with the members of the Alliance for Prosperity for All and the entrepreneurs, we will develop programs which will create an enabling and sustainable environment for all enterprising individuals.

Alliance for Prosperity for All is composed of business organizations and chambers who pushes for MSME development.

Alliance for Prosperity for All is composed of business organizations and chambers who pushes for MSME development.

I have shared this many times already but I think it is destiny that I am here today as the chairman of ASEAN Business Advisory Council. Ten years ago, it was my father who is part of this dynamic institution that has created a better cooperation and communication with the member countries and its dialogue partners.

Prior to our celebration, Malaysia had their own festivity last August 4. I was part of the ASEAN@50 Conference hosted by the ASEAN BAC Malaysia led by Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid. It was only a half-day conference but it was filled with insights from ASEAN entrepreneurs. In a forum, I shared the importance of putting MSME development at the center of ASEAN integration in order to alleviate underprivileged people out of poverty through the promotion of inclusive growth. The conference also underlined the vision of ASEAN for the next years which will depend on our young entrepreneurs and the continuous technology innovation.

Afterwards, a dinner was hosted by ASEAN BAC Malaysia which was graced by Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak. It was a grand celebration where they showed a historical account of ASEAN milestones. Awards were also given to 10 outstanding Malaysian companies who have grown and expanded in the ASEAN market.

ASEAN has proved that by putting differences aside and focusing on what bonds us – one goal of prosperity, will create an inclusive environment where no one is left behind. It is in our roots that we continuously grow together to bring more economic and social progress for all our people.

Moving forward, we look towards a more prosperous region. We should see ahead the lives of our people to be better than what they experience today. In our fast-changing and innovative state, we hope that all the 10-countries shall experience the growth that we all pursue.

 

ASEAN 50 CELEBRATION GATHERS 1,700 VIPS IN MANILA

Monday, August 7th, 2017
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Schedule of the Grand Celebration of ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary on August 2, 2017 – August 8, 2017.

The Philippines will be holding the Grand Celebration of ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary on August 2, 2017 – August 8, 2017.  An estimated 1,700 VIPs will flock to Manila for the nationwide celebration. Aside from the plethora of festivities, important meeting will take place such as the 50th Asean Foreign Minister’s Meetings, the 18th Asean Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (with Japan, China and Korea), the 7th East Asia and Summit Foreign Minster’s Meeting, and the 24th Asean Regional Forum.

The celebration of five decades of regional partnership is of monumental importance to the Philippines, the current chair of the ASEAN. For it’s third run as the chair, the country has taken on the theme of “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”—seeking to further build the Asean’s internal linkages to each other as member states whilst bolstering their presence in the global arena.

Thus, the ASEAN 50 Celebration, hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs, will seek to solidify the relationships within the ASEAN and its many partner states. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano will lead 27 foreign ministers, including the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in discussions tackling pertinent issues in foreign affairs. As a culmination of the celebration and meetings, August 8 will be packed with activities such as the Closing Ceremony of the 50th Asean Foreign Minsters’ Meeting and Related Meetings; Tribute to the Founding Fathers of ASEAN; Recognition of the ASEAN Special Awardees; and the Keynote Message of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

Following the morning activities, the ASEAN Landmark Lighting Activity will take place at 3:00 PM at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex; the Blowing of Horns will take place at the Manila Bay and other selected areas; and the ASEAN Day Ground Parade which will depart from Luneta and arrive at the CCP Complex. A Nationwide Landmark Lighting will also take place in selected local government units in the Philippines and an ASEAN Pop Concert will be held in the Bonifacio Global City, High Street in Taguig City.


AYEC Web Article

The ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival is the annual flagship event for the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC) following the ASEAN chairmanship rotation as adopted in the official meeting held in Malaysia in 2015. With the goal of uniting the young entrepreneurs in the region, the AYEC has been organized by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) through its Young Entrepreneurs Working Group (YE WG). The AYEC is a 30-member council from national organizations from the ASEAN community. The Philippine Young Entrepreneurs Association (PYEA) is the official representative of the Philippines to AYEC and now the chair of the council and host of the Carnival.

Join this year’s ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival! Deadline of Application is on August 15, 2017. For more information about the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival 2017, please visit www.ayecmanila2017.com

To register, please accomplish the online form here: http://tinyurl.com/AYECcarnival2017

ASEAN-BAC SPOTLIGHTS YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN THREE DAY CARNIVAL

Friday, August 4th, 2017
The 2nd ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival

The 2nd ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival

Continuing its efforts to enhance market connectivity between the ASEAN region’s young entrepreneurs, the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council, an offshoot from the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, launches the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival, it’s flagship event on September 5-7,2017 at the PICC Plenary Hall.

The Carnival is a celebration of ideas and the role of the young in creating a better future. The three-day event on September will coincide with the largest event of the ASEAN Business Council—the ASEAN Business and Investments Summit. The event will play host to the official AYEC meetings and related meetings, networking functions, MOU signing with dialogue partners, side forums such as the 9th ASEAN-China YE Summit, ASEAN-Australia YE dialogue, ASEAN-India YE dialogue, cultural and social enterprise exposure tours, awards night and ASEAN YE Cultural Fellowship Night. The carnival will also host pitching competitions, ethical hackathons and business exhibition.

The Philippine Young Entrepreneurs Association will be the chair of all official meetings of the AYEC and the ASEAN-China Young Entrepreneurs Association (ACYEA), and AYEA formation meetings during the the 3-day hosting.

As the official event of ASEAN for the young entrepreneurs, the carnival will highlight the Young Entrepreneurs in Technology, ASEAN, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Networking, and Tomorrow (T.A.L.E.N.T.).

As a platform for the business owners, students, aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, and other stake holders, the event will give the delegates an avenue to connect, interact, build relationships and network with regional linkages. The program agenda will include plenary talks by keynote speakers, interactive panels and workshops, symposium, awards and networking. The sessions will also help the delegates to be tapped in the challenges of entrepreneurship in the basic pillars such as access to finance, market, leadership, technology and networking through a pre-carnival survey.

To register, please accomplish the online form here: http://tinyurl.com/AYECcarnival2017

Go Negosyo Turns Over Financial Aid for Kin of Marawi Heroes

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Manny Pangilinan, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, Tessie Sy-Coson, PNP General Ronald Dela Rosa, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte, PA Joey Concepcion, ES Salvador Medialdea, AFP General Eduardo Año, and Dr. Domingo Yap with (2nd Row L-R) Nilda Santos (wife of the late Tsg Jessie Santos), Mercenita Savellano (mother of the late 1LT John Frederick Savellano), Lolita Selda (mother of the late Cpl Dennis Selda), Ligaya Serrano (wife of the late Cpl Benito Serrano), Karin Sisiban (wife of the late Pfc Kevin Sisiban), Manilyn Solar (wife of the late PS1 Freddie Solar), Evelyn Sumagpang (mother of the late Cpl Rolan Sumagpang), Ronald Supnad (father of the late Cpl Ronald Supnad Jr), May Chinaline Tamboon (wife of the late Sgt Brian Tamboon), Marcia Tinangag (mother of the late Pfc Gener Tinangag), Pamela Tolorio (sister of the late Pvt Joshua Tolorio), Diana Triston (wife of the late SSg Joven Triston), William Sr. Tuanda (father of the late Pfc William Tuanda Jr), Suela Villanueva (mother of the late SSg Joseph Villanueva), Ellen Mae Aquino (liason officer of the late Cpl Harney Jay Villaruel), Marites Vista (mother of the late Pfc Johnro Vista).

Manny Pangilinan, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, Tessie Sy-Coson, PNP General Ronald Dela Rosa, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte, PA Joey Concepcion, ES Salvador Medialdea, AFP General Eduardo Año, and Dr. Domingo Yap with (2nd Row L-R) Nilda Santos (wife of the late Tsg Jessie Santos), Mercenita Savellano (mother of the late 1LT John Frederick Savellano), Lolita Selda (mother of the late Cpl Dennis Selda), Ligaya Serrano (wife of the late Cpl Benito Serrano), Karin Sisiban (wife of the late Pfc Kevin Sisiban), Manilyn Solar (wife of the late PS1 Freddie Solar), Evelyn Sumagpang (mother of the late Cpl Rolan Sumagpang), Ronald Supnad (father of the late Cpl Ronald Supnad Jr), May Chinaline Tamboon (wife of the late Sgt Brian Tamboon), Marcia Tinangag (mother of the late Pfc Gener Tinangag), Pamela Tolorio (sister of the late Pvt Joshua Tolorio), Diana Triston (wife of the late SSg Joven Triston), William Sr. Tuanda (father of the late Pfc William Tuanda Jr), Suela Villanueva (mother of the late SSg Joseph Villanueva), Ellen Mae Aquino (liason officer of the late Cpl Harney Jay Villaruel), Marites Vista (mother of the late Pfc Johnro Vista).

MALACAÑAN: July 25, 2017—Go Negosyo hosted the Salamat Magigiting na Mandirigma where financial assistance was turned over to the families of the 101 soldiers and policemen who have laid down their lives in service of our country.

Government officials attending the event held at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace include President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP General Eduardo Año, PNP General Ronald Dela Rosa and other cabinet members and military officers.

President Duterte empathized with the families in the message he delivered stating that it pains him that these soldiers had to die for peace in Marawi upon his orders. The president then announced that he will assure that their soldiers will receive better funding and that their families, especially the children are also taken care of. According to the president, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous intends to give 1 million pesos to the bereaved families. He also shared that he already raised 20 billion pesos and hopes to raise 30 more in order to fund the education of the soldier’s children. “I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the families of our troops who perished fighting for the liberation of Marawi. I know that no amount could equal the precious lives of your loved ones.”

Go Negosyo Founder and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Mr. Joey Concepcion in his opening message shared that the intent of the event is to show the unwavering commitment of the private sector to inclusivity and peace and its genuine gratitude to the heroes through helping their families get through these tragic times. “What your sons have done for this country is truly admirable. They are heroes of this country, and all those grieving here truly understand how much this pains you. Today, we celebrate the heroic deeds they have done for this country.”

Ms. Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar, Go Negosyo’s Program Head for Sulu and Marawi efforts, regularly coordinates the assistance and aid given by Kapatids to support the soldiers in Marawi. Over the past weeks, care packages that include basic necessities and letters of encouragement have reached the men and women who are bravely fighting for peace to be established in Marawi.

“Despite extremely dangerous and adverse conditions, our troops forge on in this battle to preserve the fabric of peace that is essential to all of us. This united humanitarian effort by Kapatids to support our brave troops is a manifestation of our solidarity for the men and women who lay down their lives for for our country. We will continue these efforts for them and for their families,” Hontiveros-Malvar shared.

Go Negosyo Kapatids such as the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Tessie Sy-Coson (BDO, SM Group), Josephine Gotianun Yap (Filinvest),  Jaime Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Corporation), Manny Pangilinan (PLDT SMART Foundation), DU30 Cabinet Spouses Association, Alfred Ty (Metrobank Foundation), Jean Henri Lhuillier (Cebuana Lhuillier),  Mildred Vitangcol (St. Peter’s Chapel), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation), Federico Lopez (First Philippine Holdings), Michael Tan (Asia Brewery & Philippine Airlines), Tony Tan Caktiong (Jollibee Foods Corporation), Injap Sia (Double Dragon Properties), Joey Concepcion (RFM Corporation), Jojo Concepcion (Concepcion Industries), William Belo (Wilcon Depot), Dennis Uy (Chelsea Logistics), Santi Araneta (LBC), and Sabin Aboitiz (Aboitiz Corporation) and many other Go Negosyo Kapatids attended and showed their genuine concern and support through their generous donations to the Marawi fund for grieving military families.

Grieving families

Leah Dinglasan, wife of TSg Aldrin Dinglasan, recounts the day she found out her husband would not be returning from Marawi anymore. She shares that her husband initially only had to accompany his students who were snipers to Marawi. However, he eventually insisted that he couldn’t just leave his students and would have to stay in Marawi.

Leah Dinglasan, wife of TSg Aldrin Dinglasan

Leah Dinglasan, wife of TSg Aldrin Dinglasan

Leah shares that she didn’t want her husband to go. But upon his insistence she relented. “Sabi niya kung siya po ay hindi naman sasama at pababayaan niya yung mga estudyante niya hindi naman po siya magiging okay dun. (He said if he doesn’t go and leaves behind his students, he wouldn’t be okay with that.)

Leah is distraught upon learning that her husband has passed away. She shares that she is lost and doesn’t know how to move forward with her life and her children’s. “Hindi ko po kayang ako lang mag-isang magtataguyod sa mga anak ko. Ngayon wala na siya, wala na kaming masasandalan kasi dependent kami sa kanya sa lahat ng bagay. (I can’t raise my children on my own. Now that [my husband] is gone, we don’t have anyone to rely on because we were dependent on him for everything.)”

Despite the tragic loss her family has to deal with, Leah is grateful for her husband’s unending love and support. “Salamat sa lahat ng pagmamahal na binigay mo sa amin kahit lagi kang malayo sa amin. Kahit wala ka na hindi mo pa din kami pinabayaan sa lahat ng bagay. Sana gabayan mo pa din kami kahit wala ka na dito sa amin. Pipilitin kong maging matatag para sayo at para sa mga bata. (Thank you for all the love that you’ve given us, even if you’re far away. Even if you’re not physically here with us, you haven’t abandoned us. I hope that you continue to guide us and I will do my best to stay strong for you and our kids.)

Nenita Ramos also languishes at the fact the she has lost her son, Pfc Mark Anthony Ramos, to the war. “Sobra pong sakit! Hindi ko po alam noon kung ano ang gagawin ko. Hindi ko po matanggap na siya ay mawawala. (It was unbearably painful! I didn’t know what to do. I can’t accept that he will be gone.)

Despite the pain of losing her son, Nenita and her husband are proud of their son. “Nagpapasalamt kami sa kanya kasi siya’y naging mabait na anak. Tapos ibinuwis niya ang kanyang buhay sa ganung sitwasyon para sa bansa natin. Masakit man po, natutuwa kami kasi binigyan niya kami ng karangalan. Taas ang noo namin dahil pinagmamalaki namin siya dahil isa siyang bayani. (We are thankful because he was a good son. He sacrificed his life for our country. Even if it hurts, we are grateful that he has given us honor. Our heads are held high because we are proud of the hero he is.)”

Kapatid for Marawi

Since the onset of the Marawi conflict, the Go Negosyo Kapatid network has pooled together its resources and efforts in order to bring support and relief to the soldiers in Marawi. The community has been able to send out more than 5000 care packages which included food, water and personal care items to the displaced Maranaos and to the troops on the ground. This was done in collaboration with Kapatids such as Santi Araneta (LBC) and Dodong Sebendal (Pilmico Iligan) who volunteered their warehouses as centers for packaging and delivery purposes.

The Kapatids have also gone the extra mile by providing travel and accommodations to the families who will be traveling to Manila for the Event. The Tan family (Philippine Airlines) has given free airfare to fly in all the families whilst Injap Sia (Double Dragon Properties) and Tony Tan-Caktiong (Jolibee Food Corp. & Double Dragon Properties), are giving the families free accommodations at Hotel 101 and free meals through Mang Inasal and Jollibee.

Beyond this event, the Kapatid community has promised ongoing assistance for the soldiers and their families. The Department of Trade & Industry and The Department of Agriculture have both expressed their intention of assisting the families through providing mentorship programs which will help the families maximize and properly utilize their funds.