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3 Reasons Why You Should Join the ASEAN Agriculture Summit

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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The ASEAN Agriculture Summit is less than a week away, and many have already signed up for the monumental business event that will spotlight Agribusiness as the Gamechanger Towards Prosperity for All. If you’re still on the fence about attending the event, here are three reasons why you should go:

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1) Discover top trends and innovations shaking up the agri sector

The ASEAN Agriculture Summit will be a first for the region wherein the public and private sector will gather together to share their insights on this integral sector. Here, the most important and relevant happenings in agriculture will be put forward, and you as the delegate will be the first to be in the know.

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2) Learn from the greatest minds in agribusiness

The four forums will be jam-packed with panelists from all over the ASEAN who will impart both technical knowledge on agriculture and business advice for agripreneurs. With the wealth of knowledge our diverse panel will offer, delegates will be primed to position themselves for success!

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3) We are still accepting WALK-INS

If you missed the registration deadline, don’t worry! We are still accepting walk-ins on the day of the event. Just prepare your delegate fee of Php1,500 and a valid ID.

Be part of the ASEAN’s vision for prosperity for all and join the ASEAN Agriculture Summit on October 4, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

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“Agree to Agri: The Game Changer Agripreneurs”

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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On September 27, Go Negosyo Radio hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Josephine Costales of Costales Nature Farms and Ranilo Madlangbayan Maderazo of Halaman ng Buhay to discuss integrated farming and the culture of sustainability that investing in agriculture creates.

With the ASEAN Agriculture Summit fast approaching, the spotlight has been turned to many agripreneurs who are revolutionizing the industry and its image. One of these agri gamechangers is Josephine Costales and her business, Costales Nature Farms. Costales Nature Farms was established by Josephine and her husband Rolan when they decided to leave their high-level corporate jobs in the city and move to Majayjay, Laguna. They purchased a 1,500 sqm property by the foothills of Mount Banahaw where they began planting organic vegetables. Five years later, their farm has grown to 8 hectares, is a consistent supplier for the likes of Healthy Options and Shangri-La, and is the first agri-tourism destination recognized by the Department of Tourism.

“We went to Japan and Korea to study organic farming because we wondered why their farmers were rich. We found out that there are things to be improved in the local system,” Josephine said. The Costales couple’s dedication to growing organic and sustainable food led them to innovative practices such as vermicompsting—allowing the couple to make their farm as integrated (zero-waste) as possible.

Our second guest, Ranilo Madlangbayan Maderazo, was inspired by the Costales couple and shared that Rolan worked with them in establishing Halaman ng Buhay. Halaman ng Buhay is a high value crop program of Anawin Lay Missions Foundation Inc. that is working towards establishing an integrated farm in Montalban, Rizal where Ranilo works as its Project Coordinator and Implementer. At the heart of the farm however, is the community of abandoned elderly who have now found a place of refuge to live happily in a beautiful environment surrounded by nature and love.

“We have 68 abandoned senior citizens. They used to work around the farm but when they age, they simply appreciate the place and feed the fishes we have integrated in the farm,” Ranilo said. The success of Halaman ng Buhay is a collaborative effort of the foundation and the government who helped out during the earlier phases of the farm’s development.

Collaboration is definitely a key lesson in agripreneurship and is reinforced by Josephine. Costales Farms has grown to its large size today and is able to produce 20 tons of produce a month thanks to the investment of OFWs who fund their greenhouses. The Costales staff is then responsible for operations and administration, with the investors getting their share of the sales.

Furthermore, Josephine emphasizes on the business aspect of farming “We must have an entrepreneurial mindset in farming; it is not enough to only know and study the technical aspect.” Studying marketing is just as important as studying the soil and irrigation in agribusiness. For example, opening up your farm to agri-tourism will not only give you additional income but will boost awareness of your farm and business.

When entering into agri, Josephine advises people to start with what they actually like eating. For her, she loves the vegetables in pinakbet and shares that they started in organic farming because of their love of the vegetables in pinakbet and wanting to improve them. For those in the city, she advises them to look into urban gardening and the six-inch gardening method or take their families to visit farms regularly.

Involving the youth in agriculture will be the biggest gamechanger of all. With an aging farmer population, it is people like Josephine and Ranilo who are making the agriculture sector’s image alive and thriving. Afterall, Costales Farms has paved the way in making agriculture a destination to enjoy and Halaman ng Buhay is continually uplifting many lives through agribusiness. It is no question that the agriculture sector is proving itself to be the gamechanger towards prosperity for all.

Agriculture is a Game Changer

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
The ASEAN Agriculture Summit will be held on October 4, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center Manila.

The ASEAN Agriculture Summit will be held on October 4, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center Manila.

Back in April, when we held the first Prosperity for All Summit, one of the highlighted sectors is agriculture. As we all know, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, are some of the leading agriculture countries in the region.  But despite the unceasing development programs, there are a lot of things to be done to help strengthen the sector.

Next week, we are staging the ASEAN Agriculture Summit, an initiative to bring together agriculture stakeholders to craft an integrated framework for agripreneurship which can inspire and connect the entire ASEAN agriculture ecosystem. The goal is to connect all agri champions and share key strategies in creating a more sustainable environment for farmers and other agri players. We are pleased to have speakers who are experts in their fields and can contribute to the meaningful discussion on agriculture. I am sure that the Philippines and its farmers can learn a thing or two from the speakers.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion with China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and ASEAN BAC Executive Director Gil Gonzales.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion with China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and ASEAN BAC Executive Director Gil Gonzales.

Just recently, I met with Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua to update him on the upcoming ASEAN Agriculture Summit happening next week, October 4, 2017 and the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit this November. The ambassador expressed his full support in both programs and will even provide renowned Chinese speakers for this agriculture summit. China produces 25% of the global food supply which means that they are not only self-sufficient but also a net food global provider. Young farmers are even using social media for directly marketing their produce. Ambassador Zhao congratulated us as this will be the first ever agriculture summit in ASEAN. The meeting lasted for two hours as I also explained our programs in helping MSMEs through the 3Ms – Money, Market and Mentorship.

Going back to the ASEAN Agriculture Summit, we are fortunate to have Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol to open the program. We are working closely with his office since launch of the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP) which brought mentoring programs to farmers in different regions. This program is patterned after the Kapatid Mentor ME program that we are doing with the Department of Trade and Industry.

Sen. Cynthia Villar, Chairman of Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, will also be there to share her insights relating on agribusiness and food production.

Dr. Rolando Dy, the vice president of the Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food, will be discussing the state of competitiveness of the ASEAN agriculture. Since agriculture is one of the thriving sectors in the region, it is best to know how competitive are we in the world map.

Five fora will feature agriculture advocates.

A forum which will present case studies on successful land use models that support globally competitive agri enterprises and rural development will be discussed by two panels. The first panel will feature Dato’ Dzulfilki ADB Wahab, chairman of Felda Technoplant Sdn Bhd.; Henry Lim Bon Liong, CEO of SL Agritech Corporation; Dr. Hengky Novarianto, senior scientist of Indonesia Palm Crops Research Institute; Winston Uy, President of Universal Leaf; and will be moderated by Karen Davila. The second panel entitled Farm Consolidation as Rural Development Strategy will feature Saran Song, founder and CEO of Amru Rice; Alex Buenaventura, President and CEO of Landbank of the Philippines; and Pablito Sandoval, Board Director of Active Batangas Integrated Multipurpose Cooperative. The second panel will be moderated by Quintin Pastrana.

A forum on agri value chain and value-added agri extension services will be discussed by Ruth Novales of Nestle Philippines, Dr. Kamolrat Intaratat of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Dante Muyco Jr. of Cacao Industrial Development Association of Mindanao, Isabela Vice Mayor Roberto Agcaoili, and Clint Coo of Siam Organic Co., Ltd. Amor Maclang, CEO of Geiser Maclang will lead the discussion.

Oudet Souvannavong of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region Business Council, Usec. Ariel Cayanan of Department of Agriculture, Cong. Arthur Yap, Gigi Gatti of Grameen Foundation USA, and Dante Delima of Agri-Tech Integrated Services Corporation will help identify the roles institutional and large scale agri enterprises in promoting agripreneurship.

Agritech incubators and accelerators such as Dr. Kiran Sharman of ICRISAT, Usec. Bernadette Puyat of Department of Agriculture, Joseph Calata of Krops Agri Mobile App, Dr. Dileepkumar Guntuku of Iowa State University, and Jos Van Der Knaap of Rjik Zwaan Seeds will discuss technology and innovation for the agriculture sector. Bettina Quimson, our adviser on ICT and Economic Affairs will help moderate the discussion.

Former agriculture secretary Dr. William Dar will then proceed to share what insights on what can we do to better improve the pathway for farmers.

I still believe that agriculture is a game changer. The goal is to empower all farmers and turn them into enterprising agri-preneurs. Through this ASEAN Agriculture Summit, we hope to create a stronger network and community for farmers, accelerators, innovators, and other agri-stakeholders.

4 STEPS TO FAST-TRACK SUCCESS IN AGRIBUSINESS

Monday, September 25th, 2017
ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, DA Secretary Manny Piñol and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, DA Secretary Manny Piñol and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech.

Back in 1985, the agricultural sector contributed 24.6% to the country’s economy according to the World Bank. 30 years later, in 2015, it significantly dropped to only 9%. We used to export more than we import in the same sector, but now it’s the other way around. This is happening in a time where 11.9 million people or 29% of those employed in the Philippines are in this line of work. As huge of a figure as it might seem to be, we still used to have more.

People are becoming less interested in this sector without realizing the possibility of success not just in agriculture per se, but also in agribusiness. We claim to be a predominantly agricultural country but are we really making the most out of our resources and exerting effort to add value to them?

The Philippines has been walking and living with agriculture for as long as we all can remember, but why are we not where we want to be? Could it be because we are individually taking the wrong steps, or because we are not making any at all? To get on the track to success in agribusiness, here’s a few steps you might want to take:

Step 1: Realign your mindset and values
Before taking big leaps, make sure to be at the right starting point, with a destination in mind. A healthy mindset, values, and attitudes towards agribusiness are essential in achieving and sustaining success. If fueled with the right elements, then success is already one step closer.

Step 2: Learn the proper production techniques
To make the most out of what is available, it’s important to get familiar with efficient ways or processes to add more value to raw produce. What would work for one type of agribusiness wouldn’t work for all, so it’s vital to find out what techniques would suit your sector.

Step 3: Consult and Ask Questions
The doors of growth and learning are shut when we begin to think that we already know everything about something. To be a step closer to success, it’s important to consult, inquire, and look through the eyes of another. The best people to ask for directions are those who have gone through the same road.

Step 4: Be part of a community of fellow Agripreneurs
Being surrounded and supported with people who have the same vision helps in moving forward despite adversities. This allows for inclusive growth, and partnerships that would nurture each other.

To help agripreneurs take these steps and help improve productivity and quality through new technologies, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council presents the ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2017: Agribusiness as the Gamechanger Towards Prosperity for All. The summit packed with forums on the most pertinent topics relating to agribusiness will feature the top agribusiness leaders and thought-leaders in the agriculture sector. Merging both public and private perspectives on the future of agribusiness and its impact on the regional bloc, the ASEAN Agriculture Summit will go into detail on the current ecosystem pervading this vital sector in order to help agripreneurs figure out how to position themselves for success in a rapidly developing sector.

The summit will be held on October 4, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Register now at www.aseanagrisummit.com

Empowering Women, Youth and Inclusive Business Stakeholders

Monday, September 25th, 2017
ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion during the segment Big Brother Knows.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion during the segment Big Brother Knows.

I was honored to share the ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s mission of bringing prosperity for all across all sectors in the region. Right before the ASEAN Business Awards, I was invited to impart the 3Ms to the women entrepreneurs who attended the ASEAN Women Business Conference. During my talk, I shared the importance of Mentorship, Money and Market which we all think that will help all micro and small entrepreneurs scale up.

While money and market are equally important, for me, mentorship is the most powerful tool that can help MSMEs gain business acumen from mentors and business experts. Mentorship guides the micro and small entrepreneurs and also the young entrepreneurs.

I shared some wisdom to young entrepreneurs who actively participated in the ASEAN Youth Carnival. I shared my story: of how I started my business at 19, of how I was mentored by my father, and how creativity and passion can lead young individuals like them to success.

The goal of prosperity for all will be achieved if we exercise inclusivity. Medium and large corporations can include micro and small entrepreneurs in their supply chain by adopting an inclusive business model. This is why I reminded the delegates of the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit that we need to continuously promote inclusivity amongst the business community.

Here are some highlights to these three successful Department of Trade and Industry-led summits:

ASEAN Business Awards Inclusive Business Winner Teodoro Ferrer of Erikagen Corporation shared their inclusive business model during the ASEAN inclusive Business Summit.

ASEAN Business Awards Inclusive Business Winner Teodoro Ferrer of Erikagen Corporation shared their inclusive business model during the ASEAN inclusive Business Summit.

 

Inclusive Business stakeholders including Teodoro Ferrer (Erikagen), Felicitas Pantoja (Coffee for Peace), Chittharath Philaphandeth (KP Company) and Clint Coo (Siam Organics) shared their inputs on inclusivity. The forum was moderated by Anthony Pangilinan.

Inclusive Business stakeholders including Teodoro Ferrer (Erikagen), Felicitas Pantoja (Coffee for Peace), Chittharath Philaphandeth (KP Company) and Clint Coo (Siam Organics) shared their inputs on inclusivity. The forum was moderated by Anthony Pangilinan.

 

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez imparted the importance of inclusivity during the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez imparted the importance of inclusivity during the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit

 

Kelly Bird of Asian Development Bank.

Kelly Bird of Asian Development Bank.

 

Panel on Partnering for Competitive and Inclusive Business Models featured Kathleen Mignano (World Bank Group), Giovanni Alingon (Glovax Biotech Corporation), Kelvin Ng (Binca Seafoods GmBH Singapore), Mary Ann Sayoc (East West Seed Group), and Simon Bakker (Kennemer Foods International).

Panel on Partnering for Competitive and Inclusive Business Models featured Kathleen Mignano (World Bank Group), Giovanni Alingon (Glovax Biotech Corporation), Kelvin Ng (Binca Seafoods GmBH Singapore), Mary Ann Sayoc (East West Seed Group), and Simon Bakker (Kennemer Foods International).

 

(L-R) Pamela Bracey (ADB), Eriko Ishikawa (World Bank Group), Martin Lemoine (ADB), and Laetitia Lienart (Credit Suisse).

(L-R) Pamela Bracey (ADB), Eriko Ishikawa (World Bank Group), Martin Lemoine (ADB), and Laetitia Lienart (Credit Suisse).

 

Economic Ministers led by H.E. Ramon Lopez (Philippines), H.E. Enggratiasto Lukita (Indonesia), H.E. Dato Sri Mustafa Mohamed (Malaysia), and H.E. Tran Tuan Anh (Vietnam) joined the forum on enabling inclusive business through policy which was moderated by Marie-Louise Hanannan (Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN).

Economic Ministers led by H.E. Ramon Lopez (Philippines), H.E. Enggratiasto Lukita (Indonesia), H.E. Dato Sri Mustafa Mohamed (Malaysia), and H.E. Tran Tuan Anh (Vietnam) joined the forum on enabling inclusive business through policy which was moderated by Marie-Louise Hanannan (Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN).

 

Amb. Delia Albert during the ASEAN Women’s Business Conference.

Amb. Delia Albert during the ASEAN Women’s Business Conference.

 

Singapore Amb. Kok Li Peng, Dorothy Tembo, and Pacita Juan.

Singapore Amb. Kok Li Peng, Dorothy Tembo, and Pacita Juan.

 

ASEAN Women Breaking the Gender Glass Ceiling and Gender Pay Gap panelists: Ces Drilon, Ambe Tierro (Accenture Philippines), Lorraine Parkin (Grant Thorton Singapore), Julia King (Sapphire Group), and Dr. Chonchanok Viravan (Pathanasomdoon Company Limited).

ASEAN Women Breaking the Gender Glass Ceiling and Gender Pay Gap panelists: Ces Drilon, Ambe Tierro (Accenture Philippines), Lorraine Parkin (Grant Thorton Singapore), Julia King (Sapphire Group), and Dr. Chonchanok Viravan (Pathanasomdoon Company Limited).

 

ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs of the Year Awardees

ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs of the Year Awardees.

 

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion

 

Leader’s Convergence Panel (L-R) Emeline Versoza, Chit Juan, Amb. Delia Albert, Usec. Nora Terrado, Joey Concepcion, Dorothy Tembo, Dr. Nagesh Kumar and Boots Garcia.

Leader’s Convergence Panel (L-R) Emeline Versoza, Chit Juan, Amb. Delia Albert, Usec. Nora Terrado, Joey Concepcion, Dorothy Tembo, Dr. Nagesh Kumar and Boots Garcia.

 

Boots Garcia, Emmeline Versoza, Usec. Nora Terrado, and Chit Juan.

Boots Garcia, Emmeline Versoza, Usec. Nora Terrado, and Chit Juan.

 

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion played as big brother mentor to ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association President Rommel Gerodias during the ASEAN Youth Carnival.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion played as big brother mentor to ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association President Rommel Gerodias during the ASEAN Youth Carnival.

 

DTI Usec. Nora Terrado during the ASEAN Youth Carnival

DTI Usec. Nora Terrado during the ASEAN Youth Carnival.

 

The official launch of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association

The official launch of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association

 

Eleanor Mak of Australia-ASEAN Business Council

Eleanor Mak of Australia-ASEAN Business Council

 

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion during the segment Big Brother Knows.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion during the segment Big Brother Knows.

“Sari-saring Tips sa Pagpapalago ng iyong Sari-Sari store”

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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Go Negosyo sa Radyo hosts Senator Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Hapinoy’s Co-Founder & President, Mark Ruiz, and Shared Service Manager, Maricar Dela Rosa, for an episode covering the foundations for success of the many sari-sari store owners in the Philippines.

Sen. Bam kicked of the program by sharing about his history with Mark Ruiz and social enterprises. The two were both graduates of the Ateneo de Manila University and began working on social enterprises in the mid-2000s. Their third effort resulted in what known today as Hapinoy.

Hapinoy is a social enterprise that aims to uplift rural communities by capacitating its women in the set-up and management of sari-sari stores. Their modules are geared towards instructing the sari-sari store owner to the basics of financing and operations. Today, Mark shared that Hapinoy is going beyond their onsite trainings and are expanding to technology-based initiatives.

Maricar, as the Shared Service Manager, often works on the field with the women. She regularly visits the women in order to monitor their progress in the program. She shared that the most remote Hapinoy Negosyante they have is in Samar.

At the core of the Hapinoy program are lessons on the behaviours of effective negosyantes. Mark shared that the foundations of a good sari-sari store are when the owner exercises discipline in recording transactions and the inventory, proper assortment of products, and customer service. Senator Bam adds that location is also of importance, however if the sari-sari store is managed well, it will still prosper.

Mark and Maricar both agreed that a successful mindset is integral to the growth of a negosyante’s sari-sari store. “Yung values formation kelangan natin inculcate sa mga negosyante,” Mark said. These values include being disciplined in handling money, practicing honesty with customers, and being growth-oriented. Sen. Bam agreed saying “mas madali tulungan and gustong tulungin and sarili nila.”

Maricar, who is often with the women, shared that over the course of the program, she saw a radical change in the store owners. The women initially start of as shy and unwilling to share in front of their peers. “Sa bandang end, nagaagawan na sila para magshare,” Maricar said. She believes that this happens because the women are empowered by their newfound knowledge. She specifically remembers one nanay who said “gusto ko yung sharing namin kasi nakakatulong rin ako sa ibang mga negosyante.”

To learn more about Hapinoy and access the modules they have uploaded online, visit their facebook @Hapinoy and their website hapinoy,com. They also have the HapinoyTV on youtube—a free learning source for those who can’t afford to take part in the Hapinoy training program.

 

Big Brother Knows

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion talked in the ASEAN Youth Carnival last September 5, 2017.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion talked in the ASEAN Youth Carnival last September 5, 2017.

ASEAN was created on the basis of having a shared prosperity among its 10-member countries. Today, 50 years after its foundation, the ultimate goal of ASEAN is to continuously bring inclusivity to all its citizens. I know that in our country, and perhaps in our neighboring countries as well, it is still a challenge to make citizens feel the growth and success that governments or large corporations are claiming. It is in this reason that we in ASEAN Business Advisory Council staunchly pursue prosperity for all.

While our government tries to negotiate the right tariffs to be able to compete to other countries, one has to be reminded that in these negotiations, everybody has to win. Not just one, two, or three nations. The macro structure must be well prepared in order for businesses to expand.

I was honored to share the mission of ASEAN BAC to all sectors including the women, youth, and inclusive business stakeholders.

Last August 31, I shared to the women entrepreneurs who attended the ASEAN Women Business Conference the reason as to why we are pushing for the 3Ms which we think will help all entrepreneurs, men or women, scale up.

First of the 3Ms is Mentorship. This is the most powerful tool in helping entrepreneurs especially the marginalized micro and small entrepreneurs move up from survival to sustainability. This is the reason why we are launching the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network which will be the biggest mentoring network in ASEAN. To date, the Philippines has around 450 registered mentors going around provinces and municipalities helping train micro and small entrepreneurs. We want this to be ASEAN-wide so that we can also tap mentors from other countries who can guide us in areas like agriculture, technology, and logistics.

Next is Money which is needed by all start-ups. The challenge for them today is the collaterals asked by finance institutions. We are trying to address this issue with the government and hopefully we can all make financing easier for the entrepreneurship community.

Lastly, Market. Micro and small entrepreneurs are burdened as to how they can tap the medium and large corporations. But with platforms like e-commerce, micro and small entrepreneurs can reach a wider market. The success of Uber, Grab, and other platforms shows that technology will indeed change the game in the future.

We are proud that all these are being supported by women entrepreneurs. Indeed, women play a very important role for the betterment of their community.

I was also asked to have a dialogue with Rommel Gerodias, President of the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Network, during the ASEAN Youth Carnival. It was a hip and modern conference discussing empowerment of the youth sector. It was great to see hundreds of young enterprising individuals actively participated this event.

Somehow, I felt that I need to impart the wisdom that I have learned in the past years. The wisdom comes from the numerous mistakes we have done in life and the lessons we acquired during the process. I have briefly shared my story to them.

At 19, I started my first business. This is because my father is an advocate of creating business. He was mentored by my grandfather and then, he mentored me. The power of mentorship is really immense. It does not stop. And it starts on the day that one is born and how he is raised by his parents.

I told the young entrepreneurs: “Earning a degree in college does not assure you of success. 80% of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country are not the brightest in their class.” Some did not even finish their studies. But because of their enterprising attitude, they made it to the top. But I am not telling them that they should stop studying. Instead, I encourage them to maximize their creativity and innovativeness.

I usually ask my 10-year old daughter whenever I have to learn things about mobile applications. How did she learn this? Nobody taught her. It’s a gift many young people today possess. Youth today are not afraid to experiment things. That is why the most creative ideas today come from the young people. Amazon, Uber, Grab, are all outputs of young and creative minds.

I advised all of the young entrepreneurs, do not be scared to fail. We are all given one big chance in life and when you fail to take that chance, you would have missed that one big opportunity. If you are scared to make a mistake, you will never succeed for you have never tried.

Inclusive business models are also important. That is why we are encouraging all medium and large entrepreneurs to include micro and small entrepreneurs in their supply chain. During the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit, I shared that through inclusive business models, large corporations embrace inclusivity and creates a faster and greater magnitude for the smaller entrepreneurs. Large corporations are crucial in this models. Why? Because they will provide support, market and the mentorship. And again, mentorship is important for these micro and small entrepreneurs.

We are an ally of the government in pursuing prosperity for all. Our unification will enable an environment that will help entrepreneurs reach sustainability. Through these talks, like a big brother, I wish to impart our goal and encourage them to be part of the inclusive growth across the ASEAN region.

AGRIPRENEURSHIP AS THE GAMECHANGER TOWARDS PROSPERITY FOR ALL

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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An Overview on the ASEAN Agriculture Summit

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council, in partnership with the Philippine Department of Agriculture, will hold the ASEAN Agriculture Summit at the SMX Convention Center, Manila with the overarching theme of “Agripreneurship: The Gamechanger Towards Prosperity for All” on October 4, 2017. The event will be held in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture’s Agrilink: 24th International Agribusiness Exhibition and Seminars from October 5 to 7 at World Trade Center, Manila.

The ASEAN Agriculture Summit is an initiative of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council as its first step forward to bring together and mobilize key ecosystem stakeholders into crafting and actualizing an integrated framework for agripreneurship that is integral to achieving prosperity for all. The summit will focus on informing, inspiring and connecting ASEAN agri ecosystem stakeholders toward adopting and supporting the modernization and industrialization of agriculture thru agripreneurship as a sustainable strategy to alleviate poverty, accelerate growth, and promote rural development throughout the region.

Discussants, reactors policy makers in government, and enablers from the private sector will internalize their roles in this dynamic journey toward achieving prosperity for all by sharing their success stories and challenges as agro enterprises with ongoing business within ASEAN and beyond. And through the summit, they will help initiate the establishment of a regional experts group on agriculture focused on entrepreneurship.

The summit proper will be composed of engaging forums and presentations on the most pertinent subjects in agripreneurship. Speakers will include Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN-BAC Chair Mr. Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Executive Director of Center for Food and Agri (CFA) Business in the University of Asia and the Pacific and the Vice President of the Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food Dr. Rolando Dy, and Former Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and the President of Inang Lupa Foundation Dr. William Dar. Senator Cynthia Villar will also grace the event as an honorable guest.

The four forums will feature thoughtleaders on agripreneurship from the across the ASEAN and beyond. They will tackle the topics of Small Farm Holdings and Land Consolidation in Agri Enterprise Development, The Agri Value Chain and Value-Added Agri Extension Services, Enabling Environment for Inclusive Business, and Leveraging on Technology and Innovation.

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For more information on the ASEAN Agriculture Summit visit http://www.aseanagrisummit.com/, and to register, visit http://www.aseanagrisummit.com/registration.html.

“Pitch it ’til you Make It!”

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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On September 13, 2017 Go Negosyo Radio hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by the Executive Producer and Host of The Final Pitch John Aguilar and contestants Joshua Aragon (Pushkart PH) and Mark Jetro Cababan (Infusions) to talk about the country’s first business reality TV show for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

The Final Pitch is inspired by Emmy award-winning shows such as the Shark Tank and The Apprentice. It seeks to discover entrepreneurs by giving them access to world-class mentorship and the opportunity to be funded by the show’s four illustrious Investors—the multi-awarded Chairman and CEO of the Sterling Group of Companies, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong; self-made billionaire and Calata Corporation CEO, Joseph Calata; Co-founder of Potato Corner and now Venture Capitalist Jose “Jomag” Magsaysay; and lastly, 25-year old millennial CEO of the MFT Group of Companies, Mica Tan.

Aguilar shared that the range of contestants come from many countries, however, all have a Filipino partner. The diverse set of entrepreneurs seeking to find their footing in the world of business through winning a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be funded by the investors go through a series of challenges that aims to equip them with the necessary entrepreneurial skills and test their products against real world situations.

Infusions owner Jett shared that he learned a lot about being an entrepreneur and his product during the competition. “The process of pinpointing the problem and then the solution is important in ensuring your business has a market,” Jett said about one of his main takeaways from the show. This process was integral in Jett producing a better version of his product—ready-to-drink fruit-infused water. He initially began the business as a water refilling station. Due to the congestion of that market and high level of competition, Jett needed to pinpoint a specific problem for his product to address. He identified the gap in producing high-quality water and the demand for healthier fruit based drinks. Thus, he innovated the bottled water industry with the intent of  helping local farmers through Infusion’s all-natural beverages. Consequently, he was able to find his market through the ever-growing health conscious demographic in the Philippines.

Another contestant of the show, Pushkart PH’s Joshua Aragon, shared that for his business, it wasn’t difficult to pinpoint the problem and find a market. The integral area that needed to be addressed was on business’ operations and implementation. Pushkart PH is an online grocery shopping platform wherein users may purchase their groceries from a selection online and have it scheduled to be delivered after four hours of ordering from 11 am to 8 pm. Pushkart hopes to free up valuable time of Filipinos who now spend a lot of time going through traffic and long lines in order to do the simple task of grocery shopping. To disrupt the current grocery shopping practices, Pushkart is employing trained shoppers who are educated in the best practices in selecting all types of products in groceries. They have also effectively pitched their idea to several supermarkets and have acquired them as partners. Current payment plans are through credit card or coins.ph and a cash on delivery plan is being worked out. Their group also plans to launch a fresh produce selection soon.

Aguilar emphasized the developments in the products/services of the entrepreneurs learned from the program has helped the participants create sustainable and innovative businesses worth funding. The show also promises to be a gripping and fast-paced take on the world of start-ups and funding with contestants shown dealing with high-pressure situations and taking on various tasks. At the end, only the best-of-the-best receive the coveted prize of receiving funding to further expand their venture.

Tune in to the Final Pitch on the History Channel with premier airings on Saturdays at 7:00 pm and repeat airings on Sundays 8:30 pm and Mondays 7:35 pm.

 

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ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2017: “World Leaders’ Roadmap Towards Prosperity for All”

Friday, September 15th, 2017

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The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 (ABIS 2017) is set to be a three-day conference that presents the premiere annual business event of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council that brings attention to the business, investment opportunities, issues, and directions in the ASEAN today. It is organized to serve as a platform for conversations among regional and global stakeholders in the ASEAN Economic Community. These stakeholders are expected to be business leaders, public personalities, entrepreneurs, and entities considered as thought-leaders in their respective fields.

ABIS is the culminating event of the year that highlights the multichannel connectivity, infrastructure development, entrepreneurial empowerment, disruptive innovation, policy directions in trade, issues that affect businesses which the council and its partners have been collectively resolving, and other trendsetting topics that have been the decisive and priority concerns of the leaders today.

It aims to further the interest of achieving the goals of the ASEAN Economic Community 2025 by collective discussions and collaborative efforts.

An estimated 1,700 top level executives representing diverse sectors, distinguished thought leaders, champions and leaders from the government, business, academe and research entities from the region, entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurship mentors and enablers. ABIS expects the ASEAN, its partners, and the world.

The ABIS 2017 three-day conference is designed with movable forum blocks with keynote addresses delivered by State Leaders in between topics. Derivative activities such as plenary workshops, series of informal talks, question-and-answer sessions, facilitated conversations, round tables, and other activities are set to tie in with the summit official agenda.

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November 12– ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Launch at the Theater, Solaire
November 13 and 14– ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) Proper at the Solaire Grand Ballroom