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Former Factory-Worker Turned Billionaire Named Entrepreneur of the Year

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Natividad Cheng, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Uratex, was named the Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2017 by the SGV Foundation, Inc. and will go on to represent the country in the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco next year.

Ms. Cheng’s journey to becoming the prolific provider of quality yet affordable foam mattresses in the country spans five decades of determination and avid dedication to improvement. Considered today to be the most dominant in their market, Ms. Cheng started out as a hardworking factory worker who, along with her husband, shared the dream of rising out of poverty.

In photo (L-R): Cesar Emilio Virata, Natividad Cheng, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship & Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and Carlitos Cruz.

In photo (L-R): Cesar Emilio Virata, Natividad Cheng, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship & Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and Carlitos Cruz.

In the Go Negosyo 50 Entrepreneur’s of Passion, Ms. Cheng shared that in the early days, her and her husband had to sleep on the floor of their studio apartment. “We had to borrow money several times. I pawned jewelry given to me as wedding gifts to generate working capital. We could not borrow because we did not have any assets we can put up as collateral,” Cheng said.

Despite difficulties, the Chengs were able to turn their early business into a profitable one by practicing frugality. However, tragedy struck when a fire completely ravished their factory and supplies. The Chengs were able to bounce back from this mishap. They introduced a new type of foam with better quality in terms of comfort and durability.

The Chengs continued to improve on their products and systems by applying the best and newest techniques in production and constantly knowing the pulse of the market. This tradition of excellence has propelled Uratex to becoming a leading supplier worldwide of industrial foam, mattresses, food containers, textiles, monoblock furniture and automotive original equipment parts. They currently export to countries like Guam, Australia and Asia.

The key to staying on top of the game for Uratex is combining innovation with excellence. The company invests a lot on research and development and acquire the latest machineries in order to continue to produce the best quality products. The company also works on achieving the best certification for their products in order to get them to a bigger market. As of writing, Uratex is officially endorsed by the Philippine Orthopedic Association, certified by Cert-PUR, and owns the only complete certified foam testing lab in the Philippines.

Natividad “Naty” Cheng wishes to impart to other entrepreneurs, especially the young ones, to exercise the old time value of patience. In a world where everything is instant or automated, Naty wisely imparted that “technology changes, character remains. Buildings can burn down, money can be stolen; but character will help you rebuild and regenerate.”

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.

Businesses Reality TV Show ‘The Final Pitch’ Premieres July 29 on History

Saturday, July 29th, 2017
John Aguilar, Joseph Calata, Mica F. Tan, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Joe Magsaysay.

John Aguilar, Joseph Calata, Mica F. Tan, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Joe Magsaysay.

The long wait is over. For the first time on Philippine TV, viewers will see the coming together of the best and brightest entrepreneurs on a reality TV show that will link them to multi-millionaire and billionaire investors who are searching to own a piece of the next big business idea. All of them will go through a business boot camp and series of challenges for their chance to make the pitch of their lives in a once-in-a-lifetime funding round.

Entitled ‘The Final Pitch’, the reality TV show is loosely inspired by the Emmy Award-winning shows ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘The Apprentice,’ and will challenge entrepreneur contestants in the realities of scaling their existing businesses. The show is set to premiere on History Channel this July 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm.

“The Final Pitch is a result of my personal mission as well as a collective advocacy of a lot of business owners who would like to see SME entrepreneurs grow and succeed,” shares the creator and host of The Final Pitch, entrepreneur TV producer John Aguilar.

Aguilar has assembled a formidable lineup of investors that include the multi-awarded Chairman and CEO of the Sterling Group of Companies, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong; self-made billionaire and the youngest chairman of a publicly-listed company in the PSE, 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.

In addition to the potential funding from the investors, contestants will receive business coaching and networking opportunities from an esteemed lineup of mentors, who are composed of well-known business experts and inclusive business champions, namely Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion; former President of MicroVentures, Inc., Senator Bam Aquino; internationally renowned industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue and; the gurus of the Masters in Entrepreneurship program of the ACE Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Education, among others.

The Final Pitch contestants Khit Flores, Eunice Guerrero, Mitch Chilson, Jethro Cabanban, Bryan Reyes, Pat Zulueta, Joshua Aragon, Paul dela Fuente, PA Joey Concepcion, The Final Pitch co-executive producer Monica Aguilar, and The Final Pitch creator and host John Aguilar at the Prosperity for All Summit 2017.

The Final Pitch contestants Khit Flores, Eunice Guerrero, Mitch Chilson, Jethro Cabanban, Bryan Reyes, Pat Zulueta, Joshua Aragon, Paul dela Fuente, PA Joey Concepcion, The Final Pitch co-executive producer Monica Aguilar, and The Final Pitch creator and host John Aguilar at the Prosperity for All Summit 2017.

“We are excited to introduce our exciting lineup of entrepreneurs and businesses that have made it to the show.” shares Aguilar. Being an international search, the show has attracted contestants from around the globe, with entrepreneurs flying in from Silicon Valley and the United Arab Emirates, and from across the country with hopefuls representing the Visayas and Mindanao. Various industries were also represented, from fintech companies to food, services, and unique inventions.

Callout for Season 2

The show is already accepting applications for the show’s second season. To join The Final Pitch Season 2, applicants will be required to fill up and submit an online entry form to The Final Pitch via its official website TheFinalPitch.ph. Investors interested in becoming a part of the show or investing in the entrepreneurs behind the scenes may also get in touch with The Final Pitch through its website.

The Final Pitch premieres every Saturday at 7:10 pm with replays every Sunday at 8:30 am and Mondays 7:35 pm on History Channel. The show is supported by Canon, Toyota, GoNegosyo, StartUp Village, ACE Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Education, Alphaland City Club, Atelier A, Akira Alphaland Makati Place, and Burst.

‘The Final Pitch’ is produced by Streetpark Productions Inc., the company behind the longest-running real estate and construction TV show Philippine Realty TV. For more info and for partnership inquiries, visit TheFinalPitch.ph or call 0917-8136674.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Concepcion Establishes an Alliance Towards Prosperity

Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion established the Alliance Towards Prosperity For All with various business chambers in the country.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion established the Alliance Towards Prosperity For All with various business chambers in the country.

After the successful Prosperity for All Summit, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion started an alliance with the country’s business chambers to create programs in creating prosperity for the micro and small entrepreneurs.

The Alliance Towards Prosperity For All is a long-term private sector-led campaign at the national level to build a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary alliance of organizations and individuals to pursue prosperity for all among ASEAN nations.

Members of this alliance are expected to participate in all upcoming ASEAN activities and help in the continuous campaign for infrastructure. They will also be part of the technical working committee which will develop a national platform for MSME development.

Go Negosyo, founded by Concepcion, will be the leading organization for this alliance in the Philippines. Go Negosyo has been in the forefront of entrepreneurship development since 2005. For the past 12 years, Go Negosyo has created a strong network of entrepreneurs and organizations from all industries helping micro and small entrepreneurs level up.

Aside from Go Negosyo, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Management Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Financial Executives of the Philippines, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc., Philippine Franchising Association, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Bankers Association of the Philippines, and many more will join the alliance. 22 business chamber heads attended the initial meeting of the alliance and many pledged their support to this initiative.

Chairman Concepcion said, “Through this initiative, we are creating a sustained alliance to fight off poverty through empowering micro and small entrepreneurs.”

In addition, in order to create prosperity for all, the alliance aims to strengthen the 3Ms for micro and small entrepreneurs. 3Ms include Money, Market and Mentorship. Access to finance is one of the biggest problems of MSMEs. In order to sustain their businesses, microfinance institutions, grants and loans, and other government interventions must be accessible to them.

To help MSMEs scale up, they also need market linkages. Go Negosyo and several organizations promote inclusive business where large companies include micro and small entrepreneurs in their value chains. By linking MSMEs to corporations, they are given wider market access and a sustainable income.

Mentorship is widely implemented by Go Negosyo in partnership with Department of Trade and Industry through the nationwide-implemented Kapatid Mentor Me Program which is a weekly coaching and mentoring program for micro and small entrepreneurs.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council under the Philippines chairmanship also established the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) which will be a pool of entrepreneurs, mentors, and experts who will share their knowledge to micro entrepreneurs across the region. Members of the alliance will also be part of the AMEN program.

ASEAN BAC Chair Calls for ASEAN Brotherhood to Achieve Prosperity in the Region

Friday, May 5th, 2017
ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and current ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion led the hosting of the first Prosperity for All Summit. In his opening speech, Concepcion focused on relaying the essence and importance of creating prosperity for all.

After acknowledging the special attendees of the night such as Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Senators Miguel Zubiri and Bam Aquino, DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez amongst many others, Concepcion gave special recognition to his father Jose Concepcion Jr. as his personal mentor and inspiration.

Thus, setting the tone for the event, the speech of Concepcion had the core message of mentorship and its role as a key driver for inclusive growth. In a room full of the country’s, and even the region’s, most powerful businessmen and organizations, Concepcion heeded the group to action. He said that it was about time they consciously balance their needs with the needs of the micro, small, and medium enterprises.

The greatest form of mentorship is when big businesses begin to adopt inclusive business model. in a sense, they are mentoring small businesses by incorporating them into their value chains and helping them scale. Concepcion cited the examples of SM, Rustan’s and Robinsons as supermarkets who have been directly sourcing goods from farmers.

Lastly, Concepcion presented the ASEAN-BAC’s adoption of mentorship as its main deliverable of the year. They will launch the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network this year, and this will hopefully be the start of an ASEAN-wide network of skills and knowledge sharing.

Be a partner for change and become a mentor for entrepreneurship in ASEAN! Visit www.aseanmentors.org and fill out the application form online.

Go Negosyo and Department of Agriculture Form the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Go Negosyo and Department of Agriculture sealed their partnership for the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP). In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Go Negosyo Adviser on Agripreneurship, Dr. William Dar, Go Negosyo Adviser, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, DA Undersecretary for Marketing, and Luz Tapusok, Director of Agricultural Training Institute.

Go Negosyo and Department of Agriculture sealed their partnership for the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP). In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Go Negosyo Adviser on Agripreneurship, Dr. William Dar, Go Negosyo Adviser, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, DA Undersecretary for Marketing, and Luz Tapusok, Director of Agricultural Training Institute.

April 3, 2017–The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Signing between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Go Negosyo at the Casa Roces, Malacañan, Manila City officiates the partnership between the two institutions in launching the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP).

Last 2016, Go Negosyo in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, rolled-out the Kapatid Mentor ME Program (KMME) which helps micro and small business scale up thru weekly coaching sessions done by their mentors. Mentors are business owners or practitioners across different functional areas of entrepreneurship. The sessions are held in DTI’s Negosyo Centers across the country and are stretched over the course of 12 weeks.

KAMMP in this regard, wishes to take the same proven and enabling formula as the KMME and apply it to the context of Agripreneurs. The DA is mandated to promote agricultural development by providing the policy framework, public investments, and support services needed for domestic and export-oriented business enterprises. Thus, KAMMP was developed with Go Negosyo as a coaching program for Agriculture as a complement to the DA’s initiatives to help sustain and scale up Agri-business in the country.

The program’s modules will be taught by Agri-business Industry practitioners with an extensive knowledge in their field. The objectives of the program are to equip Agri-preneurs with the proper production techniques, mindset and values, practical knowledge and strategies, and consultation services to foster successful and sustainable agri-enterprises. Mentees for the program will be selected from farmers groups by the respective Regional Directors of the DA.

Go Negosyo is represented by its Founder, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, together with Merly Cruz, Adviser for MSME Development, and Ginggay Hontiveros, Adviser for Agripreneurship. Also present were Go Negosyo Agri Mentors led by Dr. William Dar, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Toto Barcelona, Pamela Chan, Flor Tarriela, Mike Caballes, Cherrie Atilano, Vix Madlangbayan, Sandy Montano, Babie Atanacio, Mat Maderazo and Bobby Amores.  The Department of Agriculture is represented by Secretary Manny Pinol, together with Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan of Operations and Undersecretary Berna Romulo Puyat of Marketing. Also present to witness the signing is the Director for ATI Ms. Luz Tapusok and members of the ATI,

AFID and AMAS teams. ATI is integral to the implementation of the KAMMP program in all regions of the country.

The MOU Singning was followed with a discussion by the two parties for several initiatives of agri development in the countryside, as well as the proposed ASEAN Agri Summit slated for October 2017.

DTI Pushes for Inclusive, Innovation-led Growth in ASEAN

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

by Secretary Ramon Lopez

The Philippines, as one of the founding members of ASEAN, takes pride in hosting this year’s regional meet, which has the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.” Given that the organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we are also fortunate that we’ve been provided with an opportunity to strategically champion our advocacies within the region.

On top of our agenda is steering the ASEAN to full economic integration through greater trade and investment among our fellow ASEAN Member States.

Despite concerns that our country would lose in terms of trade or employment opportunities because of the ASEAN integration, the Philippines is actually well positioned to take advantage of it. Among our country’s many strengths, we have our robust economic performance, improving competitiveness, and a huge supply of English-speaking workforce.

The integration will likewise provide an opportunity for Philippine industries and services to become a major player in the ASEAN region, even as it offers a bigger market for Philippine businesses.

Through our chairship, we also wish to reach the conclusion for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that will link the ASEAN–an economic powerhouse with a market of 600 million people–to its six Dialogue Partners. This would create an even bigger market of 3.5 billion people.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte officially opens the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte officially opens the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program.

What does this all mean for the average Filipino? For consumers, this means more variety of goods and services at cheaper prices. For producers, this means cheaper prices of imports–which translates to more competitive prices for their products. For investors, this means having a single production base, even with the ASEAN’s diversity with regard to capital, expertise, labor, and resources.

Of course, we cannot forget our micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs), who are at the front and center of our current trade agenda. For them, integration means Philippine products and services having easier access to the larger markets of the ASEAN and RCEP, while also heightening their competitiveness.

Yours truly will serve as the chair of the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting even as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) chairs the ASEAN Committee on Business and Investment Promotion (CBIP). The latter committee will engage the international business community, the government, and other parties, as well as organize business and investment-related activities.

Last January 24, DTI officially unveiled business programs and events that will complement the Philippines’ priorities under the AEC pillar. These are regulatory coherence; micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs); innovation; and women and youth.

Among the thematic priorities developed by the Philippines for its ASEAN 2017 hosting, DTI’s priority agenda of “inclusive, innovation-led growth” is poised to champion the MSME mandate in the ASEAN through the following strategic measures: (1) increasing trade and investment; (2) integrating MSMEs in the digital economy; and (3) developing an innovation-driven economy.

In these endeavors, all of you, our partners, can help the government promote the Philippine hosting of ASEAN, as well as the ASEAN identity, to the greater number of Filipinos.

Mentor Me to Launch in 16 Regions this 2017

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Menter Me Program helps micro and small business scale up thru weekly coaching sessions done by their mentors.

Menter Me Program helps micro and small business scale up thru weekly coaching sessions done by their mentors.

March 8, 2017– Today marks the launch of the Kapatid Mentor ME (Micro Entrepreneur) Program or KMME for 2017. Last year, the program gained wide success and acclaim with the program rolling-out in 11 regions with over 200 business owners benefiting from the comprehensive program on entrepreneurship.

KMME began its roll-out on August 2016, as one the of three pillars of the Kapatid program. Go Negosyo, in collaboration with the DTI, launched this program as an initiative to bolster sustainable inclusive growth across enterprises of all sizes. The program consists of 1) the Mentor ME Program 2) Adopt-an-SSF (Shared Service Facility) and, 3) Inclusive Business.

Menter Me Program helps micro and small business scale up thru weekly coaching sessions done by their mentors. Mentors are business owners or practitioners across different functional areas of entrepreneurship. The sessions are held in DTI’s Negosyo Centers across the country and are stretched over the course of 12 weeks.

This year, the program will tackle 10 modules on topics such as — but not limited to —Marketing, the Entrepreneurial Mindset and Values Formation, Product Development and Innovation, Human Resource and Organization Management, Operations Management, Taxation and even Business Law.

“The Mentor Me Program feels like “modern bayanihan,” where entrepreneurs go hand-in-hand to help each other. It greatly helped a young & enthusiastic entrepreneur like me, acting not only as a guide but also as a way for me to be connected with people who have been in the business world for years,” says Sofia Tricia Zosa, business owner of Sofia’a Home Baked Goodies and 2016 mentee from DTI Davao, Region 11.

KMME will begin its roll-out this March in Mindanao and will spread out to other regions across Luzon and Visayas and Mindanao in the following months. The complete schedule for the months of March and April are listed below:
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DTI Supports Women in Tech Meet in Manila

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN) will bring together women from ASEAN member states for a conference focused on Technology and Innovation. Photo courtesy of DTI Facebook page.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN) will bring together women from ASEAN member states for a conference focused on Technology and Innovation. Photo courtesy of DTI Facebook page.

In line with the celebrations for the International Women’s Month in March, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN) will bring together women from ASEAN member states for a conference focused on Technology and Innovation.  The Steering Committee is composed of representatives from the DTI, Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WomenBizPH) in coordination with the ASEAN National Organizing Council (NOC).

As part of the ASEAN Business and Investment Program led by DTI, the event tagged as S.T.E.A.M. Ahead in ASEAN: A Forum for Women and Technology will be held on 16-17 March at the Microtel by Wyndham at the Mall of Asia in Manila. Delegates and speakers from the various ASEAN countries with representatives from Google and UPS are expected to be at the two-day event to give women more ideas about opportunities in careers centered on Technology and Innovation.

Studies have proven that women who pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) are highly likely to earn 30% more income than in non-STEAM careers.

DTI, as a prime advocate of advancement of tech-driven businesses in the country, leads the conference as part of its SLINGSHOT program that aims to help the growth and development of the startup community in the Philippines.

ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN) is a working group in ASEAN composed of women entrepreneurs and associations working to promote women’s economic empowerment in the region. The Philippines currently chairs AWEN which has a network of almost a hundred organizations in the 10 ASEAN member states.

USAID-ACTI, the co-sponsor of the Conference, supports AWEN’s policy advocacy plans to empower women through business and enterprise and to improve access to finance and markets. It also organized the network of women in 2014 and sees through its projects for sustainable action plans for regional integration through technology.

AWEN was first chaired by Vietnam until May 2016 when the leadership was turned over to the Philippines for the period 2016-2018. It also happens to be the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and Philippines as the host country. ASEAN-BAC headed by Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion,  supports AWEN in all its activities in line with its private sector engagement.

Interested parties wanting to attend the two-day conference may log on to www.womenbiz.ph or www.dti.gov.ph.

A Celebration for Women as Catalysts for Change

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

On March 30, 2017, at the prestigious Malacañan Palace, an event will be solely dedicated to the recognition of women across the Philippines and their capacity to be catalyst for change and progress during the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards 2017. This event is aligned with the first national celebration of Women’s Month, held every March as part of the worldwide observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration. For the celebration, the new leadership will focus on these key foundations: partnership for change and full implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710), captured through the theme: “WE Make Change Work for Women.”

Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2016 Awardees – First row: Teresita Valdez, Girlie Lorenzo, Lydia Malot, Judith Versoza, Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz. Second Row: Cristina Liamzon, Adelfa Borro, Amina Alunan, Delby Bragais, Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee, Rossana Llenado, Evelyn Lao-Yap, Rowie Matti, Yoling Sevilla, Sherill Quintana and Abba Napa.

Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2016 Awardees – First row: Teresita Valdez, Girlie Lorenzo, Lydia Malot, Judith Versoza, Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz. Second Row: Cristina Liamzon, Adelfa Borro, Amina Alunan, Delby Bragais, Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee, Rossana Llenado, Evelyn Lao-Yap, Rowie Matti, Yoling Sevilla, Sherill Quintana and Abba Napa.

The Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards will highlight the strength and perseverance of women entrepreneurs in the ever developing landscape of entrepreneurship in our country. The awarding ceremony will celebrate the women who have greatly contributed and excelled in various ways in their respective fields. This new laudable batch of awardees are selected from an impressive pool of nominees and classified into seven categories: Youth, Inclusive Business, Women MSME Development Enabler, Micro, Small-Medium, Large, and Legacy.

“Women have been playing an active role, not just in their families, but also in their respective communities. We see more and more inspiring women who are empowered and passionate in their own respective fields and they deserve to be recognized. From conquering different industries such as food, fashion, health and wellness, to even male-dominated businesses such as construction and development. Women have truly proven themselves as catalysts for change and innovation,” Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion said.

As the Founder of Go Negosyo and the Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, Joey Concepcion has been at the forefront of honoring women entrepreneurs since the organization’s early years. In fact, Go Negosyo has already awarded over 200 outstanding women entrepreneurs for serving as inspirations in their respective fields. Among these women are Lifetime Achievement awardees Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore) and Esther Vibal (Vibal Publishing) and the Mother of All Mother Entrepreneurs awardee Helena Benitez (Philippine Women University).

In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte directed “all agencies, oversight bodies and local government units down to the barangay level to fully implement the Magna Carta of Women.” This is to ensure that man and woman will be partners in the pursuit of the country’s economic, social, cultural and political developments. This pursuit of development under the new administration is also anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change.

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