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Entrepreneurs Must Innovate!

Monday, July 18th, 2016

As an entrepreneur, I know how important it is to consistently innovate. Over the years, I have seen brands perish, businessmen fail, and companies close because of their failure to innovate. That is why it is important for us entrepreneurs to always think of ways to improve and develop their products and services.

As part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW), ‪‎Go Negosyo, together with the U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines organized the Cebu run of the Mentor Me Innovation Forum (MMIF) last Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the University of San Carlos.

This forum gathered innovators and enablers who have shared their inspiring and successful stories of innovation, expertise and advices on how to incorporate innovation in products, services, operation processes and business models.

More than 1000 young and aspiring entrepreneurs, students, academe members, start-up entrepreneurs and micro and small entrepreneurs joined us as we shared the importance of innovating.

The Mentor Me: Innovation Forum in Cebu was attended by Sen. Bam Aquino, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Kenneth Cobonpue, and Paul Rivera of Kalibrr. Innovators from different fields such as Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Julita Urbina of Laguna Garden Café, and Peter Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport imparted encouraging words to the audience as they share their stories of success and challenges conquered.

Jocot De Dios, CEO of GE Philippines also shared the GE story and the culture of innovation in their company. Innovation enablers such as Tina Amper of Techtalks.ph, Nonoy Espeleta of FAMCOR Franchise Management and Development Corporation, Program Director Elena Arbon of DTI Cebu, Joselito Limjap, of PLDT Innolab, Jeffrey Montecillos of CebuinIT, and Miriam Bacalso of DTI GIZ PH discussed simple business ideas can turn into successful business models. Carlo Calimon of MobKard shared how one can overcome innovation barriers.

Young entrepreneur-innovators such as Albert Padin of Sym.ph, Joy Anya Lim of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, Nini Jose Tiongko of San Jose Corporation, Jan Slater Young of Litecrete Corporation, Jan Rodriguez of Irie and Ilaputi, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Gabino Abejo of Abejo Builders Corporation, and Vikki and Paula Rodriguez of Detalia Aurora and Co-creative Studios also joined the program.

Hon. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez gave an inspiring message during his opening remarks. He shared, “Every growing company must start to think of innovation with a heart.”

Hon. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez gave an inspiring message during his opening remarks. He shared, “Every growing company must start to think of innovation with a heart.”

Senator Bam Aquino delivered the keynote message. He emphasized the 3Ms that MSMEs need: ”Money, Market and Mentorship”.

Senator Bam Aquino delivered the keynote message. He emphasized the 3Ms that MSMEs need: ”Money, Market and Mentorship”.

More than 1000 participants joined the Mentor Me Innovation Forum held at the University of San Carlos – South Campus.

More than 1000 participants joined the Mentor Me Innovation Forum held at the University of San Carlos – South Campus.

Paul Rivera, CEO of Kalibrr advised the attendees to innovate by doing it better than anyone else and that hard work manufactures opportunities to be lucky.

Paul Rivera, CEO of Kalibrr advised the attendees to innovate by doing it better than anyone else and that hard work manufactures opportunities to be lucky.

Renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue advised to find inspirations from the things around you.

Renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue advised to find inspirations from the things around you.

 Innovators’ forum featured key speakers Pete Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Julita Urbina of Laguna Group of Companies, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation and Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group who shared their expertise in innovating business solutions.

Innovators’ forum featured key speakers Pete Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Julita Urbina of Laguna Group of Companies, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation and Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group who shared their expertise in innovating business solutions.

“Dream big because you can accomplish big vision.” Carlo Calimon, MobKard CEO and Go Negosyo angelpreneur talks about ways of overcoming innovation barriers.

“Dream big because you can accomplish big vision.” Carlo Calimon, MobKard CEO and Go Negosyo angelpreneur talks about ways of overcoming innovation barriers.

“It all starts with a change in mindset. Start now!” Jay Aldeguer, President and CEO of The Islands Group and one of the trustees of Go Negosyo.

“It all starts with a change in mindset. Start now!” Jay Aldeguer, President and CEO of The Islands Group and one of the trustees of Go Negosyo.

Jocot de Dios, CEO of GE Philippines talks about GE’s culture of innovation and shared that GE’s greatest asset is their people.

Jocot de Dios, CEO of GE Philippines talks about GE’s culture of innovation and shared that GE’s greatest asset is their people.

   In the Innovation Enablers forum, we were joined by JP Deloso of A Space, Nelia Navarro ARD for DTI Central Visayas, Miriam Bacalso of ProGED Region 7, Joey Limjap of PLDT Innolab, Nonoy Espeleta of FAMCOR and Tina Amper of TechTalks.ph. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo advocate RJ Ledesma.

In the Innovation Enablers forum, we were joined by JP Deloso of A Space, Nelia Navarro ARD for DTI Central Visayas, Miriam Bacalso of ProGED Region 7, Joey Limjap of PLDT Innolab, Nonoy Espeleta of FAMCOR and Tina Amper of TechTalks.ph. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo advocate RJ Ledesma.

 Young Innovators forum featured Albert Padin of Sym.ph, Joy Anya Lim of Anthill, Jojo of San Jose Bakeshop, Slater Young of Litecrete Corporation, Jan Rodriguez of Ilaputi and Irie, and E3 Creative Solutions and Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Gabino Abejo Jr. of Abejo Waters Corporation and Paula and Vikki Rodriguez of Detalia Aurora / Co-Creative Studios.

Young Innovators forum featured Albert Padin of Sym.ph, Joy Anya Lim of Anthill, Jojo of San Jose Bakeshop, Slater Young of Litecrete Corporation, Jan Rodriguez of Ilaputi and Irie, and E3 Creative Solutions and Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Gabino Abejo Jr. of Abejo Waters Corporation and Paula and Vikki Rodriguez of Detalia Aurora / Co-Creative Studios.

 

Now is the Time for MSMEs

Monday, June 20th, 2016

For the past 11 years, I have always believed that Filipinos were never destined for poverty.

Prosperity can be attained by those who want it most and that success can be achieved with grit and passion. After Go Negosyo reaching a momentous one decade of successfully igniting an entrepreneurial revolution, we wish to level up the advocacy. It started with a wish and a prayer that with next administration of President Duterte, he can appoint someone who is ready to fight for the micro and small negosyantes. The big and established businesses can take care of themselves but as I have said, we need a trade secretary who will share the same vision of Go Negosyo that prosperity is for all and not for the selected few.

With Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez as the next Department of Trade and Industry Secretary, I can say that this is the beginning for MSMEs. Together with the entire entrepreneurship community, especially those who have been blessed with more, it is now a time to give back and help those small and aspiring entrepreneurs who need help most. We can expect a DTI for MSMEs!

Let me share with you the thoughts of some Go Negosyo entrepreneurs and partners:

In the photo: Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Sonny Angara, Former DILG Secretary Raffy Alunan, Doris Ho, Lance Gokongwei, Atty. Felipe Gozon, Dr. Rolando Hortaleza, George Barcelon, Bill Luz.

In the photo: Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Sonny Angara, Former DILG Secretary Raffy Alunan, Doris Ho, Lance Gokongwei, Atty. Felipe Gozon, Dr. Rolando Hortaleza, George Barcelon, Bill Luz.

1. Vice President Leni Robredo:
With his vast experience in business and promotion of entrepreneurship in the country through Go Negosyo, I believe Mon Lopez has what it takes to be a successful Trade secretary. Behind Joey Concepcion and Lopez’s stewardship, the Go Negosyo has been at the forefront of helping small business endeavors in the country flourish.

As I share the vision of business development as one of the weapons in combating poverty, there is no doubt that Lopez can steer DTI to greater heights and help continue sustain the momentum of the country’s economic growth in the next six years for our Filipino people.

2. Sen. Cynthia Villar:
Congratulations to Ramon Lopez on his appointment as Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) by President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte. With him at the helm of DTI, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) will be assured of more support. We have a similar advocacy in helping MSMEs and in promoting entrepreneurship, particularly among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Go Negosyo, where he is executive director, is the partner of Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG) in our yearly OFW and Family Summit. I wish him all the best in his new endeavor.

3. Sen. Sonny Angara:
Mon’s appointment is very encouraging for our entrepreneurs and small businesses having championed their cause for many years as director of Go Negosyo. Mon understands the various challenges and obstacles facing entrepreneurs and can help build a favorable ecosystem for them where there is mentoring, access to finance and assistance, and links to markets for their products.

We hope he can help our creative people and help foster greater innovation in the economy. We are also hopeful that he can attract industries to invest and create jobs which our countrymen sorely need. We wish him the best and will be supportive of the department’s programs.

4. Former DILG Secretary Raffy Alunan:
SMEs are the backbone of the micro-economy and the best vehicles for wealth creation, poverty reduction, inclusive growth and broad development in agriculture, aquaculture, manufacturing and services. What’s needed is an enabling environment to convert SMEs into a giant nation-building enterprise -capacity building, modern business tool kits such as info systems, modern technology, foreign partnerships, cheap medium-long term financing, insurance, tax incentives, etc. Demand crime and corruption reduction in real terms at the national and local levels to restore trust and confidence. This is all about nation-building for all Filipinos. Unity, solidarity and teamwork across the board and down the line is crucial. Upgrade long-range plans perhaps in 30 years where first 6 years lay new bricks and firm up existing foundations for expansion. Manufacture finished products to replace imports and for world markets where we have unique advantages for starters. Support agro & eco-tourism/build quality boats / small ships for commerce and leisure primarily for our archipelagic use. My advice is to be a driving force, evade intrigue, stay healthy, keep President Duterte regularly informed; work closely with banking industry, OP, DA, DOTC, DPWH, DOT, DOF, DILG, and DOJ. We are counting on him to change our socioeconomic profile.

5. Doris Ho:
I have had the great privilege to work with Secretary Lopez throughout the 2015 APEC Philippine hosting year. Our theme was “inclusive growth” with a goal to bring more MSME into global trade as a key economic growth driver for economies. We are so happy that President Duterte has appointed him as Secretary of Trade and Investment because he has a unique perspective of the different opportunities and challenges faced by both big and smaller business and entrepreneurs. I believe that Secretary Lopez will bring substance to our country’s economic and business positioning – identifying our unique selling proposition to be a focused globally competitive economy.  With his heart clearly committed to inclusive business models, especially from his work with Joey Concepcion in Go Negosyo, we have no doubt that our dreams to bring more MSMES including women and people with disabilities into trade through e-commerce, or to be part of global supply chains, or creators and innovators, will be a priority to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs.  I wish Secretary Lopez all the best and offer all our support to him and to the President Duterte Administration.

6. Lance Gokongwei:
Mon Lopez appointment as DTI sec was well received by the entire business community. For many years, together with Joey Concepcion and the Go Negosyo team, he has championed entrepreneurship in the country as a noble vocation. It’s appropriate because small and medium business is really the key driver of job creation and growth in any country. My suggestion would be to make it easier for businesses to comply with all the myriad permits and reports that businessmen have to submit, and increase cost and complexity particularly for start ups and small entrepreneurs.

7. Atty. Felipe Gozon:
Having seen Mon Lopez perform, and achieve desired results over the years as Executive Director of Go Negosyo, not to mention his agreeable and approachable personality, I have no doubt that his appointment as DTI secretary will augur well for the country and our economy.  He has the essential qualities, i.e., integrity, genuine desire to serve the public, competence, patience, etc., that are needed to be a good public servant. Needless to say, as DTI secretary, Mon Lopez can be expected to promote our industries and with more vigor and resources the development, increase and success of MSMEs.

8. Dr. Rolando Hortaleza:
The depth of Secretary Lopez’ knowledge and experience in the business sector particularly for SMEs, will definitely facilitate the efforts of President-elect DUTERTE’s administration to grow our economy. I am pretty sure that in his capacity as Executive Director of Go Negosyo from the time it started, he interacted and engaged the issues faced by SMEs and accordingly as Secretary of Trade, he can definitely help in promoting entrepreneurship.

9. George Barcelon:
Sec. Ramon Lopez appointment as head of DTI is a big plus to the economic team of President Rody. His wide ranging business experience & strong MSMEs advocacy are timely to the new administration’s focus on inclusive growth. He can count on the support & collaboration of the business sector.

10. Bill Luz:
He’s a good choice because he knows the problems and challenges that MSMEs face. The best way to help MSMEs is to get them involved in supply chains or value chains. It will help them find customers, build value, and build quality. I would also focus more attention on Manufacturing. One more item; I would somehow look at how our Trade Attache service is operated so it works more like Hongkong’s or Singapore’s – both very diff models but very effective.

In the photo: Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, Guilly Luchangco, Former DTI Undersecretary Ernie Ordonez, Romy Bernardo, Corazon Dayro-Ong, Rosalind Wee, Jose Magsaysay Jr., Johnlu Koa, Danny Fausto, Henry Lim Bon Liong.

In the photo: Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, Guilly Luchangco, Former DTI Undersecretary Ernie Ordonez, Romy Bernardo, Corazon Dayro-Ong, Rosalind Wee, Jose Magsaysay Jr., Johnlu Koa, Danny Fausto, Henry Lim Bon Liong.

11. Sen. Kiko Pangilinan:
We welcome his appointment. The bulk of trade and business in the country come from the SME sector. That’s where the battle to alleviate poverty lies and Mon has the experience and track record to deliver in this regard. He should ensure agri-business and agri-enterprise development is one major priority for him. It is the way to defeat poverty in the rural areas.

12. Guilly Luchangco:
This appointment shows the President-elect’s determination to promote MSME.

13. Former DTI Undersecretary Ernie Ordonez:
Ramon Lopez has proven himself as a very competent manager. Even in his early years when he worked in our group at DTI, he was outstanding in his thoroughness and hard work, traits he brought with him in his subsequent well appreciated work. More importantly, he cares for the less privileged and does all he can to help them through SMEs. In Ramon, we have competence with a heart.

14. Romy Bernardo:
Secretary Mon’s appointment is a clear boon to the MSME sector, trade and industry and the country.  Alas a loss to RFM. (though gives us the bragging rights of being only corporation to have had two senior officers become DTI secretary. He brings to the job rich experience dating back to his days in NEDA and DTI as Director and Asec. And corporate experience cum advocacy in RFM and Go Negosyo. Doubtless, all this rich work background, his strong economics training in the U.S. as a scholar, will serve him well in injecting vigor and strategic thinking in nurturing robust manufacturing, agribusiness, services. And in the protection of consumer welfare and promoting our international trade interests. Not the least in nurturing entrepreneurship and MSME’s– his key advocacy with Joey.

15. Corazon Dayro-Ong:
In my opinion, he is most qualified for the job because of his long experience and success advocating entrepreneurship. I believe he can further help MSME’s using the government’s resources and his good relations not just with SME’s but with big enterprises and the financial sector, which can help provide funding for them. Some areas of trade which he can help improve are (1) anti-monopoly/fair competition; (2) more liberal foreign ownership of businesses; and (3) streamline business application processes and overall more business-friendly policies by the government.

16. Rosalind Wee:
I believe Mon Lopez is the right choice as Secretary of DTI. I’ve seen him worked for the success of Go Negosyo. Incoming Secretary knows SME from head to foot. I suggest he widens this endeavor with his position as DTI head to everywhere in our country. Give more access to people who want to go into business.

17. Jose Magsaysay Jr.:
He is perfect for the DTI position. He is in a position with strength to help entrepreneurs as he knows MSME’s very well coming from being the Executive Director of Go Negosyo. He is known by anyone who are and wishes to be an entrepreneur.  Go Negosyo is a training ground for future leaders who wish to help big and small businesses.

18. Johnlu Koa:
Secretary Mon Lopez can bring into DTI not only knowledge and competence but also a culture of professionalism and humility. He is always quick to think, quick to respond and quick to help. His service mentality and judiciousness can pave the way for the new administration to implement change in a manner that will be acceptable to the business community and the public at large.

19. Danny Fausto:
The appointment of Mon is great. Following are issues that must be solved: (a) tax incentives for SMEs. Sales of SMEs are subjected to tax & income taxes with no input expense from raw materials suppliers thus penalizing integrators & SMEs if they help farmers; (b) Start-up SMEs cannot borrow from banks since 3year track record is required by BSP before a bank can lend thus SMEs end up borrowing from micro finance companies & informal lenders with very high interest rates; (c) spoiled items like vegetables, milk & other perishable goods are not allowed by BIR to be charged as expense until BIR examiners have certified them. BIR cannot physically examine them regularly because of lack of personnel & distance of source of perishable goods; and (d) truth in labeling of milk products. Milk products are being sold in the market labelled as FRESH MILK while the multinational companies that produced them do not have cows in the Philippines. How can they be fresh?

20. Henry Lim Bon Liong:
Mon is the best man to head DTI, his passion over the past years in Go Negosyo promoting entrepreneurship have bore fruits as we are suddenly seeing a large number of emergent young entrepreneurs now. I’m sure the DTI under his tutorship will give MSME a big push. My best wishes for Mon.

In the photo: Josiah Go, Cecilio Pedro, Dr. Abraham Pascual, Samie Lim, William Belo, Felix Ang, Jay Aldeguer, Joy Abaquin, Jacquelline Alleje, Esther Vibal.

In the photo: Josiah Go, Cecilio Pedro, Dr. Abraham Pascual, Samie Lim, William Belo, Felix Ang, Jay Aldeguer, Joy Abaquin, Jacquelline Alleje, Esther Vibal.

21. Josiah Go:
Mon Lopez is a great choice. He knows what businessmen need, how to encourage people to be entrepreneurs, and he is action oriented. Most of all, Mon is a good human being.

22. Cecilio Pedro:
One stop shop for registration of business permits to include all permits for local government.  Too many regulators and red tape that hinders investment for SME’s.

23. Dr. Abraham Pascual:
I do not have much exposure to Sec. Lopez except during Go Negosyo events. He has a very pleasant personality and a doer. His credentials are excellent and appropriate of the job at hand. I believe that he will do a great job as Secretary of the DTI.

24. Samie Lim:
President elect Duterte, has again demonstrated his uncanny insights in tackling an issue. He has picked the perfect man for the job. Everyone talks about the fact that more than 99% of the businesses are MSME, and that the fact that our economic growth has not trickled down efficiently. The simple truth is that Philippines’ economy is run by the 1% business elite, with little real understanding of small businessmen. We have finally found a seasoned top executive that had years of successfully dealing with the top 1000 corporation, the international investors and at the same time ‘feel at home’ working with a business start-up. His ability to get these two groups to work together for our country’s economic growth, will bring us to new heights, we have never experienced. My unsolicited suggestion: set an ambitious goal with the economic managers, plan form a 7, 8, 9, & 10% growths in the next 6 years, rally and work closely with the private sector so our children will have the benefit of finally living in a “first world” country, the Philippines.

25. William Belo:
Mon definitely is the perfect choice for the DTI secretary, with his hands on experienced with Go Negosyo. He knows by heart the needs of an entrepreneur and a business concern. He is definitely a plus for the MSME, he should encourage more big businesses to do more to help the MSME. Small businesses create a lot of employments and help spread the wealth to a bigger population base. He should also make DTI more responsive to the needs of the business, make sure that the 3-days response time our incoming President commits can be followed. Bureaucratic red tape wasted a lot of man hour and lost business opportunities.

26. Felix Ang:
I am personally very happy for Mon Lopez with his appointment as DTI Secretary.   His dedication and hard work with Go Negosyo has paved the way for this very important role in government. Clearly, he will be an advocate in driving support for MSMEs in such greater capacity and influence. We all would like to see small entrepreneurs achieve growth in their business activities thereby generating more jobs for the Filipino people.  With his experience, qualifications and expertise, I am sure Mon will help realize “inclusive growth” for the Filipinos (through his Department) as amongst his priorities. I wish him all the very best!

27. Jay Aldeguer:
Just like the rest of the business community, I feel reassured that DTI will be under the leadership of Mon Lopez. Having worked closely with him from the beginning of Go Negosyo, it is very apparent that Mr. Lopez understands very clearly the plight of the SMEs, a sector we all know serves as the engine of growth for our country. His exposure and clear understanding of entrepreneurs, both big and small, will allow him to chart programs that will empower and propel the SMEs for steady growth.

28. Joy Abaquin:
As an educator and advocate for youth entrepreneurship for the past 16 years, I am very hopeful that the appointment of Ramon Lopez as DTI Secretary will help revitalize and make relevant government programs to benefit a wider spectrum of businesses to include MSMEs. He has worked tirelessly in a very hands-on manner, to make the vision of an entrepreneurial nation a reality. Mon’s inclusive leadership has cultivated partnerships among fellow entrepreneurship advocates in different sectors. I hope that Mon will help focus on ease of business & create programs that encourage and support both women and youth micro entrepreneurs. As an owner of an educational institution I cannot underscore enough the need for strengthening skills that will enable small entrepreneurs to be successful in growing their business. The Filipino entrepreneur is very talented & I am hopeful that with Mon at the helm, he can help provide government support for Filipino ingenuity to shine in the global market.

29. Jacquelline Alleje:
[My suggestions] One stop shop for business registration for SMEs, tax breaks for the first 2 years for SMEs; increases online access to consumer information and complaints; better market match, packaging centers for SMEs, access to retail spaces for SMEs and primary agricultural producers (supermarkets have prohibitive terms and conditions), close monitoring of compliance with organic standards and certification, and assistance to market for organic certified producers and products.

30. Esther Vibal:
We congratulate Ramon Lopez on his appointment as Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry under the Duterte administration. Having personally worked with Mr. Lopez on many of his programs and initiatives during his watch as Executive Director of Go Negosyo, I do know for a fact that Mr. Lopez’ immense knowledge of the business sector and excellent managerial skills will have a positive impact on us all. We expect great developments on the business front under Secretary Ramon Lopez.

In the photo: Justin Uy, Fred  Reyes, Yati Abdullah, Jimmy Ayala, Joey Qua, Mitch Locsin, Myrna Yao, Gov. Amando Teteangco, Jr., Jose E.B. Antonio, Sen. Bam Aquino.

In the photo: Justin Uy, Fred Reyes, Yati Abdullah, Jimmy Ayala, Joey Qua, Mitch Locsin, Myrna Yao, Gov. Amando Teteangco, Jr., Jose E.B. Antonio, Sen. Bam Aquino.

31. Justin Uy:
Congrats to Ramon Lopez. He will be a good DTI Secretary. The best he can help the MSME group is to make documentation specially with the FDA easier. Sec. Lopez can create a task force to discuss with BFAD and fasten the issuance of Product Registration, Certificate of Free Sale and LTO. FDA is so slow such that it will take months to ask for this items, wherein buyers are willing to wait for 2 days only. Problems with Customs have to be addressed too. My suggestion to Sec. Lopez, is to use the local DTI offices in the Philippines to check with the local MSME group of how they would be assisted and what are there problems.

32. Fred Reyes:
With Mon Lopez as the new DTI Secretary, we can expect more government support for the small entrepreneurs. They are, after all the major drivers towards inclusive growth for the Philippine economy. Mon knows the challenges faced by the MSME group, and we look forward to a more active public/private partnership in addressing these concerns.

33. Yati Abdullah:
On behalf of DHL Express Philippines, I congratulate Mon on his appointment as the new Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). With Mon on board in the government sector, we remain optimistic of the continuous growth potential in the Philippines. Mon is a strategic partner in supporting the evolution of developing SMEs in the Philippines particularly in promoting entrepreneurship among Filipinos. He will be bringing in a wealth of experience to DTI on how to leverage and make the most of our local resources and abilities by utilizing and transforming micro-businesses into viable enterprises, allowing the Philippines to be at par with our neighboring countries and enabling the Filipino SMEs to become more competitive, globally. We encourage Mon to continue DTI’s program of improving SME education and in providing a marketplace of ideas, thought leadership, innovations, business models and best practices for Filipinos. DHL is behind Mon in his new role in the government and as always, we will provide support to DTI in any way we possibly can.

34. Jimmy Ayala:
Mon is a great choice for DTI Secretary! I look forward to working with him to build out hybrid value chains and to achieve growth that is truly inclusive.

35. Joey Qua:
We are all very happy and proud of Mon Lopez’s appointment as DTI Sec. We hope that he will bring with him the wealth of knowledge he has absorbed from his post as Go Negosyo’s Executive Director and address all the issues that he is aware of so he can make life easier for the entrepreneurs in the Philippines.

36. Mitch Locsin:
I’m very happy to see Mon Lopez as the new DTI Secretary. With the impact he has made as Executive Director of Go Negosyo, Filipino entrepreneurs can rest assured that he will continue to bring positive growth for MSMEs all over the country.  As a long time partner of both GoNegosyo and DTI, PLDT SME Nation will be supportive of Mon’s initiatives in this new assignment. We recognize Mon’s ability to drive entrepreneurs forward and develop the community of businesses. With him, MSMEs of various sectors and industries can look towards a path of success and make it big. Mon has always had a strong mindset towards the empowerment of entrepreneurs and start-ups, and with the 99.6% of registered businesses in the country comprised of MSMEs, I’m confident that he will continue the advocacy to put the focus back on that sector to drive inclusive and sustainable economic growth for the Philippines. We look forward to the increase of opportunities for the MSME sector with Mon as DTI Secretary and to the continuous improvement of the livelihood of the Filipino as well. We hope for more avenues that will educate MSMEs on the solutions and tools available to aid in the development of their businesses, especially at the onset of ASEAN integration and the expanding data-driven communities. Through this, Filipino entrepreneurs can be equipped for success in both the local and global markets.

37. Myrna Yao:
Incoming Sec. Mon Lopez will do his best as Secretary of DTI. He is the person behind the success of Go Negosyo and had performed well in all his tasks. Having enough background in business and social enterprise, he is a man who can alleviate the MSME with the help of the government and private sectors. We should all support him in this new responsibility since he will only do things for the good of all.

38. Gov. Amando Tetangco Jr.:
We welcome the appointment of Mon Lopez as the DTI secretary. He not only has the academic preparation for the position, but he also has considerable experience in growing businesses, particularly the MSME sector, which forms the backbone of Philippine industry.  While the mandate of the DTI is broader than the MSME Sector, Mr. Lopez’s knowledge in dealing with the challenges of this sector — such as from entry of agents into the formal sector, funding and actually helping enterprises move up the value ladder — would clearly inform national trade policy.   The BSP and DTI work closely on a number of initiatives that cover, among others, creating a regulatory environment that would be conducive to foreign investments, including developing a consistent data base for investments, enhancing consumer protection, improving financial education, and establishing an enabling environment for financial inclusion.   We look forward to engaging the DTI under Mr. Lopez in this work.”

39. Jose E.B. Antonio:
I wish the new DTI secretary all the best. Through his department, the government can help the MSME group by implementing strategic plans that showcase specific areas where our industries have the competitive advantage, and matching the demand to the entrepreneurs’ resources and skills. It’s very important to identify our strong sectors – whether it’s in food processing, agriculture or others – and give strategic focus on these sectors. Let’s support our strong sectors with strong potential over weaker sectors that have less chances in this real world of business, such as manufacturing.

40. Sen. Bam Aquino:
We’d like to congratulate Mon Lopez on his appointment as head of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) by president-elect Rodrigo Duterte. We have been allies in championing entrepreneurship in the Philippines and I have seen firsthand his dedication to developing our micro, small and medium enterprises – the sector crucial in achieving inclusive growth and beating poverty. Mon’s appointment is truly well-deserved and we are elated that he will be given the opportunity to make an even bigger difference as DTI Secretary. Mon will be a big asset to the Duterte administration’s drive to boost the country’s economy and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Woman Entrep Predicted Duterte’s Win at Go Negosyo Forum

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was recently proclaimed as our next president after a massive win over other candidates. He was chosen by the Filipino people not only here in the country but also those who are living abroad as OFWs. Some are still amazed on how he rose to presidency despite many issues thrown against him and his reluctance before filing the certificate of candidacy.

Perhaps, many Filipinos really see him as the hero of our country. His followers and supporters consider his leadership as the solution to the country’s problems and issues. Many have idolized him to the point that people buy Duterte or DU30-inspired shirts and accessories.  Some even claim that they have “visions” of him as the president.

I remember our session with President-elect Duterte a few months ago in the Go Negosyo: Meet the Presidentiables Forum. One of the Go Negosyo entrepreneurs, Grace Gupana, was invited to be one of the panelists for the forum. When it was her turn to ask Mayor Duterte, everyone was shocked or amazed to hear her prophetic “vision” of him.

 Grace Gupana of ABS Gen Herbs ​revealed her "vision" during the Go Negosyo Forum with Mayor Duterte.

Grace Gupana of ABS Gen Herbs ​revealed her “vision” during the Go Negosyo Forum with Mayor Duterte.

Let me share an excerpt from her anecdote.

“I will just obey what the Lord had told me in a vision. I was praying for our country; I am a prayer woman. I kneel in prayers for our country to be blessed by our Lord God. When I was praying for our country, when I saw a vision in the Jerusalem sanctuary of Asia here in Quezon City where I stayed, I saw a vision I saw you (Mayor Duterte) coming from a dungeon. It was dark, I saw you holding an old lamp that was lit. I asked God what the vision means and he told me to bring these paraphernalia from Jerusalem.”

In her vision she was told to give the following sacred objects to the Mayor: the Arc of the Covenant, the Menorah the seven golden lamp stand, the Oil of Anointing of Jerusalem, the Hebraic roots bible from Jerusalem and the Shofar. She also gave Mayor Duterte a medal of the Lion of Judah representing all the things that the Mayor has done for our country.

“I’m a visionary anyway when I was seeing that vision I was wide awake I saw him (Mayor Duterte) coming out from the dungeon bringing that lamp. I didn’t know him then, I wanted to obey right away.”

Grace Gupana gave sacred objects to Mayor Duterte.

Grace Gupana gave sacred objects to Mayor Duterte.

Some of the the special gifts given to Mayor Duterte : the Arc of the Covenant, the Menorah the seven golden lamp stand, the Oil of Anointing of Jerusalem, the Hebraic roots bible from Jerusalem and the Shofar and a medal of the Lion of Judah.

Some of the the special gifts given to Mayor Duterte : the Arc of the Covenant, the Menorah the seven golden lamp stand, the Oil of Anointing of Jerusalem, the Hebraic roots bible from Jerusalem and the Shofar and a medal of the Lion of Judah.

Grace Gupana is the CEO of ABS Gen Herbs, one of the leading supplement companies in the Philippines. Her herbal supplements business manufactures ampalaya herbs as natural medicine to treat diabetes and other ailments.

The company’s advocacy is holistic wellness; her business not only promotes the use of herbal plants for medicines but the whole aspect of the totality of living a healthy lifestyle. It may seem fit for her to openly express her familiarity to the city of Jerusalem because she has lived in Israel for quite some time. She has a sanctuary and a prayer room in Jerusalem devoted to pray and serve God.

During that part of the forum, everyone had quizzical looks on their faces. Not sure how to react, some were hiding snickers and giggles. But President Duterte handled that part professionally. He thanked Grace for her gifts and answered her concerns straight -forwardly.

With the turnout of the 2016 election, Mayor Duterte had gained favorable votes for the highest position in our government. Does the vision convey now a revelation?

President Duterte to Help Micro and Small Entreps

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte met with Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez last week in Davao, as he puts priority on initiatives that will assist and empower the millions of underprivileged Filipinos and micro and small entrepreneurs to level-up and beat poverty. Go Negosyo commits to continue its 11-year private-sector advocacy movement to support the government in helping communities to build a country of enterprising Filipinos and inclusive prosperity.

In our Go Negosyo: Meet the Presidentiables forum with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte last February, he reiterated that he will have programs to support the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country to help alleviate poverty. He said that he will allocate a budget to the Department of Trade and Industry to help assist MSMEs and provide trainings and seminars for them. He knows that there are many micro entrepreneurs in the urban areas that still needs financial aid and additional technical support.

For the past 11 years, Go Negosyo has been helping create an enterprising nation through its programs that inspire and empower aspiring and micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Through its sectoral programs, it addresses the concern of all micro entrepreneurs from different industries such as agriculture, tourism, retail, manufacturing, franchising, and many more. With partnership with different institutions, Go Negosyo has imparted the right mindset and knowhow to many Filipinos.

With the support of the Duterte administration to the advocacy, we can expect a strengthened and empowered entrepreneurship community.

 Here are some micro entrepreneurs we have recognized in the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards. They will be among the many micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs from different industries who will benefit from the entrepreneurship programs under the Duterte administration.

Here are some micro entrepreneurs we have recognized in the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards. They will be among the many micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs from different industries who will benefit from the entrepreneurship programs under the Duterte administration.

Go Negosyo Executive Director met with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in Davao last week to discuss Go Negosyo and its programs.

Go Negosyo Executive Director met with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in Davao last week to discuss Go Negosyo and its programs.

Go Negosyo's Ramon Lopez and Flor Amate with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Bong Go

Go Negosyo’s Ramon Lopez and Flor Amate with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Bong Go

Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion with incoming President Duterte in the Go Negosyo: Meet the Presidentiable Forum last February .

Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion with incoming President Duterte in the Go Negosyo: Meet the Presidentiable Forum last February .

Advice to our New President

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Today’s the much awaited election day. After months of grueling campaign, debates and fights among friends, we will now cast our votes and hope for the best in the next six years. Whoever wins the election, let us hope that he or she will pursue not his or her personal interest but sincerely dedicate his leadership for the welfare and progress of our country. We hope to see a president who will be a selfless unifying leader.

While our next president may have many advisers upon his proclamation, I asked some entrepreneurs in our community to share their advice to the next president. As mentioned in my column last Thursday here in Philippine Star, there are a number of problems that need to be addressed as soon as possible.

Let me share with you the insights of some Go Negosyo entrepreneurs:

Miguel Belmonte , Felipe L. Gozon, Alice Eduardo, Justin Uy and Felix Ang.

Miguel Belmonte , Felipe L. Gozon, Alice Eduardo, Justin Uy and Felix Ang.

1. Miguel Belmonte (Philippine Star)
I want to see a government that is sensitive to the needs of our countrymen who have less in life. A government that sincerely cares about the plight of poor Filipinos and acts immediately to improve their condition. I am expecting that the mistakes of past administrations will not be repeated, and in fact that changes for the good of everyone, especially the less privileged, be implemented sooner rather than later. The priority should be poverty alleviation by providing more job opportunities even for those with limited educational background. Provide better mass transportation system to ease traffic and shorten the time needed for commuters to get to and from work. And finally, stop all forms of corruption at all levels.

2. Felipe L. Gozon (GMA Network Inc.)
I’d like to see that the new top leaders in the executive and legislative departments of our government are seriously, sincerely, unselfishly and honestly thinking of and doing what is best for the country and the great majority of the people. If those who will be elected in the executive and legislative departments possess the qualities I specified above, we can expect high economic growth, political stability and peace in our country.

Inadequate infrastructure (traffic), unemployment and underemployment, agriculture, peace and order (smuggling, drugs, etc.), poverty, slow economic growth, industrialization, West Philippine Sea problem, graft and corruption, red tape, faster dispensation of justice, etc.

3. Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation)
I want to see a leadership where sincerity is converted to action. I want a governance that is sensitive to the needs of the people and one that shows such good examples that it inspires citizens to be their best. For both the immediate and multiplier effect, the focus should be on infrastructure and mass transportation, also education and access to health care.

4. Justin Uy (Profood International)
A genuine government that wants to help the people and businessmen. Cut red tape!

5. Felix Ang (CATS Motors Inc.)
The incoming administration will have many areas of concern, but I believe that infrastructure (and specifically mass public transportation) should be at the top of the list. I believe that the infrastructure problems we are facing today are holding back the Philippines from reaching our greatest economic potential. From an economist’s perspective, the traffic gridlock in Metro Manila alone is a multi-billion-dollar problem that when solved, will have trickle down benefits to both corporations and consumers alike. It also erodes that quality of life for Filipinos who travel around Metro Manila for work as travel time takes away from family time, rest and leisure. My sincere hope is that the next administration quickly creates a sustainable mass public transportation system that gives every Filipino an opportunity to have more work-life balance.

Eric Alberto, William Belo, Ray Gapuz, James Bernas and Joseph Calata.

Eric Alberto, William Belo, Ray Gapuz, James Bernas and Joseph Calata.

6. Eric Alberto (PLDT Group)
We would like to see a new government that could unite all Filipinos to move in disciplined cadence towards our country’s achieving a respected place in the league of nations, economy-wise and as a proud people. Focus and attention must be given to much needed infrastructure development that would enable us to be truly globally competitive, and much needed poverty alleviating programs that will sustainably lift the quality of life of ALL Filipinos.

7. William Belo (Wilcon Builders)
The next president should fast track infrastructure development to ease the traffic so the commuting public would not spend long hours in the road. It affects the productivity and the quality of time that one can spend with their love ones, if they would be stuck in traffic for hours. This would also greatly help business to move their products faster, improves the productivity and cut costs.

Fast track the Clark International Airport development to make it the main gateway for the international travelers. Resume the high speed train to connect Manila to Clark. This would greatly help our tourism industry, with more numbers of tourists visiting our country, this would help not only the formal business sectors like the hotels, resorts, tour operators but the also individuals that sell food and souvenirs [to] the tourists. Countries like Thailand and Malaysia who have 15 to 20 Millions tourists have seen hundreds of thousands of individuals benefitting from selling souvenir items and food to the tourists.

Peace and order will come into place when people have work. Job creation is the key to crime prevention. “An empty stomach knows no law” as the saying goes.

8. Ray Gapuz (RA Gapuz Review Center)
Our country is so far experiencing a deluge of changes, both from within – the elections, k to 12 education that has forced displaced academic experts to leave the country, new economic policies ; and external – ASEAN integration, social media, internet –based enterprises etc. All of these have to be fully addressed. Thus the new government should be led by a president with a clear vision not just a slogan. Decision making based on new laws enacted must be holistic and not short term and more importantly, the new government must establish its priorities to encompass the basic needs of its people- nutrition, health, safety and education. A country cannot be competitive in the global market if its professionals are not  adequately supported by the government.

Personally, I  believe that those who are aspiring to run the government are all good people. I don’t want to judge them based on their platforms and their accomplishments. For me what matters is what they do. For as long as they do what is right and they decide holistically, that’s all I expect.

If we are to aspire to be the next  Asian tiger economy, it’s high time that our government should recognize the expertise and potential contributions of the young professionals whose ideas are more aligned with the economic directions in the world. It is high time that our older mentors be promoted to be consultants and allow the more dynamic and more creative talents of the new generation to lead. In the present state of the professional world in our country, it can be noted that organizational leadership have remained stagnant and being shared routinely by a few individuals. It is high time that new ‘surnames’ be given the opportunity to serve.

9. James Bernas (MBank)
I would like to see a government that is firm and resolute in implementing the laws without fear or favor. I expect nothing less than public service because that is the job description. A public service that looks at a balanced short, mid and long term solutions for our country’s numerous challenges. A public service whose decisions are based on integrity and anti corruption. The president should prioritize transport infrastructure, sustainable agriculture development, national ID so that microfinance can be less risky and bring down the cost of capital. Lastly, hire the right people who are honest, competent and courageous. The rest will follow.

10. Joseph Calata (Calata Corporation)
I would like to see transparency in the new government. The freedom of information bill should finally be prioritized and approved. The agricultural sector is in need of utmost attention and I am hoping that the incoming leaders would create programs to promote modern farming technology and make it a viable option for our youth.

Samie Lim, Joe Magsaysay, Johnlu Koa, Siu Ping Par and Josiah Go.

Samie Lim, Joe Magsaysay, Johnlu Koa, Siu Ping Par and Josiah Go.

11. Samie Lim (Philippine Franchise Association)
Hope the new government will be magnanimous in their victory, and will focus on moving forward. May the leadership have the HEART to honor the living & dead heroes of our land. The MIND to visualize the FUTURE of the Philippines as a first world country. The SKILL to EXCELL in the performance of his task. And the WILL to continue to serve ALL our countrymen ALWAYS!  The government job is not to hand out fish/cash but to teach them how to start a business and thereby creating jobs and income for all.

12. Jose Magsaysay Jr. (Potato Corner)
I expect the next administration to:
1.  Stop being vindictive
2. Love everyone even the new government’s enemies
3. Be God-centered
4. Address problems in this order: peace and order, drugs, smuggling, teach discipline and courtesy, take care of OFWs (improve this national treasure so that we are the best manpower provider worldwide), and their families that are left behind, lower power rates, target 20M per annum foreign tourist visitors, target same internet speed at Singapore, and improve love and pride of country.

13. Johnlu Koa (French Baker)
New government should simply build on existing gains and get really qualified individuals to implement all vital projects and finish them ahead of time.

14. Siu Ping Par (PR Gaz)
First is continuity on the economic reform and growth that we have been experiencing.

Second is transparency. Transparency on the actions and decisions of every government agency. Third is building more infrastructure.  It is a basic requirement to economic development.  It facilitates economic activities by creating external economies and spreading economic growth outside of Metro Manila and other key cities in the Philippines. On a daily basis, I hope that the new government and the new president will address the traffic condition in the Philippines which is a source of frustration and inefficiency.

15. Josiah Go (Mansmith and Fielders)
I want to see a momentum president and his/her team that the world can respect. Crime is just one part, a vibrant economy that can solve poverty is indispensable. I want to see a unifying president that attracts instead of offend different groups. I want to see a role model government starting from the president.

Jerry Ilao, Richie Cuna, Butz Bartolome, Alan Escalona and Delby Bragais.

Jerry Ilao, Richie Cuna, Butz Bartolome, Alan Escalona and Delby Bragais.

16. Jerry Ilao (AFFI President)
I expect the government to continue building Philippines to become $1-trillion economy by 2030.  We have gained so much in the last few years from being the sick man of Asia, to being a rising tiger of Asia, and perhaps to become a 1-trillion economy by 2030.

The Philippines should continue to address corruption and eliminate red tape in government.  One way to do this is by using technology to automate tasks and foster transparency in all government transactions.  It’s time to tap into the many brilliant start-ups and technology companies here in the Philippines and let them help the government develop these technologies.”

17. Richie Cuna (Fiorgelato, AFFI Board)
I have very simple areas of my expectation for our next administration: First, restoration of trust & confidence on governance. Second, implementation & delivery of people’s basic needs. Third, peace & order, which includes anti crime & corruption. Fourth, stronger foreign investments on various projects.

18. Butz Bartolome (AFFI Chairman)
Basically what I like to see is the restoration of Peace and Order. There have so much crime and even crime of passion is something ordinary. People are scared to go out regardless of the time of day or evening. The pressing problems I see is the curtailing the FLOW of DRUGS. One almost see areas where young minds are becoming victims; CORRUPTION. We need to STOP and meaning STOP this corruption issues. The gap of rich getting richer and poor getting poorer is a common sight.

19. Alan Escalona (PFA President)
I’d like the new government to speed up what has been started on the economic side. We will not be the 2nd fastest growing economy if the policies are not good. With the momentum on our side, I expect that gains be tripled in the next 6 years. Priority should be that the masses feel a big improvement in their lives. Improved basic services for all, all changes should be seen and felt. Lastly, corrupt practices should be cut and eventually put off.

20. Delby Bragais (Northroad Image and Fashion Group)
I would like to see improvement in following areas: 1. Ease of doing business in the Philippines (example: cutting down on red tape, faster internet speed similar to that of Singapore, lower telecom rates instead of that dictated upon by only a few large players in the industry, lower power rates, improvement of infrastructure, addressing the traffic situation that eats on productivity); 2. peace and order - decline in criminality; 3. zero corruption in government; 4. increasing the standards of education; and5. modernizing and upgrading the military.

Tina Papillon, Dustin Andaya, Christina Liamzon, Frank Reyes and Sarabeth Soriano.

Tina Papillon, Dustin Andaya, Christina Liamzon, Frank Reyes and Sarabeth Soriano.

21. Tina Papillon (Pamora Farms)
1.) COOPERATION WITH RESPECT – whoever wins this election should work together as one team to serve our nation, to serve the people, even if they come from different party.

2.) EDUCATION… TEACH THE PEOPLE HOW TO FISH – We Filipinos are naturally survivors in many aspects of life. I do not believe in just giving cash to the poor to survive is the answer to their poverty. TESDA is a good example. Teach the people to use their hands, their ability & strength to work for their needs. Giving them money because they are poor is not helping them to improve, instead it just tolerates their laziness and taking advantage of their “poor” situation.

3) INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS – As a nation, we need to be more competitive with our neighboring countries and even to the whole world. We need more efficient & reliable infrastructure to do business in this country to create more jobs.

We have GREAT potentials to be successful but investments are needed in our telecommunications, power (electricity), major roads & hi-ways for land transports, airports and seaports, railways, agricultural products’ processing facilities that should be economical yet high standards and easily accessible by the farmers to create more value-added products, the irrigation & water systems, and public hospitals to each province and at least a functional clinic in each Barangay…

22. Dustin Andaya (Island Rose)
I expect the new president to be more decisive than the outgoing administration.  From the business point of view, I believe we have to simplify the east of doing business and introduce reforms in the major government agencies with priority to the BIR, BOC, DOLE, BOI, DPWH, and DOTC.  I would also like to see more programs to uplift the lives of the poor people in this country.

23. Cristina Liamzon (Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program)
I hope the new government will express a real bias and provide full support for the poor, especially our farmers, fishers and IPs who produce our food and proceed with the necessary programs that will empower them over the short and long-term. This means a continued support for the immediate completion of land reform with the needed services to make the lands productive and provide the farmers the incomes that can allow them to participate in the economic growth and development that is supposed to be taking place in the country.

The government should address the widening gap between the poor and the rich through anti-trust laws, progressive taxation etc., end labor contractualization and provide support for real and meaningful local economic development through cooperatives and other community-level enterprises; ensure that business contributes to the local economy and community and does not suck out the resources from the community. Social protection through social services, including the CCT needs to continue and in fact expanded and strengthened. All the above are critical in reducing the high poverty levels in the country, particularly in the rural areas!  There should be equal priority given to the protection of our bio-diversity and the environment which are the base of our country’s resources.

 

The new president should set up a migration debt that would consolidate and integrate various services for overseas Filipino and overseas Filipino workers.

24. Frank Reyes (Reyes Barbecue)
​I want to see a government that would continue the good things started by PNoy and correct the areas needing improvement. I want the country to gradually metamorphose from good to great rather to take drastic experiments of change which might retrogress (from FAIR TO WORSE) our visible iteration of improvement. ​

I want a government with a long vision rather than one whose aim is to give showboating quick solutions which might put our systems to jeopardy. Systems bring about SUSTAINABLE quality, CHARISMA don’t.

I want a government that would strongly prosecute and jail politicians. every politician jailed will provide a ray of hope for the Filipinos that crime does not pay indeed.

I want a president that would serve as a good example and inspiration to the youth.

25. Sarabeth Soriano (Baliwag Lechon Manok)
I hope the next administration makes it possible to start a business, with trade name and government permits, completely online so those who are not used to the process of starting a business become more encouraged and less intimidated to do so.

A problem that can be addressed is on the issue of inclusive growth. It is relatively pointless in our economy statistically getting better, but does not trickle down to and cannot be felt by the ordinary working Filipino.

Presidentiables and Vice Presidentiables in Full Support of Entrepreneurship Development

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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This year’s national elections is one of the most colorful elections that we have ever experienced. With more active citizens maximizing their freedom of expression and social media, we are experiencing a lively and sometimes raucous election season. But let us stray away from the issues and black propaganda hurled against each others’ bet. Instead, let us focus on the important things such as their platforms and agenda once they are elected.

Go Negosyo for the past months launched a series of fora entitled Meet the Presidentiables and Vice Presidentiables which became an avenue for the Go Negosyo community to get to know the candidates more through an active discussion of their vision for the country particularly in the economic and entrepreneurship development. As a non-government organization, Go Negosyo hopes to have a strong support from the government so as to promote the entrepreneurship culture and bring inclusive growth to the whole country.

We have heard them talk about their programs to push micro, small and medium entrepreneurs to become successful. They are all in full support of the empowerment of Filipinos towards entrepreneurship. As I have always said, Filipinos are never destined for poverty. We can be entrepreneurial and enterprising. Many may not become entrepreneurs but with an enterprising mindset, they can be successful in whatever field that they have chosen. Let us vote for the right candidate who will turn their promised programs and visions of successful Filipinos into reality.

Our future, most especially the future of our children, lies in the hands of the next President and Vice President. We need to choose wisely.

Let me share with you the statements of the four Presidential candidates and the four Vice Presidential candidates we have captured from the discussions we had in the recently concluded series.

Grace Poe - “Ang Go Negosyo Act ay mahalaga sapagkat ito ay one-stop shop in setting up businesses, ngunit kailangan pa itong dagdagan. You still need to include access to financing, and representatives from banks, from the barangay, Pag-Ibig, Philhealth, SSS to be present in every Negosyo center. Sabi nga ng isang businessman, ‘business should be in the business of ending poverty.’ The government should not just be there to regulate. The government should be there to enable. Therefore, the government has to be in partnership with the private sector in order to create jobs for the people."

Grace Poe – “Ang Go Negosyo Act ay mahalaga sapagkat ito ay one-stop shop in setting up businesses, ngunit kailangan pa itong dagdagan. You still need to include access to financing, and representatives from banks, from the barangay, Pag-Ibig, Philhealth, SSS to be present in every Negosyo center. Sabi nga ng isang businessman, ‘business should be in the business of ending poverty.’ The government should not just be there to regulate. The government should be there to enable. Therefore, the government has to be in partnership with the private sector in order to create jobs for the people.”

Mar Roxas – “Mangangailangan ng pagbabago sa batas dahil sobrang lawak ng kapangyarihan na pinagkaloob natin sa local government units sa pamamagitan ng Local Government Code na mahirap na maimpluwensiya.  Nadaanan ko ang iba-ibang anti-red tape efforts ng pamahalaan.  Mangangailangan ito ng amendments sa Local Government Code para iisa ang proseso at seamless ang patakaran.”

Mar Roxas – “Mangangailangan ng pagbabago sa batas dahil sobrang lawak ng kapangyarihan na pinagkaloob natin sa local government units sa pamamagitan ng Local Government Code na mahirap na maimpluwensiya. Nadaanan ko ang iba-ibang anti-red tape efforts ng pamahalaan. Mangangailangan ito ng amendments sa Local Government Code para iisa ang proseso at seamless ang patakaran.”

Rodrigo Duterte - “I will support organizations that help SMEs and reserve a sizeable amount for SME development through the Department of Trade and Industry. We have to create an environment that will develop products that can compete in the global market, especially in the ASEAN region. Infrastructures that will enable businesses must be in place. This is why I will invest billions for SMEs.”

Rodrigo Duterte – “I will support organizations that help SMEs and reserve a sizeable amount for SME development through the Department of Trade and Industry. We have to create an environment that will develop products that can compete in the global market, especially in the ASEAN region. Infrastructures that will enable businesses must be in place. This is why I will invest billions for SMEs.”

Jejomar Binay -  “We can attract investors by being able to provide the basic needs of the employees so that kahit mababa ang sweldo nila, matutumbasan pa rin ang kanilang pangunahing pangangailangan. Gan’yan ang nagawa ko sa Makati. Isusulong ko din ang pagtanggal sa 60-40 foreign ownership system to attract foreign investors. More investments, more jobs, more employees.”

Jejomar Binay – “We can attract investors by being able to provide the basic needs of the employees so that kahit mababa ang sweldo nila, matutumbasan pa rin ang kanilang pangunahing pangangailangan. Gan’yan ang nagawa ko sa Makati. Isusulong ko din ang pagtanggal sa 60-40 foreign ownership system to attract foreign investors. More investments, more jobs, more employees.”

Leni Robredo – “Tatlong Ms ang susi sa pagpapalakas ng MSMEs. Una, Money, kailangang may access sa pautang at murang interes ang ating maliliit na negosyo. Pangalawa, Market linkage, ang gobyerno ang dapat tumulong sa mga MSMEs para makahanap ng merkado para sa kanilang mga produkto. Pangatlo, Mentorship, kailangan makapag-provide ng mga eksperto na tutulong sa mga MSMEs para tuloy-tuloy ang kanilang pag-unlad.”

Leni Robredo – “Tatlong Ms ang susi sa pagpapalakas ng MSMEs. Una, Money, kailangang may access sa pautang at murang interes ang ating maliliit na negosyo. Pangalawa, Market linkage, ang gobyerno ang dapat tumulong sa mga MSMEs para makahanap ng merkado para sa kanilang mga produkto. Pangatlo, Mentorship, kailangan makapag-provide ng mga eksperto na tutulong sa mga MSMEs para tuloy-tuloy ang kanilang pag-unlad.”

Chiz Escudero – “We have to come up with faster internet connection for businesses. Dapat ding ipasa ang batas na nagpapahintulot ng one-person corporation. Babaan din dapat ang buwis para maging competitive ang local businesses sa Asya at ASEAN region.”

Chiz Escudero – “We have to come up with faster internet connection for businesses. Dapat ding ipasa ang batas na nagpapahintulot ng one-person corporation. Babaan din dapat ang buwis para maging competitive ang local businesses sa Asya at ASEAN region.”

Bongbong Marcos – “Dapat suportahan ang MSME’s para suportahan ang ekonomiya. We have to come up with public investments sa infrastructure. Magdagdag tayo ng may mga kakayahan sa public works and infrastructure sa pamagitan ng pautang at training for SME’s para mapabilis ang pagbigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan sa bansa. Mag-provide din dapat tayo ng training for business planning, book keeping at lahat ng skills para magpatakbo ng negosyo.”

Bongbong Marcos – “Dapat suportahan ang MSME’s para suportahan ang ekonomiya. We have to come up with public investments sa infrastructure. Magdagdag tayo ng may mga kakayahan sa public works and infrastructure sa pamagitan ng pautang at training for SME’s para mapabilis ang pagbigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan sa bansa. Mag-provide din dapat tayo ng training for business planning, book keeping at lahat ng skills para magpatakbo ng negosyo.”

Antonio Trillanes – “Ang problema ng SMEs ay access sa kapital and ease of doing business. Once business is operational, the government can help SMEs sustain their business by reducing corporate and income taxes. Kailangan ding i-angat ang sahod ng mga government officials because it is a form of economic stimulus.”

Antonio Trillanes – “Ang problema ng SMEs ay access sa kapital and ease of doing business. Once business is operational, the government can help SMEs sustain their business by reducing corporate and income taxes. Kailangan ding i-angat ang sahod ng mga government officials because it is a form of economic stimulus.”

 

Go Negosyo and the Vice Presidentiables

Monday, March 28th, 2016

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After the success of the four-part series Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables featuring Vice President Jejomar Binay, Former Secretary Mar Roxas, Sen. Grace Poe, and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Go Negosyo hosted the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables Forum. This forum is again co-presented by RFM Corporation, Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, PLDT-SMART SME Nation, and exclusively covered by TV5.

Sen.Chiz Escudero, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Cong. Leni Robredo, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes accepted our invitation to talk before the Go Negosyo community.

First and foremost, we asked them on their plans for entrepreneurship development. All are in full support of the MSMEs. Marcos plans stressed the need for business infrastructures and training programs. Robredo mentioned three important Ms needed by MSMEs: Money, Market Linkage, Mentorship. Trillanes highlighted the issue on access to capital and ease in doing business. Escudero mentioned initiatives to promote competitiveness, ease in registration such as allowing ‘One-person’ Corporation, tax reforms and other measures.

Aside from topics on MSMEs, education, agriculture, and their platforms, panelists also asked them some controversial issues. When Bongbong was asked if Martial Law is justifiable, Marcos answered, “Nang itatag ang martial law noon, tayo ay lumalaban sa dalawang gyera, sa sessionist movement sa Mindanao, at isa sa communist insurgent.”

But for those who have experienced martial law like Leni who has been very vocal with her dismay to martial law, this is not the answer she wanted to hear. She retorted, “Bakit nagkaroon ng maraming extra judicial killings? Just because iba ang kanilang paniniwala?  I am just fighting for the victims of Martial law”, Leni said.

It was an informative discussion with four vice presidentiables. They were able to prove their points, answer issues hurled against them, and conveyed their plans and platforms well.

The  Panelists: Atty. Mike Toledo of Philippine Bar Association, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo, and Babe Romualdez of Stargate Media Corporation.

The Panelists: Atty. Mike Toledo of Philippine Bar Association, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo, and Babe Romualdez of Stargate Media Corporation.

Joey Concepcion, founder of Go Negosyo, acknowledges the vice presidentiables and Go Negosyo entrepreneurs who attended the forum.

Joey Concepcion, founder of Go Negosyo, acknowledges the vice presidentiables and Go Negosyo entrepreneurs who attended the forum.

TV5 News Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes moderated the forum.

TV5 News Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes moderated the forum.

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech Corporation), and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech Corporation), and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

The vice presidentiables and the panelists together with Luchi Cruz Valdes and Joey Concepcion.

The vice presidentiables and the panelists together with Luchi Cruz Valdes and Joey Concepcion.

PLDT's Eric Alberto and Philippine Star's Miguel Belmonte also attended the forum.

PLDT’s Eric Alberto and Philippine Star’s Miguel Belmonte also attended the forum.

AFFI Entrepreneurs Sonny Francisco, Richie Cuna, Teresita Ngan Tian, and Josie See.

AFFI Entrepreneurs Sonny Francisco, Richie Cuna, Teresita Ngan Tian, and Josie See.

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Josiah Go (Mansmith & Fielders), Samie Lim (Blim's Furniture), and Bobby Claudio (Toby's Sports).

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Josiah Go (Mansmith & Fielders), Samie Lim (Blim’s Furniture), and Bobby Claudio (Toby’s Sports).

Cong. Leni Robredo on Go Negosyo Act: "I have been very supportive of the passage of Go Negosyo Act with Sen. Bam Aquino.

Cong. Leni Robredo on Go Negosyo Act: “I have been very supportive of the passage of Go Negosyo Act with Sen. Bam Aquino.

Sen. Sonny Trillanes on the problems of SMEs: "Problema ng MSME’s ang access sa kapital and ease in doing business."

Sen. Sonny Trillanes on the problems of SMEs: “Problema ng MSME’s ang access sa kapital and ease in doing business.”

Sen. Chiz Escudero on his programs for SMEs:  "Bababan ang buwis para maging competitive sa Asia at ASEAN."

Sen. Chiz Escudero on his programs for SMEs: “Bababan ang buwis para maging competitive sa Asia at ASEAN.”

Sen. Bongbong Marcos on SMEs: "Sa pamamagitan ng pautang at training for SME’s mapapabilis ang pagbibigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan sa bansa."

Sen. Bongbong Marcos on SMEs: “Sa pamamagitan ng pautang at training for SME’s mapapabilis ang pagbibigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan sa bansa.”

Go Negosyo trustee Myla Villanueva during the open forum.

Go Negosyo trustee Myla Villanueva during the open forum.

 

Go Negosyo’s 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Empowered Over 10,000 Participants

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Go Negosyo led by its founder Joey Concepcion together with Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, trustees, partners, and 2016 Inspiring Filipina Awardees welcomed more than 10,000 participants in the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES8) last Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center. Over 1,000 micro and small entrepreneurs as well as students from more than 200 schools and universities from all over the country joined the summit. 50 top women entrepreneurs also shared their stories and insights to empower and inspire the aspiring, micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs in the audience.

11,000 participants composed of students and representatives from more than 200 schools and universities and aspiring, micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs attended the Go Negosyo Filipina Summit.

11,000 participants composed of students and representatives from more than 200 schools and universities and aspiring, micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs attended the Go Negosyo Filipina Summit.

The biggest women negosyo summit of the year featured women icons such as Karen Davila, Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Maria Ressa, and Miriam Quiambao; and champion entrepreneurs Rosalind Wee, Myrna Yao, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Emma Imperial, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Laura Bertotto, Catherine Dizon, Chit Juan, and many more.

Go Negosyo also awarded 18 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs: social entrepreneurs Cristina Liamzon (Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program), and Fatima Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation); microentrepreneurs Lydia Malot (Lydia’s Nata de Coco), and Teresita Valdez (Viana Food Condiments); small and medium entrepreneurs Amina Aranaz-Alunan (ARANAZ and SoFA Design Institute), Adelfa Borro (Ted’s Oldtime La Paz Batchoy), Delby Bragais (The North Road Image and Fashion Group), Evelyn Lao-Yap (Benby Enterprise), Rossana Llenado (AHEAD Learning System), Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment Program), Sherill Quintana (Orsypa Spa Solutions), Yolanda Sevilla (The Leather Collection), Judith Versoza (Aveate Management Group), and Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee and Georgina Wilson (Sunnies Studios); and large entrepreneurs Elizabeth Lahoz (Technological Institute of the Philippines), and Abba Napa (The Moment Group).

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion greeted more than 11,000 participants in the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion greeted more than 11,000 participants in the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Sen. Grace Poe during her inspirational talk.

Sen. Grace Poe during her inspirational talk.

The 2016 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs: (top row L-R) Chal Lontoc, Ramon Lopez, Joseph Calata, Yati Abdullah, Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, Joey Concepcion, and Mike Lobrin. (second row L-R) Adelfa Borro (Ted’s Old-timer La Paz Batchoy), Amina Aranaz-Alunan (ARANAZ and SoFa Design Institute), Delby Brags (North Road Image and Fashion Group), Martine Cajucom (Sunnies Studios), Bea Soriano-Dee (Sunnies Studios), Rossana Llenado (AHEAD Learning Systems), Evelyn Lao-Yap (Benby Enterprise), Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment Learning Program), Elizabeth Lahoz (Technological Institute of the Philippines), Yoling Sevilla (The Leather Collection), Sherill Quintana (ORYSPA Spa Solutions), Abba Napa (The Moment Group) (first row L-R) Cristina Liaison (Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program), Teresita Valdez (Viana Food Condiments), Girlie Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation), Lydia Malot (Lydia’s Nata de Coco), and Judith Versoza (Aveate Management Corporation)

The 2016 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs:
(top row L-R) Chal Lontoc, Ramon Lopez, Joseph Calata, Yati Abdullah, Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, Joey Concepcion, and Mike Lobrin.
(second row L-R) Adelfa Borro (Ted’s Old-timer La Paz Batchoy), Amina Aranaz-Alunan (ARANAZ and SoFa Design Institute), Delby Brags (North Road Image and Fashion Group), Martine Cajucom (Sunnies Studios), Bea Soriano-Dee (Sunnies Studios), Rossana Llenado (AHEAD Learning Systems), Evelyn Lao-Yap (Benby Enterprise), Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment Learning Program), Elizabeth Lahoz (Technological Institute of the Philippines), Yoling Sevilla (The Leather Collection), Sherill Quintana (ORYSPA Spa Solutions), Abba Napa (The Moment Group)
(first row L-R) Cristina Liaison (Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program), Teresita Valdez (Viana Food Condiments), Girlie Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation), Lydia Malot (Lydia’s Nata de Coco), and Judith Versoza (Aveate Management Corporation)

 Keynote forum with Sen. Cynthia Villar and Cong. Lena Robredo. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo Executive Director Mon Lopez, and Chal Lontoc.

Keynote forum with Sen. Cynthia Villar and Cong. Lena Robredo. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo Executive Director Mon Lopez, and Chal Lontoc.

Karen Davila shares her insights on entrepreneurship.

Karen Davila shares her insights on entrepreneurship.

2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs share the stories of their entrepreneurial journeys. (L-R) Yoling Sevilla, Rossana Llenado, Teresita Valdez, Lydia Malot, Cristina Liaison, Girlie Lorenzo, Delby Bragais, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Rowena Matti, Judith Versoza, Sherill Quintana. Karen Davila (rightmost) moderated the discussion.

2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs share the stories of their entrepreneurial journeys. (L-R) Yoling Sevilla, Rossana Llenado, Teresita Valdez, Lydia Malot, Cristina Liaison, Girlie Lorenzo, Delby Bragais, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Rowena Matti, Judith Versoza, Sherill Quintana. Karen Davila (rightmost) moderated the discussion.

Maria Ressa shares the value of social media through an informative talk.

Maria Ressa shares the value of social media through an informative talk.

Sandy Prieto-Romualdez

Sandy Prieto-Romualdez

Go Negosyo trustees Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing Group and Rosalind Wee (W Group).

Go Negosyo trustees Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing Group and Rosalind Wee (W Group).

Women Innovators and Brand Builders (L-R) Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Esther Vibal, Rosalind Wee, Emma Imperial, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Cathy Dizon-Posas, Chit Juan, Laura Bertotto, Joey Concepcion, and RJ Ledesma.

Women Innovators and Brand Builders (L-R) Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Esther Vibal, Rosalind Wee, Emma Imperial, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Cathy Dizon-Posas, Chit Juan, Laura Bertotto, Joey Concepcion, and RJ Ledesma.

Women in the Business of Changing the World (L-R) Joey Concepcion, Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Cherrie Atilano, April Cuenca, Antuza Refold, Desiree Duran, Nanette Medved-Po, Aisa Mijeno, Rachel de Villa, Xilca Protacio, Ces Rondario, Raquel Capio, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, and RJ Ledesma.

Women in the Business of Changing the World (L-R) Joey Concepcion, Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Cherrie Atilano, April Cuenca, Antuza Refold, Desiree Duran, Nanette Medved-Po, Aisa Mijeno, Rachel de Villa, Xilca Protacio, Ces Rondario, Raquel Capio, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, and RJ Ledesma.

Miriam Quiambao-Roberto gave an empowering talk to the aspiring entrepreneurs.

Miriam Quiambao-Roberto gave an empowering talk to the aspiring entrepreneurs.

Sen. Grace Poe greets the students and entrepreneurs in the audience.

Sen. Grace Poe greets the students and entrepreneurs in the audience.

BPI Ka-Negosyo awarded Sherill Quintana and Cristina Liamzon with the Ka-Negosyo (Kababaihan sa Negosyo) Financial Excellence Award). Jay Santos, Vice President for BPI Ka-Negosyo loans handed the award with Go Negosyo’s Mon Lopez and Joey Concepcion.

BPI Ka-Negosyo awarded Sherill Quintana and Cristina Liamzon with the Ka-Negosyo (Kababaihan sa Negosyo) Financial Excellence Award). Jay Santos, Vice President for BPI Ka-Negosyo loans handed the award with Go Negosyo’s Mon Lopez and Joey Concepcion.

The Biggest Women Negosyo Event!

Monday, February 15th, 2016

With the theme, “Building Innovative and Inclusive Enterprises”, we are having the 8th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on Thursday, February 18! This has been an annual tradition of Go Negosyo to recognize women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. For the past 7 years of holding a summit specially designed to inspire and empower more aspiring pinays to become entrepreneurs by showcasing inspiring stories of champion Filipina entrepreneurs.

We are also recognizing this year’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs who exemplary in their fields of business. Aside from this, here are 8 reasons as to why you should attend the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit:

First, it is a great platform to showcase women empowerment. We will expose you to different business models and have an opportunity to develop your business acumen through a roster of awesome speakers and panellists.

Second, we have an all-star team of speakers! From champion entrepreneurs like Maria Ressa to TV personalities like Karen Davila and Miriam Quiambao, we got you covered.

Third, we have also invited women icons from all fields of life who will discuss topics like governance, business management, innovation, and ways of changing the world.

Also, empowered women such as Kris Aquino, Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Cong. Leni Robredo will join us as they share their activities to empower and inspire women.

Another reason to attend is the four informative fora with amazing panellists such as champion entrepreneurs Myrna Yao, Rosalind Wee, Nanette Medved-Po, Aisa Mijeno, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, and many more.

Sixth on our list is the chance to ask questions and hear business tips and advices from our speakers and panellists.

Also, with more than 5,000 expected participants, you will get to network with like-minded Pinays who are all passionate to learn and enterprising.

Lastly, it is a great source of inspiration to start you own entrepreneurship journey!

Now, let me share with you the awardees of this year’s 8th Filipina Summit and some of our invited guests and speakers.

In the photo: Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Adelfa Borro, Belby Bragais and Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz,

In the photo: Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Adelfa Borro, Belby Bragais and Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz,

Amina Aranaz-Alunan has made a name in the fashion industry for leading Aranaz Bags, one of the premiere manufacturer of bags, totes and clutches. Her designs are a perfect combination of classic styles and intricate craftsmanship. Aside from this, she is also the founder of SoFA Design Institute, Manila’s first specialized fashion and design college which offers a wide range of degrees, certificate programs, and short courses for designers and artists in the Philippines.

From a family recipe, Adelfa Borro shared her father’s well-loved La Paz Batchoy to the whole country through Ted’s Old Timer La Paz Batchoy. Her father started this business with just 10.00 capital but today, their enterprise has reached the different provinces in the country including Metro Manila with more than 40. Because of Adelfa’s leadership in the business, she has guided the company to progress and development, including the formulation of new recipes and additional food offers.

Delby Bragais is the president of The North Road Image and Fashion Group which provides custom-made bridal and luxe wear, designer ready-to-wear clothes, and image consultancy. Believing in the importance of carrying a great image, Delby studied and specialized further to become the sole Filipino with the advanced “Certified Image Professional” level of certification in the image industry. Her ensembles have been recognized in different fashion shows in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Singapore.

Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz is the third president of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.). She assumed the presidency in 2003, succeeding Dr. Teresita U. Quirino, who succeeded Engr. Demetrio A. Quirino, Jr., T.I.P. founder and first T.I.P. president. Continuing the entrepreneurial drive and legacy of the school’s founders, Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz continues to empower the filipino youth towards national development. To date, TIP holds the distinction of being the only educational institution in the country to offer 20 engineering and computing programs accredited by the US-based ABET engineering accreditation commission (CAC), the gold standard in engineering and computing education.

In the photo: Evelyn Lao-Yap, Cristina Liamzon, Rossana Llenado and Girlie Lorenzo.

In the photo: Evelyn Lao-Yap, Cristina Liamzon, Rossana Llenado and Girlie Lorenzo.

 If you have enjoyed imported snacks from different countries, you should thank Evelyn Lao-Yap and her company Benby Enterprise. After three years of being an employee, she started her business Benby which is the leading distribution company handling multi-national brands. Today, her company is the distributor of Quaker Oats, Frito Lay, Ferrero, Loacker, Splenda, and other food and non-food products.

Cristina Liamzon. She has built a global community of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who are empowered through leadership and educational programs on entrepreneurship and other related topics. Tina believes that by influencing the mindset of our hard working OFWs, they can look beyond their current status and plan for long-term goals which will help their families and themselves. Through the Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (LSE) Program, OFWs receive financial literacy trainings, counselling and mentorships, and most especially entrepreneurship classes.

With only P5000 as starting capital, Rossana Llenado brought AHEAD Tutorial & Review Center to life. Her friends, all graduates from UP—helped develop AHEAD’s course material which focused on providing programs for students to prepare them for the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT). Soon they expanded AHEAD’s review program which now included admission exams for the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) and the De La Salle College Entrance Test (DLSUCET). In 2006, she opened AHEAD’s door to franchising.

Fatima “Girlie” Lorenzo, Philippine’s first Ashoka fellow, started Kythe Foundation in 1992 to provide children with cancer and other chronic illnesses with psychosocial support. Since their establishment, 8,000 children have been given support and has received counselling and emotional provision through the help of volunteer and the Kythe Child Life coordinators. Aside from donations, Kythe also has programs such as Adopt-a-Hospital, Adopt-a-Patient, Tithe for Kythe and other monthly programs for its patients.

In the photo: Lydia Malot, Rowenna Matti, Abba Napa, and Sherill Quintana.

In the photo: Lydia Malot, Rowenna Matti, Abba Napa, and Sherill Quintana.

Another microentrepreneur who will be receiving an award in our Filipina Summit is Lydia Malot of Lydia’s Nata De Coco. She started her business with just P300 after reading a magazine with step-by-step instruction on how to make a nata de coco. This motivated her to turn her dreams of having a better life into a reality. With the help of microfinance company in their region, Lydia started her production in 1993. Today, Lydia has tapped on a bigger market by becoming one of the top suppliers of nata de coco to large food and beverage companies in the country.

In 2005, Rowena Matti founded the Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, Inc. an enrichment program for students’ ages 3 to 12.Anchored on play-based learning, toddlers are taught early numeracy and literacy skills, practical life skills such as good manners, proper socialization, responsibility, awareness of their environment and appreciation of nature. As for Rowena Matti, The key is to strengthen the basic knowledge of learners and to make an impact on the child’s early stages of learning is Galileo’s primary goal.

Abba Napa is the founding partner and concept development officer of the Moment Group. Her first business venture was in retail focusing on skincare. Later on, she founded the country’ largest retailers of casual footwear. But since she grew up in the food industry – her mother’s bakery and her father’s investment in restaurants like L’Opera, she went into food businesses with modern treatment. Thus the establishment of The Moment Group. The Moment Group is the company behind ‘Cue, Phat Pho, 8 Cuts, Manam, Mecha Uma, and Bistro Du Vin. , Ooma, Bank Bar  Linguini Fini and, Din Tai Fung.

Sherill

Go Negosyo 2015 Highlights

Monday, December 28th, 2015
Go Negosyo celebrated its 10th anniversary last July in Green Sun Hotel, Makati.

Go Negosyo celebrated its 10th anniversary last July in Green Sun Hotel, Makati.

2015 marked a decade of the Go Negosyo’s advocacy in building an enterprising nation.

For the past 10 years, we have launched countless of programs, summits, caravans, and fora that provided a marketplace of ideas, innovative business solutions, and informative business advices that aim to develop an entrepreneurship culture in our country. We believe that through these platforms, we are sharing the vision that SMEs can make an impact in the society which then can contribute to the economic growth of the country.

To us, it is important to find your passion and have right mindset which will lead you towards success. As for Go Negosyo, the passion to serve and share the entrepreneurial spirit has always been our driving force. This is what we hope to share in the community, to inspire them to move up in life.

As we continue to educate and instil entrepreneurship in the country, many organizations from different sectors have recognized Go Negosyo as a pioneer in pushing entrepreneurial mindset among Filipinos. We were given recognitions and awards and we thanked them for believing in our advocacy. And of course, we share this success to you, our readers, and to the whole entrepreneurship community.

Go Negosyo had been successful in promoting the advocacy. This year has been fruitful with events that empowered different sectors especially the youth.

As this year is about to fold, let me share with you the highlights of 2015, a landmark year for Go Negosyo.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion welcomes the thousands of participants to the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last March 6, 2015 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion welcomes the thousands of participants to the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last March 6, 2015 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

The 2015 Inspiring Filipina Awardees: (front row L-R) Stella Sy (Mint), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Ria Lu (Komikasi), Patis Tesoro, Josephine See (JM Peanut World), and Nanette Po (Friends of Hope Inc.). (Middle row L-R) Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), Riza Mantaring (Sun Life Financial Philippines), Kathleen Go (Universal Records), Roxanne Farillas (Plains and Prints), Myrna Bituin (Betis Crafts Inc.), Celinda De Guia (Ovation Productions) and Fe Vidal (CBN Boneless Bangus). (Back row L-R) Alice Eduardo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Esther Vibal, Sen. Grace Poe and Joey Concepcion.

The 2015 Inspiring Filipina Awardees: (front row L-R) Stella Sy (Mint), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Ria Lu (Komikasi), Patis Tesoro, Josephine See (JM Peanut World), and Nanette Po (Friends of Hope Inc.). (Middle row L-R) Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), Riza Mantaring (Sun Life Financial Philippines), Kathleen Go (Universal Records), Roxanne Farillas (Plains and Prints), Myrna Bituin (Betis Crafts Inc.), Celinda De Guia (Ovation Productions) and Fe Vidal (CBN Boneless Bangus). (Back row L-R) Alice Eduardo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Esther Vibal, Sen. Grace Poe and Joey Concepcion.

Cong. Leni Robredo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Tessie Sy-Coson during a forum in the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Cong. Leni Robredo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Tessie Sy-Coson during a forum in the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

National Bookstore’s Socorro Ramos and Vibal Publishing Group’s Esther Vibal received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in the field of Education.

National Bookstore’s Socorro Ramos and Vibal Publishing Group’s Esther Vibal received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in the field of Education.

Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo), Ricardo Po Jr. (Century Pacific Food), Sen. Cynthia Villar, Yati Abdullah (DHL), Sen. Sonny Angara, and Leonardo Po (Century Pacific Food) celebrating a decade of building an entrepreneurial nation during Go Negosyo’s 10th Anniversary celebration.

Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo), Ricardo Po Jr. (Century Pacific Food), Sen. Cynthia Villar, Yati Abdullah (DHL), Sen. Sonny Angara, and Leonardo Po (Century Pacific Food) celebrating a decade of building an entrepreneurial nation during Go Negosyo’s 10th Anniversary celebration.

A gathering of bossings. Glenn Yu (Seaoil Philippines), Benjamin Liuson (The Generics Pharmacy), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation), Mark Belo and William Belo (Wilcon Builders Depot) and Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo).

A gathering of bossings. Glenn Yu (Seaoil Philippines), Benjamin Liuson (The Generics Pharmacy), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation), Mark Belo and William Belo (Wilcon Builders Depot) and Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo).

Alice Eduardo, Joey Concepcion, Vivienne Tan, Mylene Abiva, and Grace Glory Go.

Alice Eduardo, Joey Concepcion, Vivienne Tan, Mylene Abiva, and Grace Glory Go.

PLDT’s Gabby Cui and Kat Luna-Abelarde with FERN Inc.’s Tommanny Tan.

PLDT’s Gabby Cui and Kat Luna-Abelarde with FERN Inc.’s Tommanny Tan.

Luigi Bernas, Rosalind Wee, Joey Concepcion and James Bernas.

Luigi Bernas, Rosalind Wee, Joey Concepcion and James Bernas.

Go Negosyo recognized icon entrepreneurs who have been inspirational to many aspiring and young entrepreneurs.

Go Negosyo recognized icon entrepreneurs who have been inspirational to many aspiring and young entrepreneurs.

The Go Negosyo crowd shot with more than 700 entrepreneurs, government partners and other corporate advocacy partners at the Go Negosyo @ 10 in Green Sun, Makati.

The Go Negosyo crowd shot with more than 700 entrepreneurs, government partners and other corporate advocacy partners at the Go Negosyo @ 10 in Green Sun, Makati.

The prestigious Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal Award for being the Most Outstanding Institution of 2015 was awarded by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista to Go Negosyo. Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez, received the award together with angelpreneurs Butch Bartolome, Jorge Wieneke, Vix Madlangbayan, Paulo Tibig and Carlo Calimon.

The prestigious Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal Award for being the Most Outstanding Institution of 2015 was awarded by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista to Go Negosyo. Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez, received the award together with angelpreneurs Butch Bartolome, Jorge Wieneke, Vix Madlangbayan, Paulo Tibig and Carlo Calimon.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion accepted the Outstanding Achievement Award for Advocacy Marketing at the 36th Agora Awards.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion accepted the Outstanding Achievement Award for Advocacy Marketing at the 36th Agora Awards.

Go Negosyo also became part of the APEC Week through the partnership with APEC Business Advisory Council led by Doris Magsaysay-Ho. Go Negosyo and ABAC launched the APEC SME Summit dedicated for all SMEs in the country. In photo are Filipino technopreneurs Nix Nolledo of Xurpass and Maria Ressa of Rappler with Karen Davila.

Go Negosyo also became part of the APEC Week through the partnership with APEC Business Advisory Council led by Doris Magsaysay-Ho. Go Negosyo and ABAC launched the APEC SME Summit dedicated for all SMEs in the country. In photo are Filipino technopreneurs Nix Nolledo of Xurpass and Maria Ressa of Rappler with Karen Davila.

President Benigno Aquino III focused on the empowerment of SMEs for the country’s inclusive growth during his keynote speech at the APEC SME Summit.

President Benigno Aquino III focused on the empowerment of SMEs for the country’s inclusive growth during his keynote speech at the APEC SME Summit.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho with Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho with Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho, APEC Business Advisory Council 2015 Chair thanked everyone who participated and organized the APEC SME Summit.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho, APEC Business Advisory Council 2015 Chair thanked everyone who participated and organized the APEC SME Summit.

Joe Maristela of Katalyst.ph, Mr. Carlo Calimon of Mobkard, Ms. Beverly Tantiansu of e27, Mr. Jeff Char of JSeed Ventures, Mr. David Cruz of Bluewave and Mr. Klas Lundgren of Xeric served as judges for the MCAP Philippine Finals 2015 with the three teams who won Team 1Export, Team Saffron Technologies and Team Wattsmart with Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo

Joe Maristela of Katalyst.ph, Mr. Carlo Calimon of Mobkard, Ms. Beverly Tantiansu of e27, Mr. Jeff Char of JSeed Ventures, Mr. David Cruz of Bluewave and Mr. Klas Lundgren of Xeric served as judges for the MCAP Philippine Finals 2015 with the three teams who won Team 1Export, Team Saffron Technologies and Team Wattsmart with Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez joined the Meet the Presidentiables Forum as a panelist.

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez joined the Meet the Presidentiables Forum as a panelist.

VP Binay with Joey Concepcion, moderator Luchi Cruz Valdes of T5, panelists Dra. Vicki Belo of Belo Medical Group, Atty. Mike Toledo of Philex Mining, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo, columnist Babe Romualdez, Henry Lim Bon Liong of Sterling Group, and Haresh Hiranand.

VP Binay with Joey Concepcion, moderator Luchi Cruz Valdes of T5, panelists Dra. Vicki Belo of Belo Medical Group, Atty. Mike Toledo of Philex Mining, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo, columnist Babe Romualdez, Henry Lim Bon Liong of Sterling Group, and Haresh Hiranand.

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Vice President Binay gave an opening speech before the forum proper.

Former Secretary Mar Roxas gave his opening message during the Presidential forum last November 9, 2015.

Former Secretary Mar Roxas gave his opening message during the Presidential forum last November 9, 2015.

Johnlu Koa (French Baker), Luchi Cruz Valdes (TV 5), Joey Concepcion, Atty. Mike Toledo (Philex Mining), Sec. Mar Roxas, Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo) and Babe Romualdez

Johnlu Koa (French Baker), Luchi Cruz Valdes (TV 5), Joey Concepcion, Atty. Mike Toledo (Philex Mining), Sec. Mar Roxas, Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo) and Babe Romualdez

Sen. Grace Poe bravely answered questions from the panelists and audience during the Presidential forum we had last December 2.

Sen. Grace Poe bravely answered questions from the panelists and audience during the Presidential forum we had last December 2.

Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Rosalind Wee (W Group), Atty. Mike Toledo (Philex Mining), Joey Concepcion, Luchi Criz Valdes (TV 5), Ramon Lopez (RFM Corporation and Go Negosyo), Babe Romualdez, and Myrna Yao (Richprime Global)

Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Rosalind Wee (W Group), Atty. Mike Toledo (Philex Mining), Joey Concepcion, Luchi Criz Valdes (TV 5), Ramon Lopez (RFM Corporation and Go Negosyo), Babe Romualdez, and Myrna Yao (Richprime Global)

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg during his welcoming remarks in the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop Culminating Activity.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg during his welcoming remarks in the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop Culminating Activity.

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Joey Concepcion and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg together with the YEDW delegates at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City.

Go Negosyo had a Negosyo sa Bayan session in Davao City in partnership with Vice Governor Joey Pelaez. In photo is Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Go Negosyo had a Negosyo sa Bayan session in Davao City in partnership with Vice Governor Joey Pelaez. In photo is Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Angelpreneur Josiah Go in one of our Magandang Business Advice (MBA) Seminar.

Angelpreneur Josiah Go in one of our Magandang Business Advice (MBA) Seminar.

Go Negosyo is part of the opening of many Negosyo Centers in the country.

Go Negosyo is part of the opening of many Negosyo Centers in the country.

APEC SME Summit Press Conference with Joey Concepcion, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, and Sen. Bam Aquino.

APEC SME Summit Press Conference with Joey Concepcion, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, and Sen. Bam Aquino.

On its 5th year, Go Negosyo partnered with Villar Sipag Foundation for the OFW and Family Summit. In photo : Yati Abdullah, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Manny Villar, Joey Concepcion, Cong. Mark Villar, and Ramon Lopez.

On its 5th year, Go Negosyo partnered with Villar Sipag Foundation for the OFW and Family Summit. In photo : Yati Abdullah, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Manny Villar, Joey Concepcion, Cong. Mark Villar, and Ramon Lopez.

Sen. Sonny Angara in the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations’ Manila Night. Go Negosyo in partnership with the HPAIR Manila team hosted the Manila Night for all its delegates showcasing the rich Filipino culture.

Sen. Sonny Angara in the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations’ Manila Night. Go Negosyo in partnership with the HPAIR Manila team hosted the Manila Night for all its delegates showcasing the rich Filipino culture.

Go Negosyo was also invited in DTI’s SME Roving Academy in Samar. Angelpreneur Ardy Roberto gave an inspiring talk on entrepreneurship.

Go Negosyo was also invited in DTI’s SME Roving Academy in Samar. Angelpreneur Ardy Roberto gave an inspiring talk on entrepreneurship.

PLDT SME Nation and Go Negosyo continues to empower SMEs during the launch of the PLDT Small Business Month last July.

PLDT SME Nation and Go Negosyo continues to empower SMEs during the launch of the PLDT Small Business Month last July.

Smart - Talk N Text in partnership with GoNegosyo launched the first ‘Panalo ang May Alam: Katropa sa Kabuhayan’ Program at Boljoon Sports Complex, Cebu

Smart – Talk N Text in partnership with GoNegosyo launched the first ‘Panalo ang May Alam: Katropa sa Kabuhayan’ Program at Boljoon Sports Complex, Cebu

Go Negosyo and SMART brought the Smart Pinoy Go Negosyo Caravan in Hong Kong to empower our OFW kababayans and inspire them to start their entrepreneurial journeys.

Go Negosyo and SMART brought the Smart Pinoy Go Negosyo Caravan in Hong Kong to empower our OFW kababayans and inspire them to start their entrepreneurial journeys.

Joey Concepcion during the BPI Sinag Awards Forum. Also in photo are Jing Castaneda and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

Joey Concepcion during the BPI Sinag Awards Forum. Also in photo are Jing Castaneda and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez during the launch of Negosyo Center in Taytay.

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez during the launch of Negosyo Center in Taytay.