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HPAIR 2015 Asia Conference: Confronting Asia’s Development Challenges Through Innovation

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

De La Salle University’s –De La Salle Project of Asian and International Relations (DLSPAIR) in partnership with Banco De Oro Unibank, will kick off the 2015 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR)  – Asia conference this coming August 20 at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Manila after a 21-year absence!

Since 1991, the HPAIR has been hosting one of Asia and the world’s largest and most prestigious student conferences, having an annual delegation of 700. Every year, HPAIR hosts two academic conferences, one in Harvard itself which is held every February convening around 200 delegates and one in Asia which is held every August with 500 delegates coming in from across the world. The Asia Conference has also been recently hosted in some of Asia’s leading universities and cities such as the 2012 conference in Taiwan, hosted by the National Chengchi University, 2013 in Dubai hosted by the American University in Dubai and the 2014 conference in Tokyo hosted by Keio University.

In 1994, the conference was also hosted in the Philippines with the theme “Economic Cooperation for the Pacific Century” discussing about the relevance of increasing economic trade between the tiger economies in the Asian region (which is now happening due to the ASEAN Economic Integration). As a fun fact revealed to us by the organizers, the 1994 HPAIR Conference was also held in the same venue they have unknowingly reserved—The Makati Shangri-la. This information was passed on to the organizers after they have reserved the venue by no other than Mr. Vincent Tobias, who is currently the lead for Innovation at the Ayala Corporation and was the previous Host Country Organizing Committee Executive Director of the 1994 conference. Today he will join the conference as a speaker for one of the conference’s sponsors—the Ayala Corporation.

HPAIR 1During the 5-day conference from August 20-24, 2015, the students are exposed to various issues, its over-all conference theme is “Confronting Asia’s Development Challenges through Innovation” advocating for the need of innovative ideas and practices in both government and business, especially in mending the wide economic gap between the rich and the poor experienced across developing nations. The conference is divided into seven panels: Corporate Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Finance and the World Economy, Security & Diplomacy, Health and Social Policy, Energy and Sustainability & Human Rights.

De La Salle University – Manila was chosen to be the partner university through a competitive bidding process. “We wanted to redefine HPAIR’s standards and bring the conference closer to the issues and problems discussed throughout the conference, such as those issues being experienced in the Philippines” said Jonathan Beltran, Executive Director, Host Country Organizing Committee of HPAIR (DLSPAIR). The team immediately began working after last year’s HPAIR-Asia conference in Tokyo with great support from the President of BDO Unibank Inc., Mr. Nestor V. Tan and the Chairman and CEO of the Ayala Corporation Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

The Host Country Organizing Committee Executive Director of this year’s conference, Mr. Jonathan Beltran said,  “We also reinvented the conference experience through increased participation of sponsors and companies throughout the Philippines”

For the first time ever, HPAIR will have company sponsored case studies, and company hosted dinners- On the 21st the “Globe Dinner” at the Globe headquarters in BGC, on the 23rd there will be an event entitled “Manila Night” hosted by RFM and Go Negosyo which will be held at The Manila Polo Club and both will feature speakers such as Globe’s top management team including its CEO Mr. Ernest Cu, Senator Bam Aquino and Mr. Joey Concepcion of RFM and Go Negosyo respectively.

For the first time in HPAIR’s history, the conference will include an International Night, Manila Night, Entertainment Night, field trips per panel, Mixers for delegates and speakers to mingle and so much more.

The HPAIR Asia Conference 2015 is hosted by De La Salle University in partnership with Banco De Oro Unibank. The organizers would also like to thank its Platinum Sponsors, The Ayala Corporation, Go Negosyo and RFM; its Executive Sponsor Globe, its De Luxe Sponsor Security Bank; Bronze Sponsors the PHINMA Foundation and Unilab; its Official Airline Carrier Philippine Airlines; Academic Partners, DLSU College of Liberal Arts, AIM 2015 ASEAN Project and Google Philippines, its Media Sponsors,, Monster Radio RX 93.1, RX Magic 89.9, Animo Magazine, ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) and lastly, French Baker, Jollibee, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Kettle Korn.

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Go Negosyo and US Embassy Partner to Empower Young Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Participants of YEDW Manila leg with mentors.

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and the United States Embassy partnered to empower young entrepreneurs through the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop.

YEDW is a developmental three-day workshop for existing Filipino young entrepreneurs and young aspiring entrepreneurs (with actual business ideas) that will be held in Manila, Iloilo, Zamboanga City, and Batangas.

The four initial workshops will include training, networking, and mentorship opportunities, as well as U.S. exchange program alumni and Go Negosyo angelpreneurs who will be guest speakers and mentors.

At the conclusion of each workshop, a panel of judges from the American and Filipino business communities will vote on the best plans to innovate and expand their businesses.  One finalist from each city will receive a P30,000.00 grant with the exception of the grand prize winner, who will receive P100,000.

Finally, the top ten participants from each workshop will be invited to Manila to participate in a final workshop that will coincide with the 2015 APEC Ministerial meetings in November 2015.  This final workshop will build upon previous workshops by giving participants an opportunity reflect on the progress and challenges they encountered since the initial workshop, further hone their business development skills, network with counterparts from across the Philippines, tour successful U.S. and Philippine companies, engage with special guest speakers, and meet with APEC Ministerial meeting interlocutors.

The Manila leg of YEDW was held last July 8–10 at St. Giles Hotel, Makati.

Winner of YEDW Manila existing business category, Flora Mae Señosa.

Winner of YEDW Manila existing business category, Flora Mae Señosa.

Flora Mae Señosa, a graduate of B.S. Management from UP Visayas Tacloban College, won the P30,000 grant for existing business category during the Manila leg. Flora is the general manager is FDIC Broilers which supplies broiler chickens in their community. She joined YEDW to learn more about marketing and finance.


She shared, “I learned that in evaluating a business idea or a product, you should first think of the marketability. As according to Dean Pax, it’s not what you sell, but, it’s what people buy. It’s all about the customer’s perceived value of the product. With regards to Financial Statements, I learned about the big difference between Profitability and Valuation. Most businesses fail because they focus on profitability and not on the value of their equity. Getting out of our comfort zones was also discussed and that we should always see an opportunity behind all the uncertainty in our lives.”

Winner of YEDW Manila existing business category, Rachel de Villa.

Winner of YEDW Manila business idea category, Rachel de Villa.

23 year old Rachel de Villa, a B.S. Computer Science graduate from UP Diliman won the P10,000 cash grant for her business idea – Cropital. It is a crowd funding platform that connects interested investors to local farmers.


“We provide an alternative source of funding for farmers; and introduces a new form of investment medium for Filipinos who want to grow their money but at the same time wants to give back to our community. We believe that it is high time we encourage the change in mindset of our farmers into becoming more entrepreneurial. Cropital will not only provide funding but also guide them with best practices and information on managing their farms.” She said.


“I encourage everyone to be part of this inspiring and life-changing event. It’s really good to know that there are efforts like these in helping young entrepreneurs to pursue their passion and fast track their businesses.” Rachel added.


The Iloilo run will be on August 26-28 at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City. The Zamboanga run will be on September 9-11 and Batangas will be on October 12-14.


Applications are still on-going for the Zamboanga & Batangas leg. Deadline of applications for the Zamboanga leg is on August 21, 2015 and September 14, 2015 for Batangas.


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AFFI Organizes 1st EntrepRUN to Benefit Young Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

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It’s been 18 years since the Association of Filipino Franchisers (AFFI Empowering Entrepreneurs™) first began helping the business community reach new customers and investors through exhibits and trade missions, communicate through open dialogues and discussions, participate in business matching, learn to professionalize and improve their processes through AFFI programs, and more. Even now, the organization continues to help emerging and established entrepreneurs improve their businesses.

1st EntrepRUN: A Run for Success

This year, AFFI are celebrating their triumphs as well as continuing with their advocacy to help young entrepreneurs find solid ground within the business, through the 1st EntrepRUN: A Run for Success. This run will stretch all the way from the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Roxas Boulevard to Coastal mall in Parañaque City, a huge event designed to promote entrepreneurship throughout the country.

AFFI calls it “more than a fun run,” saying that the event will showcase various business industries and stakeholders to demonstrate solidarity in advocating entrepreneurship. The run will bring together different trade organizations, local government units, and private corporations, symbolizing how even competitors can run as one in order to promote diversity in the business industry.

The run will be open to all sorts of runners who support AFFI’s goals, whether or not they are entrepreneurs, and it will be held on September 6, 2015, with the program set to begin at 4:00 AM.

Supporting Young Entrepreneurs

Part of AFFI’s goals in organizing this event is to generate funds for their corporate social responsibility program, which aims to help the next generation of young entrepreneurs launch their business concepts. The people at AFFI firmly believe that entrepreneurship contributes toward alleviating poverty and nation-building by way of a more robust economy.

AFFI intends to serve as the mentor to young entrepreneurs as they strive to succeed in the business industry. Some of the proceeds will go to Go Negosyo’s Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (BEST) program, which will provide selected students with the seed capital to launch their business concepts.

Proceeds will also go toward AFFI’s Seminars and Business Clinic, which conducts learning events such as Entrepreneurship Seminars that educate the public on how to start a small business. AFFI conducts over 100 of these seminars throughout the year, with the help of seasoned entrepreneurs willing to share their expertise and top tips.

Activities at the EntrepRUN

Running isn’t all you can do at EntrepRUN. The event will feature a festival area, which will showcase partners’ brands and include booths where AFFI partners will be able to share samples of their products or even sell them outright as well as share flyers, brochures, and other information about their businesses.

Following the run are Breakfast Mentoring Sessions, which include four sets of seminars open to the runners, so they can improve their knowledge and be encouraged to set up their own businesses or franchises. The topics include: Right Franchise for You, Franchise Your Business, Entrepreneurship 101, Winning Sales Strategies.

AFFI also supports the balance of business, health, and family through the run. They hope this event will promote a healthy lifestyle among entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to literally run great distances for their businesses. Plus, this is a family-friendly event, as 50 fun mascots will be participating in the 3K Kids Run.

The 1st EntrepRUN: A Run for Success will be held on Sunday, September 6. The program starts at 4AM at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the finish line can be found at Coastal mall in Parañaque City.

The run is sponsored by Entrepreneur Magazine, Go Negosyo , Blue Water Day Spa, SeaOil, Vcargo, Farmacia Ni Dok, Center for Pop, Crave Chicharon, EC Gas, Fiorgelato, Garmin, Happy Haus Donuts, Lots’ A Pizza, Nail It!, The Generics Pharmacy, Acquasuisse, Ferino’s Bibingka, Goto King, Ink All You Can, Reyes Barbecue,  Yuxin, Abrea Consulting Group , CSR Philippines, Department of Trade and Industry, FINEX Foundation, IntellectualProperty Office, National Reintegration Center for OFW’s, TGFI, BusinessMirror,  BusinessWorld, BusinessWorld Weekender, Chinoy TV, Franchise, Igers Manila, Light Network, Malaya Business Insight, The Manila times, The Manila Bulletin, MoneySense Magazine,, Radyo Negosyo, Travelife Magazine, View Magazine,, BPI Ka-negosyo, Meralco Biz, Generika Drugstore,  Pilipinas 911, Affinitea, Big Apple Express Spa, Mercato, Mizuno, SM Tickets, Aquabest, Crystal Clear, Pocari Sweat, Water Boy and Ipay88

Project Resibo Ko, Boto Ko para sa Bayan Ko (PRB)

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship–Go Negosyo and Center for Strategic Reforms hosted the “Project Resibo Ko, Boto Ko para sa Bayan Ko"  at FEU Manila.

Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship–Go Negosyo and Center for Strategic Reforms hosted the “Project Resibo Ko, Boto Ko para sa Bayan Ko” at FEU Manila.

Last August 4, Far Eastern University in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship–Go Negosyo and Center for Strategic Reforms hosted the “Project Resibo Ko, Boto Ko, Para sa Bayan Ko (PRB) at the FEU University Conference Center. The opening message of Dr. Maria Teresa Trinidad Tinio, FEU Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, centered on the event’s theme: Youth Empowerment, Voter’s Education and Tax Awareness.

The first speaker was Mr. Raymond Abrea, Center for Strategic Reforms President and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur. Mr. Abrea encouraged the youth to play a part in nation building by being honest and accountable for themselves and others. According to Mr. Abrea, doing something as simple as asking for receipts can help to hold everyone accountable of his taxes and integrally transform the nation. He also played a showed a video presentation entitled “May Pag-Asa Pa” which inculcated hope in every audience’s heart and mind.

Atty. Andres Bautista, Commission on Elections Chairman and Former Dean of the FEU Institute of Law, was the second speaker. In his presentation, he elaborated on “Why the Youth Vote Matters.” Atty. Bautista summed up all these reasons into three: first, the youth are too many to ignore; Second, the issues that affect the youth today are the same issues that the country will face in the future; and third, the youth are impatient (with change).

COMELEC Chair and former FEU Institute of Law Dean, Atty. Andres Bautista.

COMELEC Chair and former FEU Institute of Law Dean, Atty. Andres Bautista.

After the plenary talks came the panel discussions moderated by Rappler’s Zak Yuson. The first panel is composed of young professionals who advocate youth empowerment such as: Kenneth Abante, (Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Department of Finance) Jecel Censoro, (Project Implementation Specialist of Asian Development Bank) Stephanie Gaña, (One of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2015 Awardees/ FEU Institute of Education Student Council President) Jen Horn (Chief Collaborator of Muni) and Xavier Padilla (Executive Director of YesPinoy.) The panellists shared their stories of social impact as youth innovators and answered questions directed toward the role of the youth in nation-building.

Kevin dela Cruz, (Founder of Ronda Palengke Social Enterprise Foundation) Tal de Guzman, (Founder and Designer of Risque Designs) Gladis Morales, (President of FEU Entrepreneurship Club/ Founder, Pen & Paper) Bryan McClelland (Founder of Bambike) and Jap Uminga (Programs Development Manager, Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship comprise the panel of the second plenary discussion. The panellists talked about how the youth can contribute to the country by being young entrepreneurs and innovators. They also answered the questions of audience members who are interested in having their own business ventures.

Towards the end of the program, Commissioner Earl Saavedra from the National Youth Commission (NYC) enlightened the youth attendees about the NYC: Who they are, what they do and what opportunities they can offer the Filipino youth. Commissioner Saavedra also called everyone to take action and not just sit around and watch as our country takes on different challenges every day.  According to him, the youth has a great potential to make a change considering its number, skills and attitude in life.

Finally Professor Joeven Castro, Director of FEU Student Development Office, concluded the event with a challenge for the youth to show its love for the country by getting involved and taking social responsibility.

The event was attended by students from different universities and hosted by Mr. Pocholo Gonzales from Creative Voices and FEU’s Patricia Ramirez.

Yes! The Filipino Youth Can: Leading, Learning and Serving for Life

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
The 10 National Awardees of 2015 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) with Mr. Joey Concepcion (RFM Corporation President & CEO), Dr. Patricia Licuanan (CHED Chairperson), Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Mr. Jose Concepcion Jr. (RFM Foundation Chairman) and Ms. Marie Concepcion-Young (RFM Foundation President).

The 10 National Awardees of 2015 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) with Mr. Joey Concepcion (RFM Corporation President & CEO), Dr. Patricia Licuanan (CHED Chairperson), Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Mr. Jose Concepcion Jr. (RFM Foundation Chairman), Ms. Marie Concepcion-Young (RFM Foundation President) and Ms. Pamela Asis-Layugan (TOSP Alumni Community Chairperson).

May this award not only be tangible proof of recognition of your hard work and determination, but also a fervent motivation for you to strive harder and inspire generations of Filipino youths to follow on your footsteps.”, notably Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras challenged the 30 National Finalists and Alumni Community during the 2015 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) National Awarding in Malacañan Palace, Manila last July 30, 2015.

The TOSP 2015 National Awarding Ceremony served as the culminating event to a week-long series of activities. It has been 154 years since the birth of Dr. Jose Rizal who serve as inspiration for the program; 54 years since Jose Concepcion Jr. established the search believing in Rizal’s words thus “the youth is the hope of our fatherland”; and 14 years since the TOSP Alumni Community was formed as a concrete response to the call for nation-building set by Rizal’s heroic example and Mr. Concepcion’s affirmative service.

After the extensive school screening, regional selection and nomination process that gathered a total of two hundred thirty one (231) nominees from all over the country, the 30 National Finalists who have not only excelled academically, but have also lived a life of dedicated service and make a difference in their respective communities, organizations, and fields of interest was proudly presented.

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras delivers the message on behalf of President Aquino during the TOSP 2015 National Awarding.

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras delivers the message on behalf of President Aquino during the TOSP 2015 National Awarding.

The event was graced by the Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras, RFM Corporation President Jose Ma. Concepcion III, RFM Foundation President Marie Concepcion – Young, Hon. Patricia B. Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education and RFM Foundation Chairman and TOSP Founder Jose S. Concepcion Jr. along with family members and school administrators who actively contribute to the cause of commemorating the country’s top 10 dedicated students.

In their batch response, all 30 Finalists for this search, represented by Mr. Gregg Louise C. Tolentino, put the context of being role models in the successor generation and to give hope in each in every Filipino, Malugod ang pagtanggap naming lahat sa pribilehiyong makapaglingkod at makatugon sa mga isyu ng lipunan. Ang maging parte ng pamilyang tunay na nagmamahal sa Inang bayan at nagtitiwalang “Yes, the Filipino can.” Kami ang Batch ISAGADA, salitang ang kahulugan ay ang mga taong nainirahan sa Sagada. Sagada ang langit ng mga pangarap at kung saan mo masisilayan ang mga taong may iisang paninindigan. Kami ang ISAGADA, mga anak ng Pilipinas na may pangarap na hindi susukuan, may pinanghuhugutan, pinaglalaban at binabalikan.

I. SA. GA. DA. – Iisa sa isip, salita, gawa at damdamin.”

This year’s 10 National Awardees were Khenn B. Arquiza (Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Western Mindanao State University), Apolinario A. Bagano Jr. (Bachelor of Science in Development Communication, Benguet State University), Maria Stephanie A. Gaña (Bachelor in Elementary Education Major in Special Education, Far Eastern University), Lynrose Jane D. Genon (Bachelor of Arts Major in English, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology), Raphael Aaron A. Letaba (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy, University of the Philippines-Diliman), Fharnieza S. Mohammad (Bachelor of Science in Biology, Western Mindanao State University), Ma. Nerissa M. Nicolas (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Dr. Yanga’s Colleges Inc.), Adriel Gamier G. Sanchez (Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, University of San Jose Recoletos), Gregg Louise C. Tolentino (Bachelor of Science in Economics, Master of Science in Economics, De La Salle University) and Ryan Y. Yu (Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University).

Go Negosyo Celebrates 10 Years of Entrepreneurial Revolution

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

DSC_3583The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship or Go Negosyo celebrated its 10th anniversary with a dinner program for its community of entrepreneurs, advocates and partners last July 28, 2015 in The Eye, Green Sun Makati.

Since 2005, Go Negosyo has been advocating for a change in mindset among Filipinos towards a positive and enterprising attitude and for competency building among Filipinos as the real solution to poverty. Go Negosyo, led by its Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, continues to be a catalyst in grassroot economic upliftment. . It has been a decade of pursuing with passion the building of a more optimistic and entrepreneurial culture among Filipinos.

In a short program, Go Negosyo recognized its trustees, partners, fellow advocates, and icon entrepreneurs such as Henry Sy, John Gokongwei Jr., Lucio Tan, Andrew Tan, Manny Pangilinan, Carlos Chan, Ricardo Po, Felipe Gozon, Socorro Ramos, and Manny Villar who are all inspirations to many aspiring Filipino entrepreneurs.

Go Negosyo also recognized dynamic legislative leaders like Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Cynthia Villar  for their respective efforts in empowering Filipino entrepreneurs.


Also, the Go Negosyo Mentor Me valued the programs of  different institutions and individuals from across sectors of the society – from the government, the academe, media, non-profits and civil society and business – who have initiated programs which empower Filipinos to be entrepreneurial. These organizations continue to inspire us in what we do as partners of the advocacy.

Apart from the recognitions, Go Negosyo launched its 10th book entitled: Go Negosyo: Joey Concepcion’s 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories (Special 10th Year Anniversary Edition). It is a reinvention of Go Negosyo’s first book but was given a modern look. Go Negosyo also added a number of new champion entrepreneurs who have been making waves in the business industry in the past decade. The foreword was written by entrepreneur icon John Gokongwei Jr., and entrepreneurial lessons from the “Entrep Guru” and angelpreneur Andy Ferreria.

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Go Negosyo have added equally inspiring stories of entrepreneurship advocate Sen. Bam Aquino, JJ Atencio (8990 Holdings Inc.), Laura Bertotto (VMV Hypoallergenics), Carlos Chan (Liwayway Marketing Corp.), Renen De Guia (Ovation Productions), Philippe Lhuillier (PJ Lhuillier Group), Nix Nolledo (Xurpas), William Sy (Primer Group), Tommanny Tan (FERN Inc.), Arthur Tugade (Perry’s Group), Antonio Tuviera (TAPE Inc.), and Glenn Yu (SEAOIL).

Mr. Joey Concepcion and Go Negosyo promise that it will continue with its mission to help move this country forward in becoming an entrepreneurial nation!

P-Noy Thanks ‘Kuya Bam’ for PH Competition Law

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

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President Benigno Aquino III thanked Sen. Bam Aquino for his efforts to pass two crucial legislative measures that will further sustain the country’s economic growth and boost the government’s inclusive growth agenda.

In his speech, the Chief Executive lauded Sen. Aquino, whom he playfully referred to as “Kuya Bam” for working for the passage of the Philippine Competition Law and the Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act, now known as Republic Act 10667 and 10668, respectively.

3 The measures were signed by the Chief Executive during a ceremony at Malacanang Palace today (July 21).

“Partikular po nating pinasasalamatan, unahin ko na po, pasensiya na po kayo, ‘yung kuya ko si Bam Aquino, at ang marami pang ibang sponsor at may-akda ng dalawang batas na ito,” President Aquino said in his speech.

The President said the Philippine Competition Act, which took almost 25 years to pass into law, would help sustain the country’s ever-growing economy and ensure a climate that provides a level-playing field for all businesses.

“Sa pamamagitan ng dalawang panukalang batas na pinagtibay natin sa araw na ito, tinatanggal natin ang mga baluktot na kalakarang dulot ng kawalan ng kumpetisyon, na walang nadadalang pakinabang sa ating mamamayan,” said the Chief Executive.

The President also stressed the importance of the Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act, saying that it will lead to lower prices of logistics and lower prices of goods for consumers

“Sa mga amyenda po ninyo, malayang makakapagkalakal ang mga banyagang barko ng kanilang imported at exported na kargamento sa kanilang napiling port of destination. Dahil dito, mapapadali at mapapamura ang export at import ng mga produkto, na magbubunsod ng mas masiglang merkado,” he said.

“Sa pinagtibay nating Philippine Competition Act at Liberalization of Philippine Cabotage, ang pagbabagong tinatamasa natin ngayon ay magpapatuloy hanggang sa mga susunod pang henerasyon,” the Chief Executive stressed.

The Philippine Competition Act levels the playing field for all businesses by penalizing anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominant players, aside from eliminating cartels.

Under the law, a Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) will be established with the Chief Executive appointing a chairperson, four commissioners and an executive director.

As an independent quasi-judicial body, the PCC will look into anti-competitive behaviors, abuses in dominant positions, and anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions.

The Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act allows foreign ships carrying imported cargoes and cargoes to be exported out of the country to dock in multiple ports.

With the approval of these two measures, Sen. Bam now has four laws to his credit. Last year, the President approved the Go Negosyo Act and the Philippine Lemon Law.

FEU Institute of Technology and Go Negosyo Host Technopreneurship Conference

Friday, May 22nd, 2015


•GoNegosyo crowd shot with the speakers and FEU Institute of Technology Students

• GoNegosyo crowd shot with the speakers and FEU Institute of Technology Students

The Far Eastern University Institute of Technology’s Information Technology Education Department and Industry-Academe Linkage, Alumni and Placement Office (IALAP) in cooperation with GoNegosyo held a Technopreneurship Conference at the FEU Institute of Technology Multipurpose Hall last April 29, 2015.

The student conference was attended by over 150 students taking up Information Technology, Computer Science and other technology-related courses.

FEU Institute of Technology BSIT program Officer-In-Charge, Ms. Irish Juanatas opened the event as she welcomed the participants and the speakers. It was then followed by GoNegosyo’s Program Development Manager, Mr. John Paul Uminga who gave a brief background on GoNegosyo advocacy. Mr. Uminga also served as the conference facilitator.

The open forum is moderated by Mr. John Paul Uminga (right most) together with the speakers (from left to right) Ms. Beverly Tantiansu, Mr. Ragde Falcis and Ms. Aisa Mijeno.

The open forum is moderated by Mr. John Paul Uminga (right most) together with the speakers (from left to right) Ms. Beverly Tantiansu, Mr. Ragde Falcis and Ms. Aisa Mijeno.

During the conference, technology start-ups shared their entrepreneurial journeys as Ideaspace’s qualifying companies, they are Mr. Ragde Falcis, Chief Technology of Office of and Ms. Aisa Mijeno, Chief Executive Officer of SALt: Sustainable Alternative Lighting. Smart Communication’s Senior Business Analyst and Ideaspace mentor, Ms. Beverly Tantiansu presented Ideaspace and gave practical advice in what angel investors and accelerator would look for start-ups.

To cap the session, the Southeast Asia Mobile Application Challenge Philippine winners and representatives to the Singapore finals (Volo and HIA) presented their application pitch to give the students a glimpse during the last run of the competition.

PA de Guzman, GoNegosyo’s Programs and Marketing Officer encouraged students and teams to think of problems that can be solved by mobile applications.

Negosyo Centers FAQs

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


1. What are Negosyo Centers?
To be established under the supervision of DTI and the MSMED Council, Negosyo Centers are convergence points for the DTI, LGUs, and the private sector to (1) promote ease of doing business, and (2) ensure access to services for MSMEs within its jurisdiction.

The Go Negosyo Law or RA10644 mandates the creation of a Negosyo Center in all provinces, cities, and municipalities. The MSMED Council shall approve a multi-phase plan to roll out Negosyo Centers in all of these localities.

2. What are the different roles that DTI, LGUs, and the private sector will play?
DTI shall be the lead implementing agency for the establishment, management, and personnel assignments of Negosyo Centers.

Meanwhile, the law mandates that LGUs coordinate with the local DTI in the processing of different permits and licenses, and for other business development services to support MSMEs.

The private sector, especially the business community and the academe, is encouraged to coordinate with DTI to support the delivery of services.

3. What are the services offered by the Negosyo Centers?
DTI organized the functions mandated in Section 4 of RA10644 into four different categories of services that should be available in all Negosyo Centers:

Business Registration (functions c, d, e, and g in RA10644)
Facilitate business registration through the Philippine Business Registry including those for (1) Barangay Micro Business Enterprise registration, (2) Business Name registration, (3) Business Permit Registration; with the goal of also processing other permits and licenses businesses need to acquire.

Business Advisory Services (functions b, k, n, o, h, j, and s)
Provide free one-on-one advisory services to MSMEs tailored according to their needs including access to financing, market promotion, training and mentorship, and other business development services, investment facilitation, financial management.

Business Information and Advocacy (functions p, q, a, i, l, and m)
Provide access to information on markets, suppliers, buyers, government assistance programs, and other relevant information.

Monitoring and Evaluation (functions f, and r)
Track the progress of MSMEs and their development.

4. What should one see inside a Negosyo Center?
DTI has identified four types of Negosyo Centers with corresponding facility and personnel requirements:

Model A: A facility ideal for provinces, cities, and first-class municipalities with 3 to 5 business counselors plus support staff. Facility includes a reception area (receiving counter, PBR kiosk, computers, lounge, and library), consultation and meeting room, working area, and a training room

Model B: A facility ideal for second-class municipalities with 2 to 3 business counselors plus support staff. Facility includes a reception area, consultation and meeting room, and working area.

Model C: A facility ideal for third- to fourth-class municipalities with 2 business counselors plus support staff. Facility includes reception area and 3 desks.

Model D: A facility ideal for fifth to sixth class municipalities with 1 desk officer LGUs and the private sector are encouraged to assign personnel to support the Negosyo Centers. They are also allowed to host the facility should they have available space that is accessible to more entrepreneurs.

LGUs and the private sector are encouraged to assign personnel to support the Negosyo Centers. They are also allowed to host the facility should they have available space that is accessible to more entrepreneurs.

5. What services are NOT offered by a Negosyo Center?
The Negosyo Centers do not provide any form of capital or financing, including those in the form of grants, equity, or loan financing. However, they are expected to help MSMEs get access to financial service providers relevant to their needs.

It also does not provide manpower pooling or deployment services as it caters to entrepreneurs and not job seekers.

6. What are the steps to take in establishing a Negosyo Center in my area?
Leaders from the local DTI office, the LGU, the business community, the academe, the financial services sector and the rest of the private sector can come together in a stakeholders meeting to secure everyone’s commitment. They then identify each of their roles and responsibilities and articulate these in a memorandum of agreement. A commitment ceremony may be held to rally the general public towards their Negosyo Center Launch Event. Representatives are then invited to a Learning Workshop where they can dive deeper into the operational details of managing and sustaining an effective Negosyo Center.

7. What if an LGU has something similar already?
We can encourage the LGU to upgrade their existing business development center into a Negosyo Center that is strongly linked to DTI and other partners so that it can offer a wider range of services.

8. How are Negosyo Centers funded?
For 2015, Negosyo Centers are funded through the budget of DTI. LGUs are encouraged to support their own Center by allocating their own manpower and financial resources as well.


NCR Outstanding Students Commit to Everyday Heroism

Monday, May 11th, 2015
The 10 regional awardees of TOSP NCR. In photo: John Paul Sawali, Raphael Aaron Letaba, Gregg Luoise Tolentino, Joyce Gillian Tiam-Lee, Maria Stephanie Gana, Peter Rico Wong, Jefferson Dave Guimpayan, Joshua Tricia Diaz, Jean Claudette Galvez, and Ryan Carl Yu.

The 10 regional awardees of TOSP NCR. In photo: John Paul Sawali, Raphael Aaron Letaba, Gregg Luoise Tolentino, Joyce Gillian Tiam-Lee, Maria Stephanie Gana, Peter Rico Wong, Jefferson Dave Guimpayan, Joshua Tricia Diaz, Jean Claudette Galvez, and Ryan Carl Yu.

With this year’s theme ‘Everyday Heroism’, the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) NCR continues to encourage everybody to go forward and embody an everyday heroin their respective fields; to do, give, and share their talents and abilities despite their circumstances. Through this, the country can and will rise one hero at a time.

The 20 regional finalists in the annual search for TOSP-NCR are themselves stories of inspiration. Through their academic excellence, leadership and social responsibility, they have proven that being young does not stop them from making a difference and that most times, heroism is in the daily and ordinary.

This year’s 20 finalists are: Ma. Charmaine Banzuelo (Assumption College), Joyce Gillian Tiam-Lee and Ryan Carl Yu (Ateneo de Manila University), Allyn Ethel Escudero (Centro Escolar University-Manila), Samantha Christel Gaerlan and Gregg Luoise Tolentino (De La Salle University), Maria Stephanie Gana, Christopher Valentin and Kleo Alitalia Sianghio (Far Eastern University-Manila), Pierce Dominique Miralles (FEU Institute of Technology), Jefferson Dave Guimpayan (Lyceum of the Philippines-Manila), French Kim Bernales and Jefferson Mendez (Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Manila), Gabriel Eric Villanueva (Treston International College), Joshua Tricia Diaz, Jean Claudette Galvez, and Peter Rico Wong (University of Santo Tomas), Ma. Roa Dellomas (University of the East-Caloocan), and John Paul Sawali and Raphael Aaron Letaba (University of the Philippines-Diliman).

Before the interview and judging, the regional finalists went through a three-day formation program facilitated by TOSP-NCR alumni. A trademark of TOSP, the three days were centered on humanizing the finalists as achievers, building the community, and understanding the challenges in the region and responding to the call of nation-building.

Over those three days, they had an exposure trip at the New Bilibid Prison, and sharing sessions with notable young alumni of TOSP-NCR: Kenneth Abante of the Department of Finance and Delfin Villafuerte of Teach Philippines’ inaugural batch of fellows.

Ms. Sonia Malasarte-Roco delivers the keynote address.

Ms. Sonia Malasarte-Roco delivers the keynote address.

This year’s members of the Board of Judges are Sonia Malasarte-Roco (TOSP 1964), a pioneer in the development sector and Executive Director of Student Catholic Action of the Philippines; Diosdado Domingo of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Raymund Abrea of the Center for Strategic Reform; Candy Sotto of IBM Solutions Delivery Inc., and Dr. Madelaine Valera, former Undersecretary of the Department of Health. Valera also chaired this year’s Screening Committee.

The awarding ceremony was held at the Fuller Hall of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), May 9, Malasarte-Roco delivered the keynote address.

This year’s TOSP NCR awardees are: Joshua Tricia Diaz, Jean Claudette Galvez, Maria Stephanie Gana, Jefferson Dave Guimpayan, Raphael Aaron Letaba, John Paul Sawali, Joyce Gillian Tiam-Lee, Peter Rico Wong, and Ryan Carl Yu.

Since Jose Concepcion Jr. founded it in 1961, the TOSP program has honored graduating college students who have not only excelled academically but have also made a difference in their respective communities, organizations, and fields of interest.

The TOSP NCR Regional Search and Formation Week was made possible through the efforts of the TOSP-Alumni Community NCR combined with those of its partners: RFM Foundation and Corporation, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (regional champion), Commission on Higher Education, TOSP Alumni Community (national), and its sponsors: Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Chevron, W Group Inc. the Alumni Association of AIM, Aficionado, Food Asia Corporation, Kettle Korn, Go Negosyo, Felta, Oryspa and the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc.