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DTI and ASEAN BAC Pushes for MSME Development

Monday, July 24th, 2017
RJ Ledesma, Le Duy Binh (Chief Economist of Economica Viet Nam), Fatin Arifin (Vice President of Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei), Sec. Ramon Lopez, Cecilio Pedro, Dr. Benjamin Quinones (Chairman of Asian Solidarity Economy Council), and PA Joey Concepcion.

RJ Ledesma, Le Duy Binh (Chief Economist of Economica Viet Nam), Fatin Arifin (Vice President of Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei), Sec. Ramon Lopez, Cecilio Pedro, Dr. Benjamin Quinones (Chairman of Asian Solidarity Economy Council), and PA Joey Concepcion.

Last Friday, MSMEs were once again put on the spotlight as the Department of Trade and Industry hosted the ASEAN 2017 MSME Development Summit, a part of the ASEAN @ 50 activities under the Philippine chairmanship. ASEAN Business Advisory Council is in full support of this program for MSMEs.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, who was one of the staunch MSME champions in the country since his time with Go Negosyo reiterated the role of MSMEs in the growing economy not just in the country, but also across the ASEAN region. He said, “Growth can only be successful if we empower the bottom of the pyramid.” He shared stories of how some entrepreneurs started from being small to successfully leveling up.

I was honored to be part of the forum discussing the goal of ASEAN which is providing prosperity for all. I was joined by Dr. Hafsah Hashim, CEO of SME Corporation Malaysia; Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Chair of Senate Committee on Trade Commerce and Entrepreneurship; Mr. Kurt Wee, President of Association of Small and Medium Enterprises Singapore; and Gov. Nestor Espenilla Jr., Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

As I have shared during my speech, The power of mentorship is the key to helping us succeed.” This is why aside from the DTI-Go Negosyo Kapatid Mentor ME program, one of the successful private-public partnership programs, ASEAN BAC established the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) which will create the largest pool of mentors across the region.

It is exciting to know that we all have one vision for the MSMEs and that is for them to become an integral part of the economy, for them to be embraced by a greater market making them level up. Our advocacy in partnership with DTI remains constant in brooding the efficiency of entrepreneurial culture in our country.

By bringing together private and public sectors, the government, enablers and the taking MSMEs to another level, we can have the prosperity for all. This is the start of an affluent change and productivity of the MSMEs in our country. We are working hard to empower MSMEs to excel, for them to become part of our developing economy and by putting them in the forefront of the business.

The whole day discussion of the 7Ms (Mindset, Mastery, Mentoring, Markets, Money, Machines and Models) were all for one mission – for MSMEs to achieve prosperity.

Usec. Zenaida Maglaya opened the program introducing the MSME Development Summit's theme.

Usec. Zenaida Maglaya opened the program introducing the MSME Development Summit’s theme.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez shared that MSME development is part of the Duterte administration's economic agenda. He said, "This is intetgral part of President Duterte's plan to achieve inclusive growth and prosperity for all and uplift all the quality of life for all Filipinos."

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez shared that MSME development is part of the Duterte administration’s economic agenda. He said, “This is intetgral part of President Duterte’s plan to achieve inclusive growth and prosperity for all and uplift all the quality of life for all Filipinos.”

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion discussed the importance of mentoring for MSMEs.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion discussed the importance of mentoring for MSMEs.

Sen Miguel Zubiri who is the chair of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship stressed that MSMEs must be resilient. "Tjere are many stories of those who have not been successful in their first attempt. Be resilient, you will come through many obstacles, but when you survive, you win."

Sen Miguel Zubiri who is the chair of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship stressed that MSMEs must be resilient. “Tjere are many stories of those who have not been successful in their first attempt. Be resilient, you will come through many obstacles, but when you survive, you win.”

Mr. Kurt Wee, President of Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Singapore advised MSMEs to define their "gameplay." He said, "If you can perceive it, you can achieve it. If you can't see it, your team can't do it. When you see it in your mind, you can drive it to happen."

Mr. Kurt Wee, President of Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Singapore advised MSMEs to define their “gameplay.” He said, “If you can perceive it, you can achieve it. If you can’t see it, your team can’t do it. When you see it in your mind, you can drive it to happen.”

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla also joined the keynote forum discussing how the Philippines has opened the market for financing institutions.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla also joined the keynote forum discussing how the Philippines has opened the market for financing institutions.

Datuk Dr. Hafsah Hashim, CEO of SME Corporation Malaysia related the growth of MSMEs in the region by comparing it to the statistics 10 years ago.

Datuk Dr. Hafsah Hashim, CEO of SME Corporation Malaysia related the growth of MSMEs in the region by comparing it to the statistics 10 years ago.

One of the Go Negosyo advocates, Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation was part of the discussion on promoting mindset of MSMEs.

One of the Go Negosyo advocates, Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation was part of the discussion on promoting mindset of MSMEs.

Dean Pax Lapid, Rex Daryanani, Asec. Bles Lantayona, and PA Joey Concepcion.

Dean Pax Lapid, Rex Daryanani, Asec. Bles Lantayona, and PA Joey Concepcion.

Rex Daryanani, Sen. Migz Zubiri, PA Joey Concepcion, and Sec. Ramon Lopez.

Rex Daryanani, Sen. Migz Zubiri, PA Joey Concepcion, and Sec. Ramon Lopez.

 Cecilio Pedro, Marife Zamora, PA Joey Concepcion, and Emma Imperial.

Cecilio Pedro, Marife Zamora, PA Joey Concepcion, and Emma Imperial.

Jay Yuvallos, Chairman of MSME Working Group of ASEAN BAC, said that MSMEs must develop self-mastery.

Jay Yuvallos, Chairman of MSME Working Group of ASEAN BAC, said that MSMEs must develop self-mastery.

Dean Pax Lapid was part of the session on Master and Mentoring toward competitiveness and resilience.

Dean Pax Lapid was part of the session on Master and Mentoring toward competitiveness and resilience.

ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSMEs Chairman and Business Advisory and Services Darussalam Enterprise Head Norlela Suhailee said "Each country should really open up to the best practices of other ASEAN member countries."

ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSMEs Chairman and Business Advisory and Services Darussalam Enterprise Head Norlela Suhailee said “Each country should really open up to the best practices of other ASEAN member countries.”

PA Joey Concepcion, Dean Pax Lapid, Thomas Suhartono (ASEAN BAC Indonesia Chairman), Norlela Suhailee, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Karen Davila, and Jay Yuvallos.

PA Joey Concepcion, Dean Pax Lapid, Thomas Suhartono (ASEAN BAC Indonesia Chairman), Norlela Suhailee, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Karen Davila, and Jay Yuvallos.

Dr. Ciel Habito, PA Joey Concepcion, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Sen. Bam Aquino, Gov. Nestor Espenilla, George Barcelon.

Dr. Ciel Habito, PA Joey Concepcion, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Sen. Bam Aquino, Gov. Nestor Espenilla, George Barcelon.

Jaime Garchitorena of Credit Information Corporation joined the discussion on Money.

Jaime Garchitorena of Credit Information Corporation joined the discussion on Money.

Rj Ledesma, Usec. Nora Terrado, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Datuk Dr. Hafsah Hashim, Moe Kyaw, Reese Ruiz and PA Joey Concepcion.

Rj Ledesma, Usec. Nora Terrado, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Datuk Dr. Hafsah Hashim, Moe Kyaw, Reese Ruiz and PA Joey Concepcion.

Salve Duplito, Frans Purnama (Indonesia Microfinance Association), Sec. Ramon Lopez, Jaime Garchitorena, Nicole Paterno (1000 Angels), Griselda Santos (World Bank - IFC), and PA Joey Concepcion.

Salve Duplito, Frans Purnama (Indonesia Microfinance Association), Sec. Ramon Lopez, Jaime Garchitorena, Nicole Paterno (1000 Angels), Griselda Santos (World Bank – IFC), and PA Joey Concepcion.

Soldiers of Marawi Send their Heartfelt Gratitude

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Last June 25, 2017, a Humanitarian Pause was declared in the city of Marawi by General Padilla in light of the Muslim celebration of Eid-al-Fitr. The temporary ceasefire was said to give reverence to the peaceful, joyous and festive celebration which is the nature of the important Islamic holiday. While the pause brought temporary peace to the region, the fight for Marawi continues on.

Last week, we featured the efforts that Kapatids have undertaken in order to boost the morale and bring relief to the soldiers in Marawi. Tons of relief goods and letters of gratitude were received by the soldiers who are sacrificing day in and day out to bring peace to the area. Amidst these trying times, the heart of the Filipino is uniting with our brave soldiers in the struggle for peace.

Many soldiers have expressed their heartfelt gratitude to those that remembered them and sent messages of encouragement. Words of kindness and love truly have the power to lift the spirits of our soldiers. In fact, the soldiers have gone out of their way to trace the people whose letter they received from the care packages in order to thank them.

Soldier Alvinz S. Adonza shared that while reading the letter of Jakey Carillo Lazo, he felt a wave of happiness and couldn’t stop smiling at the thought that there are people who support and wholeheartedly pray for the safety of the soldiers and their families. His message to all the Filipinos who are concerned about the soldiers’ plight in Marawi was to continue our support and prayers. “Kami naman po ay gagampanan ng buong puso at maayos and aming sinumpang trabaho para sa atin bayan. Patuloy po tayong magtiwala sa kakayahan ng sundalong Pilipino. Sa mga mahal sa buhay ng aming mga kasamang nag buwis ng kanilang buhay, nakikiramay po kami sa inyo.”

Other soldiers directly reached out to the donors and writers of the letters in order to express their gratitude. Let us stay resilient and hopeful for our brothers and sisters who continually lay down their lives in service of the safety of the Filipino people.

The text message that soldier Alvinz S. Adonza gave to his donor Jakey Carillo Lazo, thanking her for the support and trust Lazo extended to him and his fellow soldiers on the field.

The text message that soldier Alvinz S. Adonza gave to his donor Jakey Carillo Lazo, thanking her for the support and trust Lazo extended to him and his fellow soldiers on the field.

Ranger Sentido Doss with the relief goods he was given from Go Negosyo's Kapatid for Marawi effort. He thanked the young donor Diana D. Sameniego who wrote the letter he received in his care package. Doss said that he was thankful for what Sameniego sent and his heart wells up from the knowledge that the soldiers are being thought of by their kababayans.

Ranger Sentido Doss with the relief goods he was given from Go Negosyo’s Kapatid for Marawi effort. He thanked the young donor Diana D. Sameniego who wrote the letter he received in his care package. Doss said that he was thankful for what Sameniego sent and his heart wells up from the knowledge that the soldiers are being thought of by their kababayans.

The Fourth Mechanized Infantry Battalion posted on their Facebook page a heartfelt thank you message to the Go Negosyo Kapatid Family. In their post, the group wrote “it may be a simple gesture to you but it means a lot to the soldiers who are enduring the loneliness of being away from their loved ones.” The post gives special mention to the letters the soldiers received, which they saw as a testament to the concern of their fellow citizens for them.

The Fourth Mechanized Infantry Battalion posted on their Facebook page a heartfelt thank you message to the Go Negosyo Kapatid Family. In their post, the group wrote “it may be a simple gesture to you but it means a lot to the soldiers who are enduring the loneliness of being away from their loved ones.” The post gives special mention to the letters the soldiers received, which they saw as a testament to the concern of their fellow citizens for them.

Soldier Jun-ric Oaj Errotal reached out to Nikki Pineda Mendoza through a post on Facebook. The two exchanged words of gratitude and appreciation. Errotal expressed that the kind gesture touched his heart and that they will continue to fight valiantly as soldiers. Mendoza and Zarah Juan then responded with further words of encouragement and prayers for the soldiers.

Soldier Jun-ric Oaj Errotal reached out to Nikki Pineda Mendoza through a post on Facebook. The two exchanged words of gratitude and appreciation. Errotal expressed that the kind gesture touched his heart and that they will continue to fight valiantly as soldiers. Mendoza and Zarah Juan then responded with further words of encouragement and prayers for the soldiers.

The Hard Corps Facebook page posted an album containing the letters soldiers received from children through the care packages delivered by the Go Negosyo Kapatid for Marawi effort.

The Hard Corps Facebook page posted an album containing the letters soldiers received from children through the care packages delivered by the Go Negosyo Kapatid for Marawi effort.

Soldier Edison Mateo reached out to Diane Roque on Facebook to thank her for the letter he received in his care package. According to Zarah Juan who led the initiative to collate letters for the soldiers, many other soldiers are tracing the source of the letters and are thanking those who show concern and love to them during the rather hostile situation in Marawi.

Soldier Edison Mateo reached out to Diane Roque on Facebook to thank her for the letter he received in his care package. According to Zarah Juan who led the initiative to collate letters for the soldiers, many other soldiers are tracing the source of the letters and are thanking those who show concern and love to them during the rather hostile situation in Marawi.

Another soldier, Carl Palattao, asked that his gratitude may reach all those that supported and wrote to the soldiers. He expressed that all the soldiers were pleased by the letters they read and hopes that the Lord may continue to watch over all of us.

Another soldier, Carl Palattao, asked that his gratitude may reach all those that supported and wrote to the soldiers. He expressed that all the soldiers were pleased by the letters they read and hopes that the Lord may continue to watch over all of us.

Marawi soldiers stand in full-gear reading letters addressed to them under the #loveformarawi initiative by Kapatid Zarah Juan. The letters were part of the care packages which were sent to the soldiers through Go Negosyo’s Kapatid for Marawi effort.

Marawi soldiers stand in full-gear reading letters addressed to them under the #loveformarawi initiative by Kapatid Zarah Juan. The letters were part of the care packages which were sent to the soldiers through Go Negosyo’s Kapatid for Marawi effort.

Jobert Maquido of the Philippine Army, reads the letter that he receive from the care packages.

Jobert Maquido of the Philippine Army, reads the letter that he receive from the care packages.

 

Sending Care Packages and Letters to our Soldiers in Marawi

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
Morale boost: Letters that Go Negosyo Kapatid For Marawi is sending to our troops contain prayers and words of encouragement and hope.

Morale boost: Letters that Go Negosyo Kapatid For Marawi is sending to our troops contain prayers and words of encouragement and hope.

This will be the fourth week of war in Marawi, which was recently conquered by the terrorists. Much has happened since then and we still do not know what else can happen. But one thing is for sure: many lives have been lost. Because of this war, many people were displaced, troops were injured, and houses were lost.

For the past two weeks, Go Negosyo has led the Kapatid For Marawi project, which has been gathering and sending products to our Maranao brothers and sisters in the evacuation centers. They have been given canned goods, snacks, water, milk, juices, pasta, mats, blankets, and other essentials.

Last week, we decided to extend our support to our brave men in uniform deployed in Marawi. They, too, need all the help we can give. This is why Go Negosyo Kapatid For Marawi will be sending care packages to our troops that contain food packs, water bottles and other drinks, medicines, personal-care products, and handwritten letters. These letters contain prayers and words of encouragement and hope, which we think will boost the morale of our soldiers.

All these would have not been possible without the support of the Go Negosyo Kapatid community: Jaime Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Corporation), Manny Pangilinan (PLDT Smart Group and Metro Pacific Corporation), Tessie Sy-Coson (SM Group), Ramon Ang (San Miguel Corporation), Robina Gokongwei-Pe (The Generics Pharmacy), Lance Gokongwei and Nilo Mapa (Universal Robina Corporation), Federico Lopez (First Philippine Holdings), Michael Tan (Asia Brewery), Kevin Tan (Megaworld Corporation), Chris Po (Century Pacific Food), Corazon Ong and Jerome Ong (CDO Foodsphere Corporation), Tennyson Chen (Bounty Fresh Corporation), Dan Lachica (SEIPI), Alfred Ty (Metrobank), Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech Corporation), Ernest Cu (Globe), Felix Ang (Auto Nation Group), Jojo Concepcion (Concepcion Industries), Injap Sia and Tony Tan Caktiong (DoubleDragon Properties), Gina Lorenzana (Unilever Philippines), Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), Mary Ann Montemayor (Villa Margarita), Rey Go (Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Bernie Liu (Golden ABC), Myla Villanueva (MDI Holdings), Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Rex Daryanani (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Gianna Montinola (Far Eastern University), Maymay Liechtenstein (WomenBiz), Marites Dagdag (Clorox Philippines), Elvie Tan (Ozamiz Chamber of Commerce), Stephen Lee Keng (Anchor Land), Wilfred Gui (Guifts), Siu Ping Par (PR Gaz Haus), Zarah Juan (Greenleaf Ecobags), and myself (Kettle Korn and RFM Corporation).

Transportation of the relief goods would have not been possible without the support of LBC, led by Santi Araneta. Sabin Aboitiz and Pilmico Iligan also offered their warehouse for the repacking of items. Miguel Belmonte and Philippine STAR also support us.

Members of the Alliance Towards Prosperity for All, like the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led by George Barcelon, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Management Association of the Philippines, Financial Executives of the Philippines, Bankers Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, and others all pledged their help to the Marawi people.

Those interested in donating to #KapatidForMarawi can get in touch with the Go Negosyo team: For letters or messages of support, you can coordinate with Jarielle Reyes (0918-965-6333); for all items for donation, coordinate with Gelle Jimena (0917-312-7984 or 0999-887-9276); for cash donations, call Sophia Ramos (0928-552-3285); and for more information, contact Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar (0917-524-9957 or 0908-898-0428).

Harvesting Hope in Sulu

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

With the on-going security threat in Mindanao which led to the declaration of Martial Law in the area, some might feel that there is no hope that is happening in Mindanao. Let me share with you a good news from the province of Sulu, also one of the war torn places in Mindanao

Recently, our team led by Ginggay Hontiveros travelled to Sulu once again to witness the first graduation of the farmers in SM Foundation and Harbest Corporation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Program. More than 300 Tausug farmers graduated from the 3 month-long agri mentoring program. For the past weeks, they are trained to grow fruits and vegetables the natural way. They were able to grow plenty and healthy fruits and vegetables such as watermelons, honeydew, eggplants, ampalaya, lettuce, and many more.

This would have not been possible without the support of our big kapatids from SM Foundation led by Tessie Sy-Coson and Cristie Angeles and Harbest Corporations Toto Barcelona and trainor Conrad Calderon. We appreciate the support of the Sulu provincial government led by Governor Totoh Tan and Shah Badar Sakur Tan, and Department of Agriculture’s Mercyan Aspi and their respective teams.

Now, these farmers will be led to a fruitful and bountiful life because of KSK and the support of the Big Kapatids who want to give prosperity to the province.

Proud farmers with their bountiful harvest.

Proud farmers with their bountiful harvest.

Honeydew were grown in Sulu during the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan program (left). Farmer graduates brought their fruits and vegetables during the graduation ceremony (right).

Honeydew were grown in Sulu during the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan program (left). Farmer graduates brought their fruits and vegetables during the graduation ceremony (right).

More than 300 farmers graduated from the 3-month long agriculture training program.

More than 300 farmers graduated from the 3-month long agriculture training program.

Farmers were trained how to grow vegetables like ampalaya naturally.

Farmers were trained how to grow vegetables like ampalaya naturally.

Poultry & Training for Sulu Kapatids

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

In the continuing efforts to bring hope and prosperity to the province of Sulu, Go Negosyo led by Sulu Project Coordinator Ginggay Hontiveros together with representatives of Bounty Fresh Agro Ventures Inc., flew to Sulu recently to launch its Poultry Contract Growing Program. This program is under the Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu which was launched last December 2016 in Malacañan in the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Poultry Contract Growing Program of Bounty Fresh, provides farmers and other members of the Sulu community with training on raising, nurturing and harvesting chickens every month. This gives them an opportunity to be part of the inclusive supply chain of the company, and provide their families with monthly income and sustenance. With a successful pilot in Patikul, Go Negosyo Kapatid looks forward to spreading the livelihood program to other municipalities in the months to come.

A visit was also made to the demo farm in Jolo, the site of the SM Foundation – Harbest’s  Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan agri training program. Now on its culminating week, farmers from all over Sulu were taught on how to successfully plant high value crops such as fruits and vegetables.  Farmers recently learned how to make organic fertilizer, and how to prune, create trellises and execute proper weeding. It is heartening to see the lush green that has begun to sprout plantlets of tomatoes, honey dew, watermelon, and many other crops. With the training well underway, farmers learn how to feed their families and communities in healthy fashion, and have a chance to produce more for market.

While insurgency continues to grip some parts of Sulu, government consistently intensifies its drive to respond proactively to the situation. In the same passionate manner, private sector Kapatids remain committed to fulfill the pledges made to the people of Sulu for homes, classrooms, connectivity, livelihood and prosperity!

Farmers from Sulu underwent agri-training courtesy of SM Foundation and Harbest Corporation.

Farmers from Sulu underwent agri-training courtesy of SM Foundation and Harbest Corporation.

The Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan training program has been running for several years already and has been applied to the Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu Program.

The Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan training program has been running for several years already and has been applied to the Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu Program.

Farmers were taught on how to successfully plant high value crops.

Farmers were taught on how to successfully plant high value crops.

The first demo farm is located in Jolo where farmers can learn basic agricultural skills and techniques.

The first demo farm is located in Jolo where farmers can learn basic agricultural skills and techniques.

Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan is just one of the many development projects in Sulu under the Negosyo Para Sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu.

Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan is just one of the many development projects in Sulu under the Negosyo Para Sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu.

ASEAN BAC Brings Prosperity for All

Monday, May 8th, 2017

“If only few countries benefit and the rest will struggle, nothing will happen. Creating prosperity for all and leaving no nation behind is to me the most important objective of ASEAN.”

This is what I have shared to all the delegates and guests who attended the Prosperity for All Summit last Friday, April 28, 2017. It was a successful gathering of government partners, business leaders and entrepreneurship enablers. Together with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council members, we welcomed the Prime Minister of Malaysia, His Excellency Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak, and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.).

We are also fortunate to have former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, and Sen. Bam Aquino. Secretary Bebot Bello also dropped by to witness the summit. Of course, my partner, Sec. Ramon Lopez also joined the discussion on creating an enabling environment. Science and Technology Secretary Boy Dela Peña participated in the forum on technology and innovation.

With more than 1000 guests, our objective to promote inclusive growth has been fulfilled. We hope that through the messages and forum discussions, we were able to present what needs to be done to bring greater success to our micro and small entrepreneurs.

Here are some highlights:

Malaysia Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak delivered the keynote speech in the morning session of the summit. His Excellency Prime Minister Razak said that ASEAN must “raise awareness… and to make it feel real, relevant, and tangible, to all our citizens.”

Malaysia Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak delivered the keynote speech in the morning session of the summit. His Excellency Prime Minister Razak said that ASEAN must “raise awareness… and to make it feel real, relevant, and tangible, to all our citizens.”

Rami Sharaf, Senior Vice President of the Royal Group (Cambodia) joined the discussion on enabling an environment for micro and small entrepreneurs. Cathy Yang, anchor-managing editor of ANC, moderated the first session.

Rami Sharaf, Senior Vice President of the Royal Group (Cambodia) joined the discussion on enabling an environment for micro and small entrepreneurs. Cathy Yang, anchor-managing editor of ANC, moderated the first session.

Secretary Ramon Lopez reiterated the 7Ms that need to be strengthened to support and enable our MSMEs.

Secretary Ramon Lopez reiterated the 7Ms that need to be strengthened to support and enable our MSMEs.

Former President and Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo talked about the history and conditions that led her to put forward the concerns of MSMEs as a key policy area for economic development.

Former President and Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo talked about the history and conditions that led her to put forward the concerns of MSMEs as a key policy area for economic development.

Dr. William Dar and Sen. Bam Aquino also took part of the first session. Sen. Bam talked about the Go Negosyo Act and how it has helped more MSMEs in all areas of the country. Dr. Dar highlighted the importance of modernizing and advancing the technology to enable MSMEs.

Dr. William Dar and Sen. Bam Aquino also took part of the first session. Sen. Bam talked about the Go Negosyo Act and how it has helped more MSMEs in all areas of the country. Dr. Dar highlighted the importance of modernizing and advancing the technology to enable MSMEs.

Vice President Leni Robredo presented ways on how we can create an inclusive environment for micro and small entrepreneurs. She said, “This is why putting the welfare of MSMEs at the center of ASEAN’s agenda – essentially inclusive growth – is the challenge of our time.”

Vice President Leni Robredo presented ways on how we can create an inclusive environment for micro and small entrepreneurs. She said, “This is why putting the welfare of MSMEs at the center of ASEAN’s agenda – essentially inclusive growth – is the challenge of our time.”

Coco Alcuaz, former business news head of ANC, moderated the discussion on ASEAN market trends.

Coco Alcuaz, former business news head of ANC, moderated the discussion on ASEAN market trends.

DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado and Sen. Miguel Zubiri participated in the discussion on strengthening the ASEAN market to access global markets.

DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado and Sen. Miguel Zubiri participated in the discussion on strengthening the ASEAN market to access global markets.

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Member George Barcelon highlighted the collaboration of chambers to consolidate markets. He stressed that connectivity and going digital is important and crucial.

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Member George Barcelon highlighted the collaboration of chambers to consolidate markets. He stressed that connectivity and going digital is important and crucial.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion greeted Myanmar’s Union Minister for Planning and Finance His Excellency Kyaw Win who represented H.E. Aung San Suu Kyi.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion greeted Myanmar’s Union Minister for Planning and Finance His Excellency Kyaw Win who represented H.E. Aung San Suu Kyi.

Alex Buenaventura of Land Bank Philippines and Jojo Flores of Plug and Play Tech Center joined the discussion on funding.

Alex Buenaventura of Land Bank Philippines and Jojo Flores of Plug and Play Tech Center joined the discussion on funding.

Raymond Kwong, CEO and Managing Director of Silverlake Axis Group (Malaysia) said that if MSMEs who comprise about 80% of the total business sector can have access to financing, they can increase their GDP contribution in 10 years. Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, Founder and Managing Director of CARD Inc. shared “I started CARD with just 20 pesos and an old typewriter. My vision was to establish a bank that was by and for the poor people in this country. I wanted to turn the traditional banking system upside down.

Raymond Kwong, CEO and Managing Director of Silverlake Axis Group (Malaysia) said that if MSMEs who comprise about 80% of the total business sector can have access to financing, they can increase their GDP contribution in 10 years. Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, Founder and Managing Director of CARD Inc. shared “I started CARD with just 20 pesos and an old typewriter. My vision was to establish a bank that was by and for the poor people in this country. I wanted to turn the traditional banking system upside down.

Maria Ressa, Founder and CEO of Rapper, moderated the discussion on disruptive technology and innovation.

Maria Ressa, Founder and CEO of Rapper, moderated the discussion on disruptive technology and innovation.

Department of Science and Technology Secretary Boy Dela Peña shared the government’s initiatives to bolster innovation.

Department of Science and Technology Secretary Boy Dela Peña shared the government’s initiatives to bolster innovation.

Dr. Robert Yap, Executive Chairman of YCH Group and ASEAN BAC Singapore Chairman together with Inanc Balci, CEO of Lazada Philippines.

Dr. Robert Yap, Executive Chairman of YCH Group and ASEAN BAC Singapore Chairman together with Inanc Balci, CEO of Lazada Philippines.

Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir (right) said that the mentoring is ‘not an act of charity’ but rather a way to link entrepreneurs to the value chain involving good relationships. Rico Hizon (left) hosted the event and moderated the last session.

Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir (right) said that the mentoring is ‘not an act of charity’ but rather a way to link entrepreneurs to the value chain involving good relationships. Rico Hizon (left) hosted the event and moderated the last session.

ASEAN BAC Philippines Member and SM Investments Vice Chairman Teresita Sy-Coson and PLDT Group Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan both agreed on the importance of mentorship for micro entrepreneurs to scale up.

ASEAN BAC Philippines Member and SM Investments Vice Chairman Teresita Sy-Coson and PLDT Group Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan both agreed on the importance of mentorship for micro entrepreneurs to scale up.

Jose Concepcion Jr., one of founding members of ASEAN Business Advisory Council was the chairman of the council 10 years ago. He was joined by his wife, Marivic Concepcion.

Jose Concepcion Jr., one of founding members of ASEAN Business Advisory Council was the chairman of the council 10 years ago. He was joined by his wife, Marivic Concepcion.

US Ambassador Sung Kim also attended the Prosperity for All Summit.

US Ambassador Sung Kim also attended the Prosperity for All Summit.

Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha highlighted the efforts of his government on supporting micro entrepreneurs. In Thailand, they initiated the “Pracharat”, an advocacy program for MSMEs involving tripartite collaboration between the government, large private businesses, and micro enterprises.

Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha highlighted the efforts of his government on supporting micro entrepreneurs. In Thailand, they initiated the “Pracharat”, an advocacy program for MSMEs involving tripartite collaboration between the government, large private businesses, and micro enterprises.

PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and Atty. Mike Toledo.

PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and Atty. Mike Toledo.

ASEAN BAC Lao PDR Chairman Oudet Souvannavong together with UK-ASEAN Business Council’s Max Colemen and Chris Humphrey.

ASEAN BAC Lao PDR Chairman Oudet Souvannavong together with UK-ASEAN Business Council’s Max Colemen and Chris Humphrey.

LT Group’s Michael Tan, French Baker’s Johnlu Koa, and Wilcon Depot’s William Belo.

LT Group’s Michael Tan, French Baker’s Johnlu Koa, and Wilcon Depot’s William Belo.

Former DTI Secretary Greg Domingo, Marissa Concepcion, Bernie Liu (Golden ABC Corporation), Joey Concepcion, Kazuo Okada (Okada Manila), and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation).

Former DTI Secretary Greg Domingo, Marissa Concepcion, Bernie Liu (Golden ABC Corporation), Joey Concepcion, Kazuo Okada (Okada Manila), and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation).

Hans Sy of SM Prime and Bernie Liu of Golden ABC Corporation

Hans Sy of SM Prime and Bernie Liu of Golden ABC Corporation

Labor Secretary Bebot Bello together with Teresita Sy-Coson.

Labor Secretary Bebot Bello together with Teresita Sy-Coson.

Douglas Foo, Founder and Chairman of Sakae Holdings and President of Singapore Manufacturing Federation was a panelist of the session on ASEAN markets.

Douglas Foo, Founder and Chairman of Sakae Holdings and President of Singapore Manufacturing Federation was a panelist of the session on ASEAN markets.

Pia Hontiveros-Pagkalinawan, News Anchor of CNN Philippines led the discussion on financing options for micro entrepreneurs.

Pia Hontiveros-Pagkalinawan, News Anchor of CNN Philippines led the discussion on financing options for micro entrepreneurs.

Cambodia’s Minister of Commerce H.E. Pan Sorasak stressed the importance of public-private sector partnership in making the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network possible.

Cambodia’s Minister of Commerce H.E. Pan Sorasak stressed the importance of public-private sector partnership in making the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network possible.

Chris Chilip (Tyremart), Marissa Concepcion, US Ambassador Sung Kim, Yati Adbullah (DHL Philippines), Myrna Yao (Richprime Global), Kevin Tan (Megaworld), and Felix Ang (Auto Nation Group)

Chris Chilip (Tyremart), Marissa Concepcion, US Ambassador Sung Kim, Yati Adbullah (DHL Philippines), Myrna Yao (Richprime Global), Kevin Tan (Megaworld), and Felix Ang (Auto Nation Group)

Prosperity for ASEAN Region

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Prosperity for All Summit will happen on April 28, 2017.

Prosperity for All Summit will happen on April 28, 2017.

As we host the ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council is hosting the first Prosperity for All Summit on April 28, 2017 at the City of Dreams Manila. With the theme, “Driving growth through micro and small entrepreneurs in Trade, Services and Agriculture”, the Summit aims to pursue genuine and inclusive growth and prosperity for the ASEAN people.  At the heart of this summit are the MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) where majority remain within the poverty line and whose means of livelihood and economic future remain uncertain despite developments in the establishment of the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community).

We all know that 99.6% of the businesses in the Philippines are micro, small, and medium enterprises. It is a must for all of us to create an enabling environment where enterprises will be empowered to improve their products and services and compete in not just in the ASEAN market but also globally.

I am glad to share with you that Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak and Thailand Prime Minister General (Ret.) Prayut Chan-o-cha have both confirmed their attendance to the event. As we get closer to the date of the event, we are positive that we can get more leaders to attend. Vice President Leni Robredo will also attend the gathering of enablers.

We have invited speakers from the 10 ASEAN countries. Let me share with you our speakers for Prosperity For All Summit:

Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak will attend the Prosperity for All Summit.

Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak will attend the Prosperity for All Summit.

Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.)

Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.)

Session 1 discussion will feature former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sen. Bam Aquino, Royal Group Chairman and ASEAN BAC Cambodia Chair Mr. Neak Okna Kith Meng, and Inang Lupa Movement President Dr. William Dar. We have also invited Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. They will be discussing the topic: Enabling Environment to Achieve Prosperity for All.

Session 1 discussion will feature former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sen. Bam Aquino, Royal Group Chairman and ASEAN BAC Cambodia Chair Mr. Neak Okna Kith Meng, and Inang Lupa Movement President Dr. William Dar. We have also invited Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. They will be discussing the topic: Enabling Environment to Achieve Prosperity for All.

International Container Terminal Services Chairman and President Mr. Enrique Razon, Sakae Holdings Ltd. President and ASEAN BAC Singapore Member Mr. Douglas Foo, and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries President and ASEAN BAC Philippines Member Mr. George Barcelon will share their insights on the topic: Strengthening the One Asean Market to Access Global Markets. We have also invited Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez to join the discussion.

International Container Terminal Services Chairman and President Mr. Enrique Razon, Sakae Holdings Ltd. President and ASEAN BAC Singapore Member Mr. Douglas Foo, and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries President and ASEAN BAC Philippines Member Mr. George Barcelon will share their insights on the topic: Strengthening the One Asean Market to Access Global Markets. We have also invited Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez to join the discussion.

Funding, one of the major challenges for MSMEs, will be discussed by Mr. Alex Buenaventura of Landbank of the Philippines, Dr. Raymon Kwong of Silverlake Axis Group, Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip of Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Mr. Jojo Flores of Plug and Play Technology Center.

Funding, one of the major challenges for MSMEs, will be discussed by Mr. Alex Buenaventura of Landbank of the Philippines, Dr. Raymon Kwong of Silverlake Axis Group, Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip of Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Mr. Jojo Flores of Plug and Play Technology Center.

Forum on innovation and technology will feature Department of Science and Tecnology Sec. Fortunato Dela Pena, YCH Group Executive Chairman and ASEAN BAC Singapore Chair Dr. Robert Yap, Lazada Philippines CEO Mr. Inanc Balci and ANZ Laos CEO Ms. Anna Green.

Forum on innovation and technology will feature Department of Science and Tecnology Sec. Fortunato Dela Pena, YCH Group Executive Chairman and ASEAN BAC Singapore Chair Dr. Robert Yap, Lazada Philippines CEO Mr. Inanc Balci and ANZ Laos CEO Ms. Anna Green.

ASEAN BAC will also be launching the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN), which aims to provide a private-public partnership platform where mentors and world class teaching modules for MSME empowerment can be developed and actively shared among ASEAN Member States (AMS). To discuss this call to action for all mentors and enablers, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion will be joined by Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Ms. Teresita Sy-Coson of SM Investments Corporation and ASEAN BAC Philippines, Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan of Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), and Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Mohd Munir Bin Abdul Majid of Bank Muamalat Berhad and ASEAN BAC Malaysia.

ASEAN BAC will also be launching the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN), which aims to provide a private-public partnership platform where mentors and world class teaching modules for MSME empowerment can be developed and actively shared among ASEAN Member States (AMS). To discuss this call to action for all mentors and enablers, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion will be joined by Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Ms. Teresita Sy-Coson of SM Investments Corporation and ASEAN BAC Philippines, Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan of Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), and Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Mohd Munir Bin Abdul Majid of Bank Muamalat Berhad and ASEAN BAC Malaysia.

Sessions will be moderated by Rico Hizon, Maria Ressa, Cathy Yang, Pia Hontiveros-Pagkalinawan, and Coco Alcuaz.

Sessions will be moderated by Rico Hizon, Maria Ressa, Cathy Yang, Pia Hontiveros-Pagkalinawan, and Coco Alcuaz.

Vice President Leni Robredo will also attend the Prosperity for All Summit.

Vice President Leni Robredo will also attend the Prosperity for All Summit.

 

ASEAN BAC Engagement with Economic Ministers

Monday, March 20th, 2017
ASEAN BAC Members and entrepreneurs together with Sec. Lopez and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. (L-R: Henry Lim Bon Liong (Sterling Group), George Barcelon (PCCI and ASEAN BAC Philippines), Tan Sri Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Dr. Mohd Munir Majid (ASEAN BAC Malaysia), Cecilia Malmström, PA Joey Concepcion, Dato Ramesh Kodammal (ASEAN BAC Malaysia), and Cong. Arthur Yap.

ASEAN BAC Members and entrepreneurs together with Sec. Lopez and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. (L-R: Henry Lim Bon Liong (Sterling Group), George Barcelon (PCCI and ASEAN BAC Philippines), Tan Sri Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Dr. Mohd Munir Majid (ASEAN BAC Malaysia), Cecilia Malmström, PA Joey Concepcion, Dato Ramesh Kodammal (ASEAN BAC Malaysia), and Cong. Arthur Yap.

In line with our hosting of ASEAN, the economic ministers had their retreat and other related meetings last week which was hosted by its Chair, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. ASEAN Business Advisory Council were fortunate to have an engagement with them which then gave an avenue for us members to lay out our plans for this year and beyond.

As the chairman of ASEAN BAC, I shared the council’s vision of helping the MSMEs in the region. MSMEs account for almost 95-99% of the total enterprise in ASEAN. Since they are a majority, it is important for us to help bring prosperity to them and experience inclusive growth in the region.

During the discussion, I presented the three key pillars of ASEAN BAC. First, we are promoting Inclusive Business in the region where big brother companies are helping small brother companies by including them in the value chain. ASEAN companies will then help these small players gain access to the global market.

Second, micro entrepreneurs can also benefit from the Mentorship they can get from successful and inspiring medium and large entrepreneurs. We are launching the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) which will create a pool of mentors from 10 countries of ASEAN.

Lastly, ASEAN BAC aims to continue its participation and contribution to government policy-making and planning in line with the Strategic Action Plan for MSMEs which was launched by the ASEAN Leaders in 2015.

 ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion together with members of the ASEAN BAC presented before the ASEAN Economic Ministers led by its Chair, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion together with members of the ASEAN BAC presented before the ASEAN Economic Ministers led by its Chair, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.

I was joined by Dr. Munir Mujid, ASEAN BAC Chair Malaysia, who discussed the platforms for funding MSMEs. Dr. Robert Yap, ASEAN BAC Chair Singapore, also presented the plans of ASEAN BAC in strengthening the ASEAN Connectivity which includes four programs: Malaysia’s Financial Connectivity Project; Laos’ Connect Project; Philippines and Indonesia’s ASEAN Maritime Connectivity through RORO; and the AMEN. Other ASEAN BAC members and ASEAN BAC Executive Director Gil Gonzales also joined the engagement.

Afterwards, we enjoyed the camaraderie brought by the simple cocktails and dinner hosted by DTI. Filipino entrepreneurs and government officials played great hosts to the ASEAN Economic Ministers and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council had an engagement with the economic ministers last March 9, 2017. ASEAN BAC discussed the three key pillars of the council for the year.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council had an engagement with the economic ministers last March 9, 2017. ASEAN BAC discussed the three key pillars of the council for the year.

ASEAN BAC Executive Director Gil Gonzales reported the progress of private sector’s involvement in the working groups which addresses the sectors of healthcare, agri-food, logistics, tourism, and retail.

ASEAN BAC Executive Director Gil Gonzales reported the progress of private sector’s involvement in the working groups which addresses the sectors of healthcare, agri-food, logistics, tourism, and retail.

Dr. Robert Yap, ASEAN BAC Chair Singapore, discussed the plans of ASEAN BAC in completing and strengthening the ASEAN Connectivity.

Dr. Robert Yap, ASEAN BAC Chair Singapore, discussed the plans of ASEAN BAC in completing and strengthening the ASEAN Connectivity.

Dato Ramesh Kodammal, Joey Concepcion, Rey Rapid (R. Lapid’s Chicharon), Dr. Robert Yap (ASEAN BAC Singapore), Sec. Ramon Lopez, Manny Osmena (Manny O. Group), and Cong. Arthur Yap.

Dato Ramesh Kodammal, Joey Concepcion, Rey Rapid (R. Lapid’s Chicharon), Dr. Robert Yap (ASEAN BAC Singapore), Sec. Ramon Lopez, Manny Osmena (Manny O. Group), and Cong. Arthur Yap.

George Barcelon, DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya,Tessie Sy-Coson (ASEAN BAC Philippines) Malou Lopez, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Cong. Arthur Yap and Joey Concepcion.

George Barcelon, DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya,Tessie Sy-Coson (ASEAN BAC Philippines) Malou Lopez, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Cong. Arthur Yap and Joey Concepcion.

Secretary Ramon Lopez introduced the ASEAN Economic Ministers to the business community during the cocktails and networking event.

Secretary Ramon Lopez introduced the ASEAN Economic Ministers to the business community during the cocktails and networking event.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and Enrique Razon.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and Enrique Razon.

Dr. William Dar and Dr. Aristotle Alip.

Dr. William Dar and Dr. Aristotle Alip.

Former DTI Secretary Greg Domingo and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Former DTI Secretary Greg Domingo and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Manny Osmena (Manny O. Group), Rikki Dee (Foodlink Group), and Rex Daryanani (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

Manny Osmena (Manny O. Group), Rikki Dee (Foodlink Group), and Rex Daryanani (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

Dr. William Dar, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malou Lopez, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Rosalind Wee.

Dr. William Dar, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malou Lopez, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Rosalind Wee.

(L-R) Dr. Aristotle Alip, DTI USec. Nora Terrado, Sen. Bam Aquino, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Rey Lapid, Manny Osmena, Michael Escaler, Michael Tan, and Joey Concepcion.

(L-R) Dr. Aristotle Alip, DTI USec. Nora Terrado, Sen. Bam Aquino, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Rey Lapid, Manny Osmena, Michael Escaler, Michael Tan, and Joey Concepcion.

Forgive But Not Forget

Monday, March 6th, 2017

February 25, 1986 – a day of democracy for the country. 31 years after, we once again commemorated the anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea chairs the EDSA People Power Commission and I serve as the vice chair and representative from the private sector.

With the theme, “A Day of Reflection: Celebrating People Power for Nation Building,” we are reminded of what the Philippines has become for the past years after this momentous event.

In a short message, I shared to everyone my thoughts on how we can continuously celebrate the real essence of EDSA. Without the help of Chris Carrion, this celebration would not be possible.

“… I don’t know if my father realizes that I’m up here on stage. Somehow he has lost part of his memory but he is the one who instilled the love for the country.”

“…When I was asked, do I regret what happened during those times? For all of us it was the best experience that we should never forget. When, we toppled the dictatorship, and it brought Filipinos together as brothers and sisters. Military and civilians were not shooting one another. It was a truly an admiration to see this event happen, and we were well respected all over the world.”

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion delivers the welcome message during the celebration in AFP Grandstand. PA Concepcion is the Vice Chairman of the Edsa People Power Commission.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion delivers the welcome message during the celebration in AFP Grandstand. PA Concepcion is the Vice Chairman of the Edsa People Power Commission.

“…But, one of the reasons why we chose this day to be a day of reflection is because we really have to look back to the past and see how we can move forward. I know that sometimes, it is very hard to forgive. But, we must try to forgive but never forget. There is a big difference in forgiving and forgetting. We must move on to build and to continue the spirit of EDSA and pass it onto the next generation. Your generation is gradually moving on and my generation is entering that next phase. We will not be able to accomplish and fulfill the dream of spirit of EDSA if we will not be able to pass it to the young millennials out there to really get them to understand what has really happened on this day. Our blessed mother has truly been a miracle for all of us who has guided us all these times. Through time and today, we are very fortunate to see the Philippines in progress. The spirit of EDSA can only be achieved if we have unity, peace, and prosperity for all.”

Yearly, the Spirit of EDSA Foundation headed by its founder Chris Carrion awards members of the important groups during the EDSA revolution – the military, religious and civilians. Together with former President Fidel V. Ramos, E.S. Medialdea, and Chris, we awarded these groups who were instrumental in making the peaceful call for freedom a success. E.S. Medialdea closed the program with an endearing speech.

May we all be reminded of the true essence of EDSA. Let us not forget that the Philippines was one in fighting for our freedom. Together, let us build an brighter future for the next generation.

Former President Fidel V. Ramos arrives in the AFP Grandstand while seating on the window of his car with his an assisting aide on the side.

Former President Fidel V. Ramos arrives in the AFP Grandstand while seating on the window of his car with his an assisting aide on the side.

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar welcomes Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar welcomes Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Former DTI Secretary and NAMFREL Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., and wife Marivic Concepcion.

Former DTI Secretary and NAMFREL Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., and wife Marivic Concepcion.

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay also attended the commemoration of People Power Revolution.

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay also attended the commemoration of People Power Revolution.

(Front row L-R) PA RJ Jacinto, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, President Fidel V. Ramos, and Senate President Koko Pimentel. (2nd row L-R) Bing Pimentel, PA Joey Concepcion, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, DND Sec. Elfin Lorenzana, and Mel Bergamo.

(Front row L-R) PA RJ Jacinto, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, President Fidel V. Ramos, and Senate President Koko Pimentel. (2nd row L-R) Bing Pimentel, PA Joey Concepcion, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, DND Sec. Elfin Lorenzana, and Mel Bergamo.

Sec. Martin Andanar, Chris Carrion, PA Joey Concepcion, President Fidel V. Ramos, and ES Salvador Medialdea awarded members of the military, religious, and civilian groups.

Sec. Martin Andanar, Chris Carrion, PA Joey Concepcion, President Fidel V. Ramos, and ES Salvador Medialdea awarded members of the military, religious, and civilian groups.

ES Salvador Medialdea delivers an endearing closing speech for President Duterte.

ES Salvador Medialdea delivers an endearing closing speech for President Duterte.

To close the program, the guests sang ‘Magkaisa’, ‘Ako’y Pilipino’, and ‘Bayan Ko’. (L-R) PA Concepcion, Sec. Lorenzana, ES Medialdea, Sen. Enrile, President Ramos, and Sen. Pimentel.

To close the program, the guests sang ‘Magkaisa’, ‘Ako’y Pilipino’, and ‘Bayan Ko’. (L-R) PA Concepcion, Sec. Lorenzana, ES Medialdea, Sen. Enrile, President Ramos, and Sen. Pimentel.

Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs and Information Technology Communications RJ Jacinto also performed during the program.

Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs and Information Technology Communications RJ Jacinto also performed during the program.

L-R: Atty. Wency Andanar, Marianne Hontiveros, and Cecille Alvarez hosted the program.

L-R: Atty. Wency Andanar, Marianne Hontiveros, and Cecille Alvarez hosted the program.

Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim .

Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim .

NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia also attended.

NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia also attended.

Tingting Cojuangco attended with husband Peping Cojuangco (in checkered).

Tingting Cojuangco attended with husband Peping Cojuangco (in checkered).

Sen. Gringo Honasan and former Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Sen. Gringo Honasan and former Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Labor Secretary Sylvester Bello were among the attendees last February 24. 2017.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Labor Secretary Sylvester Bello were among the attendees last February 24. 2017.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2016

Monday, February 20th, 2017
The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2016: (L-R) Gimar Reyes, Ladie Lyn Fuderanan, Janssen Rae Ramos, Arizza Nocum, Adrienne Bodo, Riego Ferrer Garcia, Ronalyn Jordan, Nafieza Mohammad, Vryxon Val del Valle, and Anne Catherine Malazarte.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2016: (L-R) Gimar Reyes, Ladie Lyn Fuderanan, Janssen Rae Ramos, Arizza Nocum, Adrienne Bodo, Riego Ferrer Garcia, Ronalyn Jordan, Nafieza Mohammad, Vryxon Val del Valle, and Anne Catherine Malazarte.

After months of rigorous search process, the Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) 2016 has been awarded last February 9, 2017 in Malacañan Palace. There are hundreds of students who were nominated but only 30 made it to the national screening process.

My father founded the TOSP Foundation, 55 years ago. There were many students who have been recognized for the past years. Many are serving in the government, some are in the private companies, while others are supporting advocacies.

I attended the awarding ceremony together with Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, and TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran. We were also joined by Michael Tan (LT Group) and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation).

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines are Anne Malazarte of the University of San Agustin, Arizza Nocum of University of the Philippines Diliman, Nafieza Mohammad of the Universidad de Zamboanga, Ronalyn Pordan of the Far Eastern University, Andrienne Boado of the University of Northern Philippines, Janssen Ramos of the University of the East, Gimar Reyes of Xavier University, Ladielyn Fuderanan of the University of Bohol, Vryxonval Del Valle of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, and Riego Garcia of the Central Philippine University.

I advised the students, “You have a bright future. Only ten will be chosen but nevertheless among the millions of students out there, you are part of the brightest students of the country… But in the end, with all of these, it’s all up to you… Many of you will be part of the government one day. Maybe one of you will be a president someday. Nothing is impossible. It all starts with a dream. You cannot wait for destiny. You will have to work hard for that. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

Secretary De la Pena represented President Duterte in the ceremony. In an inspiring message, he mentioned, “The recognitions serve as a reminder to the youth of today that learning is as much as a right of every young Filipino as much as it is a responsibility for those who have received it not only to oneself or the family but also to our nation.”

The Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) honors graduating college students who have not only excelled academically, but have also dedicated themselves to serve their respective communities, organizations, and other spheres of interaction. It is the domain of dedicated servant-leaders who have heeded the call of life-long learning, leading and serving.

Pamela Asis-Layugan and TOSP alumnus Ernest Acar hosted the ceremony last February 9.

Pamela Asis-Layugan and TOSP alumnus Ernest Acar hosted the ceremony last February 9.

 Marissa Concepcion and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation).

Marissa Concepcion and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation).

Dr. William Dar who is also part of the Go Negosyo projects is one of the national judges of TOSP.

Dr. William Dar who is also part of the Go Negosyo projects is one of the national judges of TOSP.

Sec. Boy De la Pena inspires the students to continue to hone their skills and talents and how they can create differences. He added, “Eventually, the torch of our nation will be passed on to you. I trust that you will all keep the fire burning and shape a magnificent future for the country and its people. In this journey, the government will always stand with you as an ally.”

Sec. Boy De la Pena inspires the students to continue to hone their skills and talents and how they can create differences. He added, “Eventually, the torch of our nation will be passed on to you. I trust that you will all keep the fire burning and shape a magnificent future for the country and its people. In this journey, the government will always stand with you as an ally.”

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines together with (first row L-R) Dr. Ryan Guinaran, Michael Tan, PA Joey Concepcion, DOST Sec. Boy de la Pena, Jose Concepcion Jr., Marie Concepcion-Young, Marivic Concepcion, Alice Eduardo, and Pamela Asis-Layugan.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines together with (first row L-R) Dr. Ryan Guinaran, Michael Tan, PA Joey Concepcion, DOST Sec. Boy de la Pena, Jose Concepcion Jr., Marie Concepcion-Young, Marivic Concepcion, Alice Eduardo, and Pamela Asis-Layugan.