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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.

ASEAN@50 Initiatives for Inclusive Growth

Monday, February 6th, 2017
The ASEAN Business and Advisory Council members had their 69th ASEAN Business Advisory Council Meeting last January 25-26, 2017. (In photo: Front row: Lisa Ibrahim, Anangga Roosdiono, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Bin Adbul Majid, Dr. Robert Yap, Joey Concepcion, Oudet Souvannavong, Tessie Sy-Coson, George Barcelon, Petcharat Eaksangkul, Rozaimeriyanty Rahman, and Kobsak Duangdee. Back row: Moe Kyaw, Dato Ramesh Kodammal, Phairush Burapachaisri, Robert Yap Min Choy, Jay Yuvallos, and Gil Gonzales).

The ASEAN Business and Advisory Council members had their 69th ASEAN Business Advisory Council Meeting last January 25-26, 2017. (In photo: Front row: Lisa Ibrahim, Anangga Roosdiono, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Bin Adbul Majid, Dr. Robert Yap, Joey Concepcion, Oudet Souvannavong, Tessie Sy-Coson, George Barcelon, Petcharat Eaksangkul, Rozaimeriyanty Rahman, and Kobsak Duangdee. Back row: Moe Kyaw, Dato Ramesh Kodammal, Phairush Burapachaisri, Robert Yap Min Choy, Jay Yuvallos, and Gil Gonzales).

Last January 25-26, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council held its 69th ASEAN BAC Meeting in Manila. As ASEAN BAC Chairman, I led the discussion of priorities and programs for the Philippines’ chairmanship this year which coincides with ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary.

Prior to the meeting, the ASEAN BAC members were invited to the Department of Trade and Industry’s launch of the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program held in Malacanang. The launch was led by President Rodrigo Duterte and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez. Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, government officials, foreign ambassadors and dignitaries, and entrepreneurs were also present in the program.

Secretary Ramon Lopez and President Duterte pressed a ceremonial pillar to commence the presentation of business programs. Sec. Lopez shared the list of programs organized for ASEAN’s 50th year. These programs include ASEAN MSMEs-Mentors Conference, ASEAN Women’s Business Conference, Inclusive Business Summit, ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival, Slingshot ASEAN, ASEAN MSME Summit and many more.

The 69th ASEAN BAC Meeting was joined by members of the council, heads of the ASEAN Working Groups on women, youth, MSME, inclusive business, and business chambers. ASEAN Working Group Heads Chit Juan (Women), DTI-BSMED Dir. Jerry Clavesillas (MSME), Rommel Juan (Youth), and DTI-BOI ASec. Fe Reyes (Inclusive Business) presented their programs for 2017. All these working committees will have their summits highlighting their respective sectors which will all be in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and ASEAN BAC.

I also hosted a Welcome Dinner for ASEAN BAC members. Aside from them, the dinner was attended by government officials, ambassadors, enablers, business orgs, the different chambers of commerce, and the entrepreneur community. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella also attended the dinner and gave a short message. Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Nora Terrado delivered a presentation on the Philippine Business Agenda for ASEAN 2017. Other presentations during the dinner included the Manila Declaration of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association, Asian Development Bank Lead Economist for Trade and Regional Cooperation Mr. Jay Menon’s “ASEAN Economic Community: Challenge and Opportunities”, and USAID Philippine Competitiveness (COMPETE) Project Chief of Party, Dr. Enrico Basilio.

Atty. Gianna Montinola, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and Felix Ang.

Atty. Gianna Montinola, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and Felix Ang.

Wilfred Gui, Manny Osmena, Tessie Sy-Coson, William Belo, Tony Melato, Amado Honrado, and Charlie Villasenor.

Wilfred Gui, Manny Osmena, Tessie Sy-Coson, William Belo, Tony Melato, Amado Honrado, and Charlie Villasenor.

Johnlu Koa, Marilou Koa, Marissa Concepcion, Agnes Roscigno, and Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno.

Johnlu Koa, Marilou Koa, Marissa Concepcion, Agnes Roscigno, and Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno.

Rikki Dee, Chris Chilip, and Eric Yu.

Rikki Dee, Chris Chilip, and Eric Yu.

Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) members and officers: Jean Uvero, Josie See, Anne Francisco, Sonny Francisco, and Richie Cuna.

Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) members and officers: Jean Uvero, Josie See, Anne Francisco, Sonny Francisco, and Richie Cuna.

Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) officers Yvette Orbeta and Rebecca Bucad.

Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) officers Yvette Orbeta and Rebecca Bucad.

Pacita Juan, Chair of ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network; Rommel Gerodias, Chair of the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council; DTI-BSMED Council Director Jerry Clavesillas also presented on MSME development; DTI Investment Promotion Group Assistant Secretary Felicitas Reyes presented about inclusive business.

Pacita Juan, Chair of ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network; Rommel Gerodias, Chair of the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council; DTI-BSMED Council Director Jerry Clavesillas also presented on MSME development; DTI Investment Promotion Group Assistant Secretary Felicitas Reyes presented about inclusive business.

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Joey Concepcion, George Barcelona, and Erramon Aboitiz.

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Joey Concepcion, George Barcelona, and Erramon Aboitiz.

Richard Sanz, Fro Oliva, and Manuel Igual.

Richard Sanz, Fro Oliva, and Manuel Igual.

Babe Romualdez and Sen. Miguel Zubiri; Sen. Sonny Angara with Rommel Sytin.

Babe Romualdez and Sen. Miguel Zubiri; Sen. Sonny Angara with Rommel Sytin.

Marissa Concepcion, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Cong. John Bertiz.

Marissa Concepcion, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Cong. John Bertiz.

 EU-ASEAN Business Council President Donald Kanak and Executive Director Chris Humphrey.

EU-ASEAN Business Council President Donald Kanak and Executive Director Chris Humphrey.

Myrna Yao, Emelita Alvarez, Emma Imperial, Marife Zamora, and Sandy Montano.

Myrna Yao, Emelita Alvarez, Emma Imperial, Marife Zamora, and Sandy Montano.

Uratex’s Natividad Cheng and Pinky Cheng-Rosagas.

Uratex’s Natividad Cheng and Pinky Cheng-Rosagas.

DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado; Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella delivered a message in behalf of President Duterte; Asian Development Bank’s Lead Economist for Trade and Regional Cooperation Jay Menon presented the challenges and opportunities in the ASEAN economic community and Dr. Henry Basilio, Chief of Party Advancing Philippine Competitiveness Project discussed the ASEAN RORO (Roll On - Roll Off) initiative.

DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado; Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella delivered a message in behalf of President Duterte; Asian Development Bank’s Lead Economist for Trade and Regional Cooperation Jay Menon presented the challenges and opportunities in the ASEAN economic community and Dr. Henry Basilio, Chief of Party Advancing Philippine Competitiveness
Project discussed the ASEAN RORO (Roll On – Roll Off) initiative.

Oudet Souvannavong; uenter Taus, President of European Chamber of Commerce and Industry; David Catty of ASEAN-New Zealand Business Council; Jonny Chotrani of ASEAN-India Business Council.

Oudet Souvannavong; uenter Taus, President of European Chamber of Commerce and Industry; David Catty of ASEAN-New Zealand Business Council; Jonny Chotrani of ASEAN-India Business Council.

EU-ASEAN Business Council Chris Humphrey and Donald Kanak.

EU-ASEAN Business Council Chris Humphrey and Donald Kanak.

UPS Asia Pacific Region Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability Shiumei Lin; Ryohei Gamada of Japan External Trade Organization; Maximilian Coleman of UK-ASEAN Business Council; Eleanor Mak of Australia-ASEAN Business Council.

UPS Asia Pacific Region Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability Shiumei Lin; Ryohei Gamada of Japan External Trade Organization; Maximilian Coleman of UK-ASEAN Business Council; Eleanor Mak of Australia-ASEAN Business Council.

 

 

 

The MVP Bossing Awards 2016

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Go Negosyo’s long time partner PLDT SME Nation through its MVP Bossing Awards 2016 recognized the Filipino entrepreneurs who have inspiring stories of trials and success which have led them to their success today.

On its 7th year, Tony Tan Caktiong, Chairman and CEO of Jollibee Foods Corporation was named as the MVP Grand Bossing 2016. Other 2016 Bossings recognized are Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr.; Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng; Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia; Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua; Architect and Designer Kenneth Cobonpue; Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona; and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy.

I was also awarded with the Nation Builders’ Award along with Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade who was awarded as an MVP Bossing in 2015. This award is given to Bossings who have ‘answered to the call of public service, having gone beyond business to contribute to the greater needs of society in government.

Eric Alberto in his speech shared, “Their recent appointment in the near government ensures that more attention and resources are deployed in further advancing the critical national economic agenda and that is to strengthen the competitive ability of all business in this country. Their ultimate mandate is to achieve inclusive growth and wealth creation for the wider based Filipinos. Ladies and gentlemen, I speak of no other than, our friend, the honorable Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, our partner, Mr. Go Negosyo himself, Joey Concepcion. And the honorable Secretary of Trade, our Kapatid, Sec. Ramon Lopez.”

An offshoot from our Kapatid Program, PLDT SME Nation, Go Negosyo, and Department of Trade and Industry also had the first-ever Kapatid Awards which supported the development of micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs through partnership with big brother companies. The Kapatid Awardees featured Shared Service Facilities (SSF) cooperators and end-users from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Among the awardees were: Luzon – SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province; Visayas – SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte; and Mindanao –SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua is one of the 2016 MVP Bossing. His company Eng Bee Tin is famous for its delicious Chinese delicacies such as hopia and tikoy.

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua is one of the 2016 MVP Bossing. His company Eng Bee Tin is famous for its delicious Chinese delicacies such as hopia and tikoy.

Architect and designer Kenneth Cobonpue accepts his Bossing award for his globally recognized furniture. Also in photo is Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.

Architect and designer Kenneth Cobonpue accepts his Bossing award for his globally recognized furniture. Also in photo is Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.

Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona smiles as she receives her Bossing award for establishing the most trusted nationwide drug store chain in the Philippines. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, Joey Concepcion, Vivian Que Azcona, Eric Alberto, and Jovy Hernandez).

Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona smiles as she receives her Bossing award for establishing the most trusted nationwide drug store chain in the Philippines. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, Joey Concepcion, Vivian Que Azcona, Eric Alberto, and Jovy Hernandez).

Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy right after he received his Bossing trophy.

Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy right after he received his Bossing trophy.

 Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia happily received his Bossing award for his fast expansion into the world of real estate.

Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia happily received his Bossing award for his fast expansion into the world of real estate.

Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng joins the roster of MVP. He is recognized for his world class hotels and resorts. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, Joey Concepcion, Jeffrey Ng, Eric Alberto, and Jovy Hernandez).

Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng joins the roster of MVP. He is recognized for his world class hotels and resorts. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, Joey Concepcion, Jeffrey Ng, Eric Alberto, and Jovy Hernandez).

Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr. enthusiastically smiles as he holds up his Bossing award.

Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr. enthusiastically smiles as he holds up his Bossing award.

 After his pure energy performance, musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Gary Valenciano was given the People Saving the Future Award for his Shining Light Foundation. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, PLDT Foundation President Esther Santos, Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, Gary Valenciano, SMART Public Affairs Head Mon Isberto, and Jovy Hernandez)

After his pure energy performance, musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Gary Valenciano was given the People Saving the Future Award for his Shining Light Foundation. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin, PLDT Foundation President Esther Santos, Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, Gary Valenciano, SMART Public Affairs Head Mon Isberto, and Jovy Hernandez)

The hosts of the MVP Bossing Awards 2016 were BBC anchor Rico Hizon and Bloomberg TV Philippines reporter Shawn Yao.

The hosts of the MVP Bossing Awards 2016 were BBC anchor Rico Hizon and Bloomberg TV Philippines reporter Shawn Yao.

Eric R. Alberto, PLDT’s Executive Vice-President, gives the opening speech.

Eric R. Alberto, PLDT’s Executive Vice-President, gives the opening speech.

Grand MVP Bossing 2016, Jollibee President Tony Tan Caktiong, gives his acceptance speech.

Grand MVP Bossing 2016, Jollibee President Tony Tan Caktiong, gives his acceptance speech.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder, Joey Concepcion, receives the Nation Builders’ Award from Manny V. Pangilinan, Senator Bam Aquino, and Eric R. Alberto.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder, Joey Concepcion, receives the Nation Builders’ Award from Manny V. Pangilinan, Senator Bam Aquino, and Eric R. Alberto.

Secretary Ramon Lopez, Head of the Department of Trade and Industry, joined Manny V. Pangilinan, Senator Bam Aquino, and Eric Alberto on stage to receive his Nation Builder’s Award.

Secretary Ramon Lopez, Head of the Department of Trade and Industry, joined Manny V. Pangilinan, Senator Bam Aquino, and Eric Alberto on stage to receive his Nation Builder’s Award.

Kapatid Awardee from Luzon are SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province.

Kapatid Awardee from Luzon are SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province.

Kapatid Awardee from Visayas are SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte.

Kapatid Awardee from Visayas are SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte.

 Kapatid Awardee for Mindanao are SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

Kapatid Awardee for Mindanao are SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

Sec. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz, and Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion join the Kapatid Awardees from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao with DTI Regional representatives: DTI Benguet Provincial Director Freda Gawisan, DTI Region 8 Director Cynthia Nierras, DTI Leyte Trade and Industry Division Specialist Rebecca Cormanes, and DTI CARAGA Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran.

Sec. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz, and Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion join the Kapatid Awardees from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao with DTI Regional representatives: DTI Benguet Provincial Director Freda Gawisan, DTI Region 8 Director Cynthia Nierras, DTI Leyte Trade and Industry Division Specialist Rebecca Cormanes, and DTI CARAGA Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran.

 Manuel V. Pangilinan, President of PLDT Group of Companies and Grand MVP Bossing 2010.

Manuel V. Pangilinan, President of PLDT Group of Companies and Grand MVP Bossing 2010.

Senator Bam Aquino and Rappler Founder and CEO Maria Ressa.

Senator Bam Aquino and Rappler Founder and CEO Maria Ressa.

Liwayway Marketing Corporation Chairman and 2015 Grand Bossing: Amb. Carlos Chan.

Liwayway Marketing Corporation Chairman and 2015 Grand Bossing: Amb. Carlos Chan.

The 2016 MVP Bossings. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin (Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation); Eric Alberto (Executive Vice President of PLDT Group); Sen. Bam Aquino; Joey Concepcion (Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Founder of Go Negosyo); Manny V. Pangilinan (Chairman of PLDT Group); Vivian Que-Azcona (President of Mercury Group of Companies); Edgar “Injap” Sia (Chairman and CEO of Double Dragon Properties Inc.); Tony Tan Caktiong (Chairman and CEO of Jollibee Foods Corporation); Kenneth Cobonpue; Dennis Uy (President and CEO of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc.); Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr. (CEO of Andok’s Litson Corporation); Gerry Chua (President of Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli); Jeffrey Ng (President of Astoria Hotels and Resorts); Amb. Carlos Chan (Chairman of Liwayway Marketing Corporation and 2015 MVP Grand Bossing); Dr. Cecilio Pedro (President and CEO of Lamoiyan Corporation and 2011 MVP Grand Bossing); Sec. Ramon Lopez (Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry); and Jovy Hernandez (First Vice President & Head PLDT ALPHA Enterprise).

The 2016 MVP Bossings. (In photo L-R: Mitch Locsin (Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation); Eric Alberto (Executive Vice President of PLDT Group); Sen. Bam Aquino; Joey Concepcion (Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Founder of Go Negosyo); Manny V. Pangilinan (Chairman of PLDT Group); Vivian Que-Azcona (President of Mercury Group of Companies); Edgar “Injap” Sia (Chairman and CEO of Double Dragon Properties Inc.); Tony Tan Caktiong (Chairman and CEO of Jollibee Foods Corporation); Kenneth Cobonpue; Dennis Uy (President and CEO of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc.); Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr. (CEO of Andok’s Litson Corporation); Gerry Chua (President of Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli); Jeffrey Ng (President of Astoria Hotels and Resorts); Amb. Carlos Chan (Chairman of Liwayway Marketing Corporation and 2015 MVP Grand Bossing); Dr. Cecilio Pedro (President and CEO of Lamoiyan Corporation and 2011 MVP Grand Bossing); Sec. Ramon Lopez (Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry); and Jovy Hernandez (First Vice President & Head PLDT ALPHA Enterprise).

Amb. Carlos Chan and Bossing Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech Corporation.

Amb. Carlos Chan and Bossing Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech Corporation.

rand Bossing Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation.

Grand Bossing Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation.

Atty. Mike Toledo, Head of MVP Group of Companies Media Bureau, and Mitch Locsin, Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation.

Atty. Mike Toledo, Head of MVP Group of Companies Media Bureau, and Mitch Locsin, Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation.

Prudencio Garcia of Mekeni Foods Corporation, PA Joey Concepcion, Annabella Wisniewski of Raintree Hospitality Group.

Prudencio Garcia of Mekeni Foods Corporation, PA Joey Concepcion, Annabella Wisniewski of Raintree Hospitality Group.

Rey and Violy Lapid of R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbeque.

Rey and Violy Lapid of R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbeque.

Linking Kapatid – Big Brothers Helping Small Entrepreneurs

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The concept behind Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry’s Kapatid, Angat Lahat program is to link small entrepreneurs to big brother companies for the prosperity for all.

Just recently, in the National MSME Summit 2016 held in Davao, we had a town hall session with the Micro and Small entrepreneurs and big brother entrepreneurs such as Tessie Sy Coson (SM Investments); Feliciano Torres (Yazaki Torres); Manny Osmena (Manny O Group); Tennyson Chen (Bounty Fresh); William Belo (Wilcon Depot); Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation); Rosalind Wee (W Group); Glenn Yu (Seaoil); George Barcelon (PCCI); Santi Araneta (LBC); and Sammy Uy (DIMDI).

We were also joined by Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Labor Secretary Bebot Bello, Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol, and Cong. Joey Salceda.

Kris Aquino, who is an advocate of Go Negosyo and MSME development, moderated the engagement among micro and large entrepreneurs. She prepared well for the program, and even studied the profiles of the micro entrepreneurs and how they can be linked to the other entrepreneurs on stage.

Through this engagement, we were able to help the micro entrepreneurs get support and help from the big brothers.

Let me share some of the highlights from the town hall session.

One of the small entrepreneurs linked was Rudolf “Jun” N. Mariano. Jun was connected with Manny O Wines’ Manny Osmeña because they are both in the beverage industry. Jun said he’s happy that Osmeña has committed to helping Mariano’s kalamansi juice product through distribution. The latest news he shared was that Osmeña has a new project in BGC where he intends to have the kalamansi product served. He is also excited because of their recent approval from FDA meaning distribution of their products could grow. Lastly, he said that Kris’ endorsement of his product during the program really boosted interest and the sales of his product.

One of the small entrepreneurs linked was Rudolf “Jun” N. Mariano. Jun was connected with Manny O Wines’ Manny Osmeña because they are both in the beverage industry. Jun said he’s happy that Osmeña has committed to helping Mariano’s kalamansi juice product through distribution. The latest news he shared was that Osmeña has a new project in BGC where he intends to have the kalamansi product served. He is also excited because of their recent approval from FDA meaning distribution of their products could grow. Lastly, he said that Kris’ endorsement of his product during the program really boosted interest and the sales of his product.

Another microentrepreneur was Emelyn Bragat who shares that after the Town Hall, a big benefit to her business was the boost in exposure. She said that it was truly helpful in giving credibility to her business and generated more interest in her product. She believes the program was able to distinguish her business from other pastillas vendors because people found out that they exported to other countries and were DTI-approved. Also, after Kris introduced her to LBC owner Santi Araneta, people from his company talked her about special packages she can avail for future shipments of her product.

Another microentrepreneur was Emelyn Bragat who shares that after the Town Hall, a big benefit to her business was the boost in exposure. She said that it was truly helpful in giving credibility to her business and generated more interest in her product. She believes the program was able to distinguish her business from other pastillas vendors because people found out that they exported to other countries and were DTI-approved. Also, after Kris introduced her to LBC owner Santi Araneta, people from his company talked her about special packages she can avail for future shipments of her product.

Meanwhile, Connie P. Sendrijas, the Warden for BJMP Gensan Women’s Dorm, says that the exposure and dialogue that occurred in the Town Hall was a big help for the BJMP Inmates Crafts business. She said that it boosted interest in their upcoming participation in the DTI Trade Fair and more importantly, the morale of the inmates. They are now more motivated to learn and work and are hopeful for their future after release. She shared that Sen. Migz Zuburi’s statements on putting forth policy that will remove the stigma against the employability of ex-inmates gave the women hope that life after jail won’t be filled with rejection. Sen. Migz also suggested to incentivize the entrepreneurs who will employ ex-convict inmates who have undergone rehabilitation program.

Meanwhile, Connie P. Sendrijas, the Warden for BJMP Gensan Women’s Dorm, says that the exposure and dialogue that occurred in the Town Hall was a big help for the BJMP Inmates Crafts business. She said that it boosted interest in their upcoming participation in the DTI Trade Fair and more importantly, the morale of the inmates. They are now more motivated to learn and work and are hopeful for their future after release. She shared that Sen. Migz Zuburi’s statements on putting forth policy that will remove the stigma against the employability of ex-inmates gave the women hope that life after jail won’t be filled with rejection. Sen. Migz also suggested to incentivize the entrepreneurs who will employ ex-convict inmates who have undergone rehabilitation program.

Kris links small business owner, Luis Bueno Jr., to Bounty Fresh’s President Tennyson Chen. The two agreed to talk about exploring the possibility of Bueno supplying his chili products for Bountry Fresh’s new pre-marinated chicken line.

Kris links small business owner, Luis Bueno Jr., to Bounty Fresh’s President Tennyson Chen. The two agreed to talk about exploring the possibility of Bueno supplying his chili products for Bountry Fresh’s new pre-marinated chicken line.

French Baker Founder John Lu Koa, DA Sec. Manny Piñol and Evelyn, a local coffee entrepreneur, discuss the potential of the coffee industry like what the government and the people involved are doing.

French Baker Founder John Lu Koa, DA Sec. Manny Piñol and Evelyn, a local coffee entrepreneur, discuss the potential of the coffee industry like what the government and the people involved are doing.

Vice Mayor Cezar Gonzales shares the story of Lambunao Garments which creates school uniforms and creates jobs for the people of Labunao and is joined by DOLE Sec. Belo and DTI Sec. Lopez who promise to help his project.

Vice Mayor Cezar Gonzales shares the story of Lambunao Garments which creates school uniforms and creates jobs for the people of Labunao and is joined by DOLE Sec. Belo and DTI Sec. Lopez who promise to help his project.

Abaca fiber production and trading cooperative manager, Leonora Mila, talks about her hopes of getting the warehouse that was promised to their business sooner with DOA Sec. Manny Piñol. Sec. Piñol talks about the governments initiative to invest more on abaca as special Philippine product.

Abaca fiber production and trading cooperative manager, Leonora Mila, talks about her hopes of getting the warehouse that was promised to their business sooner with DOA Sec. Manny Piñol. Sec. Piñol talks about the governments initiative to invest more on abaca as special Philippine product.

Lingkod Banahaw Co-op Founder Pablo T. Aranas also said that after Kris linked him up with Rosalind Wee, they talked about Lingkod Banahaw’s plans and how the W Group can help. The latest news he’s heard from Wee is that they are studying the possible avenues for the partnership and their plans to visit the Lingkod Banahaw site in Quezon. He added that beyond Wee’s help, they were also approached by Sen. Migz Zuburi about the possible ways the government can help the co-op.

Lingkod Banahaw Co-op Founder Pablo T. Aranas also said that after Kris linked him up with Rosalind Wee, they talked about Lingkod Banahaw’s plans and how the W Group can help. The latest news he’s heard from Wee is that they are studying the possible avenues for the partnership and their plans to visit the Lingkod Banahaw site in Quezon. He added that beyond Wee’s help, they were also approached by Sen. Migz Zuburi about the possible ways the government can help the co-op.

Mr. Feliciano Torres talks about how his manufacturing company, Yazaki Torres, has greatly helped revolutionize the rice farming industry. He is joined by Sec. Piñol who shares how the government wishes to copy Mr. Torres’ rice farming model.

Mr. Feliciano Torres talks about how his manufacturing company, Yazaki Torres, has greatly helped revolutionize the rice farming industry. He is joined by Sec. Piñol who shares how the government wishes to copy Mr. Torres’ rice farming model.

Macky Bongabong shares his story of coming to Davao with virtually nothing and eventually having his own exhibit and painting the president’s portrait. He says he hopes to put up the first portrait painting art school and collective in the Philippines.

Macky Bongabong shares his story of coming to Davao with virtually nothing and eventually having his own exhibit and painting the president’s portrait. He says he hopes to put up the first portrait painting art school and collective in the Philippines.

PA Joey Concepcion commended Kris Aquino for a great job in hosting the town hall session and for inspiring the big brothers to help the micro entrepreneurs.

PA Joey Concepcion commended Kris Aquino for a great job in hosting the town hall session and for inspiring the big brothers to help the micro entrepreneurs.

 

The Most Inclusive State Visit

Monday, October 31st, 2016
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines during his state visit in China.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines during his state visit in China.

Last week, I joined the delegation of President Rodrigo Duterte on his state visit to China. It was the largest Filipino contingent in history with more than 500 business delegates and government officials.

I can say that this is a very inclusive state visit. For many state visits before, you will have to apply then if you’re lucky, you will be selected. Here, you state if you want to go then you will just have to pay your own fare and hotel. The Department of Trade and Industry did a very good job managing all the delegates, given the very strict security.

It was successful as we have developed our relationship with China and brought home billions worth of investments and partnerships.

President Duterte’s son-in-law Manases Carpio, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, and Frederick Go of Robinson’s Land Corporation.

President Duterte’s son-in-law Manases Carpio, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, and Frederick Go of Robinson’s Land Corporation.

Edgar “Injap” Sia II of Injap Investments Inc., Tony Tan Caktiong of Jollibee Foods Corporation, Myla Villanueva of Novare Technologies, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

Edgar “Injap” Sia II of Injap Investments Inc., Tony Tan Caktiong of Jollibee Foods Corporation, Myla Villanueva of Novare Technologies, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

PA Joey Concepcion, DTI Usec. Nora Terrado, Rosalind Wee of W Group, George Barcelon of PCCI.

PA Joey Concepcion, DTI Usec. Nora Terrado, Rosalind Wee of W Group, George Barcelon of PCCI.

Rosalind Wee of W Group, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation and Fernando Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation.

Rosalind Wee of W Group, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation and Fernando Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation.

 Johnlu Koa of French Baker, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Marissa Concepcion, PA Joey Concepcion, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech Corporation.

Johnlu Koa of French Baker, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Marissa Concepcion, PA Joey Concepcion, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech Corporation.

Cong. Arthur Yap, PA Joey Concepcion, and Andrew Tan of Alliance Global Group, Inc.

Cong. Arthur Yap, PA Joey Concepcion, and Andrew Tan of Alliance Global Group, Inc.

Chito Sobrepena of Metrobank Corporation, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, Rosalind Wee and Lee Hiong Wee of W Group.

Chito Sobrepena of Metrobank Corporation, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, Rosalind Wee and Lee Hiong Wee of W Group.

 Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez.

Cong. Arthur Yap, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

Cong. Arthur Yap, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

Johnlu Koa of French Baker, PA Joey Concepcion, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Alou Koa, and Tennyson Chen of Bounty Fresh Foods Inc.

Johnlu Koa of French Baker, PA Joey Concepcion, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Alou Koa, and Tennyson Chen of Bounty Fresh Foods Inc.

Amb. Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corp. and Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Amb. Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corp. and Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and Hans Sy of SM Prime Holdings Inc.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and Hans Sy of SM Prime Holdings Inc.

Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Domingu ez III and Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

Kay Kuya Rody, Angat Lahat!

Monday, October 17th, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte has been named as “Kuya Rody” to micro and small entrepreneurs during the Mentor Me Program launch of Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry in Marco Polo, Davao City last October 7, 2016.

Together with more than 700 micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs and Go Negosyo entrepreneurs and advocates who flew all the way from Manila, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez invited President Duterte to a town hall discussion to discuss the MSME Development plans of his administration.

After the launch, we were glad to have dinner with the president and some entrepreneurs. The president enjoyed the company of the group while chatting, signing autographs, and taking pictures.

We pledge our full support to the president in alleviating poverty in the country.

Imelda Basilan, a maruya vendor in Davao for 15 years, was personally asked by Kuya Rody about her entrepreneurial journey and her needs as a micro entrepreneur.

Imelda Basilan, a maruya vendor in Davao for 15 years, was personally asked by Kuya Rody about her entrepreneurial journey and her needs as a micro entrepreneur.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte warmly accepted the nickname “Kuya Rody”as the Big Brother of the entrepreneurial community.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte warmly accepted the nickname “Kuya Rody”as the Big Brother of the entrepreneurial community.

20 Davao based micro entrepreneurs posed with Kuya Rody flashing the signature “fist sign” with DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion III.

20 Davao based micro entrepreneurs posed with Kuya Rody flashing the signature “fist sign” with DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion III.

Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry partnered during the launch of Mentor ME Program in Marco Polo, Davao City.

Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry partnered during the launch of Mentor ME Program in Marco Polo, Davao City.

Kuya Rody along with some entrepreneurs graced the dinner after the program in Marco Polo.

Kuya Rody along with some entrepreneurs graced the dinner after the program in Marco Polo.

President Duterte, showing his loving side when Kitty Duterte, his 12 year old daughter affectionately asked her dad that they go home together.

President Duterte, showing his loving side when Kitty Duterte, his 12 year old daughter affectionately asked her dad that they go home together.

(L to R) Host RJ Ledesma , Calata Corporation CEO Joseph Calata, and Bounty Fresh CEO Tennyson Chen during the morning forum.

(L to R) Host RJ Ledesma , Calata Corporation CEO Joseph Calata, and Bounty Fresh CEO Tennyson Chen during the morning forum.

SL Agritech CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong (center) talked about successful agripreneurship.

SL Agritech CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong (center) talked about successful agripreneurship.

Bohol 3rd district congressman Arthur Yap spoke about mindset and values for successful agripreneurship.

Bohol 3rd district congressman Arthur Yap spoke about mindset and values for successful agripreneurship.

George Barcelon (PCCI) and Mike Tan (Asia Brewery) discussed about competitive brands.

George Barcelon (PCCI) and Mike Tan (Asia Brewery) discussed about competitive brands.

(L to R) Siu Ping Par (PR Gaz), Tommanny Tan (Fern C), and Ted Po (Century Properties) discuss how to competitively brand products and businesses.

(L to R) Siu Ping Par (PR Gaz), Tommanny Tan (Fern C), and Ted Po (Century Properties) discuss how to competitively brand products and businesses.

Rosalind Wee (W Group) shared her business success and encouraged the people to venture into agri-business during the forum.

Rosalind Wee (W Group) shared her business success and encouraged the people to venture into agri-business during the forum.

Ted Po (Century Properties) shared his business success story during the market trends forum.

Ted Po (Century Properties) shared his business success story during the market trends forum.

Mitch Locsin of PLDT SME Nation discussed some strategies in business marketing.

Mitch Locsin of PLDT SME Nation discussed some strategies in business marketing.

(Left) Santi Araneta (LBC) and Johnlu Koa (French Baker) enthusiastically shared their market strategies among the forum attendees.

(Left) Santi Araneta (LBC) and Johnlu Koa (French Baker) enthusiastically shared their market strategies among the forum attendees.

Steve Benitez of Bo’s Coffee shared his inspirational business story during the forum.

Steve Benitez of Bo’s Coffee shared his inspirational business story during the forum.

Jose Magsaysay of Potato Corner discussed how his business was able to grow locally and internationally.

Jose Magsaysay of Potato Corner discussed how his business was able to grow locally and internationally.

 (L to R) Wilfred Gui (Hayama Inc.), Willam Belo (Wilcon Depot), and Zarah Juan ( Green Life Eco Bags, Inc.) shared their inspirational stories of success.

(L to R) Wilfred Gui (Hayama Inc.), Willam Belo (Wilcon Depot), and Zarah Juan ( Green Life Eco Bags, Inc.) shared their inspirational stories of success.

Baby Montemayor of Villa Margarita Hotel & Catering discussed how her business creativity turned her business into a success.

Baby Montemayor of Villa Margarita Hotel & Catering discussed how her business creativity turned her business into a success.

Alfred Yao (Zest-O Corp) was moved to tears when he shared his inspirational success journey during the forum.

Alfred Yao (Zest-O Corp) was moved to tears when he shared his inspirational success journey during the forum.

(L to R) Philip Romualdez (Benguet Corporation), Steve Benitez (Bo’s Coffee), and Myrna Yao (Rich Prime Global) during the afternoon’s inspirational forum.

(L to R) Philip Romualdez (Benguet Corporation), Steve Benitez (Bo’s Coffee), and Myrna Yao (Rich Prime Global) during the afternoon’s inspirational forum.

DTI Region IX Regional Director Ma. Belenda Ambi delivered her welcome message at the Davao Mentor Me Program Launch in Marco Polo.

DTI Region IX Regional Director Ma. Belenda Ambi delivered her welcome message at the Davao Mentor Me Program Launch in Marco Polo.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion III gave his inspirational speech about Kapatid Angat Lahat Project.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion III gave his inspirational speech about Kapatid Angat Lahat Project.

Myla Villanueva (MDI Group), and Philip Romualdez (Benguet Corporation) shared their stories of creative ideas turned to successful businesses.

Myla Villanueva (MDI Group), and Philip Romualdez (Benguet Corporation) shared their stories of creative ideas turned to successful businesses.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte willingly and warmly accepted the nickname “Kuya Rody”as the big brother of entrepreneurs.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte willingly and warmly accepted the nickname “Kuya Rody”as the big brother of entrepreneurs.

(L to R) Wilfred Gui (Hayama Inc.), Cong. Arthur Yap, Joey Concepcion III, George Barcelon (PCCI), Tennyson Chen (Bounty Fresh), Felix Ang (CATS Motors), Winston Uy (Universal Harvester), William Belo (Wilcon Depot), and Joseph Chua (Macro Asia) after the dinner at Marco Polo.

(L to R) Wilfred Gui (Hayama Inc.), Cong. Arthur Yap, Joey Concepcion III, George Barcelon (PCCI), Tennyson Chen (Bounty Fresh), Felix Ang (CATS Motors), Winston Uy (Universal Harvester), William Belo (Wilcon Depot), and Joseph Chua (Macro Asia) after the dinner at Marco Polo.

Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Development Corp.) and Myrna Yao (Rich Prime Global)

Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Development Corp.) and Myrna Yao (Rich Prime Global)

(L to R) Marissa Concepcion, Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes), Doris Magsaysay – Ho (Magsaysay Maritime Corp.),and Yati Abdullah (DHL Philippines Country Manager).

(L to R) Marissa Concepcion, Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes), Doris Magsaysay – Ho (Magsaysay Maritime Corp.),and Yati Abdullah (DHL Philippines Country Manager).

Go Negosyo Gets More Kapatid

Monday, August 29th, 2016

In order for an organization to reach its goal, the key is the collaboration of all partners, members, and key players.  In Go Negosyo’s mission of alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship, we have our partners who are working with us to push for the advocacy.

Recently, I shared with you the efforts done by Go Negosyo for the Kapatid, Angat Lahat initiative. This is the first public-private partnership of Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry led by Secretary Ramon Lopez for MSME Development.

We are proud to say that we are being supported now by the public and private sectors through different agencies and companies.

I met with First Philippines Holdings Corporation Chief Executive Officer Federico Lopez, Magsaysay Group of Companies President and Chief Executive Officer Doris Magsaysay Ho, and Ayala Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala. All of them agreed to support the Kapatid, Angat Lahat initiative.

And most recently, I also had a meeting with Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Chair of the Committee of Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Michael Tan of LT Group of Companies, Chris Po of Century Pacific Group, and Fred Uytengsu of Alaska Milk Corporation. These companies extend their support to MSME Development through Kapatid project.

We also had a meeting with Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol to share the Kapatid initiative and how this project can be integrated to the agricultural sector. We will bring the mentorship program to the provinces for our farmers and fisher folk to enhance their skills in farming or fishing and develop their entrepreneurial skills in order to level up.  This will be done with the help of our agri-entrepreneur mentors. After the meeting, DA Secretary Pinol expressed his support to the Kapatid, Angat Lahat initiative and he looks forward on how we can further develop programs for the agriculture sector.

Long time Go Negosyo Partner, DHL Express Philippines led by their Country Manager Yati Abdullah, also partnered with us for the Kapatid. DHL will provide an ease of international shipping for micro, small, and medium enterprises in the country which will help our MSMEs in expanding their market globally and gain access to DHL’s network of 220 countries and territories. They will also be providing the DHL Express Easy box, an all-in pricing product on international export delivery of parcel shipments available to all DTI-registered MSMEs.

All these efforts and partnerships are directed for the development of our “Small Brothers” in the community. Together with our partners and entrepreneurs, we are creating an active entrepreneurship culture in the country!

L-R) Ayala Corporation CFO TG Limcaoco, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Magsaysay Group of Companies President and CEO Doris Magsaysay Ho, and First Philippine Holdings Corporation CEO Federico Lopez.

L-R) Ayala Corporation CFO TG Limcaoco, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Magsaysay Group of Companies President and CEO Doris Magsaysay Ho, and First Philippine Holdings Corporation CEO Federico Lopez.

(L-R) Renato Salud, Head of Corporate Affairs of JG Summit Holdings Inc.; Michael Tan, President and Chief Operating Officer of LT Group; Lance Gokongwei, President and Chief Operating Officer of JG Summit Holdings Inc; Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Chair of Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship; Joey Concepcion, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship and Founder of Go Negosyo; Ramon Lopez, Secretary of Department of Trade and Industry; Fred Uytengsu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Milk Corporation; and Chris Po, President and CEO of Century Pacific Group.

(L-R) Renato Salud, Head of Corporate Affairs of JG Summit Holdings Inc.; Michael Tan, President and Chief Operating Officer of LT Group; Lance Gokongwei, President and Chief Operating Officer of JG Summit Holdings Inc; Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Chair of Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship; Joey Concepcion, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship and Founder of Go Negosyo; Ramon Lopez, Secretary of Department of Trade and Industry; Fred Uytengsu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Milk Corporation; and Chris Po, President and CEO of Century Pacific Group.

(L-R) Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Manny Pinol, and SL Agritech Chairman and CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong.

(L-R) Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Manny Pinol, and SL Agritech Chairman and CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong.

Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah.

Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah.