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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.

Go Negosyo Launches Kapatid

Monday, August 1st, 2016

For the past 11 years, Go Negosyo has been advocating for real change in mindset towards entrepreneurship. Back then, entrepreneurship was the last career choice Filipinos would take. But with the continued efforts of Go Negosyo and other groups promoting entrepreneurship, we can say that entrepreneurship now is one of the career paths taken by many.

In our mission to share the advocacy across every region, we have been travelling with our Angelpreneurs and partner mentors and entrepreneurs to conduct negosyo seminars for micro and small, and aspiring entrepreneurs. Through these seminars and mentoring sessions, we were able to see the need for additional support for micro and small entrepreneurs.

When we launched the Mentor Me Program, a business coaching program for aspiring and micro and small entrepreneurs, we aim to assist them scale up in their businesses by aligning their mindset and equipping them with the needed skill sets by lectures and one-on-one mentoring. This is a way to encourage them to innovate and develop their products and services.

Today, we will be launching “Kapatid”, an initiative of Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry that encourages medium and large corporations, or the “Big Brother”, to help Micro and Small enterprises (MSEs), or the “Small Brother”, through the use of Inclusive Business (IB) models. This is in support to one of the 10-point Economic Agenda of the Duterte Administration.

In the process of Kapatid roll-out, MSEs will be partnered with medium and large enterprises to develop industries as part of their value chain.  To enable the MSEs to supply goods and services that meet the required standards of the medium and large enterprises and to eventually sustain their enterprise on their own, adequate capacity building will have to be provided.

With the Kapatid, we are now building a network of different players in the value chain. With the different partners around, Go Negosyo, now acts as an accelerator which will encourage innovation, communication and collaboration among government agencies and private institutions that will direct efforts towards MSME development. Together, we can all create an enabling environment that create a stronger entrepreneurship culture.

Let me share with you the real life stories of some micro entrepreneurs whom we   interviewed.

Yoly Legaspi of Kawit,Cavite is a vendor and cultivator of oysters and mussels for 33 years. She ventured in this business when she was just a teenager with only 10,000 pesos as a starting capital. She was able to grow her business and started selling oyster sauce and fermented mussels. With her business, she was able to send her children to school. She hopes to learn ways on how she can improve her business and eventually reach more customers.

Yoly Legaspi of Kawit,Cavite is a vendor and cultivator of oysters and mussels for 33 years. She ventured in this business when she was just a teenager with only 10,000 pesos as a starting capital. She was able to grow her business and started selling oyster sauce and fermented mussels. With her business, she was able to send her children to school. She hopes to learn ways on how she can improve her business and eventually reach more customers.

Freddie Rosales of Nasugbu, Batangas is a 3rd generation farmer in their family. He started farming vegetables when he was just 11 years old. During off season, he sidelines as a tricycle driver to provide for their everyday expenses. With his savings, he hopes to have his own land to farm in the near future.

Freddie Rosales of Nasugbu, Batangas is a 3rd generation farmer in their family. He started farming vegetables when he was just 11 years old. During off season, he sidelines as a tricycle driver to provide for their everyday expenses. With his savings, he hopes to have his own land to farm in the near future.

Macario Macaraig of Tuy, Batangas is a physically-challenged wooden handicrafts sculptor. Everyday, he takes long walks going to the forest to gather wood for his handicrafts. His products vary from wooden figurines to key chains. In 2 days, he can make 10 products and sells it in the nearby market. He learned sculpting through friends but his skills in painting is what makes his artworks innovative and creative.

Macario Macaraig of Tuy, Batangas is a physically-challenged wooden handicrafts sculptor. Everyday, he takes long walks going to the forest to gather wood for his handicrafts. His products vary from wooden figurines to key chains. In 2 days, he can make 10 products and sells it in the nearby market. He learned sculpting through friends but his skills in painting is what makes his artworks innovative and creative.

Entrepreneurs Must Innovate!

Monday, July 18th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Now is the Time for MSMEs

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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