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Sending Care Packages and Letters to our Soldiers in Marawi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harvesting Hope in Sulu

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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

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

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

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

Proud farmers with their bountiful harvest.

Proud farmers with their bountiful harvest.

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

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

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

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

Farmers were trained how to grow vegetables like ampalaya naturally.

Farmers were trained how to grow vegetables like ampalaya naturally.

Poultry & Training for Sulu Kapatids

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASEAN BAC Brings Prosperity for All

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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

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

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

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

Here are some highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Labor Secretary Bebot Bello together with Teresita Sy-Coson.

Labor Secretary Bebot Bello together with Teresita Sy-Coson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prosperity for ASEAN Region

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ASEAN BAC Engagement with Economic Ministers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and Enrique Razon.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and Enrique Razon.

Dr. William Dar and Dr. Aristotle Alip.

Dr. William Dar and Dr. Aristotle Alip.

Former DTI Secretary Greg Domingo and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Former DTI Secretary Greg Domingo and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forgive But Not Forget

Monday, March 6th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar welcomes Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar welcomes Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim .

Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim .

NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia also attended.

NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia also attended.

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

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

Sen. Gringo Honasan and former Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Sen. Gringo Honasan and former Vice President Jejomar Binay.

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

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

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.