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Business People’s wishes for 2018

Monday, January 15th, 2018
Josephine Gotianun Yap (Filinvest), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation), and Winston Uy (Universal Leaf Philippines)

Josephine Gotianun Yap (Filinvest), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation), and Winston Uy (Universal Leaf Philippines)

“We wish for a year of peace, prosperity and progress for the Philippines and our countrymen.” – Josephine Gotianun Yap, Filinvest

For 2018, these are my wishes: more selflessness and peace in the world, more hopes realized, more efforts rewarded, more Filipinos with a better quality of life. For my children, nieces and nephews, I hope for them to find and keep purpose and to live lives that will contribute to the greater good.” – Alice Eduardo, Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation

“I wish for good weather and no calamities. Bountiful harvest for the farmers and no wasted resources of the government to alleviate calamities.” – Winston Uy, Universal Leaf Philippines

Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), Marife Zamora (Convergys Philippines), and Manny Ayala (Endeavor Philippines)

Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), Marife Zamora (Convergys Philippines), and Manny Ayala (Endeavor Philippines)

“My wish is for our country to continue the path towards prosperity. Hoping more small and medium companies will benefit from the entrepreneurship programs of Go Negosyo. Praying the anti red tape bill will take off so more businesses could get permits instantly and generate jobs for our countrymen. Lastly, may our Lord continue to be gracious to all of us and let there be peace in our country.” – Cecilio Pedro, Lamoiyan Corporation

“In the hope that 2018 represents at least the start of a turning point, I offer these wishes. (1) Everyone in the world stand up for the rule of law; (2) the well-being of humanity keeps getting better.  People live well and freely.  We devote 2% or more of our philanthropic dollars to climate change; (3) democracy thrives.  Creeping authoritarianism remains a major threat; (4) everyone finds an escape.  I hope all of us find ways to escape our exhausting political times as well as our all-consuming digital technologies and enjoy ourselves. Take advantage of cheap, delicious and healthy food.  Test drive a semi-autonomous car to get a feel of the future.  And when in doubt, spend time with family and friends; and lastly, (5) the Philippines is a wonderful country in which the values of our Constitution are lived actively.  A country that is strong and economically successful, in which people have work or thriving business more than ever.” – Marife Zamora, Convergys Philippines

“My wish for 2018: To find at least 6 more High Impact Entrepreneurs in the Philippines that Endeavor can support by giving them access to mentoring, markets, capital and talent.” – Manny Ayala, Endeavor Philippines

Rey Lapid (R.Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbecue), Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Annabella Wisniewski (Raintree Group)

Rey Lapid (R.Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbecue), Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Annabella Wisniewski (Raintree Group)

“My hopes to continue the rebuilding of our country. Decrease unemployment by creating more job opportunities and build potential entrepreneurs through various MSME mentorship and assistance programs. Nationwide innovations to produce world-class products and services.” – Rey Lapid, R.Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbecue

“For 2018, I am hopeful that we can work together as a country to uplift the lives of the marginalized. What is heartening is that everyone is helping another – whether relative, scholar, a neighbor or friend. We are a generous and loving people and I pray that we are able to progress further as a nation through education, business, and hard work.” – Patty Chilip, Standard Insurance

“My sincerest wish for 2018 is for our country to FINALLY get its act together.  For our people, especially those in power, to put the country’s welfare before selfish personal interests to think long term versus short term, & to actively initiate & participate in programs to improve the lives of those still left behind. On a personal basis, I pray for continued good health for truly, health is wealth.” – Annabella Wisniewski, Raintree Group

Myrna Yao (Richprime Global), Steve Benitez (Bo’s Coffee), and Arsenio Barcelona (Harbest Corporation)

Myrna Yao (Richprime Global), Steve Benitez (Bo’s Coffee), and Arsenio Barcelona (Harbest Corporation)

“My wishes this 2018 are to have peace in the world, continuous economic growth for our country and may God protect our country from any disaster.” – Myrna Yao, Richprime Global

“For my industry, may the establishment of the Philippine Coffee Council bring all stakeholders together to realize the goals of the Philippine Coffee Road Map. For the country, may peace prevail and our economy grow even stronger and its impact felt all the way down to the grassroots level.” – Steve Benitez, Bo’s Coffee

“2018 will open doors to young entrepreneurs as big brothers and big sisters will share their life’s experiences of success and failures in business. It will be an eye and heart opener for both young and old. It will be a year of sharing and empowerment.” – Arsenio Barcelona, Harbest Corporation

Cong. Arthur Yap (House of Representatives), Corazon Dayro-Ong (CDO Foodsphere), and Atty. Gianna Montinola, Far Eastern University

Cong. Arthur Yap (House of Representatives), Corazon Dayro-Ong (CDO Foodsphere), and Atty. Gianna Montinola, Far Eastern University

“Less politics, more business. Less talk, more work. Less finger-pointing, more hand-holding.  Less sickness, more health. Less greed, more gratitude. Less war, more peace. Problems will come and we will always be tested, but I pray that we will be given the strength and grace to survive our trials. I wish all prosperity and success in 2018.” – Cong. Arthur Yap, House of Representatives

“I continuously pray for good health, strength and wisdom for our family. For CDO Foodsphere, I wish nothing else but a solid foundation of growth and continued success not only for the upliftment of the lives of our stakeholders but co-workers as well. And for the country, my wish is for the Philippines to be able to move forward with leaders who are genuinely committed to serve our countrymen.” – Corazon Dayro-Ong, CDO Foodsphere

“As we look ahead to a new year, I wish we could all work together to bridge our differences and volunteer to find meaningful ways to create lasting impact in our poor communities and in our country.” – Atty. Gianna Montinola, Far Eastern University

Yati Abdullah (DHL Express Philippines), Samie Lim (Blims Furniture), Tony Meloto (Gawad Kalinga)

Yati Abdullah (DHL Express Philippines), Samie Lim (Blims Furniture), Tony Meloto (Gawad Kalinga)

“May 2018 be a year of remarkable prosperity for businesses across diverse industries and homegrown enterprises nationwide, especially the SMEs that are ready to claim their stake on the immense growth potential in e-commerce. We live in such an exciting time when disruptors are welcomed and seen as opportunity for even the most established brands to think on their feet and cope to improve and thrive.” – Yati Abdullah, DHL Express Philippines

“I look forward to the coming of the ‘ Golden era for the MSME’s.’ When the government through DTI, then the private sector lead by PCCI and Go Negosyo converge and finally put their act together to built a sustainable strong middle class, that will bring us eventually to a ‘first world status.” – Samie Lim, Blims Furniture

“My wish for 2018: To achieve sustainable prosperity and peace in the Philippines by creating inclusive wealth through social entrepreneurship, promoting a patriotic market for top quality Philippine made products, developing our supply chain in self-reliant and self-sufficient rural farming communities, raising the new middle-class from the aspiring and hardworking Filipinos from the BOP (Bottom of the Pyramid). May we be one heart and one mind in building a prosperous nation through caring and sharing that truly honors God who gave us the privilege of being Filipino.” – Tony Meloto, Gawad Kalinga

Alegria Limjoco (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Richard Sanz (Philippine Franchise Association), and Kat Luna-Abelarde (PLDT Global Corporation)

Alegria Limjoco (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Richard Sanz (Philippine Franchise Association), and Kat Luna-Abelarde (PLDT Global Corporation)

“As our economy grows from good to great, may PCCI be an instrument in uplifting the plight of Filipino businesses in order to serve as big brothers to our small brothers. the MSMEs.  Hence, create a stronger middle class.” – Alegria Limjoco, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

“For 2018, I foresee that 2018 will be the year that Philippine MSME’s will finally start to bloom, expand, and level up to provide the much-needed inclusive growth. Picture this, if the MSME’s grow, millions of jobs and trade opportunities will open up, and fellow Filipinos won’t need to go abroad because the opportunities are right here in our own land! Families won’t be separated, the next generation will be well-guided by both their parents, and so on. And we Filipinos will gain the reputation, dignity, and pride we deserve, not a nation of servers, but a nation of builders! 2018 will definitely bring us closer to our common dream of bringing prosperity to all Filipinos especially with the support of President Duterte through the efforts of PA Joey and Sec. Mon Lopez. That’s why the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) is strengthening its role to the country by developing dynamic programs to assist MSME’s in the restaurant, retail, and service sectors level up and grow thru franchising. Mabuhay and wishing a prosperous new year to all Filipino entrepreneurs!” – Richard Sanz, Philippine Franchise Association

“What a wonderful journey we find ourselves in, and it can only get better! May our Leaders be gifted with the mental tenacity and physical resilience to shepherd our people towards sustainable progress. May our children – our future –  be raised with a deeper sense of “malasakit” — Global Awareness, Love for Country, and Empathy towards others. May we all find our life-purpose and have the courage to live it. And that in all things, God May Be Glorified.” – Kat Luna-Abelarde, PLDT Global Corporation

Mylene Abiva (FELTA), Rommel Juan (Binalot), and Former Trade Secretary Greg Domingo

Mylene Abiva (FELTA), Rommel Juan (Binalot), and Former Trade Secretary Greg Domingo

“I wish the Filipino youth will be globally competitive in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) relevant workforce. All Philippine schools adopt robotics integrated education in the grass roots level. And, I continue to spread the importance of the 5 P’s (Positive, Proactive, Physically fit, Passionate, and Prayerful) to the success in personal and business challenges.” – Mylene Abiva, FELTA

“I wish for more branches to open for BINALOT in country and abroad. I wish that the the country continuous to enjoy the economic progress that we are currently experiencing. And that more foreign investments come with the help of our Super Secretary Mon Lopez , PA Joey and the Go Negosyo community.” – Rommel Juan, Binalot

“Wishing for good health and lots of love all around!” – Former Trade Secretary Greg Domingo

Josiah Go (Mansmith and Fielders), Joy Abaquin (Multiple Intelligence School International), and Federico Moreno (Xcess Salon)

Josiah Go (Mansmith and Fielders), Joy Abaquin (Multiple Intelligence School International), and Federico Moreno (Xcess Salon)

“I wish companies will allow their employees to teach in school or do community service during office time.” – Josiah Go, Mansmith and Fielders

“For 2018 my wish is true PEACE and PROGRESS for every family, for our communities and for our country. I pray that as Filipinos, we will put our love for country in action, by building inclusive businesses, promoting equitable practices, and showing genuine love for neighbor. As an educator, I hope that more youth entrepreneurs will make a difference for our country!” – Joy Abaquin, Multiple Intelligence School International

“I wish for our country’s continued phenomenal economic growth and for the alleviation of the lives of our less fortunate Filipino brothers and sisters. My wish for my children is for them to continue to appreciate the love of God and that they would be strengthened by it and for them to pass on this love to the people they encounter everyday through their kindness and humility.” – Federico Moreno, Xcess Salon

Romy Bernardo (Lazaro Bernardo Tiu / RL Bernardo Associates), Glenn Yu (Seaoil Philippines), and Rommel Sytin (Foton Motor Philippines)

Romy Bernardo (Lazaro Bernardo Tiu / RL Bernardo Associates), Glenn Yu (Seaoil Philippines), and Rommel Sytin (Foton Motor Philippines)

“My wishes include: much more activity under Build Build Build (BBB), government’s massive P8.1 trillion medium-term infrastructure program that has been likened to a battleship that will be hard to stop once it has gathered momentum; passage of Package 2 of the Duterte Administration’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program. Package 2 seeks to lower the corporate income tax rate (CIT), currently at 30% and higher than the statutory tax rates in most ASEAN economies; and moderate inflation pressures that will give the BSP more freedom to manage domestic and external risks, including tightening global financial conditions expected to accompany a wider current account deficit. – Romy Bernardo, Lazaro Bernardo Tiu / RL Bernardo Associates

“I for one would like for 2018 to pass more slowly, so that I can truly appreciate and think about, learn and understand each experience, each encounter, each moment – this to me is about making LIFE more intentional and meaningful. A friend shared with me this quote from John Maxwell, “Learning to write is learning to think. You don’t know anything clearly unless you can state it in writing.” So I’m committed to going back to journaling this year.  Something that I used to do, but admittedly have not been able to over the past year.” – Glenn Yu, Seaoil Philippines

“My wish is that the country will continue to prosper and improve the lives of people living in the poverty line. Peace in the universe and our nation. Our President continue to be guided by the good Lord to help our country move leaps and bounds.” – Rommel Sytin, Foton Motor Philippines

Strengthening Public and Private Partnership After ASEAN

Monday, December 11th, 2017
Manny Pangilinan, Joey Concepcion, and Doy Vea

Manny Pangilinan, Joey Concepcion, and Doy Vea

The ASEAN chairmanship is successful because of the partnership between the private and the public sectors. For us in the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, we have partnered with government agencies and private companies in order to stage the conferences and the meetings we had for the past year.

Last week, we had a simple appreciation and thanksgiving night to celebrate the achievement we had for the 50th ASEAN year. We are glad to host a dinner for our government officials and partner entrepreneurs who are our allies in achieving prosperity for all.

For me, the Philippine chairmanship is one of the best chairmanships of ASEAN. Although we are considered the little brother of APEC, we are glad to have lived up to the expectation.

The chairmanship has ended but the work still continues. It is now time to turn our visions and plans into reality. The theme “Prosperity for All” will not remain a theme; it must be implemented.

I know that moving forward, the relationships we’ve fostered with the government and the large conglomerates will be beneficial for all—especially for important projects such as infrastructure development. Many of those who have rallied behind the call for shared prosperity will continue to join us through the many projects Go Negosyo has lined up in the coming years. Truly, the closer ties between the public and private sector will blossom as we all work together to bring inclusive growth and development in the country.

Here are some photos I wish to share with you:

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

 

Daniel Zuellig and Joey Concepcion

Daniel Zuellig and Joey Concepcion

 

Kevin Tan, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Felix Ang, and BCDA Pres. Vince Dizon

Kevin Tan, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Felix Ang, and BCDA Pres. Vince Dizon

 

Ricky Razon, Felix Ang, Erramon Aboitiz

Ricky Razon, Felix Ang, Erramon Aboitiz

 

Irene Barcelon, George Barcelon, Lance Gokongwei, Alfred Ty, Cong. Arthur Yap and Michael Tan

Irene Barcelon, George Barcelon, Lance Gokongwei, Alfred Ty, Cong. Arthur Yap and Michael Tan

 

Enrique Razon and George Barcelon

Enrique Razon and George Barcelon

 

Lizzie Zobel, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Joey Concepcion

Lizzie Zobel, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Joey Concepcion

 

Luis Virata, Libet Virata, and Daniel Zuellig

Luis Virata, Libet Virata, and Daniel Zuellig

 

Hans Sy, Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Lance Gokongwei, Atty. Sal Panelo and PA RJ Jacinto

Hans Sy, Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Lance Gokongwei, Atty. Sal Panelo and PA RJ Jacinto

 

Michael Tan and Cong. Arthur Yap

Michael Tan and Cong. Arthur Yap

 

Teresita Sy-Coson, one of the ASEAN BAC Philippines member, gave a short message during the appreciation dinner.

Teresita Sy-Coson, one of the ASEAN BAC Philippines member, gave a short message during the appreciation dinner.

 

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion thanks all the partners who made the ASEAN BAC Philippine chairmanship successful.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion thanks all the partners who made the ASEAN BAC Philippine chairmanship successful.

 

Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea said in his speech, “With a lot of hard work and support from different sectors of the government, as well as the private sector, through the well-coordinated efforts, we can all be proud to say that we have hosted the 30th ASEAN and the 50th Founding Anniversary of the ASEAN successfully, safely, efficiently, and with dignity and elegance.”

Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea said in his speech, “With a lot of hard work and support from different sectors of the government, as well as the private sector, through the well-coordinated efforts, we can all be proud to say that we have hosted the 30th ASEAN and the 50th Founding Anniversary of the ASEAN successfully, safely, efficiently, and with dignity and elegance.”

 

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, PA for Visayas Michael Dino, Jay Yuvallos, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, Budget Secretary Ben Diokno, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, and Bettina Quimson.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, PA for Visayas Michael Dino, Jay Yuvallos, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, Budget Secretary Ben Diokno, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, and Bettina Quimson.

 

Luis Ferrer, Hans Sy, and Edgar Saavedra

Luis Ferrer, Hans Sy, and Edgar Saavedra

 

Ricky Delgado, Joey Concepcion and Alfred Ty

Ricky Delgado, Joey Concepcion and Alfred Ty

 

US Ambassador Sung Kim, Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez, Ricky Delgado, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

US Ambassador Sung Kim, Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez, Ricky Delgado, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

 

Joey Concepcion, Sen. Migz Zubiri and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez

Joey Concepcion, Sen. Migz Zubiri and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez

 

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Manny Pangilinan and Eric Alberto

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Manny Pangilinan and Eric Alberto

 

Josephine Gotianun-Yap, and Sec. Ben Diokno

Josephine Gotianun-Yap, and Sec. Ben Diokno

 

BCDA President Vince Dizon with wife Essie, Doris Ho, and Russian Amb. Igor Khovaev

BCDA President Vince Dizon with wife Essie, Doris Ho, and Russian Amb. Igor Khovaev

 

The Biggest ASEAN Business and Investment Summit Ever Mounted

Monday, November 20th, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion together with the 143 ASEAN Mentors who pledged their commitment to the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network.

President Rodrigo Duterte and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion together with the 143 ASEAN Mentors who pledged their commitment to the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network.

Planning and organizing the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit was a taxing yet one of the best experiences in my life. The grueling months of hard work all paid off as we all welcome the delegates on our first day last November 12, 2017.

We started inviting all the state leaders in the first quarter of the year and all these months of coordination with their embassies made it possible for five out of 18 state leaders to attend. Even the attendance of business leaders and entrepreneurship advocates made the ABIS 2017 truly an insightful conference.

All these would have not been possible without the support of Tessie Sy-Coson, George Barcelon, and all the members of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council. I also would like to thank the Go Negosyo advocates who have been with us since 2005, members of the government, our mentors, and of course, my family.

Here are some photos I wish to share with you.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion launched the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network which will create the largest pool of mentors across the region to better guide micro and small entrepreneurs.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion launched the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network which will create the largest pool of mentors across the region to better guide micro and small entrepreneurs.

 

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion shared a chat with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion shared a chat with President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

Myanmar’s icon of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi together with ASEAN Business Advisory Council Member Teresita Sy-Coson.

Myanmar’s icon of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi together with ASEAN Business Advisory Council Member Teresita Sy-Coson.

 

ASEAN BAC Chairpersons welcomed Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi to the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017.

ASEAN BAC Chairpersons welcomed Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi to the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017.

 

143 ASEAN Mentors are all ready to mentor micro and small entrepreneurs in order for them to scale up not just in their respective countries but also across the region.

143 ASEAN Mentors are all ready to mentor micro and small entrepreneurs in order for them to scale up not just in their respective countries but also across the region.

 

World Economic Forum Chairman Nazir Razak and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla.

World Economic Forum Chairman Nazir Razak and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla.

 

ASEAN BAC Philippines’ members Joey Concepcion, George Barcelon and Teresita Sy-Coson.

ASEAN BAC Philippines’ members Joey Concepcion, George Barcelon and Teresita Sy-Coson.

 

Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Union Minister Aung San Suu Kyi discussed women empowerment and human capital development.

Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Union Minister Aung San Suu Kyi discussed women empowerment and human capital development.

 

Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi together with ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion.

Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi together with ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion.

 

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion encouraged everyone to embrace inclusivity.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion encouraged everyone to embrace inclusivity.

 

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez and wife, Malou Lopez, and ASEAN BAC member George Barcelon.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez and wife, Malou Lopez, and ASEAN BAC member George Barcelon.

 

President Duterte expressed his support to the micro and small entrepreneurs by adding budget to the MSME development.

President Duterte expressed his support to the micro and small entrepreneurs by adding budget to the MSME development.

 

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion being interviewed by the media prior to the program.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion being interviewed by the media prior to the program.

 

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion with India Ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion with India Ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar.

 

Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was welcomed by ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion.

Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was welcomed by ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion.

 

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation joined the panel on infrastructure development.

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation joined the panel on infrastructure development.

 

Maria Ressa of Rappler and Enrique Razon of International Container Terminal Services Inc.

Maria Ressa of Rappler and Enrique Razon of International Container Terminal Services Inc.

 

His Excellency Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India.

His Excellency Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India.

 

 His Excellency President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of South Korea.

His Excellency President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of South Korea.

 

 Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo together with former Trade Secretary Jose Concepcion Jr., and wife, Marivic.

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo together with former Trade Secretary Jose Concepcion Jr., and wife, Marivic.

 

Vice President Leni Robredo closed the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit with a message on poverty alleviation.

Vice President Leni Robredo closed the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit with a message on poverty alleviation.

The First ASEAN Agriculture Summit

Monday, October 16th, 2017
Forum 1 (Panel 1): Small Farm Holdings and Land Consolidation in Agri Enterprise Development.: Karen Davila (moderator), Dato' Dzulfilki ADB Wahab (FELDA, Technoplant Sdn Bhd. - Malaysia), Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech) , Dr. Hengky Novarianto (Indonesia Palm Crops Research Institute) and Winston Uy (Universal Leaf Philippines) with Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar (Go Negosyo Adviser for Agripreneurship) ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and DOST Secretary Boy dela Peña.

Forum 1 (Panel 1): Small Farm Holdings and Land Consolidation in Agri Enterprise Development.: Karen Davila (moderator), Dato’ Dzulfilki ADB Wahab (FELDA, Technoplant Sdn Bhd. – Malaysia), Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech) , Dr. Hengky Novarianto (Indonesia Palm Crops Research Institute) and Winston Uy (Universal Leaf Philippines) with Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar (Go Negosyo Adviser for Agripreneurship) ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and DOST Secretary Boy dela Peña.

In my 12 years of rallying for the development of micro and small entrepreneurs, I’ve seen that the majority of the poor come from the agriculture sector — they are the small farmers and fisher folk who toil tirelessly every day but get meager returns in exchange for feeding the nation. With 35 percent of our population working under this sector, it is no question that if we want to achieve greater prosperity, the agriculture sector must be empowered and transformed.

That is why, as the ASEAN Business Advisory Council chair, I could not let the year end without making the ASEAN Agriculture Summit happen. We were commended that this was the first summit in ASEAN’s 50 years that focused on agriculture and agripreneurship. This is surprising, primarily because half of the ASEAN nations garner most of their GDP from the agricultural sector. If we want the vision of prosperity for all to come to reality, we must continue to champion the development of this sector.

It was indeed overwhelming to see that more than a thousand people attended the recently concluded ASEAN Agriculture Summit. Of course, all this would not have been possible if not for the collaboration of both the private and the public sectors, and our guest speakers from across ASEAN. We were privileged to have the likes of Sen. Cynthia Villar and former DA secretary Dr. William Dar.

I hope that those who attended learned something from the rich discussions led by our outstanding panelists. May the lessons imparted be more than just words, but a spark to take the road towards greater prosperity for all.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion inspired all delegates to work together to transform ASEAN agriculture as the game changer for prosperity of all

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion inspired all delegates to work together to transform ASEAN agriculture as the game changer for prosperity of all

 

Sen. Cynthia Villar, Senate Committee Chairperson on Agriculture, graced the summit and touched on the current policiess that help improve the lives of our poor farmers.

Sen. Cynthia Villar, Senate Committee Chairperson on Agriculture, graced the summit and touched on the current policiess that help improve the lives of our poor farmers.

 

Karen Davila moderated the panel on Inclusive Contract Growing and Industrial Farming.

Karen Davila moderated the panel on Inclusive Contract Growing and Industrial Farming.

 

Oudet Souvannavong (Greater Mekong Sub-Region Business Council) and ASEAN Business Advisory Council member

Oudet Souvannavong (Greater Mekong Sub-Region Business Council) and ASEAN Business Advisory Council member

 

USec. Ariel Cayanan (Department of Agriculture)

USec. Ariel Cayanan (Department of Agriculture)

 

Dato' Dzulfilki ADB Wahab (FELDA, Technoplant Sdn Bhd. - Malaysia)

Dato’ Dzulfilki ADB Wahab (FELDA, Technoplant Sdn Bhd. – Malaysia)

 

Zulkarnain Bin Md. Eusope (FELCRA Berhad - Malaysia)

Zulkarnain Bin Md. Eusope (FELCRA Berhad – Malaysia)

 

Cong. Arthur Yap

Cong. Arthur Yap

 

Inang Lupa Foundation President and former Department of Agriculture Secretary Dr. William Dar

Inang Lupa Foundation President and former Department of Agriculture Secretary Dr. William Dar

 

Ferdinand Maranon (Sagrex Corp.) and Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz

Ferdinand Maranon (Sagrex Corp.) and Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz

 

ASEAN BAC Members George Barcelon (Philipines) and Oudet Souvannavong (Lao PDR) with Betty Medialdea

ASEAN BAC Members George Barcelon (Philipines) and Oudet Souvannavong (Lao PDR) with Betty Medialdea

 

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech) and Winston Uy (Universal Leaf Philippines).

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech) and Winston Uy (Universal Leaf Philippines).

 

Tina Papillon and Gerard Papillon, Rosalino Perez of FRLD, and Toto Barcelona of Harbest

Tina Papillon and Gerard Papillon, Rosalino Perez of FRLD, and Toto Barcelona of Harbest

 

William Belo and William Ang of Wilcon Depot

William Belo and William Ang of Wilcon Depot

 

Adviser to the ASEAN BAC Chair Jopin Romero and DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado

Adviser to the ASEAN BAC Chair Jopin Romero and DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado

 

Myanmar Amb. Win Naing and PCCI President & ASEAN-BAC Member (Philippines) George Barcelon

Myanmar Amb. Win Naing and PCCI President & ASEAN-BAC Member (Philippines) George Barcelon

 

Go Negosyo Kapatid agri mentors Rex Daryanani, Willy Arcilla and Vix Madlangbayan

Go Negosyo Kapatid agri mentors Rex Daryanani, Willy Arcilla and Vix Madlangbayan

 

Faye Corcuera of BPI Foundation and Cherrie Atilano of AGREA

Faye Corcuera of BPI Foundation and Cherrie Atilano of AGREA

 

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and ASEAN-BAC Laos Chairman Oudet Souvannavong

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and ASEAN-BAC Laos Chairman Oudet Souvannavong

 

Forum 1 (Panel 2): Farm Consolidation as Rural Development Strategy. (L-R): Quintin Pastrana (moderator), Zulkarnain Bin Md. Eusope (FELCRA Berhad - Malaysia), Saran Song (Amru Rice - Cambodia) Alex Buenaventura (Land Bank - Philippines) and Pablito Sandoval (Active Batangas Integrated Multipurpose Cooperative).

Forum 1 (Panel 2): Farm Consolidation as Rural Development Strategy. (L-R): Quintin Pastrana (moderator), Zulkarnain Bin Md. Eusope (FELCRA Berhad – Malaysia), Saran Song (Amru Rice – Cambodia) Alex Buenaventura (Land Bank – Philippines) and Pablito Sandoval (Active Batangas Integrated Multipurpose Cooperative).

 

Forum 2: The Agri Value Chain and Value-Added Agri Extension Services. (L-R): Amor Maclang (moderator), Clint Coo (Siam Organic Co., Ltd. - Thailand), San Mateo Isabela Vice Mayor Roberto Agcaoili, Dr. Kamolrat Intaratat (Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University - Thailand), and Ruth Novales (Nestle Philippines).

Forum 2: The Agri Value Chain and Value-Added Agri Extension Services. (L-R): Amor Maclang (moderator), Clint Coo (Siam Organic Co., Ltd. – Thailand), San Mateo Isabela Vice Mayor Roberto Agcaoili, Dr. Kamolrat Intaratat (Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University – Thailand), and Ruth Novales (Nestle Philippines).

 

Forum 3: Enabling Environment for Inclusive Business. (L-R): Quintin Pastrana (moderator), Dante Delima (ATISCO Philippines), Gigi Gatti (Grameen Foundation USA), Cong. Arthur Yap, USec. Ariel Cayanan (Department of Agriculture) and Oudet Souvannavong (Greater Mekong Sub-Region Business Council and ASEAN-BAC Laos).

Forum 3: Enabling Environment for Inclusive Business. (L-R): Quintin Pastrana (moderator), Dante Delima (ATISCO Philippines), Gigi Gatti (Grameen Foundation USA), Cong. Arthur Yap, USec. Ariel Cayanan (Department of Agriculture) and Oudet Souvannavong (Greater Mekong Sub-Region Business Council and ASEAN-BAC Laos).

 

Forum 4: Leveraging on Technology and Innovation. (L-R): Bettina Quimson (moderator), Jos Van Der Knaap (Rjik Zwaan Seeds B.V.), Dr. Dileepkumar Guntuku (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University), Parker Ong (BlakCell Technology Limited) and Dr. Kiran Sharma (ICRISAT - India).

Forum 4: Leveraging on Technology and Innovation. (L-R): Bettina Quimson (moderator), Jos Van Der Knaap (Rjik Zwaan Seeds B.V.), Dr. Dileepkumar Guntuku (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University), Parker Ong (BlakCell Technology Limited) and Dr. Kiran Sharma (ICRISAT – India).

Empowering Women, Youth and Inclusive Business Stakeholders

Monday, September 25th, 2017
ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion during the segment Big Brother Knows.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion during the segment Big Brother Knows.

I was honored to share the ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s mission of bringing prosperity for all across all sectors in the region. Right before the ASEAN Business Awards, I was invited to impart the 3Ms to the women entrepreneurs who attended the ASEAN Women Business Conference. During my talk, I shared the importance of Mentorship, Money and Market which we all think that will help all micro and small entrepreneurs scale up.

While money and market are equally important, for me, mentorship is the most powerful tool that can help MSMEs gain business acumen from mentors and business experts. Mentorship guides the micro and small entrepreneurs and also the young entrepreneurs.

I shared some wisdom to young entrepreneurs who actively participated in the ASEAN Youth Carnival. I shared my story: of how I started my business at 19, of how I was mentored by my father, and how creativity and passion can lead young individuals like them to success.

The goal of prosperity for all will be achieved if we exercise inclusivity. Medium and large corporations can include micro and small entrepreneurs in their supply chain by adopting an inclusive business model. This is why I reminded the delegates of the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit that we need to continuously promote inclusivity amongst the business community.

Here are some highlights to these three successful Department of Trade and Industry-led summits:

ASEAN Business Awards Inclusive Business Winner Teodoro Ferrer of Erikagen Corporation shared their inclusive business model during the ASEAN inclusive Business Summit.

ASEAN Business Awards Inclusive Business Winner Teodoro Ferrer of Erikagen Corporation shared their inclusive business model during the ASEAN inclusive Business Summit.

 

Inclusive Business stakeholders including Teodoro Ferrer (Erikagen), Felicitas Pantoja (Coffee for Peace), Chittharath Philaphandeth (KP Company) and Clint Coo (Siam Organics) shared their inputs on inclusivity. The forum was moderated by Anthony Pangilinan.

Inclusive Business stakeholders including Teodoro Ferrer (Erikagen), Felicitas Pantoja (Coffee for Peace), Chittharath Philaphandeth (KP Company) and Clint Coo (Siam Organics) shared their inputs on inclusivity. The forum was moderated by Anthony Pangilinan.

 

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez imparted the importance of inclusivity during the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez imparted the importance of inclusivity during the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit

 

Kelly Bird of Asian Development Bank.

Kelly Bird of Asian Development Bank.

 

Panel on Partnering for Competitive and Inclusive Business Models featured Kathleen Mignano (World Bank Group), Giovanni Alingon (Glovax Biotech Corporation), Kelvin Ng (Binca Seafoods GmBH Singapore), Mary Ann Sayoc (East West Seed Group), and Simon Bakker (Kennemer Foods International).

Panel on Partnering for Competitive and Inclusive Business Models featured Kathleen Mignano (World Bank Group), Giovanni Alingon (Glovax Biotech Corporation), Kelvin Ng (Binca Seafoods GmBH Singapore), Mary Ann Sayoc (East West Seed Group), and Simon Bakker (Kennemer Foods International).

 

(L-R) Pamela Bracey (ADB), Eriko Ishikawa (World Bank Group), Martin Lemoine (ADB), and Laetitia Lienart (Credit Suisse).

(L-R) Pamela Bracey (ADB), Eriko Ishikawa (World Bank Group), Martin Lemoine (ADB), and Laetitia Lienart (Credit Suisse).

 

Economic Ministers led by H.E. Ramon Lopez (Philippines), H.E. Enggratiasto Lukita (Indonesia), H.E. Dato Sri Mustafa Mohamed (Malaysia), and H.E. Tran Tuan Anh (Vietnam) joined the forum on enabling inclusive business through policy which was moderated by Marie-Louise Hanannan (Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN).

Economic Ministers led by H.E. Ramon Lopez (Philippines), H.E. Enggratiasto Lukita (Indonesia), H.E. Dato Sri Mustafa Mohamed (Malaysia), and H.E. Tran Tuan Anh (Vietnam) joined the forum on enabling inclusive business through policy which was moderated by Marie-Louise Hanannan (Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN).

 

Amb. Delia Albert during the ASEAN Women’s Business Conference.

Amb. Delia Albert during the ASEAN Women’s Business Conference.

 

Singapore Amb. Kok Li Peng, Dorothy Tembo, and Pacita Juan.

Singapore Amb. Kok Li Peng, Dorothy Tembo, and Pacita Juan.

 

ASEAN Women Breaking the Gender Glass Ceiling and Gender Pay Gap panelists: Ces Drilon, Ambe Tierro (Accenture Philippines), Lorraine Parkin (Grant Thorton Singapore), Julia King (Sapphire Group), and Dr. Chonchanok Viravan (Pathanasomdoon Company Limited).

ASEAN Women Breaking the Gender Glass Ceiling and Gender Pay Gap panelists: Ces Drilon, Ambe Tierro (Accenture Philippines), Lorraine Parkin (Grant Thorton Singapore), Julia King (Sapphire Group), and Dr. Chonchanok Viravan (Pathanasomdoon Company Limited).

 

ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs of the Year Awardees

ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs of the Year Awardees.

 

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion

 

Leader’s Convergence Panel (L-R) Emeline Versoza, Chit Juan, Amb. Delia Albert, Usec. Nora Terrado, Joey Concepcion, Dorothy Tembo, Dr. Nagesh Kumar and Boots Garcia.

Leader’s Convergence Panel (L-R) Emeline Versoza, Chit Juan, Amb. Delia Albert, Usec. Nora Terrado, Joey Concepcion, Dorothy Tembo, Dr. Nagesh Kumar and Boots Garcia.

 

Boots Garcia, Emmeline Versoza, Usec. Nora Terrado, and Chit Juan.

Boots Garcia, Emmeline Versoza, Usec. Nora Terrado, and Chit Juan.

 

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion played as big brother mentor to ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association President Rommel Gerodias during the ASEAN Youth Carnival.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion played as big brother mentor to ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association President Rommel Gerodias during the ASEAN Youth Carnival.

 

DTI Usec. Nora Terrado during the ASEAN Youth Carnival

DTI Usec. Nora Terrado during the ASEAN Youth Carnival.

 

The official launch of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association

The official launch of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association

 

Eleanor Mak of Australia-ASEAN Business Council

Eleanor Mak of Australia-ASEAN Business Council

 

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion during the segment Big Brother Knows.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion during the segment Big Brother Knows.

John Gokongwei Jr. leads ASEAN Legacy Awardees

Monday, September 11th, 2017
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The Legacy Awardees from ASEAN: (from left) Haji Musa Bin Hj Adnin from Brunei, Rattana Prathoumvan from Laos, Aung Ko Win from Myanmar, Dr. (H.C.) Sudhamek AWS from Indonesia, ASEAN-BAC Philippines members George Barcelon and Tessie Sy-Coson, chair Joey Concepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, Secretary Ramon Lopez, Sakchai Unchittikul from Thailand, John Gokongwei Jr. from the Philippines, Wee Cho Yaw from Singapore, Goh Peng Ooi from Malaysia, and Le Van Than as the representative of Le Thu Thuy from Vietnam

John Gokongwei Jr. was the only legacy awardee from the Philippines at the 10th ASEAN Business Awards.

Tagged as the biggest and grandest ASEAN awards ceremony, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) hosted the awards last Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Solaire Resort and Casino. This was one of the highly anticipated activities of the yearlong ASEAN@50 celebration in the Philippines.

We welcomed over 900 guests composed of ASEAN economic ministers, government officials, delegates, members of the diplomatic corps and entrepreneurs. Four hundred of our guests flew in from different Asian countries to witness and celebrate this auspicious event of recognizing outstanding ASEAN entrepreneurs and enterprises that have become integral to the growth of the ASEAN economic community.

President Rodrigo Duterte was our guest of honor. He commended the ASEAN Business Advisory Council and the private sector for being “instrumental in realizing our common aspirations of the inclusive growth of our peoples in service and platform to provide valuable guidance and empowering our enterprising entrepreneurs to become the bedrock of a stronger regional economy.”

The ASEAN Business Awards recognized 47 awardees, including special recognition for the ASEAN economic ministers, ASEAN BAC Philippines founding members, and legacy entrepreneurs.

Cultural performers opened the gala night with an ASEAN performance covering all native dances.

Cultural performers opened the gala night with an ASEAN performance covering all native dances.

 

Jose Concepcion Jr., one of the founding members and former chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines, received a special recognition from President Rodrigo Duterte and his son, now current ASEAN BAC Philippines chair, Joey Concepcion.

Jose Concepcion Jr., one of the founding members and former chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines, received a special recognition from President Rodrigo Duterte and his son, now current ASEAN BAC Philippines chair, Joey Concepcion.

 

Prior to the awarding ceremony, President Duterte shared a chat with ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and legacy awardee of the Philippines John Gokongwei Jr.

Prior to the awarding ceremony, President Duterte shared a chat with ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and legacy awardee of the Philippines John Gokongwei Jr.

 

ASEAN Economic Ministers were all recognized by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Country Chairs.

ASEAN Economic Ministers were all recognized by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Country Chairs.

 

Gary Valenciano capped off the well-attended awarding ceremony with dance hits and made the audience dance.

Gary Valenciano capped off the well-attended awarding ceremony with dance hits and made the audience dance.

 

President Duterte greeted Mrs. Elizabeth Gokongwei, wife of legacy awardee John Gokongwei Jr. The Gokongwei family had a formal photo opportunity with the President.

President Duterte greeted Mrs. Elizabeth Gokongwei, wife of legacy awardee John Gokongwei Jr. The Gokongwei family had a formal photo opportunity with the President.

 

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala signed the Hand-in-Hand Prosperity Mural. The mural depicted the collective effort of the private and public sectors and big brother-small brothers in the industry to provide prosperity for all across the region.

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala signed the Hand-in-Hand Prosperity Mural. The mural depicted the collective effort of the private and public sectors and big brother-small brothers in the industry to provide prosperity for all across the region.

 

Laos Ambassador Phoxay Khaykhamphitoune, Thailand Ambassador Thanatip Upatising and wife Monthip, George Barcelon and wife Irene, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, and Singapore Ambassador Kok Li Peng.

Laos Ambassador Phoxay Khaykhamphitoune, Thailand Ambassador Thanatip Upatising and wife Monthip, George Barcelon and wife Irene, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, and Singapore Ambassador Kok Li Peng.

 

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, US Ambassador Sung Kim, and Lance Gokongwei.

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, US Ambassador Sung Kim, and Lance Gokongwei.

 

Performers also performed a dance representing Malaysia.

Performers also performed a dance representing Malaysia.

 

Ryan Cayabyab singers belted out a medley of songs.

Ryan Cayabyab singers belted out a medley of songs.

 

Ending the program, all guests raised the ASEAN hands and connected it to one another to show the hand-in-hand partnership of all the ASEAN country members.

Ending the program, all guests raised the ASEAN hands and connected it to one another to show the hand-in-hand partnership of all the ASEAN country members.

 

President Rodrigo Duterte also joined and raised the hand symbols. Also in photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.

President Rodrigo Duterte also joined and raised the hand symbols. Also in photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.

 

Tony Fernandes, Group Chairman of AirAsia, flew all the way to the Philippines to receive his award. AirAsia won in the Priority Integration Sector – Tourism category.

Tony Fernandes, Group Chairman of AirAsia, flew all the way to the Philippines to receive his award. AirAsia won in the Priority Integration Sector – Tourism category.

 

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Rico Hizon, and PCCI President and ASEAN BAC Philippines council member George Barcelon.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Rico Hizon, and PCCI President and ASEAN BAC Philippines council member George Barcelon.

 

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion called on to all entrepreneurs to include micro entrepreneurs in their value chain to be able to reach inclusive growth.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion called on to all entrepreneurs to include micro entrepreneurs in their value chain to be able to reach inclusive growth.

 

Cultural performances celebrated the diversity of all ASEAN countries.

Cultural performances celebrated the diversity of all ASEAN countries.

 

Performers wore colorful costumes representing each ASEAN country.

Performers wore colorful costumes representing each ASEAN country.

 

Kalilayan Folkloric Group and St. Scholastica Choir performed in the 10th ASEAN Business Awards.

Kalilayan Folkloric Group and St. Scholastica Choir performed in the 10th ASEAN Business Awards.

 

Karen Davila and Rico Hizon hosted the ASEAN Business Awards 2017.

Karen Davila and Rico Hizon hosted the ASEAN Business Awards 2017.

 

Performers also include the Ryan Cayabyab singers.

Performers also include the Ryan Cayabyab singers.

 

Lizzie Razon, Marissa Concepcion, and Lizzie Zobel de Ayala.

Lizzie Razon, Marissa Concepcion, and Lizzie Zobel de Ayala.

 

Teresita Sy-Coson, George Barcelon, Tony Fernandes, ES Salvador Medialdea, and PA Joey Concepcion.

Teresita Sy-Coson, George Barcelon, Tony Fernandes, ES Salvador Medialdea, and PA Joey Concepcion.

 

Washington Sycip with Alfredo Yao

Washington Sycip with Alfredo Yao.

 

Michael Tan and Joey Concepcion.

Michael Tan and Joey Concepcion.

 

ASEAN Business Advisory Council members also had a photo opportunity with President Rodrigo Duterte.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council members also had a photo opportunity with President Rodrigo Duterte.

ASEAN @ 50: Pushing Prosperity for All

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella, ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Legal Counsel Sec. Salvador Panelo, ASEAN BAC Philippines Tessie Sy-Coson, and George Barcelon

Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella, ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Legal Counsel Sec. Salvador Panelo, ASEAN BAC Philippines Tessie Sy-Coson, and George Barcelon

Back in 1967, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formed to create a bond among its members that will help each other in economic growth, social progress, and cultural development.

Move forward to today, we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of ASEAN last Tuesday. This is the 3rd chairmanship of the country with the first in 1987 and the second in 2006. We are lucky to host the 50th founding anniversary of the association.

President Rodrigo Duterte led the celebration in PICC last August 08, 2017. He briefly shared the background of ASEAN and how the history of cooperation among its members has worked well to advance our values and interests.

He also recognized the efforts of the private sector specifically the ASEAN Business Advisory Council in supporting the government in its mission to alleviate people from poverty. He said, “Public-private partnerships must be harnessed fully to lift up our people from poverty. Indeed, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s Alliance for Prosperity for All is showing how an inclusive business model will help achieve the growth of our MSMEs and our people in the grassroots.”

The Alliance for Prosperity for All was created with the mission to build a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary alliance of organizations and individuals and to pursue prosperity not just in the Philippines but across ASEAN nations.

We look forward to contributing more to the development and growth of our MSMEs and the members of the low-lying communities.

Additionally, I was part of Malaysia’s celebration of ASEAN50. Last August 4, a conference was hosted by ASEAN BAC Malaysia led by Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid. In a forum, I shared the importance of MSMEs in ASEAN.

Afterwards, a dinner was attended by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

ASEAN has indeed proved that despite our differences in culture, religion, and political views, we can all have a solidarity of pushing for prosperity for all. We look forward to another 50 years of continuous growth and progress.

President Rodrigo Duterte with Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion after the ASEAN50 celebration in PICC.

President Rodrigo Duterte with Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion after the ASEAN50 celebration in PICC.

Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia chairman, led the celebration of ASEAN BAC Malaysia for ASEAN’s 50th anniversary

Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia chairman, led the celebration of ASEAN BAC Malaysia for ASEAN’s 50th anniversary

Malaysia Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

Malaysia Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak led the ceremonial cutting of the cake during the ASEAN@50 commemorative dinner in Malaysia.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak led the ceremonial cutting of the cake during the ASEAN@50 commemorative dinner in Malaysia.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion joined a forum with Donald Kanak (Eastspring Investments), Masakuni Nakayama (Marubeni Corporation), Dr. Nikolai Dobberstein (A.T. Kearney), and Thaweelap Rittapirom (Bangkok Bank). The forum was moderated by Dr. Mohd Munir.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion joined a forum with Donald Kanak (Eastspring Investments), Masakuni Nakayama (Marubeni Corporation), Dr. Nikolai Dobberstein (A.T. Kearney), and Thaweelap Rittapirom (Bangkok Bank). The forum was moderated by Dr. Mohd Munir.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia Dr. Ramesh Kodammal, and ASEAN BAC Malaysia Datuk Farid Alias.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, ASEAN BAC Malaysia Dr. Ramesh Kodammal, and ASEAN BAC Malaysia Datuk Farid Alias.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, and ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Majid, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, and ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion discussed why MSMEs are important in the ASEAN Integration.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion discussed why MSMEs are important in the ASEAN Integration.

DTI and ASEAN BAC Pushes for MSME Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soldiers of Marawi Send their Heartfelt Gratitude

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sending Care Packages and Letters to our Soldiers in Marawi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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