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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).

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)