Glocal Revolution: Local Brands, Global Reach

June 5th, 2017

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As efforts across the ASEAN are focusing on making the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) a reality, talks on how local businesses can make that leap towards going global have become widespread. However, even before the launch of the AEC, several Philippine brands have already begun creating waves abroad. Here is the definitive list of Philippine brands who have taken ‘glocalization’ to greater heights.

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Jollibee

There has not been a brand that perfectly embodies all that is good about being Filipino quite like Jollibee. Hardworking, joyful and family-centered — these are the values that Jollibee continues to portray alongside providing fast-food that satisfies the Filipino tastebuds. It is no wonder that Jollibee is the most dominant fast food chain in the country.

As a homegrown brand, the jolly red bee has been able to weave itself deep into the hearts of Filipinos all over the world. Filipino communities flock to their restaurant openings whenever they launch within their vicinity.

Today, Jollibee has a global network of 80 stores in countries with big Filipino populations like the U.S., Vietnam, Brunei, Jeddah, Qatar, Hong Kong and Kuwait. Jollibee truly offers a taste of home to Filipinos, wherever they may be in the world.

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Potato Corner

Everyone’s favorite flavored fries kiosk has bolstered its way into the global arena, one corner at a time. Potato Corner has peppered Filipino malls and commercial spaces since 1992. 25 years later, the well-loved Filipino snack has successfully captured the global market with stores present in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Panama and the USA.

An interesting fact about the spread of Potato Corner to other countries is that, more often than not, their franchisees were once young Filipinos who have fond memories of having the delectable finger food during their childhood. Today, these Filipinos wish to bring that experience to their new hometowns, and with Potato Corners very appealing franchise model, it hasn’t been hard to do so.

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Universal Robina Corp.

Universal Robina Corp. (URC) is a Philippine pioneer in the food and beverage industry. With over 5 decades worth of service to Philippine families, URC has also built a presence in the ASEAN Market. As a formidable market leader, URC’s line of products have been strongly ingrained in the Filipino snacking make-up with it’s chips, instant noodles widely seen across sari-sari stores nationwide.

Today, the company dubbed as the ‘first Philippine multinational’ has established its brand of snacks and drinks in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.

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San Miguel Corporation

San Miguel Corp. is considered as the largest Philippine corporation. The conglomerate’s most famous brand is the classic San Miguel Beer under its subsidiary San Miguel Brewery. The beverage has penetrated the markets of over 24 countries worldwide. To date, San Miguel Brewery has also established Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. Throughout more than a century of serving cold, brewed drinks across borders, San Miguel Beer has remained the dominant brewery in the country, holding 90% of the market despite many foreign entrants trying to compete with the local brand.

Aside from breweries, San Miguel has also ventured into other industries mainly oil (Petron), power generation (SMC Global Power Holding Corp.), and infrastructure (San Miguel Holding Corp.).

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Penshoppe

While the local fashion retail market has seen many global brands entering the market, Penshoppe is aiming to go global itself by driving its brand into international territories. Penshoppe is widely known in the country for securing globally renowned endorsers such as Kendal Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevigne and many more. In a bid to attract more regional markets in the ASEAN, Penshoppe has launched a campaign locally that features local endorsers. This move is the initial step to hopefully launch similar campaigns in countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The local retail brand truly wants to embody the vision of ‘glocal’ — a homegrown brand that uplifts its local roots but also celebrates global diversity.

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Max’s Group

The Max’s Group is the home of several well-loved Filipino restaurants with Max’s, the namesake of the company, at the helm of them all. Aside from the go-to family restaurant for any and every celebration (Max’s has served as the venue for birthdays, receptions, graduation parties, etc. of Filipinos for generations upon generations), The Max’s Group has acquired other foodie favorites such as Pancake House, Teriyaki Boy and Yellow Cab.

While Max has largely been preoccupied with housekeeping after its acquisition of the aforementioned restaurants, they have recently set their sights on expanding globally. Last year, they announced that they aim to open 200 international outlets by 2020. Their expansion tactics initially focused on countries with big OFW populations such as U.S., Canada and the United Arab Emirates. However, the group has already secured bids to expand to Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.


Since its establishment by ASEAN Leaders in 2003, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) has been active in promoting public-private sector partnership and consultation to assist the integration of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2017. In its efforts to bridge ASEAN Governments with its private sectors, the Council launched the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) in 2007 to give recognition to enterprises that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy.

Join this year’s ASEAN Business Awards! Application Period: March 15 – July 30, 2017. Application deadline for the Inclusive Business Award Category is on June 30, 2017. For more information about the ASEAN Business Awards 2017, please visit www.aba2017.com
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Agri Enablers: Empowering Farmers

June 1st, 2017

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On May 31, 2017, Go Negosyo sa Radyo (GNSR) hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by two agri enablers namely, MFI Farm Polytechnic Institute Campus Manager Rita Macabuhay and SL Agritech President Henry Lim Bon Liong. For this episode, the four gave a glimpse into the current state of Philippine agricultural development through the lens of education and innovation.

To kick off, Sen. Bam and DJ Cheska discussed the growing need for our agricultural industry to advance. Sen. Bam shared that in other countries, farmers are rich and not struggling like the ones in our country. This is sad mainly because agriculture is the backbone of the economy. Without farmers, how will people eat?

Rita Macabuhay of MFI Farm Polytechnic Institute believes that education and involvement of the youth is imperative to improving the agri industry. In MFI Farm Polytechnic Institute, they have students who have travelled across Negros to take up their courses in agriculture. The Farm Business Institute teaches these students to be full-fledged farmers and capable entrepreneurs. This, Rita shares, is because the youth today are more interested in agribusiness, seeing that profit is an essential part in sustaining any agricultural endeavor.

DJ Cheska asked Rita whether a lot of the youth are turned off by agriculture because of the poor plight of today’s farmers. Rita says that in their program, they hope to combat this stigma by showing the students big and small successful farms. In fact, the school’s approach to teaching agriculture is a combination of mindset and values formation for an agripreneur and the technical skills training for farmers. The school believes that attitude is just as important as the technical information. Senator Bam agreed and said “kahit anong skill ay maaring matutunan with the right attitude.”

While Rita and the Farm Business Institute is focused on education and engaging the youth, SL Agritech President’s advocacy is on research, development, and innovation to further growth in the agri sector. Henry Lim Bon Liong is credited for his research into hybrid rice, which could revolutionize the rice industry in the country. From his own painstaking work from years of research and development, Henry has tested about 75 varieties before landing on SL-8H—a hybrid variety that is high-yielding and sustainable. Aside from producing SL-8H to compete with regular rice, Henry was also able to produce premium rice varieties. Today, these premium rice are sold in supermarkets locally and internationally under the brand Doña Maria (Henry’s mother’s name).

Henry believes that if rice farmers will begin to adapt hybrid rice and are taught how to maximize their crops, both farmers and society will benefit. For farmers, they will be able to harvest more rice for much less and thus, earning more. For society, it can decrease our dependency on importation of rice and possibly make us self-sufficient in the future.

Go Negosyo sa Radyo hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by two agri enablers namely, MFI Farm Polytechnic Institute Campus Manager Rita Macabuhay and SL Agritech President Henry Lim Bon Liong.

Go Negosyo sa Radyo hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by two agri enablers namely, MFI Farm Polytechnic Institute Campus Manager Rita Macabuhay and SL Agritech President Henry Lim Bon Liong.

Challenges

Rita and Henry share that there are still mounting challenges when it comes to empowering the agricultural sector. Henry shares that a lot of farmers are still scared or are misinformed. Because of this, they are hesitant to try new technologies such as hybrid rice. However, Henry says that when they are shown the real benefits of adopting new practices/technologies, it becomes very easy to coach and train farmers. Henry is also positive about the future of agri. He shares that this administration has been very aggressive in promoting and empowering farmers through trainings, knowledge sharing, and many other programs.

Rita is also positive that more of the youth will become interested in agriculture with the diversity of programs and applications of the subject. Many of the school’s graduates immediately get absorbed into businesses they interned for. However, she shared that there are also examples of students who delved into entrepreneurship. An example is a recent graduate of theirs who has set up an urban farm in Metro Manila. His business involves setting up other urban farms in the metro and he has been able to grow 30 strawberries in 1 sqm plot of land, in any weather.

Truly, there is a lot of work that needs to be done in Philippine agriculture development—it is a great thing that we have enablers like SL Agritech’s Henry Lim Bon Liong and the Rita Macabuhay from Farm Business Institute leading the way.

Russia State Visit

June 1st, 2017
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez led the business forum in Moscow last Thursday as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's official visit to Russia. (In photo L-R) DTI Usec. Rowel Barba, Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Russia Deputy Minister for Economic Development Alexander Tsybulskiy, DTI Usec. Nora Terrado, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russian Federation President Sergey Katyrin, and Atty. Mike Toledo.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez led the business forum in Moscow last Thursday as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s official visit to Russia. (In photo L-R) DTI Usec. Rowel Barba, Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Russia Deputy Minister for Economic Development Alexander Tsybulskiy, DTI Usec. Nora Terrado, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russian Federation President Sergey Katyrin, and Atty. Mike Toledo.

The state visit to Moscow was a much anticipated trip by the business sector after seeing the number of people who attended. One factor could be because of Russia’s mystic charm. I have been to St. Petersburg before on a cruise with our whole clan and I found it interesting. But Moscow was different and to my surprise, it was a very clean place, a beautiful city and has surprisingly excellent food. The Four Seasons Hotel where President Duterte and his party stayed has the best location since it is in the Red Square of Moscow.

But this is what really happened in Moscow: the president had decided to cut his trip short after barely landing for 24 hours. Sen. Win Gatchalian, Sec. Mon Lopez and other government officials were there for less than 24 hours and have just arrived from another government engagement in Vietnam. While the rest of the business delegation who arrived in advance including us gathered in the lobby while waiting for the official decision.

The president did the right thing – which is to go home and declare martial law. For a while I thought this is an over reaction but come to think of it, when our child is rushed to the hospital due to an accident, it would be difficult for us not to take the first flight home. This shows that the president takes his role as the father of the nation seriously.

In spite of not having PRRD with us the whole state visit, we pursued the business engagements to fortify economic alliances with our Russian counterparts. In the Philippines-Russia Business Forum last Thursday held in Moscow, more than 400 businessmen from the Philippines and Russia attended. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez led the forum. Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena, Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol and other trade officials also attended. This was supported by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russia Federation and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCIRF).

During a presentation, Sec. Lopez reiterated the President’s statement on investments to the Philippines, “He will also encourage you to ride on the growth momentum of this country that this administration is having at the moment. So come on and ride the growth story of the Philippines.”

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President George Barcelon signed an agreement of cooperation with Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation led by its president, Sergey Katyrin. Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, and DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña served as witness to the signing ceremony.

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President George Barcelon signed an agreement of cooperation with Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation led by its president, Sergey Katyrin. Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, and DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña served as witness to the signing ceremony.

300 delegates from Philippines and Russia attended the Moscow Business Forum which aims to strengthen economic relations between the two countries.

300 delegates from Philippines and Russia attended the Moscow Business Forum which aims to strengthen economic relations between the two countries.

Through this state visit, Philippines were able to sign agreements with its counterparts. One of these agreements is between CCIRF led by its President Sergey Katyrin and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by George Barcelon which extends the cooperation of both parties to achieve strategic goals and areas of partnership for economic and trade and investment.

George said, “He (CCIRF President Katyrin) encouraged more coordination with our two chambers, fostering closer relationship between our countries. This should hopefully lead to more trade.” He added that companies on nickel tail refining, fiber glass and polyepoxy rebar technology, power related turbine blades and other industries joined the business forum.

Russia introduced several products to the Filipino delegates including airplane on water transport, hydrofoil vessels, low cost electric car, material handling equipment and power plants.

Business Russia and DTI also signed an agreement of cooperation to enhance trade and investment promotion activities. Additionally, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry led by Rex Daryanani signed an agreement with Indian Business Alliance in Moscow. Rex shared that this is the first partnership of FICCI with another Indian business organization outside the Philippines. Rex added, “This is the first among the many more to come globally. This will allow Filipino Indian businessmen to easily tie up and partner with Indian businessmen all over the world.”

In totality, $875 million worth of business deals were signed during the business forum which I and the other cabinet secretaries witnessed.

With these kind of state visits, we hope to strengthen our ties with our foreign comrades. These will be an avenue for economic relations, diplomatic partnerships, and security and intelligence cooperation.

Street Vendor Turned ‘Juice King’ Alfredo Yao is the First Filipino ABA Awardee

May 29th, 2017

Credibility is built, not given. Respect is earned, not bought” – Alfredo Yao

Alfredo Yao is undoubtedly a self-made man. After the death of his father when he was only 12 years old, Yao stepped up and became the breadwinner for his mother and six siblings. In the video above, Yao tearfully shares of his personal sacrifices such as sleeping in sidewalks as a street vendor or being the only one who didn’t get to finish school. But the tears were not from shame or sadness — they come from a place only one who has managed to overcome vast adversity in their life, knows. From a roughing it out as a street vendor, Yao is known today as the man who built the widely regarded Zest-o Corporation and an inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs across the ASEAN.

Yao was featured in Go Negosyo’s first edition of Joey Concepcion’s 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories. There he shared that entrepreneurship is a great equalizer because the entrepreneurial spirit cannot be bought or inherited “You learn it. I don’t think it’s inborn. They consider me a Tsinoy but I consider myself a Filipino. I was born in the Philippines and studied here. The Chinese have a good side and so do the Filipinos. Ang napuna ko lang sa Pilipino, sasabihan nila sa’yo, ‘pag bata ka pa, mag-aral ka nang mabuti para padating ng araw, makapagtrabaho ka ng maigi.’ Yun na ang ultimate goal. We should instill in children’s mind na dapat huwag makuntento na maging empleyado na lang. Kahit sa bangketa yan, sariling hanapbuhay yan. At the end of the day, it’s fate. Kanya-kanyang linya sa buhay.”

Alfredo Yao is the first Filipino to win an ASEAN Business Award back in 2007. His company Zest-O won the Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise in the Innovation Category.

Alfredo Yao is the first Filipino to win an ASEAN Business Award back in 2007. His company Zest-O won the Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise in the Innovation Category.

It’s no wonder that Yao was the first Filipino, and first ASEAN entrepreneur, to win the Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise in Innovation Award during the ASEAN Business Awards initial run back in 2007. Innovation is truly not something one can simply buy into. In fact, it takes an enterprising and humble spirit to lead innovation that is lasting and relevant.

Yao’s Zest-o Corporation, for example, was bred from an unrelenting passion to make something out of nothing. The beverage industry leader is known for being the first to bring the tetrapack technology to the Philippines. In fact, the story behind Zest-o was that Yao brought in tetrapacks (a.k.a. doypacks) to sell them to existing beverage companies as a new way to package their products. When no one showed interest, Yao decided to develop his own juice formula to package in tetrapacks and the rest is history.

This knack for innovation and resilient spirit is truly what makes Alfredo Yao admirable. While most established and traditional business are buckling in the face of technology disruptions and changing economic tides, Yao is largely unfazed. In his eyes, innovation, disruption and persistency is what got him far and he only wishes that more and more enterprises will be able to rise from meager circumstances to become beacons of hope.

“I started this business with just 3,000 pesos — and I’m not ashamed of that. If you want know how poor I was… look for the 10 poorest in a room of people, I was probably one of those 10. So, don’t lose hope.”

True enough, Yao at the helm of the three decades old corporation, still continues to dream big for the company. In a feature in Entrepreneur Philippines Magazine back in July 2015, he shared that “We [Zest-O Corp.] still continue to improve our products, our facilities, our technology so that we can serve our customers better. I still dream of seeing Zest-O as a big global brand. I never stop dreaming. Libre naman.”


Since its establishment by ASEAN Leaders in 2003, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) has been active in promoting public-private sector partnership and consultation to assist the integration of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2017. In its efforts to bridge ASEAN Governments with its private sectors, the Council launched the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) in 2007 to give recognition to enterprises that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy.

Join this year’s ASEAN Business Awards! Application Period: March 15 – July 30, 2017. Application deadline for the Inclusive Business Award Category is on June 30, 2017. For more information about the ASEAN Business Awards 2017, please visit  www.aba2017.com

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Byaheng Negosyo

May 29th, 2017

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On May 24, 2017, Go Negosyo Radio hosts Sen. Bam Aquino and DJ Faith Salaver featured Clang Garcia and Ragde Falcis – two notable travel and tours negosyantes that want people to explore the best of the Philippines. Clang and Ragde both shared their stories on how they turned their passion into a business.

Clang’s story started with her experience as a traveler herself. Whenever Clang would travel, she imagined having a safe and efficient transportation system that would be different from regular travel tours. She wanted something different and at the same time be able to integrate the Philippines’ history, culture and diversity. Clang decided that a jeepney would be the best representation and symbol of the Philippines. With this, Jeepney Tour came to life. Starting the business was not easy, it took Clang 4 years before Jeepney Tours could operate since government regulation was tough. Their jeepneys are not like any ordinary jeepney, they are customized with air conditioning, on board karaoke with a maximum capacity of 20 seats. Today, the Jeepney Tours is considered a breakthrough in Philippine Tourism by offering a convenient and daily sight-seeing tour to travelers to explore the best of Metro Manila with the intent of leaving a positive image of the Philippines with every single ride.

Ragde started as a traveler himself as well. He has always enjoyed going on adventures and being one with the locals. He is part of a group of explorers passionate about promoting their own Philippine experience to the world. Ragde wanted to utilize his tech expertise to innovate how people travel. The group developed Fliptrip in 2014 and was later on launched as Tripkada in 2016 as the solution that came about from the experience and learnings of developing Fliptrip. Tripkada is an online platform to connect tourists to local communities. It is a mobile app where travelers can join trips organized by fellow travelers, meet new friends and tick things off their bucket list for less. In short “Its like Uber but for travel” Ragde said. Tripkada now has 50-70 organizers in their app.

Go Negosyo sa Radyo host Sen. Bam Aquino with guests Clang Garcia (lefmost) and Ragde Falcis (beside Sen. Aquino).

Go Negosyo sa Radyo host Sen. Bam Aquino with guests Clang Garcia (lefmost) and Ragde Falcis (beside Sen. Aquino).

Clang and Ragde shared that Jeepney Tours and Tripkada became a hit mainly because they were able to give the full Philippine experience through their tours.

The biggest challenge in business, Clang and Ragde said is really starting. “Its always difficult at the beginning, but we had to start somewhere” Clang said. For a start-up company, it was difficult to get people to partner with them or even get customers to trust their business. As an online platform, Ragde said that there were both advantages and disadvantages.  Using the app is more convenient and easy to access but it is inevitable for problems to occur such as not reaching the level of satisfaction of the participants. Therefore, reviews in the app is highly commended and vital to ensure the customer’s experience.

What’s in store for Jeepney Tours and Tripkada? Clang and Ragde are both aiming for expansion. Clang’s next step for Jeepney Tours is to share the experience around the Philippines and to lessen gas emission without changing the image of the jeepney itself. Ragde on the other hand has plans to explore Mindanao, partner with airlines and move on to other Southeast Asian countries.

Poultry & Training for Sulu Kapatids

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.

Cebuano Social Enterprise Weaves Filipino Cultural Tradition and Business into an ASEAN-Recognized Enterprise

May 21st, 2017
Anya Lim is among the select Philippine Entrepreneurs who won at last year’s ASEAN Business Awards under the AEC Priority Integration Sector Excellence Awards for Textile. Photo courtesy of Inquirer News.

Anya Lim is among the select Philippine Entrepreneurs who won at last year’s ASEAN Business Awards under the AEC Priority Integration Sector Excellence Awards for Textile. Photo courtesy of Inquirer News.


We support our indigenous weavers by providing market access and capacity- building programs for them to be able to sustain their businesses. We do this by preserving and promoting our weaves and turning them into contemporary designs to attract younger generations.”

Anya Lim— featured in last year’s Go Negosyo’s 55 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs— won big in two separate international business awards last 2016. She garnered the special prize at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Efficiency and Success Target Awards held in Lima, Peru and the ASEAN Business AEC Priority Integration Sector Excellence Award for Textile held in Vientiane, Laos.

She serves as an inspiration for women, social entrepreneurs and all retail business owners alike for her company, the ANTHILL Fabric Gallery. ANTHILL stands for Alternative Nest and Trading Hub for Indigenous/ Ingenious Little Livelihood seekers and it is the first creative social and cultural enterprise in Metro Cebu.

ANTHILL had its humble beginnings in the year 2010, when Anya decided to partner with her mother in establishing a textile hub that sources and promotes local fabrics woven by indigenous communities. Anya credits her upbringing, her early exposure to indigenous communities, and her realizations while travelling as her inspiration for embarking on a business focused on promoting the value of Filipino traditional culture and identity.

Beyond promotion, however, Anya dreams of Filipinos weaving local textiles into our lifestyle in all aspects such as clothing, accessories, etc.

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Some of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery's creations. Photo from ANTHILL's Instagram account.

Some of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery’s creations. Photo from ANTHILL’s Instagram account.

“I’ve been fortunate to have travelled to different parts of the world and I noticed that in Asia, we have a very rich weaving culture, but it’s only in the Philippines where we only wear woven fabrics on rare occasions like weddings, cultural dances, Linggo ng Wika celebrations or burials,” Anya shared in an interview with Go Negosyo.

Moving forward, Anya hopes to bring her Cebuano social enterprise to greater heights. By introducing a management system to further professionalize the business, she hopes that ANTHILL will be able to expand its market reach and help more communities in the Philippines.


Since its establishment by ASEAN Leaders in 2003, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) has been active in promoting public-private sector partnership and consultation to assist the integration of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2017. In its efforts to bridge ASEAN Governments with its private sectors, the Council launched the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) in 2007 to give recognition to enterprises that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy.

Join this year’s ASEAN Business Awards! Application Period: March 15 – July 30, 2017. Application deadline for the Inclusive Business Award Category is on June 30, 2017. For more information about the ASEAN Business Awards 2017, please visit www.aba2017.com

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ASEAN Business Awards: An Overview

May 20th, 2017

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(UPDATED) The ASEAN Business Awards is fast approaching and to give an overview of what the awards are all about, we’ve prepared a primer encompassing the background and objectives.

1. Background

Since its establishment by ASEAN Leaders in 2003, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) has been active in promoting public-private sector partnership and consultation to assist the integration of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2017. In its efforts to bridge ASEAN Governments with its private sectors, the Council launched the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) in 2007 to give recognition to enterprises that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy.

ABA was conceived to be the first of its kind in the region, with the dual objectives of recognizing outstanding ASEAN enterprises, and to serve as a platform to spread information concerning the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). In addition, ABA also brings to the spotlight promising ASEAN small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have the potential of becoming global economic players.

A dedicated Working Group of ‘National Gateways’ consisting of ten ASEAN-BAC Members (one representative from each Member State) forms the foundation of ABA.  The roles of the National Gateways are to promote the event in their respective countries, as well as to select ‘National Judges’ who will be responsible in selecting the recipients of ABA.

Since it was first launched in 2007, ABA has recognised more than 100 companies throughout the region that excel in the categories of: Growth, Employment, Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In 2015, however, ASEAN-BAC expanded the categories of ABA to include the Priority Integration Sectors (PIS) of ASEAN element, as well as recognising outstanding young entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs.

To ensure the high-quality and independency of such a prestigious event, ASEAN-BAC engages a Strategic Partner each year to administer the implementation of the ABA Framework; short listing nominations of companies; administering the Judges Meeting and assist in promoting the event throughout the ASEAN region.  This Terms of Reference (ToR) aims to briefly highlight the event’s objectives, categories and criteria, and tentative plan in carrying out ABA 2017.


2. Objectives

Aside from recognising outstanding ASEAN enterprises, ABA also has the objectives of serving as a platform to disseminate AEC-related information, as well as to bring to the spotlight SMEs that have the potential of becoming global economic players in their respective industries.


3. Categories

PRIORITY INTEGRATION SECTORS – EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Outstanding performance and presence in the ASEAN Economic Community Priority Integration Sectors. Includes the recognition of integration and connectivity between ASEAN business owned and operated by the applicant.

Subcategories: Agro-Based, Automotive, Retail, e-ASEAN, Electronics, Fisheries, Healthcare, Logistics, Rubber-based, Textiles, Tourism, and Wood-Based.

SME EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Outstanding performance and presence in the ASEAN Economic Community Priority Integration Sectors. Includes the recognition of integration and connectivity between ASEAN business owned and operated by the applicant.

Subcategories: Growth, Employment, Innovation, and CSR

SPECIAL AWARDS
Recognizes enterprises that have created massive social and economic impact in the ASEAN community.

Subcategory: Friend of ASEAN

WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Outstanding business owner who has demonstrated significant success through leadership, market positioning and company performance.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Outstanding business owner below the age of 45 who has demonstrated significant success though leadership, market positioning and company performance.

INCLUSIVE BUSINESS AWARD
Outstanding business models that sustainably create social impact through the company’s core business operations.

LEGACY AWARD
The Legacy Award is for entrepreneurs who have passionately committed themselves to growth and excellence while significantly contributing positive impact to the ASEAN Community. These entrepreneurs set examples by standing the test of time, surpassing challenges, and inspiring others through their successes and triumphs.


4PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATIONS / SELECTIONS FOR ABA 2017

The nominations or selections for ABA 2017 can be made via one the following channels:

* Automatic nominations from national level ABAs;
* Application through national gateways; and
* Online applications, either through the website of ABIS or ASEAN-BAC

With regard to application to be made through national gateways, auditors in respective countries are expected to work with national gateways in determining the nominations or selections for ABA. In terms of online applications, appointed auditors’ office in Philippines will take the coordinating role to vet online applications. Auditors are also expected to formulate simple application process, preferably based on the standard of evaluation already accepted in ASEAN.

Application Period: March 15 – July 30, 2017. Application deadline for the Inclusive Business Award Category is on June 30, 20177. For more information about the ASEAN Business Awards 2017, please visit www.aba2017.com

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Alliance Towards Prosperity for All

May 18th, 2017

After the success of the Prosperity for All Summit, I feel like there is a need to continue the momentum which we have created to develop concrete and viable plans for the future. It’s not like we just run an event and do nothing afterwards. We are after the continuous and more sustainable MSME development.

Last week, I invited difference business chambers and organizations to be part of the Alliance Towards Prosperity for All. This alliance is created to pursue real inclusivity in the Philippines and hopefully be recreated in other ASEAN countries.

The Alliance Towards Prosperity For All is a long-term private sector-led campaign at the national level to build a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary alliance of organizations and individuals to pursue prosperity for all among ASEAN nations.

The Alliance Towards Prosperity for All is a group of business organizations and individuals who will pursue prosperity among the ASEAN countries.

The Alliance Towards Prosperity for All is a group of business organizations and individuals who will pursue prosperity among the ASEAN countries.

I know many of us have great ideas and plans starting from our own groups and organizations. But I believe that to make it more effective, we have to work together, study the process, and develop a plan that will align with the government’s action plan. For example, in agriculture, we can create projects where we can have areas of collaboration. The goal here is to let the Filipino people know that big businesses are here to support the growth of the majority. We are one with President Duterte in bringing change to this country. Like the President, we only want what is best for the Philippines.

I told them that if we work independently, it might not come across as effective as compared to when we work as a group. There is more power and strength in numbers. During the initial meeting, 22 business chambers were well represented by their presidents and executive directors. Initially, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Management Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Financial Executives of the Philippines, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc., Philippine Franchising Association, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, and Bankers Association of the Philippines attended the short discussion. There are more groups who expressed their support to this initiative and we are expecting more organizations to join this alliance.

Go Negosyo who has been in the forefront of entrepreneurship development in the country for the past 12 years will be the leading organization for this alliance in the Philippines. Go Negosyo has a wide network of entrepreneurs, industry experts, policy influencers, and government officials who can contribute to this alliance.

To make this alliance effective is to focus on key areas of MSME development. We have identified 3Ms of entrepreneurship which we think should be the priority. The 3Ms include Money, Market, and Mentorship.

One of the biggest problems of micro and small entrepreneurs is the lack of access to finance. There are existing microfinance institutions like Dr. Alip’s CARD-MRI and other rural banks who have programs for micro finance but not everyone is granted of loans or financial assistance. In order to start or sustain businesses, MSMEs will need programs such as DTI’s Shared-Service Facilities, or DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, or DA’s Agricultural Modernization Program which provides tools and technology which will aide MSMEs to increase their productivity and creativity.

DTI recently established the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso which plans to replace the 5-6 scheme in the country.

DWSD’s Conditional Cash Transfer program aims to alleviate poverty through financial assistance for poor families. While this provides basic financial assistance for basic necessities, this can be improved to provide support for micro entrepreneurs. Additionally, DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program provides vocational training and funds to those who are interested to start their micro-enterprises. Although this has been running for more than 5 years now, it has not proven its capacity to fully support the interest of enterprising individuals to scale up. This can also be looked into and studied if we can create additional MSME development programs.

With their innovative products and services, MSMEs will need a strong market where they can introduce and promote. Strengthening market linkages should also be prioritized. Go Negosyo and several organizations promote inclusive business where large corporation include MSMEs in their value chains. By including MSMEs, they are given wider market access and sustainable income.

Our Kapatid, Angat Lahat program links MSMEs to large corporations. As mentioned before, we have introduced Bongabon Nueva Ecija farmers, through the help of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol, to companies such as SM Supermarkets, Robinson’s Group, Rustan’s and many more. Today, you can see locally grown onions in the biggest supermarkets. We are hopping to create more linkages like this for our micro entrepreneurs.

Most successful entrepreneurs today started small. And they would have not made it to the top if they were not assisted and guided by mentors. I personally was mentored by my father who I think is the best mentor. He has guided me through the process of the business, teaching me everything. MSMEs will need the same kind of support from experts and mentors.

Go Negosyo has partnered with DTI and created the nationwide mentoring program entitled Kapatid Mentor Me which aims to help micro and small entrepreneurs scale up through a weekly coaching and mentoring program with successful business owners, practitioners, and experts which are held in most of the Negosyo Centers nationwide. We are currently rolling out the 2nd batch of Mentor Me launches in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Apart from DTI, Department of Agriculture and Go Negosyo are providing a mentoring program for farmers entitled Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program. Adopting the same program, KAMMP is developed to complement the initiative to sustain and develop agri-business in the country. Many Go Negosyo agri-entrepreneurs have signed up as mentors to help strengthen the agriculture industry.

Lastly, ASEAN Business Advisory Council under Philippine chairmanship is launching its flagship program called ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network which creates a region-wide pool of experts and mentors who will share their knowledge and expertise. Members of AMEN will also help develop teaching modules for MSME development which can be shared and promoted among the 10 ASEAN countries.

If we all work together, we are positive that the MSMEs we have today will become the next industry leaders not just in our country but across the region. Unity is important in creating effective and impactful changes in the lives of our MSMEs.

Why DTI Sec. Lopez Believes in Creating Smarter Entrepreneurs

May 17th, 2017
A prime mover of empowering MSMEs, DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez believes that making entrepreneurs ‘smarter’ through skills-training, mentoring, education and various capacity-building programs are integral in enabling the massive MSME group

A prime mover of empowering MSMEs, DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez believes that making entrepreneurs ‘smarter’ through skills-training, mentoring, education and various capacity-building programs are integral in enabling the massive MSME group

Department of Trade and Industry’s Secretary Ramon Lopez joined the panel discussion on driving growth for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) during the Prosperity for All Summit last April. A prime mover of empowering MSMEs, Lopez believes that making entrepreneurs ‘smarter’ through skills-training, mentoring, education and various capacity-building programs are integral in enabling the massive MSME group that comprises 99.6% of the entire business sector.

Lopez shared that under the Duterte administration and during his work as the Executive Director of Go Negosyo, the advocacy was always about making the Filipino negosyante smarter. An entrepreneur is someone who is innovative and solutions-oriented and Lopez believes that if MSMEs had the right tools and guidance given to them, growth and progress will become exponential.

Citing a product of the Go Negosyo Act, Lopez shared that the 460 Negosyo Centers nationwide has already spread the access to money, mentorship, and market. This spread of financial support, market access, skills and knowledge have effectively created better equipped and better informed entrepreneurs.

Lopez believes that the current ecosystem that is emerging wherein the public and the private are actively engaging in scaling up the micro and small is bringing to life the advocacy of smarter entrepreneurs nationwide.

Prosperity for All Summit Session 1: Creating an Enabling Environment in Achieving Prosperity for All. In photo (L-R) Dr. William Dar (InangLupa Movement), Sen. Bam Aquino, Former President and Cong. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Rami Sharaf (The Royal Group, Cambodia) and Cathy Yang (moderator).

Prosperity for All Summit Session 1: Creating an Enabling Environment in Achieving Prosperity for All. In photo (L-R) Dr. William Dar (InangLupa Movement), Sen. Bam Aquino, Former President and Cong. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Rami Sharaf (The Royal Group, Cambodia) and Cathy Yang (moderator).

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