Bringing Mentorship Closer to All Filipinos

Bringing Mentorship Closer to All Filipinos

Around 500 pre-registered aspiring and start-up entrepreneurs signed up as mentees during hte launch of the Mentor Me On Wheels.

Go Negosyo’s Mentor Me on Wheels officially launched its first leg in Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia last May 11, 2018. MMOW is one of the programs of Go Negosyo to achieve the battle-cry of Pilipinas Angat Lahat!

More than 500 aspiring and existing micro and small entrepreneurs have registered to the first and biggest one-on- one negosyo mentoring session. The free event also welcomed walk-in attendees.

Following the successes of Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program and Kapatid Agri Mentor ME Program (KAMMP), MMOW is an effort to further expand Go Negosyo’s program reach nationwide, especially to those aspiring and underserved entrepreneurs from different areas. The program also provides an avenue for capacity building in realizing President Duterte’s goal of building an inclusive economy where prosperity is felt by all Filipinos.

Attendees experienced a 30-minute one-on- one mentoring from the pool of 80 successful Go Negosyo Mentors including Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez themselves. Active mentors from the KMME and KAMMP all volunteered their time and effort to share their knowledge, expertise and business tips to the mentees.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion led the launch of the Mentor Me On Wheels last May 11, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. He mentored JB Estrada who is a start-up entrepreneur who specializes in pastries and breads.

“Mentorship is the ultimate way of helping our small entrepreneurs grow,” PA Joey Concepcion said. He also introduced the mobile application which will help “bring mentorship at your fingertips” nationwide. The Mentor Me app will soon be available to all mobile phone users.

DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez shared that this event is “really a testament to a much closer partnership with the government and private sector”. He also commended Go Negosyo and the private sectors’ initiatives in bringing successful and experienced mentors closer to all Filipinos.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez also joined the launch of the first and biggest one-on-one mentoring session. Claverene Ramos who travelled all the way from Lobo, Batangas was lucky to receive mentorship from Sec. Lopez.

Modules on (1) entrepreneurial mind-setting and (2) marketing to provide supplemental knowledge on setting up and running micro and small businesses have been discussed. The first module primarily focuses on establishing the foundation of a values-oriented entrepreneur. The second module, on the other hand, provides crash courses on marketing strategy, value
proposition, and brand sustenance.

Attending the free one-on- one mentorship was an enlightening experience for JB Estrada. “Sometimes, ako as a dreamer, as a businessman who thinks positively or thinks about the opportunities sometimes kailangan maging realistic and at the same time be practical,” he continued. The mentorship session enabled him to have a concrete vision for his bakery. He was able to share also about their closed trucking business. PA Joey will then be linking him to his own company, RFM Corporation, and to explore collaboration and development for their business.

For Claverene Ramos who is lucky to be Sec. Lopez’s mentee, the mentoring session helped her computer and gadgets shop to become more organized through a business plan. She also quoted Sec. Lopez’s advice that one must be passionate in order to succeed. “Be the best in what you do,” she recalled.

Through MMOW, aspiring and would-be business owners can now be equipped with the technical and practical know-how on entrepreneurship in more convenient and accessible locations. It is in line with the current administration’s vision to capacitate micro-small businesses in boosting the Philippine economy.

Go Negosyo plans to roll out this program in different areas by partnering with various malls nationwide.

More than 80 Go Negosyo mentors volunteered to teach their expertise in entrepreneurship mind-setting and marketing during the morning and afternoon sessions.

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Mentor Me on Wheels to drop by local malls

Mentor Me on Wheels to drop by local malls


Go Negosyo’s Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) will officially roll out its first leg on May 11, 2018 in Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia.

Following the successes of Kapatid Mentor ME and Kapatid Agri Mentor ME, MMOW is an effort to further expand Go Negosyo’s program reach nationwide, especially to those aspiring and underserved entrepreneurs from far-flung areas. The program also provides an avenue for capacity building in realizing President Duterte’s goal of building an inclusive economy.

Attendees will get to experience a 30-minute one-on-one mentoring from the pool of successful Go Negosyo Mentors. The qualified mentors underwent a rigorous screening process to be selected as one of the resource persons in sharing their personal experiences, challenges, and strategies.

There will also be modules on (1) entrepreneurial mind-setting and (2) marketing to provide supplemental knowledge on setting up and running micro and small businesses. The first module primarily focuses on establishing the foundation of a values-oriented entrepreneur. The second module, on the other hand, provides crash courses on marketing strategy, value proposition, and brand sustenance.

Interested mentees can walk-in and register on the day of the event to gain more knowledge through this free mentorship program.

MMOW also aims to grow the existing lineup of mentors who will share their expertise on becoming an entrepreneur. They can also walk-in and provide their details on the same day.

Through MMOW, micro-small business owners can now be equipped with the technical and practical know-how on entrepreneurship in more convenient and accessible locations. It is in line with the current administration’s vision to capacitate micro-small businesses in boosting the Philippine economy.

Go Negosyo and DTI launch new batches of Kapatid Mentor Me Program

Go Negosyo and DTI launch new batches of Kapatid Mentor Me Program

The Kapatid Mentor Me Program 2017 launched in Las Pinas last July 20, 2017 headed by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion with DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Senator Cynthia Villar.

Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry have launched the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program for its third consecutive year. The annual program, which aims to help micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs scale up their businesses with the assistance of seasoned business owners and practitioners in the country, will be held in over 800 Negosyo Centers nationwide. The year-long program already kicked off its first leg last February 13, 2018  in Ifugao, CAR.

Through the 10-week program, budding entrepreneurs can learn everything there is to know about setting up, running, and growing their local endeavors through different modules. The modules are divided into two phases: (1) developing a good business sense which will cover values formation, marketing, business models, and product development; and (2) key areas on entrepreneurship. The second phase would include the technical aspect of managing their small enterprise including operations, supply and value chain, human resource and organization, accounting and finance, taxation, and business law.

Each week, different mentors will impart their knowledge on becoming an entrepreneur. The mentees will be tasked to develop their own business plan using the concepts and models discussed on each module which will be presented on the penultimate week of the program.

In the previous year, KMME launched 108 batches and reached 16 regions and 92 provinces/cities. It was attended by over 24,000 with more than 17,000 MSMEs. 466 certified mentors participated in the nationwide program.


Pedro Bunoy, one of the 2,419 graduates of the program shared how KMME helped his business to be brand-oriented and to be more creative in developing its own identity. According to him, even a simple background story about your product can trigger emotions. “When you target the heart, you achieve value,” he shared.

On the other hand, Jean Oquendo learned that a sound and correct mindset is the key to success. “As an entrepreneur, one should have a good vision of his dream, believe in his passion, and achieve his goals,” she mentioned.

For Waylon Ralph Dumapi Aclibon, KMME “opened doors which we never knew existed.” He considers the program as a Master of Business Administration crash course with mentors who have hands-on experiences in being entrepreneurs.

KMME is only one of the several efforts of Go Negosyo in its goal to help improve the country’s economy through an entrepreneurial culture. To check the latest updates and schedule of the KMME program, you may visit www.gonegosyo.net.

FINTQ’s DigiHub provides avenue for MSME mentorship

FINTQ’s DigiHub provides avenue for MSME mentorship

Eric Alberto, Chief Revenue Officer of PLDT and Smart; Orlando Vea, President and CEO of Voyager Innovations; Manny Pangilinan, Chairman and CEO of PLDT; Dindo Marzan, Managing Director and Vice President of Voyager Innovations; Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Fouder Joey Concepcion; and Lito Villanueva, Managing Director of FINTQ.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion attended FINTQ on Q, a thought leadership roundtable series last April 25, 2018. The event coincided with the inauguration of DigiHub, an avenue for mentorship in the online money and market space for entrepreneurs.

FINTQ is the financial technology arm of PLDT and Smart’s Voyager Innovations in providing platforms to bring technology to the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Concepcion expounded on how digital technology can create truly inclusive micro-enterprises. DigiHub will present a great opportunity for MSMEs by establishing the connection from consumers to businesses.

Access to fiscal and open systems can be achieved through financial education. Voyager Innovations President and CEO Orlando Vea highlighted how the digital community can harness a force for social and economic inclusion. “We are one with Joey [Concepcion] in contributing to the national economy,” he continued.

Joey Concepcion participated in a fireside chat with Lito Villanueva

FINTQ Managing Director Lito Villanueva announced that FINTQ is partnering with financial institutions for agri-financing, including digital lending in the curriculum for Go Negosyo’s Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program. Mentoring the Mentors is key in encouraging MSMEs and guiding in the digitization process through a mobile-based platform by bringing in the digital icons and best practices.

Villanueva added that FINTQ can further collaborate with all players in the Go Negosyo ecosystem to progress with the mindset and DNA telling themselves and their organizations to go digital all the way.

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Private Sector Collaborates with Duterte Admin for Infrastructure Development

Private Sector Collaborates with Duterte Admin for Infrastructure Development

Conglomerates and some of the cabinet members discussed latest infrastructure projects.

Last April 17, 2018, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III chaired a meeting with the public and private economic team to discuss the key issues on Philippine infrastructure in an effort to realize one of President Duterte’s socioeconomic agenda.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar, and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Ernesto Pernia are among those who attended to provide updates on infrastructure building in the country.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Consortium, which includes Aboitiz InfraCapital, AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, Alliance Global Group, Asia’s Emerging Dragon Corporation, Filinvest Development Corporation, JG Summit Holdings, and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation all have teamed up for a multi-billion worth of projects to improve the terminals of the said airport.

The NAIA proposal presents greater clarity of completion and the Filipino people will see the immediate effects annually until its full completion. “President Duterte will be able to deliver a modern NAIA operating and running before the end of his term,” Concepcion said. The said proposal will boost tourism tremendously.

Concepcion also commended DOTr Secretary Tugade for his efforts and ongoing improvements in pushing NAIA and the rest of the country’s 43 airport systems but expressed his desire to “take NAIA to a world-class level,” citing the likes of the airports in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan as examples.

Secretary Tugade updated the group on the airports and ports development which includes the Clark Airport and NAIA. The government is still developing ways to improve services in the airports as these provide the first impression of the country. Bulacan and Sangley airports are being considered as well to receive number of flights.

DPWH Secretary Villar announced that the NLEX-SLEX connector will start its civil works this year. He also updated the progress of other projects including the harbor link which is now 70% in civil works. The said link will help alleviate the heavy congestion in Metro Manila.

The Laguna Lake highway will be completed around June or July this year. The ongoing widening of Lawton as well as the NAIA 2 and Skyway extension are also in the works. The Metro Cebu expressway, Davao coastal road, and Bacolod economic highway are some of the planned projects outside Metro Manila.

Secretary Villar also shared the plans for Boracay rehabilitation that will take effect on April 26. Road widening and development will be done to better the traffic system in the summer destination in the Philippines. Mr. Concepcion hopes that through this program, “there will be a better Boracay at the end of this year.”

These are only some of the efforts in support of the current administration’s Build Build Build program. It is in line with President Duterte’s plan to bring about actual change through building and improving infrastructures in the Philippines.

PA Joey Concepcion, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Group), Enrique Razon (ICTSI), and Michael Tan (LT Group).

 

Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade led the economic team in updating the group on the developments of some of the airport projects including NAIA, Clark, Sangley, and other provincial airports.

TOSP Foundation recognizes 56th Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines

TOSP Foundation recognizes 56th Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines

The 56th Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines with Sec. Harry Roque, Jose S. Concepcion Jr., Founder of TOSP, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Marie Concepcion-Young, President of TOSP Foundation Inc., Pamela Asis Layugan, National Chair of TOSP Alumni Community and Dr. William Dar, President of Inang Lupa Movement.

After months of rigorous process, the 56th Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) were finally named last April 23, 2018 at the Presidential Museum and Library.

This year’s Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines are Brian Adam S. Anay of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, Alexander Lacerna B. Bajarias of University of San Carlos, Mark Anthony P. Baliuag of Saint Paul University Philippines, Katherine Adrielle R. Bersola of University of the Philippines Diliman, Ronald M. Calamba of University of Bohol, Jerric R. Delfin of Central Mindanao University, Kevin U. Facun of Bulacan State University, Zedrick F. Laqui of De La Salle University – Manila, Mark Lorenzo D. Permalino of Saint Louis University, and Brendan Jansen L. Tangan of Saint Paul University Philippines.

The awarding ceremony was attended by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, TOSP Alumni Community National Chair Pamela Asis-Layugan, and TOSP Chair of the National Board of Judges Dr. William Dar.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion shared thoughts on the President’s mission of helping Filipinos move up in life, mentorship, and on helping micro and small entrepreneurs. He also acknowledged the sacrifices of their parents and teachers for honing them to become the people they are today. “No matter what you’ve accomplished, no matter what degree or honor you get, your right place has started. What is important is what you do with what you’re blessed with,” he imparted.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque represented President Duterte in the ceremony. In an inspiring message, he saluted the students as they have become “exemplary instruments of social change in the country” and considered them as the country’s pride and glory. He also encouraged them to be of service to the Filipino people by joining the government. “Hindi dapat kung sino yung malakas at kilala ang nakaupo sa gobyerno kundi dapat ang talagang the best and the brightest,” he continued.

Pursuing further studies and delving into the service sector are some of the TOSP awardees’ plans to support their advocacies. “We will live to the expectation of the values of TOSP to become a bayani and influence the youth to take part in nation-building,” assured Kevin Facun, one of the TOSP awardees.

The Search for the TOSP is the Awards and Formation Program established by businessman Jose Concepcion Jr. as a way of galvanizing the youth into action for social progress. It honors graduating college students who have not only excelled academically but have also dedicated themselves to serve their respective communities, organizations, and other spheres of interaction. It is the domain of dedicated servant-leaders who have heeded the call of lifelong learning, leading and serving.

The 30 finalists of the 56th Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines.

The 30 finalists include Genin Raya V. Amiscaray (Silliman University), Cristia Shiena S. Amparo (University of Nueva Caceres), Mark Angelo R. Arceo (Baliuag University), Mark Lee B. Babaran (Saint Paul University Philippines), Aljoe Luis M. Bacus (University of Cebu – Banilad), John Oliver E. De Vera (Benguet State University), Victorena A. Diesta II (University of the Philippines Los Banos), Mark Joseph A. Euste (Ateneo de Naga University), Jomar A. Felix (Philippine Normal University – North Luzon), Charles Allen L. Herpacio (Central Bicol State University of Agriculture), John B. Ituralde Jr. (Filamer Christian University), Alvin Bryan D. Jamili (University of St. La Salle – Bacolod), Arby S. Lagman (Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation), Julius Matthew M. Luzana (Western Mindanao State University), Jan Laurice N. Magbuhos (St. Scholastica’s College – Manila), Marylou J. Maluyo (University of Southern Mindanao – Main Campus), Mark Neil B. Pageet (Benguet State University), Marwin B. Pagsuyoin (University of La Salette, Inc.), Aira V. Pangilinan (University of La Salette, Inc.), and Charles Michael G. Salas (Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges).

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