Concepcion: Business Groups, Conglomerates in Favor of a 2-Week Luzon Lockdown Extension

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion says that based on (informal) survey, more than 90% of entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives of large and medium conglomerates support the extension of a Luzon lockdown for another two weeks.
Concepcion states that the 2-week extension of the lockdown can be used to prepare for the implementation of Barangay Quarantines. This will provide us ample time to develop and establish a more sustainable mitigation system, which will follow the guidelines provided by the IATF. The Barangay quarantine approach, if successful, can be used continuously until a cure is found.
The majority want to avoid a possible relapse and ensure a definitive flattening of the curve. Among all the recommendations presented, the extension of the Luzon lockdown was deemed the most important in the consultative meeting between the private sector and NEDA last April 5, 2020, which was attended by NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia, DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, and heads of conglomerates and business chambers.
“We have been on Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) for almost 3 weeks. Despite the negative economic impact, it seems that we are left with no choice but to ensure that this current lockdown be worthwhile and successful. Thus, we strongly support the government in its plans of extending the Luzon lockdown for another 2 weeks to avoid relapse, which may result in more damages,” says Concepcion.
Moving forward after the 2-week lockdown extension, another recommendation is to change strategy and implement an immediate shift to Barangay-level Quarantines.
Concepcion recommends that the mayor and barangay captains be empowered to implement a lockdown in their affected areas, while following simple and easy-to-follow guidelines setup by the National Task Force (NTF). The NTF will provide the criteria of when a targeted area should be put under lockdown and for how long.
Depending on the number and location of the confirmed cases per area, the Barangay Quarantine can be expanded to become a City/Municipality Quarantine, and even a Provincial Quarantine, should a wider scale lockdown be necessary.
“President Duterte was correct to place Luzon under lockdown immediately, because that was an emergency situation. After implementing 3 ‘resets’ (3 cycles of a 14-day quarantine at home), we now should consider implementing quarantines at the barangay level, moving up to City/ Municipality Quarantines and Provincial Quarantines, if many of the municipalities still experience rising number of cases,” Concepcion states.
With the lockdown extension and Barangay Quarantine in effect, the military and police can focus on the infected areas, and both the public and private sectors can proceed with the random testing of barangay residents to measure the level of risk within the community. The data gathered will help in developing more effective and comprehensive mitigation plans.

[Partners Announcement] Youth Innovation Challenge 2019

Dear Go Negosyo Partner,

As one of the changemakers in the country through advocating for entrepreneurship, we would like to invite you to support the next generation of leaders through the Youth Innovation Challenge 2019: Intelligence for Progress.  To promote national development of the Philippines, there is a need to equip the youth with the mindset and toolset for innovation. The innovation challenge will highlight current problems the Philippines faces – traffic, sustainability, digital economy etc. – and will give the youth, the mentorship and tools through design thinking, to propose solutions to these problems. Public and private high school students will think of possible products, start web platforms, conceptualize mobile applications, start social enterprises, or create campaigns as solutions to a current problem that is relevant to nation building.

We would like to invite you to support YIC 2019 through sponsoring public school students/teacher delegates or by sponsoring a workshop as a brand partner.  Our flexible sponsorship packages are included in this letter. We appeal to your generosity as an industry leader and nation builder to support YIC 2019 and an estimated 800-1000 students, educators, and administrators in attendance.

YIC 2019 will give students the opportunity to:

  1. Hone 21st Century skills through collaborative problem-solving
  2. Gain exposure to design thinking as a tool for capacity-building and national development.
  3. Learn from various experts who have made a difference in the Philippine innovation and startup landscape
  4. Get to know and understand how the government can support youth innovators
  5. Turn their ideas into real solutions that are beneficial to relevant government and civic agencies as the selected outputs from the YIC 2019 will be published and given to the relevant agencies to operationalize with the hopes of creating a better future that has engaged the next generation as responsible stewards.

Your partnership will be valuable in helping the Philippines achieve global competitiveness by investing in the youth. Education and creating a more sustainable Philippines is everybody’s business. The output from YIC 2019 will be published and given to the relevant agencies to operationalize with the hopes of creating a better future that has engaged the next generation as responsible stewards.

We look forward to your support. For further clarifications you may email me at [email protected] or through [email protected]ph.

Thank you very much.

Your fellow Angelpreneur and Go Negosyo Advocate,

Dr. Mary Joy Canon-Abaquin
Founding Directress



Shopee will be hosting this session of Agri Talk and discuss how their platform can be used as a marketplace for agricultural products.

Agri Talk is an initiative by Go Negosyo under the Agripreneurship Development Program which aims to develop agribusinesses in the Philippines.

Through the partnership with different enablers, Go Negosyo was able to design the Agri Talk with specific topics that will create awareness on new developments (technology, equipment, methodologies, and farming techniques) in the agribusiness sector in the Philippines.



Cooking Her Way to Success

Life is never meant to be easy but with perseverance, one can be successful.

Bernadette Jennifer Salcedo had a hard time finding a stable job but the need to provide for her family is her constant motivation. For almost a decade, she worked for a BPO company before she put up her catering services.

Catering business is always in demand throughout the year. Either for a birthday party, a wedding or anniversary celebration, catering is always necessary. It is not just about preparing a generic menu and serving it to guests, it is about having a unique concept for each celebration that you are catering to. This is what Salcedo did for each of her clients.

Salcedo founded the FunCake Delights and Catering Services in 2010. She collaborates with her customers to provide what they really want.  She discovered that strengthening relationships is the key to growing in the catering business. Aside from her catering services, she also manufactures marmalades and other baked products.

In 2016, she was supposed to complain for a business establishment but fate led her to register to Kapatid Mentor Me Program of Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry. During the course of the program, Salcedo appreciates the guidance and support of the mentors. The program has helped her business more than she expected. She realized that there are things that must be improved in managing her business. However, she learned from mentor Grace Canave and Atty. Niño Carlo Bautista that you must also be creative in the food business and that customer service is of prime importance. Additionally, she also noted the importance of manpower and skills play a vital part in the catering industry.

After KMME program, Salcedo was able to acquire additional knowledge and training. Currently, she is a certified consultant for some businesses in Tuba, Benguet and is now helping those aspiring MSMEs to be successful also.


The Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) is a joint program of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry which aims to help Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs scale up their business through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship to be held in Negosyo Centers nationwide. New batches of KMME will roll out nationwide this 2019! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME




The Tourism Summit 2019 is fast-approaching! This summit presented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines and Go Negosyo in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, will be highlighting the importance of the tourism industry as an engine for economic development. This is expected to be the biggest summit on tourism and entrepreneurship which aims to develop a more integrated tourism industry and contribute to the sustainable socio-economic growth in the region.

Join us as we learn and explore business models and insights from ASEAN experts and mentors this May 2, 2019 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Here are some of the reasons why you should not miss this year’s Tourism Summit:


Tourism Summit 2019 will present notable personalities in the industry who will present their stories and insights on the ongoing developments in the tourism industry. It will also be a platform for discussion and reflection on what other ASEAN countries have done to improve the development of sustainable island tourism within the region.

In the list are ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Arin Jira; ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion, Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and Group CEO of AirAsia Tan Sri Anthony “Tony” Fernandes.


Wish to get valuable insights or planning to explore the international and local market? Good news!  There will be ASEAN mentors, speakers, panelists and reactors who will be imparting their insights and expertise which can be applied to the international and local tourism sector.

Speakers will highlight the potential and significance of promoting sustainable island tourism as an engine for economic development in the tourism industry. Moreover, the summit also aims to put emphasis on the five (5) strategic investment areas of tourism such as Arrivals, Access, Accommodation, Attractions and Activities.

We will be joined by some of the world-class speaker such as Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman & CEO, Ayala Corporation; Mr. Jaime Bautista, President and COO, Philippine Airlines; Mr. Pocholo Paragas, COO of Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority; Ms. Marie Venus Tan, COO, Tourism Promotions Board (TPB); and Mr. Samie Lim, Director of Tourism, Retail and Franchise, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Click here for the list of speakers

     The Tourism Summit 2019 will delve on different topics through five forums:

Witness comprehensive forum with outstanding speakers, stakeholders, and experts from different countries.


Each forum will be moderated by vibrant hosts and personalities who will juice out valuable ideas from the plenary group and will give substantial questions during the forum. The roster includes Korina Sanchez, Karen Davila, Issa Litton, Kim Atienza, Sam YG, and Atty. Mike Toledo.

The event shall be hosted by Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Mercato Centrale Co-founder RJ Ledesma.


Each forum will be presenting diverse topics, best practices, new destinations, and business models among the ASEAN countries which can be adopted in the local tourism industry. Plus factor for the local municipalities and provinces as they can also share and accumulate ideas on future plans on how they can create improvements in their respective areas.

In a developing country, the Philippines’ tourism markets, businesses, institutional actors, and policy makers are looking for ways to enable and establish a viable existence based on multifaceted tourist behavior and this is by being acquainted with diverse business models.


The summit will house a vast exhibit area which will be filled with booths of our partners, different countries, top local destination/provinces that will showcase their countries culture and tourism industry, local government agencies, digital platform, business models, and other organizations supporting entrepreneurship and tourism.


Go Negosyo is expecting 10,000 delegates from different cities and provinces in the country. Attendees will get a chance to expand their networks and harness new relationship with fellow entrepreneurs and experts from the tourism industry.


We continue to go digital! Pioneered last digital Youth Summit 2019, there will be a live telecast where we will be organizing simultaneous telecast of the events in different universities nationwide. Interactive question and answer portion will also take part during the plenary sessions.


Gain not just valuable insights and strategic investment techniques but also get a chance to win prizes from our partners! After the summit, you might win a round trip ticket to any international flight from Air Asia and round trip tickets to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta from Cebu Pacific, these and many more!


Compared to other conferences and summits, Tourism Summit 2019 conference pass is only valued at P800.00 and P1,500.000. A learning investment that you will surely reap tenfolds. It’s also FREE for students and teachers, government enablers and local tourism offices. This will be a full-day discussion of advocating tourism and entrepreneurship.


Missed the chance to register online? Worry no more!  You can still go to the event on the day itself. This is your chance to know more about the tourism industry and grow your own business model. Learn from the experts and be inspired by their success stories.


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