Championing MSMEs through DTI’s MSME Summit

PA Joey Concepcion with Sec. Ramon Lopez, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and President Rodrigo Duterte during the National MSME Summit 2018.

MSME development has been one of the Duterte administration’s economic agenda. That is why the Department of Trade and Industry led by Sec. Ramon Lopez has been an active force in pursuing programs that would help our micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs. And Go Negosyo is an staunch partner of DTI and the administration in helping our entrepreneurs scale up and enjoy prosperity.

Just this Tuesday, DTI hosted the 4th National MSME Development Summit held at the ASEAN Convention Center, Clark, Pampanga.

It was a very eventful day as the summit was a gathering of all entrepreneurs — majority of which are MSMEs from the country as well as the top leaders from our government and other successful entrepreneurs.

As the vice chair of the MSMED Council, I am one with Sec. Lopez when he said that we are very active toward MSME development. DTI as well as other government units have launched numerous programs in helping our brothers and sisters address poverty through entrepreneurship. These include the Shared Service Facilities (SSF), Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3), Go Lokal, Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exporters (RIPPLES), Comprehensive Social Benefits Program for Killed-in-Action and Wounded-in-Action Military Personnel (CSBP KIA-WIA), and of course, our Kapatid Mentor ME program from Go Negosyo.

The testimonials from these programs really affirmed that our initiatives are being felt by our stakeholders. Their inspiring stories and words of gratitude warmed our hearts. This only means that our efforts are paying off not only because of their remarks but also through the concrete changes in their lives.

I was joined by DTI Usec. Rowel Barba in the first forum for the day to discuss the role of government in fostering a mindset in facilitating the ease of doing business. We also talked about creating and empowering entrepreneurs built on a multi-stakeholder approach. In this panel, I shared that we have been strengthening our partnerships with the public and private sector to help our MSMEs especially thesari-sari store owners. People like ourselves in big corporations have been harnessing the private sector in providing the right avenues for these enterprises in terms of financial access and the right mindset. We are doing our part to help them navigate in the digital landscape.

I highlighted the importance of the 3Ms – mentorship, money, and market in entrepreneurship. I have always believed that mentorship is a very powerful tool in empowering our micro and small entrepreneurs. Finding the right mentor will enable our brothers and sisters to execute their business plan and manage their enterprises accordingly.

While the plenary has been successfully running, we also rolled out the Mentor Me on Wheels in the MSME Development Summit. In its fourth leg, we once again offered free one-on-one mentorship to the aspiring entrepreneurs in Clark. I, together with Sec. Mon Lopez, William Belo of Wilcon Depot, and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech and more than 60 mentors shared our expertise and business advice to the mentees onsite.

PA Joey mentoring Marites Clareza during the roll out of the Mentor Me on Wheels in the National MSME Summit 2018.

I personally mentored Marites Clareza, who owns a massage parlor and sells products that promote hair growth. In our session, I found out that she runs the business with her eldest son. She sought advice on how to register her business and how to make it FDA-compliant. I hope that she will imbibe what I have told her and continuously develop her products to be of help to other people.

During this summit, Sec. Mon and I also officially introduced our Mentor Me mobile app to the public. This is the first of its kind to be launched in the Philippines which is envisioned to bring mentorship closer to all Filipinos. It is now available for download on Google Play Store and will soon be available for iOS devices. We hope that through our latest initiative, we would bring mentorship even to those who cannot personally attend our events in Go Negosyo and DTI. With this mobile app, we break the barriers in connecting our aspiring entrepreneurs to their mentors.

President Duterte also discussed the ease of doing business in his speech. He mentioned that he wants business permits to be processed within three days. Implementing a stricter regulation in providing business permits and other documents will really encourage our MSMEs to pursue entrepreneurship. He would also like to remove the “5-6” lending system as it hinders the growth of Filipinos because of its high interest rates.

I am expressing my utmost gratitude to DTI and Sec. Mon and all the hardworking people who are with us in our advocacy. We are truly one in helping the our MSMEs navigate in this ever-changing digital economy. These continuous efforts in bringing mentorship closer to every Filipino – either offline or online, are harnessed in realizing President Duterte’s vision of an inclusive economic growth in our country. It does not end here. After the successful summit, we will still keep developing our programs in championing the needs of our MSMEs.



Restaurant and cafe in one

Marita J’s Coffee Shop and Kitchenette is owned by Maria Julieta Berces. It offers an array of foods, pastries and coffee.

KMME helped Maria on how to fix the finances for her business. After the mentorship, she increased sales and production by 50%. There is also an increase in customers by 20-30%. Through KMME she also gained additional capital from the family worth Php 200,000 for the equipments she will be needing.

KMME became a big help for Maria’s restaurant. It had helped her a lot in improving her business as well on how to handle it.

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 2018! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME


PM Dmitry Medvedev says Russia ready to provide infra capability to ASEAN

Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

MANILA: November 13, 2017—Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lauded ASEAN for opening up their borders in an age of increasing protectionism during the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit where he gave a speech and answered questions related to the ASEAN Build, Build, Build panel. As Russia works towards recovering from economic hurdles such as trade embargoes or sanctions from the West, their gaze has turned towards its Eastern neighbors.

“Russia is looking for ways to adapt to the new economic reality,” Medvedev said in his keynote speech, “Growth is recovering in Russia with GDP expected to increase 2 percent by the end of the year.”

Medvedev shared that Foreign Direct Investment has also been pouring in to Russia, with a more than 100% increase reported in the first half of the year. However, Russia is now looking towards adapting to the digital economy and information age. In this end, Russia wishes to deepen its ties with the regional bloc.

“We see genuine interest within the business community of our countries to cooperate on energy, transport, agriculture, satellite navigation, high technology, financial services, and in almost all possible areas,” Medvedev said.

Connectivity seems to be a main priority of Russia with regards to ASEAN. “We are developing seaports and airport infrastructure in Russia’s Far East and are building cross-border oil and gas pipelines. The main goal of all these efforts is to ensure maximum efficiency in cargo transport between Asia and Europe and create a major transport and industrial hub in Russia’s Far East to serve the Asia-Pacific Region,” Medvedev said.

Another initiative for connectivity which Russia is spearheading is the Eurasian Economic Union—a new integration body that aims to create a large market wrought from Eastern Europe and Asia’s quest for a larger market and developed infrastructure. “Russia belongs to the Asia-Pacific Region in terms of its geopolitics, history and economy. Promoting cooperation with all countries within the region and contributing proactively to resolving regional issues is a strategic priority for us,” Medvedev said in closing.

ASEAN Build, Build, Build Open Forum

After his speech, Medvedev entertained questions from delegates of the summit. Prompted as to what Russia—with its achievements in infrastructure—can contribute to aid ASEAN in its Master Connectivity Plan, Medvedev said “[w]e are willing to provide our infrastructure capacities to all ASEAN economies. This includes airports and seaports, railways, roads, pipelines, powerlines and high-speed communication channels.”

Russian Federation Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev joins key business leader panelists for the first forum of ABIS2017, "Build, Build, Build (Infrastructure Development): Building for the Future.

Russian Federation Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev joins key business leader panelists for the first forum of ABIS2017, “Build, Build, Build (Infrastructure Development): Building for the Future.

Answering another question Medvedev said increasing trade relations with all ASEAN states was the strategic stance of Russia with regards to the economic community. Seeing that developmental gaps and increasing favoritism can threaten the stability and future of the economic union, Russia wishes to solidify ties with all.

Asked about how Russia plans to attract Asian businesses to their country, Medvedev said:

In October, Russia and ASEAN agreed on a plan of action in science, technology and innovation. I hope that the business community will also find a place in these plans. We have approved an energy development programme through 2020. There are programmes on agriculture, food security and tourism with ASEAN economies. All these programmes can make an additional contribution to our interaction.

Finally, Medvedev addressed a question raised by ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion on Russia’s plans of helping small businesses in Russia move up the value chain. He shared that Russia’s small businesses make up 50-60% of their business community which low compared to that of ASEAN’s more than 90%. Nevertheless, the country has endeavoured to support these small businesses as key drivers of growth thru pushing legislation that promotes and supports small businesses.


For full transcript of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s speech and Q&A, visit:


Aung San Suu Kyi Challenges Popular View on Development, Emphasizes Women as Key

Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

During her keynote at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017, Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi centered her vision of prosperity for all on women economic empowerment and human capital development.

Suu Kyi was amongst the state leaders to be invited by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council to impart their own perspective on achieving inclusive growth in the region. To open the summit, Suu Kyi touched on ASEAN economic milestones paralleled with Myanmar’s distinct view on development and the central role women play.

“Since 2004, ASEAN’s GDP growth has reached 5%, outpacing that of any other region. Myanmar, as a member of the ASEAN family has been growing rapidly as we roll out rigorous reforms and structural changes in every sector. I would also like to mention that our young entrepreneurs are amongst the most vigorous of them all. I am very much happy to discover that in the recent seminar of young entrepreneurs, 49% of them are women,” Suu Kyi shared to delegates, eliciting applause.

Suu Kyi underlined the importance in investing on people-based initiatives and solutions in their nation’s course towards development and integration amidst years of isolation and turmoil. “As a responsible member of the ASEAN family, we will work together to be more connected and integrated economically and socially. In the process of such integration, human capital, and intellectual resources play a pivotal role in filling the gap between diverse ASEAN countries at different stages of economic and social development,” Suu Kyi said.

From this, Suu Kyi further elaborated on her people-based vision, founded on unleashing women’s latent economic power. “More and more women entrepreneurs have emerged to participate vigorously in [Myanmar’s] transformation, demonstrating the increasing importance of women not only in the social but also in the economic sphere,”  she said.

H.E. Aung San Suu Kyi with members of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC).

H.E. Aung San Suu Kyi with members of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC).

Many women entrepreneurs are classified as MSMEs; Suu Kyi recognized the multitude of challenges MSMEs face, and for women in this sector, there is the added crutch of gender discrimination. And gender discrimination leading to a gender gap in various opportunities is a stark reality many feel in the ASEAN.

“To achieve positive changes in women’s rights, it is important to increase number of girls enrolling in primary and secondary schools , improve the participation of women in the labor force, ensure better maternal care outcomes, provide social protection measures, and promote the role of women in decision making,” she proposed as steps to move towards gender equality.

Suu Kyi wrapped up her keynote by challenging the current popular view on development. “What is empowerment for? What is development about? Is it simply to develop our countries materially or to develop ourselves to become better human beings?,” she said, “Myanmar, as a young democracy started with many, many challenges has become fully aware to the need for development of peoples as human beings not just economic powerhouses.”

Unleashing Women Economic Power and Human Capital Development

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Education, global competencies, women, and affirmative action are at the forefront of ASEAN’s  developmental agenda. The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit has dedicated a forum focusing on key areas in governance and business which leverage on the brilliance of women and other minorities.

The 50th year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations sends the message of prosperity for all. The region’s leaders are pushing for inclusivity and connectivity by enabling all sectors to participate in various discussions and engagements towards achieving development goals.

The latest Projected Gender Impact of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) published by the ASEAN Secretariat, suggests that trade and non-trade policies and programmes should avoid bias toward a particular sex or social gender in order to reap the full benefits of trade expansion and economic integration.

It found that while the supply of women is the workforce is relatively stable, it is consistently lower than men due to a combination of social, cultural and institutional factors. Despite increase in women employment, other employment outcomes remain problematic such as wages, types of jobs and the sectors where women are currently employed.

With the expansion in regional trade and economic integration, women in AEC will feel the impact of opening up of trade opportunities. But it will be felt in varying degrees. Unfortunately, as the report stated, such drastic changes often exacerbate existing inequalities in the absence of counteractive measures and barriers.

How does the role of women strengthen AEC? How can the public and private sector ensure inclusivity for  women in its processes and decision-making? What can the region’s leaders commit for the development opportunities for women?

The forum offers inspiration and support to the significance of women’s economic power and the development of human capital in the global setting.

The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 will gather prominent women leaders who will impart their knowledge and experience to shed light on the necessary measures addressing ASEAN’s gender gap, particularly in labor and entrepreneurial opportunities towards female economic empowerment.

ABIS  2017 is  the biggest and most prestigious business event in ASEAN  set to be a three-day conference presented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council which will bring attention to the business, investment opportunities, global issues, and key strategic directions that impact on business opportunities for ASEAN member nations today.

To join this year’s ABIS, register now at

“Negosyong Aarangkada, Ikaw and Bida!”

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On August 09, 2017, Go Negosyo Radio hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Nathaniel Lee (GoMoto), Dennis Ng (Mober), and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Paulo Tibig (VCargo Group) for an episode tackling the the logistics industry and the innovations and challenges present in it.

On-demand, in demand
Mober and GoMoto are tech startups hoping to change the game in logistics. VCargo’s Paulo Tibig, whose company addresses logitics in the country on a larger scale, says that these tech startups will be good for small businesses by helping them outsource services that are outside their core competencies.

Customers of Mober—the first ever Philippine tech startup that offers an on-demand platform for same day delivery service—have definitely felt the benefits of having Mober in their lives. Their client base includes SMEs, shoppers, and families hoping to move in to their new homes, looking for a cost-effective, safe and fast logistics service. Mober shares that the demand for their service is growing and that they even encountered customers with unique requests. “We pick up pets from the airport then we drop them off to a training center and then back again to the airport,” Dennis shared.

GoMoto similarly provides a fast on-demand service for many customers seeking movement of small packages. Enlisting a credible fleet of motorcycle riders and an easy-to-use iOS and Android app, GoMoto ensures delivery within 90 minutes of booking. Their courier fleets save many businesses the cost of hiring personal couriers, whilst allowing motorcyclists to maximize their assets.


In the photo (L-R): Paulo Tibig of VCargo, Dennis Ng of Mober and Nathaniel Lee of GoMoto.

In photo (L-R): Paulo Tibig of VCargo, Dennis Ng of Mober and Nathaniel Lee of GoMoto.

Shared economy

Mober and GoMoto aren’t only providing in demand service for their customers. They also hope to address current transport problems through a sharing economy model. Dennis said that Mober approached colorum UV Express owners and recruited them as part of their fleet. “We don’t accept people who say that they will buy vans then join us. We prefer owners who already have under-utilized vans.” With over 15,000 under-utilized vans in Metro Manila, Mober hopes to provide a win-win solution wherein van owners can maximize their vehicles and SMEs and other potential customers can minimize their costs.

GoMoto concurred with Mober’s principle of avoiding getting more vehicles on the road. The true objective is to maximize the vehicles that are already there so that many families can supplement their current income. “We target Facebook groups/motorcycle groups,” Nathaniel said about the couriers they enlist into GoMoto, “we give them livelihood or additional income through GoMoto.” Hoping to ensure the safety of cyclists and others on the road, GoMoto said that they are very strict with their riders in terms of adhering to road safety rules and regulations.


Fast feedback loops and a drive to always improve keep Mober and GoMoto at the top of their game. Hoping to provide better service to both their partners and clients, the two companies act fast and gather feedback from all parties concerned, regularly. For example, GoMoto shares that they’ve improved their riders facilities to ensure the safe delivery of all kinds of food. At the same time they ensure the safety of their riders by always knowing what’s in the package being delivered to ensure that their aren’t any contraband present.

Mober provides easy access to their services by allowing interested clients to take on their service through their website, mobile app and call center hotline. They offer GPS tracking so customers can track the movement of their goods and can avail of the VanPlus service wherein a helper can assist in unloading cargo for a more convenient drop-off.

GoMoto has also developed an easy and intuitive mobile interface that will allow anyone to book and track the delivery of their packages.

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How to Apply

To apply as a partner of Mober, get in touch with their partner hotline: 0939-1282222, e-mail or Facebook @moberph.

For those who want to apply for GoMoto, visit for complete details of application process and requirements.