PRESIDENTIAL Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd on Saturday said that Filipino entrepreneurs can power the country's path to growth and prosperity.
Concepcion made the statement as he led the resumption of the Mentor Me On Wheels (MMOW), Go Negosyo's popular one-on-one mentoring program between aspiring entrepreneurs and veteran owners and executives of some of the country's biggest businesses.
During the event at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay in Parañaque City, the Go Negosyo founder welcomed the businessmen who volunteered their time as mentors.
“Your participation gives inspiration to them, especially during this pandemic. Hopefully, many of them will become like you,” Concepcion said in his speech.
“The return of Mentor Me On Wheels signals confidence in the Philippines' ability to bounce back from the pandemic, and the key role of small entrepreneurs in powering the country's path to growth and prosperity,” he said.
The event marked the return of Go Negosyo's MMOW which was put on hold for 25 months because of pandemic restrictions. Some of the lucky mentees went home with cash prizes to invest in their small businesses.
During the event, Concepcion mentored Josh Mojica, who founded a business during the pandemic making kangkong chips and who now wants to get a loan to expand his business.
“I am amazed that they are doing extremely well; these are the people we have to help,” he said.
Concepcion explained that the format of the one-on-one mentorship aims to give small business owners access to technical knowledge and practical know-how on entrepreneurship in a setting that is accessible and convenient.
“I'm glad many of them are around and starting and restarting their businesses. Let's pray that this year 2022 will be a great year and more and more entrepreneurs like these people will be able to survive, grow and become like all of you,” he said.
Concepcion then renewed his call for increased vaccinations, noting that “it took a long time to get to where we are, we should not waste it.”
“It was a pretty turbulent two years and I'm glad, through all the efforts that were placed by the government and the private sector, we are in a good place now, with cases really going down despite the massive number of people in the rallies,” Concepcion said.
“In the end, the strategy of the government and the private sector really worked. Vaccination was key and, of course, the herd immunity to the infections really helped us. I'm glad that we have been able to open the economy now at Alert Level 1, and hopefully down the road, basically no alert level,” he added.
The Go Negosyo founder also told the public “to not be complacent; let's continue to campaign, let's convince our mayors to really push this initiative.”
“It's not over. We have 27 million vaccines expiring in June and July that is part of a bigger batch. We have only 11 percent of our Filipino brothers and sisters who have taken the booster shots. I know people think the war is over, it is not. Unless these booster shots are taken in the next 60 days, we will not be able to strengthen the herd of immunity. It took us a long, long time to get where we are. We should not waste it,” he said.
For his part, Bobby Dy, chairman of Ayala Property Management which provided the venue for MMOW, said the mentoring event is a “very well-timed program, which will, in turn, have a significant impact on the economic recovery of our country and contribute to inclusive growth in the country.”
In addition to getting 30 minutes of one-on-one mentoring, the aspiring entrepreneurs received additional materials and modules on entrepreneurial mind-setting and marketing to provide supplemental knowledge on managing micro and small businesses.
Aspiring entrepreneurs from the provinces also had the opportunity to receive advice remotely from onsite experts via the Mentor Me Online Hub, which was held simultaneously with the event.
Concepcion joined other prominent businessmen such as Bernie Liu of Penshoppe, Pepot Miñana of Jollibee Foods Corp., George Royeca of Angkas, Nigel Lockett of DHL Philippines, Enrico Dee of Foodie Global Concepts, Alfredo Pascual of the Management Association of the Philippines, Tommanny Tan of iFern Corp., Eric Teng of Resto PH, Yvette Orbeta of Wendy's, Johnlu Koa of The French Baker and David Charlton of David's Salon, among others.
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