ASEAN Summit for MSME Dev’t on April 28

ASEAN Summit for MSME Dev’t on April 28

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) is presenting the “Prosperity for All Summit,” a one-day event focused on “Driving Growth through Micro and Small Entrepreneurs in Trade, Services and Agriculture,” in honor of 50 years of growing ASEAN integration and progress.

DATE: 28 April 2017
TIME: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
VENUE: The Grand Ballroom, City of Dreams, Manila, Philippines

The establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community has created both opportunities and challenges for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region. Thus, the need to strategically equip MSMEs with the right tools has risen in order to enable them to engage in the increasing competitiveness of the business environment.

In 2015, the 26th ASEAN Summit held in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, Malaysia exposed the need to put MSMEs at the center of the ASEAN agenda. To address this need, the community is working to consolidate the efforts of enablers from the public and private sector in light of advancing MSME development and empowerment in the region.

“We’re expecting delegates from all of the 10 ASEAN countries to attend this momentous summit—along with the ASEAN-BAC members from other countries who are business leaders and innovators in their respective areas,” said current ASEAN-BAC chair and presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.

The program for the whole-day event features keynote speeches from renowned ASEAN leaders and five main sessions.

The first session is on creating an enabling environment. The second is about strengthening  ASEAN access to global markets; third, opening up financing options for micro and small entrepreneurs; fourth, establishing efficient business practices through technology and innovation; and fifth, launching of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network or AMEN.

For additional information on the summit, contact (02) 631-5001, email, or visit

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BSP Announces 2017 Exporters’ Forum

BSP Announces 2017 Exporters’ Forum

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is convening the 2017 Exporters’ Forum on March 29, 2017 at the Bulwagang Bangko Sentral, 19/F, Multi-Storey Building, BSP Complex, Malate, Manila, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Exporters’ Forum is an annual event which serves as a venue for discussion with representatives of major export industry firms and associations on recent developments, issues, and outlook for their respective sectors.

For inquiries on the forum, please contact the agency at (02) 306-2970 or 708-7701 local 2680 (landline), 708-7217 (fax), or 0908-261-6432 (mobile).

For the forum program, click here.

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DTI Announces 2017 Kapatid Mentor ME Schedule

DTI Announces 2017 Kapatid Mentor ME Schedule

In line with the Philippine administration’s agenda of accelerating the growth of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has announced the nationwide schedule of the Kapatid Mentor ME for 2017.

The Kapatid Mentor ME Program aims to assist MSMEs scale up and sustain their businesses through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship. It is a joint program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo.

“With our strong desire to help the country’s MSMEs and provide jobs to Filipinos, DTI and PCE-Go Negosyo conceptualized the Kapatid Mentor ME Program to serve as the entrepreneurs’ guide to a globally competitive enterprise,” Lopez said.

The trade chief, as chair of the ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings, continues to champion the MSME development thrust at the meeting with his fellow ASEAN economic leaders, bringing the national priority to the regional agenda.

The Kapatid Mentor ME sessions kicked off March 8, 2017 in Catbalogan, Samar and will run in 89 areas in 16 regions throughout the country until the end of the year.

The 11-week program will have weekly modules such as Marketing, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, and Operations Management, among others. On the 11th week, the mentee is required to present his or her business improvement plan, incorporating the learning from the lectures and mentoring sessions.

To qualify as a mentee, the entrepreneur should be a business owner or manager of an enterprise with an asset of P3 million and below, operating for at least one year.

“To help address poverty, we are consistently determined to produce more entrepreneurs, as well as generate more jobs for Filipinos,” Lopez said.

To get more information about the Kapatid Project and view the Kapatid Mentor ME Program Schedule for 2017, click here.

You may also visit the Negosyo Center nearest you for training programs.

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Confab on New DOLE Department Order on Contracting

Confab on New DOLE Department Order on Contracting

The Employers Confederation of the Philippines’ “9th Executive Labor Updates: Symposium on the New DOLE Department Order on Contracting and Subcontracting” will take place on March 24, 2017.

In keeping with President Duterte’s campaign promise, the new DOLE policy (Department Order 174) on contracting and sub-contracting is out. What are its provisions that will strengthen the rights of workers on security of tenure? How will it prevent labor-only contracting and restrict job contracting? Will the new policy allow some measure of flexibility to deal with the realities and  imperatives of business? These and many more questions will be answered during the symposium.

Venue of the trade event, which will run from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., is the SMX Convention Center, Function Room 4, Seashell Ln, Pasay City.

For more details, click here.

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ECOP Seminar on Effective Training Programs and Tools

ECOP Seminar on Effective Training Programs and Tools

The Employers Confederation of the Philippines is holding its 27th ECOP MGM on March 23, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the theme “How Effective Are Your Training Programs and Tools?”

The meeting, to be held at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City, Taguig, will discuss strategic planning in the digital age, effective team-building programs, and game-based learning as an effective training tool.

These sessions can help managers and executives build their own developmental tools for the people they manage, said ECOP.

In addition, the organization has invited Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello to give updates on the NWPC Productivity Toolbox, two-tiered wage system, and other new labor policies.

For inquiries, call (02) 617-1301, (02) 890-6512, or (02) 890-4847. For more details, click here. – RCA

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Seminar on Tax Compliance Updates on March 28

Seminar on Tax Compliance Updates on March 28

A CPA firm is giving a seminar on taxation updates entitled “BIR Issuances Affecting Your Tax Compliance,” to be held 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 28, 2017 at the I’M Hotel on Makati Avenue, Makati City.

According to Diaz Murillo Dalupan and Company, the seminar will provide an up-to-date tax talk given the nearing filing deadlines with the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

To view the seminar program, click here. To get in touch with the organizer, call (02) 894-5892, (0908) 319-3486, or (0905) 350-3637. You may also e-mail

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