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Concepcion sees more support for MSMEs

Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd. File Photo

PRESIDENTIAL Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Ma. “Joey” Concepcion 3rd has commended the appointment of Alfredo Pascual, president of the Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), as secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“This is a testament of his (Pascual's) commitment to support micro, small and medium enterprises,” Concepcion said.

“With Fred as secretary, there will be continuity in programs and policies that help and support MSMEs in the country, especially now that we are on our way toward economic recovery,” he said.

The Go Negosyo founder said Pascual's past work and his passionate support of MSMEs will help him succeed at the DTI's helm.

He said Pascual played an important role in strengthening the public and private sector partnership in the pandemic response, while also backing Go Negosyo proposals like increased mobility for the vaccinated and the reopening of the economy when the country saw a slowdown in Covid cases.

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“Pascual is assured of full support from Go Negosyo, especially his plans and programs for MSMEs,” he said.

Go Negosyo is one of DTI's partners in bringing prosperity for all through programs and campaigns like Pilipinas Angat Lahat. Concepcion is the co-chairman of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council under DTI. He also heads the Asean Business Advisory Council which help MSMEs scale up.

Among the partnerships of DTI and Go Negosyo are the Kapatid Mentor Me Program, which produced almost 12,000 small business owner graduates in the past six years.

Through the Go Negosyo Act, the DTI was able to put up thousands of Negosyo Centers in the country, making doing business more accessible for all, especially to those aspiring to start their own livelihood.

Concepcion also thanked outgoing DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez for doing an excellent job in heading the agency.

“Lopez's leadership helped businesses bear the brunt of various challenges, particularly during the pandemic. We thank him for his service,” Concepcion said.

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