In recognition of his contribution to helping Filipino MSMEs and for showing leadership amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion was awarded the Arangkada Lifetime Achievement Award by the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) of the Philippines.
The award was given in recognition of his contribution in promoting inclusive economic growth by advancing the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines. Concepcion was also cited for his exemplary leadership in helping local businesses cope with and recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The award was given by the JFC in ceremonies held online last December 1, 2021. The JFC is a coalition of the American, Australia-New Zealand, Canadian, European, Japanese, and Korean chambers, and the Philippine Association of Multinational Companies Regional Headquarters, Inc. (PAMURI).
In his acceptance speech, Concepcion said that his desire to help MSMEs is borne out his own experience as an entrepreneur. “I’ve seen the level of poverty in this country, and many MSMEs belong at the bottom of this pyramid yet comprise 99 percent of businesses,” he said. “I felt that it was very important to share the prosperity … especially with MSMEs who are the backbone of our economy. If we see them move up the ladder, we all will do much better,” he said.
Concepcion has been Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship under two Philippine presidents, and 16 years ago, he founded the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship.
For nearly two years now, he has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by leading efforts of the private sector to accelerate testing, and procuring millions of COVID-19 vaccines through the A Dose of Hope program. The program was the world’s first tripartite agreement between the private sector, government and vaccine manufacturers. His efforts also extended to bringing together government, data and medical experts, and the private sector to achieve a safe reopening of the economy through the Bakuna Bubble strategy.
Concepcion thanked the foreign chambers and the government, whose cooperation, he said, made it possible for the country to find a roadmap to coexisting with the virus and safely opening the economy. “This teamwork between the private and public sector is key in paving the way to saving the economy and saving lives,” he said. “I share this recognition with the private sector for its teamwork with the public sector, specifically with the IATF, in supporting all our initiatives in saving lives and livelihoods.
The awards were given during the Arangkada Philippines Forum. With the theme “Pathways to a Better Future”, it gathered more than 50 private and public sector leaders to identify policies and programs to put in place during the decade of the 2020s and beyond.
Evelyn Ng, President of PAMURI, presented the award, saying Concepcion’s “service to the Filipino people goes beyond his work in the private sector,” and cited his consistent and energetic leadership in the private sector, as well as his incessant present throughout the pandemic
Past recipients of the Arangkada Lifetime Achievement Awarde include former Philippine President Fidel Ramos, former PEZA Director General Lilia de Lima, SGV founder Washington Sycip, Ambassador Roberto Romulo, former Sen. Edgardo Angara, former DFA Secretary Delia Albert, former BSP Gov Amando Tetangco Jr., ECCP founder Henry Schumacher, and Australian Filipino businessman Peter Wallace.
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