Partners in the Government

Photo Content: Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion (seated, center) together with DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade, DOTr Usec. Mark Richmund De Leon, LTO Chief Edgar C. Galvante, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III, and representatives from Angkas, Grab, Quad X, and Lalamove.

As the presidential adviser for entrepreneurship, I am in a unique position to work with the government and the private sector. It is my role to bridge the gap between the two sectors in order to work together towards achieving the common goal which is inclusive prosperity.

For almost three years, I saw that the partnership between the public and private sectors has resulted to great outcomes. One great example is the NAIA Consortium which is composed of conglomerates in partnership with the administration’s Build Build Build program. This is on top of the strong partnerships we have for our mentoring programs in collaboration with departments of Trade and Industry and Agriculture.

For the past months, we have been active in pushing for digitalization. We believe that digitalizing our micro and small entrepreneurs will help them succeed, that is why we have been talking with different online platforms offering wider money and market reach for MSMEs.

Just last week, we had a meeting with several ride-sharing and logistics digital platforms such as Angkas, Grab, Lalamove and Quad X, together with Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, DOTr Undersecretary Mark Richmond de Leon, LTO chief assistant secretary Edgar Galvante, and LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III. The meeting is a follow through of our first meeting with the digital platforms last Jan. 9, 2019.

The insightful meeting served as an avenue to openly discuss the issues concerning the platforms, as well as the position of the respective agencies involved. We discussed the challenges faced by the platforms, most especially their operations in the country. With the emergence of these platforms, more Filipinos are empowered to become entrepreneurs in their own right. Some have quit their jobs to become riders, shoppers and sellers in these platforms.