WomenBizPH Members honored at the 2017 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs

A Celebration for Women as Catalysts for Change 

March 30, 2017—In celebration of International Women’s Month women from across the Philippines flocked the Malacañang palace, in a display of support for Filipina entrepreneurs who were recognized for being catalysts  for change and progress in the Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards 2017. Recipients in the category of ” Women MSME Development Enablers” were our WomenBiz Chair Pacita Juan of Echostore, Founding Member Doris Magsaysay Ho of Magsaysay Group of Companies, and WomenBiz member Cora Dayco Ong of CDO Foodsphere Inc. President Rodrigo Duterte, the guest of honor, gave a short message on women and their role in the much needed change we seek in our country.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) Chairperson, Joey Concepcion and WomenBizPH Chairperson, Pacita “Chit” Juan who was honored with the WOMEN MSME DEVELOPMENT ENABLERS award

“More Filipinas are becoming leaders of their respective industries, contributing significantly to their institutions and making remarkable major strides that uplift the living conditions of their families and communities.”

The President then proceeded to highlight women’s role in nation building—underscoring the overarching theme of women’s month: We Make Change Work for Women.

Corazon D. Ong (in blue) of CDO Foodsphere, Inc. receives a LEGACY award from President Rodrigo Duterte

Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez gave a a brief address about women and their instrumental role in change. “Women are an inspiring breed because they are agents of change and progress. 80% of enterprises are started by women entrepreneurs. They are resourceful, very entrepreneurial and they find ways to augment the income of their families. We have several role models of entrepreneurship that provide for us a revolution of mindset—the change they inspire is something to look up to and aspire towards,” DTI Sec. Lopez said.

Doris Magsaysay Ho of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation receives an award for the WOMEN MSME DEVELOPMENT ENABLERS category

For many years, Joey Concepcion Founder of Go Negosyo has been at the forefront of honoring women entrepreneurs across the nation. In fact, since its inception in 2005, Go Negosyo has  awarded over 200 outstanding women entrepreneurs for serving as inspirations in their respective fields. The Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards highlights the strength and perseverance of women entrepreneurs in the ever developing landscape of entrepreneurship in our country. The awarding ceremony celebrated the women who have greatly contributed and excelled in various ways in their respective fields.

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