PRA joins country’s biggest business organizations for MSME dev’t initiative

PRA Chairman Paul Santos (2nd row, 3rd from left) joins representatives from other business organizations during the launch of the Pilipinas, Angat Lahat Alliance on August 14 at the Malacanan Palace.

(Source: Go Negosyo PR | August 15, 2018)

To bring about inclusive Philippine economic growth and development, 30 business organizations in the country, including the Philippine Retailers Association join hand to form an alliance that advocates for jobs generation and poverty alleviation.

The initiative called Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance led by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion was formally launched last August 14 at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace, with President Rodrigo Duterte gracing the event.

President Duterte congratulated and thanked the Alliance for supporting him in his mission. “I believe that by unity, cooperation, and hard work, we shall achieve our aspiration for our country, including sustainable development, and the good life we wish for Filipinos. Let us work together to realize our focus and means for our people and nation,” he stated.

The formal alliance is an initiative to integrate and accelerate all government and private sector programs and initiatives geared towards poverty alleviation and job generation through the development and digitalization of micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME), agribusiness, and island tourism.

Specifically, it aims to (1) harness public-private partnership economic endeavors geared toward MSME development; (2) champion the 3Ms of MSME development — money, market, and mentorship as the centerpiece of Alliance programs and initiatives that contribute to creating an enabling and sustainable environment for entrepreneurs; and (3) provide feedback to government economic and entrepreneurship programs and initiatives and help push for relevant policies and programs that will support micro and small enterprise development in the Philippines.

“The reason why we are here today is because we really want Mr. President to fulfill his mission in helping many of the Filipino people out there who are suffering from poverty. We, in the business sector, must equip and empower our brothers and sisters to accelerate the achievement of economic prosperity. We believe that through this alliance of business organizations, we can make inclusive growth a reality,” Concepcion highlighted.

Alliance members include: Go Negosyo, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Philippine Retailers Association, Management Association of the Philippines, Bankers Association of the Philippines, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, People Management Association of the Philippines, Philippine Franchise Association, Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines, Microfinance Council of the Philippines Inc., Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc., Philippine Marketing Association, Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc., Anvil Business Club, IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines, Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines, Semiconductor & Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation Inc., Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines, Philippine Women’s Economic Network, Direct Selling Association of the Philippines, Women’s Business Council Philippines, Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (Philippines) Inc., Korean Chamber of Commerce Philippines Inc., European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, and American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc.

With the Alliance, the public-private partnership is further strengthened and are aligned with President Duterte’s socio-economic agenda and will ensure overall economic growth for each and every Juan, especially the poor and the marginalized.


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