By Bernie Cahiles-Maglikat
“We can’t risk another lockdown.”
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion stressed this as he appealed to the public to stay home as the government enforces the enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon. “We have to make sure this lockdown succeeds because the country, quite honestly, cannot afford a second one,” said Concepcion.
President Duterte placed the entire Luzon under enhanced community quarantine on March 16, 2020 in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
Initially, only Metro Manila was covered by the community quarantine. But with coronavirus cases rapidly increasing, Duterte expanded it to cover the whole of Luzon.
“Upon study of worldwide trends, I have come to the conclusion that stricter measures are necessary. I am placing the entire mainland of Luzon under quarantine until April 12, 2020, coinciding with the entire end of the Holy Week,” Duterte had said in expanding the lockdown.
Concepcion called the one-month enhanced community quarantine a “reset” that must be used to see who has been afflicted or not.
“By staying at home, we can better support our frontliners, most especially the doctors and nurses who are manning the hospitals,” added Concepcion, who is also the founder of Go Negosyo.
The concerted efforts of everyone during this lockdown, he said, will also help the micro, small, and medium enterprises restart their businesses and help the Filipino working class get back to their jobs, thus reviving the economy.
To ensure success of the ECQ, he said, “It is very important for the Filipino people that the last two weeks of the Luzon lockdown be strictly enforced. Everyone should stay home.”
Concepcion, who was appointed in 2005 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship, envisioned a movement that would advocate for a positive and enterprising attitude among Filipinos – a mindset that would help them move up in life. With the help of like-minded trustees, he founded Go Negosyo.
Go Negosyo went on to forge partnerships not only with business corporations and entrepreneurs but also with academic institutions, non-government organizations (including business chambers and professional organizations), microfinance institutions, government agencies, and local government units. Creating linkages with members of both private and public sectors allowed us to increase Filipinos’ access to a negosyo support system, and facilitate a nationwide movement.
Go Negosyo developed into fullblown advocacy that has reached out to hundreds of thousands of Filipinos. What started as an idea quickly snowballed into a massive movement. It hopes to create an entrepreneurial climate for the Philippines.
Go Negosyo’s motto has always been to “Teach a nation how to fish, feed the nation many lifetimes”.