9 Filipino businesswomen to receive ASEAN Women Entrepreneur Award

Nine of the country’s notable women entrepreneurs will represent the Philippines in the 4th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)  Women Entrepreneur Network (AWEN) awarding ceremonies in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday (May 10). Award recipients Cherrie Atilano of AGREA, Natividad Cheng of Uratex, Imelda Ahalul-Dagus of Dennis Coffee Garden in Zamboanga City, Maria Montserrat Iturralde-Hamlin… Read More

Reinventing our way in the age of disruption

by Ma. Aurora “Boots” Geotina-Garcia from business.inquirer.net We now live in the age where the changes in the global and local business environment show no signs of slowing down. This is why it came as no surprise when the incoming Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) Board of Governors has chosen “Competing in the Age… Read More

ASEAN’s commitment to empowering women

from theaseanpost.com by Pamel Victor The 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings held in Manila from November 10-14, saw a number of economic deliverables being achieved such as the completion of the Focused and Strategic Action Agenda on Investment, the adoption of the ASEAN Seamless Trade Facilitation Indicators and the… Read More

ASEAN—What’s In It For You?

From Business World, published on October 3, 2017   Still many people think ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is about traffic, cancellation of work and classes, and just like the flak APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) got in 2015, people still do not understand its relevance to the common man or woman. I had… Read More

The business of empowering women

From inquirer.net by Ma. Aurora “Boots” D. Geotina-Garcia “I hope to be a woman in my next life, have two children and run two businesses, not one big business.” Alibaba Founder and CEO Jack Ma’s speech drew media and internet buzz as he spoke before the Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship in Hangzhou, China,… Read More

AWEN: Solution to social impact and gender equity?

from bworldonline.com by Pacita U. Juan Yes, we already have the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) composed of focal point women organizations for all ASEAN member states. The Philippines is represented by the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WomenBizPH), of which I am now Chair while Chiqui Escareal-Go is President. The network was founded… Read More

Women in tech

From bworldonline.com by Pacita U. Juan Why should we have more women in tech? Quoting from an Economics & Statistics Administration (ESA) article entitled, “Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation” (To read the article, please visit the link http://bit.ly/femalesinstem): “Technology can serve women by helping them become mothers and working moms at the… Read More

Why another women’s group?

From bworldonline.com by Pacita U. Juan As more women join the advocacy to bring more women in the corporate C-suite, or to empower a microentrepreneur in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), six leading women groups in business recently formed an alliance called Philippine Womens Economic Network or PHILWEN. Ms. Boots Garcia, former chair of BCDA… Read More

Social entrepreneur to head ASEAN women group

Pacita “Chit” Juan, Founder of ECHOstore and a staunch green growth and coffee advocate is the incoming Chairperson of the regional body “ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network” (AWEN) for the years 2016-2018. Juan takes over from Vietnam’s Madame Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh who was appointed inaugural chair upon the group’s establishment and official launching in April… Read More