PH entrepreneurs, firms vie for ASEAN business awards

Mick Basa
PH entrepreneurs, firms vie for ASEAN business awards
The Philippine awardees will compete with their ASEAN counterparts in Myanmar in November

MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipino entrepreneurs and 4 local firms have been selected to represent the Philippines at the ASEAN Business Awards in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar in November. 

Paulo Tibig, president of Vcargo Worldwide/Vintel Logistics, and Sandra Sanchez-Montano, vice president for International Affairs of Community Health Education Emergency Rescue Services (CHEERS) Corporation will join the Philippine delegation in the ASEAN business and investment summit in Myanmar.

Tibig and Sanchez-Montano are among the winners of the ASEAN Business Awards Philippines held on Tuesday, September 9.

Joining the two entrepreneurs to represent the Philippines in the region-wide competition are 4 home-grown Philippine companies:

  • Fountainhead Technologies, Incorporated (Best SME)
  • International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (Best in Corporate Excellence)
  • Pointwest Technologies Corporation (Best in Innovation)
  • Golden ABC Incorporated (Best in ASEAN Centricity)

The award-giving body cited Tibig as an outstanding young entrepreneur “who founded (his) own business and achieved significant success with unique marketing approach or products/services.”

Tibig ventured in the logistics industry in 1999 through Vintel Logistics Incorporated, competing with other huge logistics providers. 

In 2008, he formed Vcargo Worldwide, a consistent top 10 domestic shipper of budget carrier Cebu Pacific, according to the body.

Sanchez-Montano was cited as a woman leader for providing post-disaster relief services through her company CHEERS, the first training center in the Philippines certified by the American Heart Association. 

ASEAN Business Awards Philippines is a flagship program the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC), a linkage group that helps prepare the private sector for regional economic integration next year.

(READ: What one ASEAN community means for business)

In the Philippines, ABAC is chaired by telcommunications tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan, SM Investments Corporation vice chairperson Teresita Sy-Coson, and Interior Basic Export Corporation president Jay Yuvallos.

The six winners made it through a two-month selection process. 

President Benigno S. Aquino III, who keynoted the  awarding ceremony at the New World Makati Hotel on Tuesday, cited the importance of sustaining service quality as economies in the region embark on integration in 2015.

“The Philippines will not merely stay afloat; the Philippines will excel. All of you here today are the individuals who, in the coming years, will carry our message to the world that the Philippines works, and that the Filipino is world class,” he said in his speech.

It was the first time ABAC organized the ASEAN Business Awards Philippines, a local counterpart of an ASEAN-wide award ceremony launched in 2007.

More than 60 companies around the region have received awards from the linkage group. –

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