Congratulations Congressman Teodorico Haresco

June 3, 2010 1 comment
Congressman Teodorico Haresco

Congressman Teodorico Haresco

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May 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Elect an ‘Entrepreneur President’, Ang Kasangga urges voters

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Ang Kasangga sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (Ang Kasangga) today called on Filipino voters to elect an “Entrepreneur President” who will make micro-entrepreneurship an important part not only of his administration but also of the nation’s economy.

Ang Kasangga Secretary General Norman Gerardo O. Tayag said it is time for the country to have a President who would give the marginalized sector of micro-entrepreneurs the support and importance they deserve.

“Micro-entrepreneurs play a very vital role in the country’s economic and social development. They provide income to a large segment of the population. Without this income, the socio-economic pressures would be near-insurmountable,” Tayag said.

“It is unfortunate, however, that until now, micro-entrepreneurship has not been given full support by the government in terms of developing and protecting the sector which is actually the backbone of our economy,” he added.

Micro-entrepreneurs are those whose enterprises have an individual capital of below three million pesos, such as jeepney and tricycle drivers, food stall and sari-sari store owners, market vendors, and blind masseurs, home workers in the garment industry, small producers of goods like handicraft, furniture, and candies, among others.

According to the Department of Trade and Industry, as of 2006, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) compose 99.7% of all Philippine business enterprises – with micro enterprises making up 92% of the total MSME number.

In 2006, micro-enterprises generated a total of 1,667,823 jobs (33.5%) of all jobs created by the MSME sector during that year. Recent statistics reveal micro-entrepreneurship to be the primary financial support of about 40% of Filipino households.

“Micro-entrepreneurs usually absorb unemployed members of society – those unable to find employment in the open market. They also provide input to the formal sector ranging from manufacturing parts and supplies, to labor for production,” Tayag said.

Ang Kasangga official also said that the passage into law of the Magna Carta for MSME (Republic Act No. 9501) is a great opportunity to maximize the social and economic benefits that the country would gain in the industry.

However, the effects of the law are yet to be felt, particularly in addressing the challenges that the industry faces, such as, lack of research and development, inadequate access to technology, difficulty in acquiring capital, and lack of marketing advice and logistical problems.

“The Magna Carta for MSME, when fully implemented, would strengthen the industry. The salient features of the law include the 10% mandatory allocation of credit resources for ten years and the formulation of a six-year MSME development plan,” Tayag said.

“The law is already in place and all we need is someone who would implement it staunchly so that micro-entrepreneurship will become the backbone of the Philippine economy. Ang Kasangga believes that only an Entrepreneur President will be able to make this possible,” he added.

Thanks to Ang Kasangga, From Rizal Park ambulant vendors to store operators

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Bago dumating Ang Kasangga sa buhay namin, para kaming basura dito sa Luneta. This was how a Rizal Park ambulant vendor described their lot.

Lucy Galvez lamented that they often fall reluctant victims to loan sharks because lack of capital drive them into getting loans from lending exploiters who charge exorbitant interests.

Galvez, project coordinator of the Rizal Park Vendors Association, Inc., added that running away to evade law enforcers have also become part of their daily working lives.

Hirap ka na sa pagkayod maghapon, hinuhuli pa kaming parang kriminal, she bewailed.

Galvez is thankful that Ang Kasangga sa Kaunlaran, Inc., or Ang Kasangga, entered their lives and they became recipient of the corporations micro-lending program.

Ang Kasangga provided them with the necessary capital and now they have graduated from being ambulant vendors to being store operators at the national park.

Ngayon, may sariling pwesto na kami. Higit sa lahat, may pag-asa na, Galvez said.

Ang Kasangga is a non-stock, non-profit civic and service oriented corporation formed from the incorporators common ideology that business is not all about money and profit; it should also serve as a vehicle for ensuring that there is social justice for the poor, the needy and the suffering population.

Ang Kasangga also believes that a fully developed micro-entrepreneurship will empower the poor people and become a backbone of the economy.

Since its inception in 2004, Ang Kasangga has grown strong from 45,000 to 260,000 card-bearing members, most of whom are sari-sari stores and food stall owners, and market vendors, jeepney, tricycle and bus drivers and operators, and blind masseurs.

For the past years, Ang Kasangga has untiringly provided a micro-lending program for marginalized barangay-based micro-entrepreneurs, a scholarship program for 46 children of slain Filipino journalists, a human resource-building program, a livelihood and housing program, a fiscal program for savings, among others.

The strong conviction that micro-entrepreneurs, particularly those from the grassroots who are a marginalized sector, should have representation in Congress to ensure that their concerns would be heard and addressed prompted Ang Kasangga to register as a party list group in the coming May 10 synchronized elections. (30)

Ang Kasangga cites record after Comelec accreditation

April 14, 2010 2 comments

Groups of marginalized Metro Manila microentrepreneurs belonging to the Ang Kasangga party list held a Thanksgiving mass at the Luneta last May 13 in celebration of the party list inclusion into the Philippine Congress, in turn providing representation for the party list’s microentrepreneur members….

Ang Kasangga President Jose T. Tumbokon yesterday dismissed assaults on Ang Kasangga and Comelec by a leader of one group that failed to win accreditation. The Comelec was charged with double standard after it accredited Ang Kasangga and Bantay but rejected one other group accreditation of Ang Kasangga and Bantay.

Ang Kasangga has been existing all these years as a non-stock, non-profit, civic and service oriented entity. It registered as a party-list organization before the 2007 elections to advance its principal advocacy to propagate, develop, and promote micro-entrepreneurship as the backbone of our rural economy,” Tumbokon said.

Ang Kasangga, these past four years, has a scholarship program for the orphaned children of school age of slain Filipino journalists. Ten Kasangga scholars have already graduated from college. This year; 37 children of slain Filipino journalists are enjoying scholarships in its program. With the senseless, gruesome and barbaric killing of journalists in Maguindanao, the burden to send to school their surviving children will fall on Ang Kasangga,” Tumbokon said.

Rizal Park ambulant vendors were among the first recipients of Ang Kasangga’s mini-micro capital lending without interest for their ambulant vending business at the Rizal Park. “The Rizal Park vendors have graduated from ambulant vendors who were victims of “5-6” lending exploiters. They are now store operators at the Rizal Park, thanks to Ang Kasangga of which they are now members” Lucy Galvez of National Park Development Operations said.

Among marginalized groups in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces which received micro-lending assistance from Ang Kasangga are: Viles Massage Services of the Blind headed by Dante Tissan; Novaliches-Deparo Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association headed by Severino del Rosario; Silang Market Vendors Multi-Purpose Cooperative headed by Nonileta Ramos, Silang Transport Services Development Cooperative headed by Anhastascio de La Merced; and Murphy Market Verndors and Retailers Association headed by Liwayway Forte.

Ang Kasangga has been able to undertake these projects through the support and guidance of its chairman, Mr. Teodorico Haresco Jr.

An Auspicious Future from A Distinguished Past

April 13, 2010 5 comments

Teodorico Haresco is cited in the book The British Legacy to the Philippines. Teodorico Haresco was a vital factor in the Special Zone in Peace and Development phase of the PBP, dubbed Bridges of Hope.

He is cited in the book The British Legacy to the Philippines: 425 years of Philippine-British Relations, as one of 19 Filipinos who have contributed directly to Philippine development through work driven by commitment, dedication, and nationalism. His name is among those of national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Fidel V. Ramos.

Teodorico Haresco

He is responsible for conceptualizing and bringing to fruition the Philippine’s President’s Bridge Program (PBP), a bridge infrastructure program designed to spur the country’s much needed rural economic development. In a country characterized by vast arable tracts of land separated by waterways, bridges are crucial in efficiently connecting markets, reducing time and cost to produce and transport goods. To date, the PBP survives as the country’s only dedicated bridging project, and Teodorico Haresco’s efforts have been crucial in erecting 1,589 units in an archipelago that has placed the need at over 14,000.

Teodorico Haresco was a vital factor in the Special Zone in Peace and Development phase of the PBP, dubbed Bridges of Hope. Under his watch, the project completed 526 bridges nine months ahead of schedule, with no cost overruns. In fact, the resulting materials savings were utilized for more bridges.

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It is also an unofficial acknowledgment of a program’s success. The PBP now serves as a model being duplicated in Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Siberia and other parts of Asia.

Worthy Son
Teodorico T. Haresco, Jr. hails from distinguished, if unheralded, beginnings. The son of the the late Colonel Teodorico Haresco, Sr., a WWII hero (War in Panay) and USAFFE Silver Star awardee, and Atty. Razon Tumbocon, Summa Cum Laude, University of Sto. Tomas Golden Awardee, and first Chairman of the Tariff Commission, he has since gone on to greater things.

Educated in De La Salle University from Prep to tertiary level, he graduated with honors in dual degrees. In his BA in Economics and a BS in Accounting would be found the seeds for a powerful business acumen and a perceptive appreciation of what his countrymen truly need.

An MA in International Economics from McGill University, Montreal, in Canada further rounded out his perspective, and provided the confirmation of the initial direction of his professional career. Throughout the various positions held during a fulfilling career, a recurring theme was that of policymaking, direction, and implementation towards programs for economic growth and, ultimately, nationwide development. Involvement with the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development ITC (UNCTAD-ITC), the UNDP, various congressional committees on economic policy, and ultimately, the Office of the President (CCPAP) exposed Teodorico T. Haresco to the inner workings of International Trade and Finance, specifically that of Developmental Aid.

Family Man, Surrogate Dad
Teodorico T. Haresco is an accomplished family man, and with the inclusion of little Ekaterina, born in 2008 makes him a happily married man and a father of four.

But he doesn’t stop there. Teodorico Haresco is also principal developer of a nationwide scholarship fund for the children of slain journalists, a unique project that has yet to be duplicated. It is significant, especially when one considers that if most of the murder cases remain unsolved, then it stands to reason that the benefits to the beneficiaries of the victims are not immediately forthcoming. As of 2007, 34 scholars are being put through school.

Transport group supports Ang Kasangga’s 2010 Bid

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The Nabas Tricycle  Operators and Drivers Association, Inc. (NTODA) today threw its unequivocal support to Ang Kasangga Partylist on its bid to seek sectoral representation of micro-entrepreneurs in Congress in the May 2010 elections.

Rey P. Solano, NTODA president, issued his group’s support in a resolution dated March 30, unanimously signed by its officers, board members and its more than 200 members in Poblacio, Nabas, Aklan.

“We believe that Ang Kasangga as a partylist of micro-entrepreneurs can support us in our difficulties.  With you and our full support, we believe that our vision would be a success,” he said in his letter sent to Ang Kasangga Chairman Teodorico Haresco Jr.

Other transport groups supporting Ang Kasangga are Cabusao Trisikad Business Association in Camarines Sur, Silang Transport Service and Development in Cavite, Novaliches Deparo Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association in Quezon City.

Ang Kasangga Partylist banners the need to provide proper representation to Filipino micro entrepreneurs – individuals generating small income by offering various goods and services – and taking a step forward towards decreasing the country’s poverty rate.

Through the leadership of its chairman Teodorico Haresco Jr, Ang Kasangga has grown strong from 45,000 to 260,000 card-bearing members, most of whom are sari-sari stores and food stall owners, and market vendors, jeepney, tricycle and bus drivers and operators, and blind masseurs.

Its memberships come from Cordillera Autonomous Region, Pangasinan, LA Union, National Capital Region, Albay, Rizal, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Misamis Occidental, Davao, Cebu and Nueva Ecija.

Ang Kasangga has untiringly provided a micro-lending program for marginalized barangay-based micro-entrepreneurs, a scholarship program for 46 children of slain Filipino journalists, a human resource-building program, a livelihood and housing program, a fiscal program for savings, among others.