Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Ma. “Joey” A. Concepcion III has officially received the prestigious Padma Shri award from India and was the sole recipient from the Philippines.
He received the award from Indian President Ram Nath Kovind last April 2, 2018 in Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi, India, following the announcement in January this year that he was one of the awardees during the official visit President Rodrigo Duterte and his business delegation.
The Padma Shri award is the fourth highest civilian award given by the government of India every year during India’s Republic Day.
Concepcion was recognized for his significant contribution to micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) development in the Philippines and across the ASEAN region.
“This award is a surprise as I was not supposed to go to India but decided to go instead two days before the expected departure. I realized the prestige of the Padma Shri award when my taxi driver was proud to meet a Padma Shri awardee after asking me and my family why are we in India,” he said.
“I share this honor with the entire Go Negosyo community, including our mentors, sponsors, conglomerates, and advocates,” he declared.
“I also share this award with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who gave me the chance 13 years ago to be her adviser on entrepreneurship, leading to the birth of Go Negosyo, and of course to President Rodrigo Duterte for giving me the chance to once again push for programs that will give everyone a chance to succeed,.” Concepcion added.