Spirit of Edsa Foundation

Jose Concepcion, Jr.

Chris CarrionJOSE CONCEPCION, JR. An Associate Degree in Commercial Science from De La Salle University and a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture major in Soils from the Araneta Institute of Agriculture. Founder of the NAMFREL and was the former Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry under the administration of the late former President Coarazon C. Aquino. Married to Maria Victoria Araneta in 1957 and was blessed with eight (8) children. His work experiences started when he became the Assistant Manager rising to become the President and COO of Republic Flour Mills (RFM) in 1965, a position which he held until 1986. Under his leadership RFM diversified into animal feed milling, poultry and livestock which they further expanded and acquired the license from Swift, the U.S. Food Company to manufacture its processed meats in the Philippines. RFM Group of Companies further diversified into other fields of business such as real estate, semiconductors, and banking, until it became one of the largest food and beverage companies in the Philippines.

As a civic leader, his principal crusade in the 60's was the formation of the Pasay Citizens League for Good Government. He was elected in 1971 as delegate to the Constitutional Convention representing the first district of Rizal and in 1983 he organized the National Citizens Movement for Free Election (NAMFREL) a voluntary, non-partisan and community-based organization. An active Jaycees having been one of the founders of Capitol Jaycees. He is also one of the founding member of the Bishop-Businessmen Conference for Human Development (BBC) in 1975 wherein he became the National Co-Chairman from 1993 until 2003. While as DTI Secretary, he organized what is now know as (One-Stop-Shop) for business permit and licenses and established the (People Economic Council.) He also launched the (Yes the Filipino Can) movement, which seeks to challenge every Filipno to make a difference by taking positive and constructive action in his own community. He is also a founding organizer of the ASEAN Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASEAN-CCI) in 1975. Despite his many activities national and regional, he still serves as the Punong Barangay of Forbes Park, Makati City, and actively involved in the advocacy to ensure that the coco-levy funds will benefit the coconut farmers and the coconut inductry, as well as, one of the members of the Board of Advisers of the Green Army, which promotes national awareness on environmental protection.