Concepcion forms health, economy expert advisory group

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 24) — Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion will meet today with several health and economy experts who contributed to pandemic response efforts in less than a week before the new administration takes office.

It will take place a week after he met with President-elect Bongbong Marcos. It remains unclear, however, if Marcos offered him a position.

Concepcion is forming an advisory group of multidisciplinary experts in the field of health, research, and economy.

Invited to the talks are National Task Force Against COVID-19 Special Adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa, COVID-19 Technical Working Group Chairperson Dr. Nina Gloriani, Vaccine Expert Panel member Dr. Rontgene Solante, UP Manila Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Director Dr. Edsel Salvaña, Philippine College of Physicians President Dr. Maricar Limpin, health reform advocate Dr. Tony Leachon, and OCTA Research fellows Dr. Michael Tee, Prof. Ranjit Rye, Dr. Guido David and Fr. Nic Austriaco.

Economist Romy Bernardo and Go Negosyo Lead Advisor Josephine Romero will also be in the meeting.

They are set to talk about the Alert Level system, the wearing of face masks, and COVID-19 vaccines, among other things.

Leachon said he expects a productive meeting.

"They want to consolidate our efforts, our talent, and energy and to come up with a unified style on facemask, on booster, on a lot of things that could provide the current incoming government on how to tackle the COVID pandemic," Leachon told CNN Philippines on Friday.

Concepcion recently met with Marcos to discuss health, economy, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

He shared that they talked about making a plan on how the Philippines can move out of a pandemic mindset to ensure economic growth.

Concepcion, founder of GoNegosyo and president and CEO of RFM Corporation, is known for his advocacy to address poverty through entrepreneurship.

He was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016 as Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship, a position he also held under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

OCTA Research has urged Marcos to renew the presidential appointment of Concepcion saying it will allow MSMEs to have a "champion" for their interests.