DSAP 2nd General Membership Meeting

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The Direct Selling Association of the Philippines spiced up the second quarter of the year with a fully loaded General Membership Meeting held at the Columbus function room of Discovery Suites in Pasig City.

Anchoring on this year’s theme “Power Up for Maximum Performance,” DSAP Chairman & Max International Vice President for Asia Joey Sarmiento delivered his welcome remarks with emphasis on the importance for all attendees to join the DSAP in its unified commitment to excellence and to raise the bar in this industry.

Chairman Joey Sarmiento
Chairman Joey Sarmiento

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more simply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

According to Sarmiento, these words of the 28th US President Woodrow Wilson aptly describe what direct selling emerged to be. “With the life-changing business opportunities that the industry offers, we have enabled people to dream and want more for their families. Our industry has provided hope to those who want to be better versions of themselves. The direct selling business gave them hope and made them brave enough to see it happen.”

Sarmiento’s welcome remarks also included the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA) Global Business Results for 2018.

Here are some key results:

  • Global estimated retail sales for 2018 were a record $192.9 billion, an increase of 1.2% over 2017.
  • Compound annual growth rate for the period from 2015 through 2018 was 1.7%, showing sustained growth over time.
  • The global force of independent direct selling representatives reached 118.4 million, up 1.6% over 2017.
  • China ($35.7B) and the U.S. ($35.3B) tied for the top direct selling market. Rounding out the Top 10 markets were Korea, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, France, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Being the head of the Government Affairs Committee, Sarmiento also mentioned the committee’s current undertakings, which are the Special Law on Anti-Pyramiding and DTI-DSAP Memorandum of Understanding projects.

DSAP member companies learned about leadership in the midst of change from special guest speaker, Global Leadership and Learning Coach Ruby Palma. The speaker shared about the process a person undergoes when confronted with change. No matter how difficult the transition brought by change, she stressed on the importance of seeing change as an opportunity to bounce back, take action and achieve growth.

Ruby Palma
Ruby Palma

The DSAP GMM also became a venue for the member companies to learn the DSAP’s hashtag #ParaSureDapatDSAPMember by heart complete with hand gestures. This ice-breaker was led by program host Michelle Nopia of Sophie Paris and the hand gesture for the DSAP photo op were demonstrated by Salene Kwan of Qnet and Charisse España of Tradizione.

Michelle Nopia, Charisse Españia, Salene Kwan
Michelle Nopia, Charisse Españia, Salene Kwan

GMM’s second speaker was noted entrepreneur and business mentor Dean Pax Lapid. He discussed the importance of Power Up as a strategy for growth. “Success is the validation of your STRATEGY (Power Up). Being able to see that you as the leader (CEO) was able to build something greater than yourself. Knowing the vision and the future that you believe in has a greater chance of certainty,” said Lapid.

Dean Pax Lapid
Dean Pax Lapid

Guest speaker Mau San Andres of Wirecard presented how their customized prepaid card could help direct selling companies level up their payment process for customers, distributors and employees.

Mau San Andres
Mau San Andres

The 4-hour GMM also highlighted the induction of the newest DSAP member company, Enagic Philippines, Inc., represented by Branch Manager Asato Matsumoto.

Joey Sarmiento & Asato Matsumoto
Joey Sarmiento & Asato Matsumoto

DSAP Committee Heads provided updates for all the member companies during the last part of the program. Education Committee Head Atty. Errol Palaci of Avon shared the orient and align initiatives that the committee has done to help achieve the objectives for the DTI-DSAP Negosyo Center Projects. He also updated the member companies regarding the creation of the DSAP Taskforce on Unauthorized Online Selling and the results of the initial meeting with the members.

Membership Committee Head Beth Añana discussed the current duties of the committee and the status of the DSAP membership applicants. She also kicked off the special survey segment for member companies with Edmark Philippines, Inc. Operations Manager Jimmy Dinio.

Atty. Errol Palaci, Beth Añana, Jimmy Dinio
Atty. Errol Palaci, Beth Añana, Jimmy Dinio

Ways and Means Committee Head Jiji Recto informed the member companies regarding the movie options for the upcoming 2nd DSAP Movie Block Screening fundraising project. She also said that the proposed Zumba sports activity won’t push through.

Internal Affairs Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Head Arlene Asidao provided updates regarding the list of projects under her leadership such as DSAP’s visit to the Tahanang Walang Hagdanan Inc., 24th Annual Industry Awards and 3rd General Membership Meeting.

External Affairs Committee Head Liza Morales shared some updates regarding recent DSAP company visits. She also recognized member companies who were actively sharing the new DSAP hashtag on their social media posts.

Jiji Recto, Arlene Asidao, Liza Morales
Jiji Recto, Arlene Asidao, Liza Morales

To show support to the DSAP’s ongoing projects, we encourage everyone to save the date and plan for these upcoming DSAP events:

Oct. 9/Wednesday, 11am

CSR Project – Tahanang Walang Hagdanan Inc.

175 Aida Street Marick Subdivision Barangay Santo Domingo,

Cainta, Rizal


Nov. 27/Wednesday, 12nn to 4pm

24th Annual Industry Awards

Ballroom BCDE,

Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria,

Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City


Dec. 11/Wednesday, 12nn to 4pm

3rd General Membership Meeting (DSAP’s Rockstar Christmas Party)

Sentro 1771 Uptown Bonifacio

BGC, Taguig City


See you all there!