Congressman Teodorico 'Nonong' Haresco Jr. narrated his story to us when he started to be an entrepreneur for as early as his college days at De La Salle University, on how he was able to grow a two thousand-peso loan from a relative into a buy-and-sell business by purchasing shrimps in Aklan, then selling it in Manila.
Not only an entrepreneur student, he also finished with honors in Economics and in Accounting, He was able to turn his startup of 50-hectare prawn-farming venture in his hometown of Ibajay, Aklan and he would find himself catering to big name restaurants in the metro.
Not only did he finish his schooling in Manila but he also went to Canada and completed his M.A. in International Economics at the McGill University, also participated in United Nations Conference on Trade and Development-International Trade Center in Switzerland where his business acumen led to the formation Haresco Trade Specialists Co. and Silver Thread Inc., this venture exported local capiz shells to the European country.
Even though it is clearly set that he's life is all good outside the Philippines, he still decided to go back to his hometown in Aklan
A person like Rep. Nonong is someone that I admire because he is someone that have a good heart for the less privileged and at the same time uplifts them, not by giving them fish but teaching them on how to fish. A wise person does thing long term not only for himself but for his fellow. This proud Aklanon is a firm believer that micro-enterprise industry has the ability to better the lives of his kababayan with commitment and dedication.
To eventually be able to provide jobs for others in their communities and help in the development of its socio-economic sector is a vision Haresco continues to aspire for Aklan.
Aside from these, some of his milestone accomplishments include being the only Visayan and Aklanon to receive the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Businessman of the Year Award (2007) and the Deutsche Bank Banker of the Year Award (2005). He was People Asia’s Person of the Year and graced the cover in 2008 and is one of the Modern Day Filipino Heroes (2008), as well as one of 23 Filipinos cited in the book celebrating 347 years of Philippine-British Relations. His company WINSOURCE Solutions Inc. has been a five-time recipient of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
Teodorico 'Nonong' Haresco, Jr.a alsoconceptualized President’s Bridge Programme (PBP) as a parallel intervention to regular government infrastructure programmes. This very successful reengineering model in the Philippines is being duplicated in Sri Lanka, Papa New Guinea, Cambodia, Siberia, and in other parts of Asia.
Lastly, Haresco is also the principal developer of a nationwide scholarship fund for the children of slain journalists and has put 34 young scholars through school since 2007.