September 8, 2021 was a significant day for AmCham Mindanao’s officers and members as they celebrated the milestone of the chamber turning 33 years old, serving its local and international community for more than thirty years. AmCham Mindanao members commemorated its 33rd Founding Anniversary in a virtual gathering via Zoom.
AmCham Mindanao President Luise Bongoyan delivered welcome remarks while Executive Director Ebb Hinchliffe gave his congratulatory speech for the chamber. The event was hosted by Aldwin Chester Dumago — Reputation Management Manager of Aboitiz Infracapital, Davao.
President Lui shared that the American Chamber of Commerce of Davao, forerunner of AmCham…
AMCHAM Philippines takes action on the things that matter. Taking care of our mental health is really important especially in this time of pandemic. As such, last September 7, 2021, the Professional Women of AmCham (PWOA) and Human Capital and Resources (HCR) committees of the Chamber held a joint session entitled “Striking Stereotypes: The Impact of Gender Inequality on Mental Health”. Lead Psychologist and Clinic Director of Bofill Psychological Services, and concurrently a Psychologist at the Philippine General Hospital, Dr. Francine Rose Bofill, was the speaker of the said event.
Dr. Bofill set the stage by explaining the basics. What…
By Louise Ann Montañez
Last August 25, 2021, I attended one of Makati Business Club’s Leading in Extraordinary Times 2021 webinars, which detailed how an international freight-forwarding company has managed to stay afloat despite being in one of the most-hit industries by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The discussion was led by Christian Gonzalez, Executive Vice President of the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI). He shared challenges their organization went through and how they dealt with those accordingly in order to survive amidst the pandemic.
During the pandemic’s onset, ICTSI realized that they somehow became the people’s lifeline. Logistics had become…
By Dennis Pabelico
Last August 24, 2021, I attended the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) of the Philippines’ webinar entitled “BPO Mid-Year Updates.” Invited as panelists were Rey Untal, President and CEO of IBPAP (IT & Business Process Association Philippines) and Prashray Kala, Vice President of the Everest Group.
As reported, the IT-BPO industry showed resilience despite the pandemic by posting a growth ratio. The sector employed 23,000 new hires in 2020, which contributed to 1.32 million full-time employees and 4.3 million indirect employment. Countryside development comprises 27% of the total industry workforce outside of Metro Manila.
For real estate…
By Tracy Piamonte
Last August 12, 2021, the Joint Foreign Chambers hosted a webinar under the Country Investment Climate Series, entitled “Mining and Sustainable Environment.
Engr. Roland de Jesus, assistant director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR), started his presentation with the background and status of the mining industry in the Philippines. The photo below shows land distribution in the Philippines, where only 3% of land is covered by approved mining tenements, while 30% of land is considered to have high mineral deposits.
By Kathleen Balajay
London Tech Week was established in 2012 with the intention to promote the U.K. as Europe’s Tech Capital. Since then, it has become a thriving event with a mission to build a better, more inclusive digital world.
One of the festival’s purpose is to showcase how technology is transforming both society and businesses by driving more important conversations around transformation, diversity, and innovation.
This 2021, London Tech Week is expected to gather the world’s most inspirational leaders, investors, and rising stars to collaborate and discuss the vital role of technology in society.
During the central expo, the…
By Chesca Gardaya
Last August 18, 2021, Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) Director General Atty. Jeremiah Belgica was invited by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) of the Philippines as guest speaker for its general membership meeting. His talk was focused on fine-tuning amidst the pandemic and gave an update on the ease of doing business in the Philippines for 2020 and 2021.
ARTA is a government agency that promotes accountable, transparent governance by cutting excessive bureaucracy and enhancing the local business environment. It strictly implements and oversees a National Policy on Anti-Red Tape and Ease of Doing Business through monitoring…
By Cleo Quiblat
Last August 17, 2021, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) of the Philippines North Luzon Chapter organized a webinar entitled “Subic Freeport as a Multi-Modal Logistics Hub.” Invited as guest speaker was Mr. Ronnie R. Yambao, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Senior Deputy Administrator, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).
By Henry Mediante
Once again, John Clements Consultants has successfully hosted another fun activity for its employees! I am glad that I was able to participate in “JC Game Night: Scavenger Hunt”, which was held last July 30, 2021.
I’d like to share my experience of joining this highly engaging activity. It was super fun and has helped reduce our fatigue at work. Most of all, it was great to see colleagues from other divisions again. In addition, the Olympic-themed Scavenger Hunt was timely and relevant since we held it while the 2021 Olympic Games were also ongoing.
By Dennis Pabelico
Last August 13, 2021, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) of the Philippines Visayas Chapter held a virtual networking night via Zoom. A total of 27 participants, mostly from NCR and Visayas, and a few from North Luzon and other areas, attended the event.
To formally start the event, Brian Connelly of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, who also happens to be the chapter president of AmCham Visayas, delivered his welcome remarks. Following this, the invited guest speaker, Ruth Teresa, gave a short but inspiring talk.
Ruth Teresa, a life coach practitioner since 2015, talked about the book…