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

Source: Atty. Jeremiah Belgica’s presentation

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.

We are…


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…


By Roger Santos

Last August 12, 2021, I attended the webinar organized by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) entitled “The Making of Successful Enterprise in a Volatile Business Environment.” Invited to share her insights about this topic was Cristina Mihailoaie, Business Coordinator of Research Programs at KPI Institute.

In her presentation, “Evolving Key Performance Indicators in the face of the Post-pandemic Business Environment,” she said that performance measurement has now become more important because it is significantly impacted by the changes in the working environment. It requires a completely different mindset and set of tools compared…


By Liranel Dandan

As we continue to live in uncertainty due to COVID-19, we have no choice but to adapt to the new normal and incorporate pandemic policies and protocols into our daily activities. Face masks and shields have become part of our daily OOTDs, alcohol is a must-have in our bags, and social distancing is observed everywhere we go. With this in mind, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) of the Philippines-Visayas Manufacturing Committee hosted a webinar, where three Cebu-based manufacturing companies shared best practices to improve workplace and employee safety.

AmCham Visayas Manufacturing Committee Chairman Joseph Liwag, VP…

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