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PCCI Secretariat

3F Commerce and Industry Plaza 1030 Campus Ave. cor. Park Ave.
McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio
Taguig City, Philippines 1634



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Philippine Business Conference & Expo
08.00-09.00 a.m. Registration
08.30-09.00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting/ Opening of Exhibit
09.00-10.00 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

Parade of Colors
National Anthem
44th PBC Opening Billboard

Call to Order:

Mr. Ramon S. Ang, 44th PBC Chairman

Opening Statement:

Ms. Alegria Sibal Limjoco, President, PCCI
10.00-10.30 a.m.

Keynote Speech: The Philippines as a Growth Area

• Hon. Vicente “Tito” Sotto, III, Senate President

The Philippines continues to be seen as a new growth area even amid rapidly changing global conditions. The impressive growth rate posted in the last few years has provided the necessary growth momentum. What are the imperatives to sustain and further drive the country’s high growth rate?

10.30-11.00 a.m.

Presentation of Awards

  • Excellence in Ecology and Economy Awards
  • Alfredo M. Yao Intellectual Property Awards
  • Injap Sia Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Media Award


• Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto, III
• Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Romulo, Department of Tourism
11.00-11.30 a.m.

Special Session: Inclusive Filipinnovation and Entrepreneurship: Key to Economic Development

• Secretary Fortunato B. Dela Pena, Department of Science and Technology
• Director Evariste M. Cagatan, Board of Investments Industry Group, Department of Trade and Industry

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) look at innovation as a strategic tool to transform and upgrade industries, generate more jobs and attract more investments in the Philippines. It is in line with this vision that DOST and DTI are implementing the Inclusive Filipinnovation and Entrepreneurship Roadmap. This session will present the state of innovation in the country, the creation of innovation ecosystems to fuel inclusive growth and the inclusive, innovation industrial strategy (i3s)

11.30-12.30 p.m. Lunch
Induction of New PCCI Members
12.30-01.30 p.m.
Plenary 1: The Infrastructure Agenda: Are we On Track?


Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, National Economic Development Authority


  • Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, Department of Transportation and Communication
  • Secretary Mark A. Villar, Department of Public Works and Highways
  • Mr. Raoul Romulo, Chief Finance Officer and Treasury Head, San Miguel Holdings Corp.


Ms. Pia Hontiveros, CNN Philippines

One of the cross-cutting strategies of the Philippine Development Plan is the acceleration of strategic infrastructure projects. At its core is an unprecedented plan to spend 8.4 trillion pesos on high-impact infrastructure projects. How are the projects implemented? How can the private sector participate to accelerate infrastructure build-up and help meet targets? Where are the opportunities and challenges?

01.30-02.30 p.m.
Plenary 2: Exploring the Future of the Philippine Energy and Power Sector


Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, Chairman, Committee on Energy, Senate


  • Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera, Chair, Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella, Department of Energy
  • Mr. Roberto C. Amores, Chairman, SME Committee, PCCI and President and CEO, Hi-Las Marketing Corp.


Mr. Jose S. Alejandro, Adviser for Energy and Power, PCCI

The Department of Energy (DOE) projects that the country will need an additional 17,300 MW from 2016 to 2030 and another 26,000 MW from 2030 to 2040 to support the country’s development plans. How can investments in the power and energy sector be accelerated? What are the plans for the upstream and downstream of the petroleum industry and the renewables to develop the power sector? How is government implementing the fuel mix policy to bring power rates to a competitive level? How is energy efficiency being promoted?

02.30-3.30 p.m.
Plenary 3: National Broadband Plan: The ICT and Telecom Agenda


Undersecretary Eliseo Mijares Rio, OIC Secretary, Department of Information and Communication Technology


  • Mr. Michael C. Cosiquien, Founder and Chairman, ISOC Holdings, Inc.
  • Mr. Gil B. Genio, Chief Information and Technology Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, Globe Telecom


Atty. Ivan John E. Uy, , Former Chairman, Commission on Information and Communication Technology

The Philippines views the ICT and telecom industry as a strategic industry. In June 2017, the Department of Informational and Communication Technology unveiled the National Broadband Plan, the blueprint in building the infrastructure as the country moves toward a digital economy. How is government implementing the NBP amid challenges of growing demand, emerging trends and constraints in rolling out infrastructure?

03.30-04.15 p.m.
Special Session: Understanding the Risks and Effects of the Trade War


  • Mr. Jin Yuan, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Philippines
  • Mr. Philip Kucharski, Chief Operating Officer, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Chen Xiang, Managing Director, Bank of China


Dr. Francis Chua, , Director for International Trade, PCCI

The United States is shaking the foundations of global trade, with the Trump administration imposing tariffs on goods coming from the China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union. And these countries have been responding with tariffs levied on US products. In the global markets, these moves have translated to fluctuations and increasing uncertainty about the global economic outlook. What are the risks to the local and global economy? How will these affect the Philippine economic outlook?

04.30-05.30 p.m.
Business-Matching and Networking Sessions

Simultaneous Break-Out Sessions
Break-out Session 1:
North Luzon Investment and Business Opportunities North Luzon
  • Mr. Vivencio Dizon, Chief Executive Officer, Bases Conversion and Development Authority
  • Budji Royal
  • San Miguel Corporation

Venue: Centennial Hall A)

Break-out Session 2:
Investment Opportunities in LGU PPP in the Visayas: Focus on Tourism
  • Hon. Sharee Ann Tan, Governor, Samar Province on “Samar Tourism Investment Program”
  • Hon. Alfredo Maranon, Governor, Negros Occidental
  • Hon. Carlo P. Loreto, Vice Governor, Leyte Province

Venue: Centennial Hall B

Break-out Session 3:
Functional Medicine and the Future of Workplace Wellness
Opening Statement
• Mr. Mitch Genato, CEO, ROMLAS Health Group
• Dr. Agnes Galura-Famero, M.D., FPCP, AFMCP
Open Forum/Q&A
• Emcee: Dr. Agnes Galura-Famero

Venue: Roma Salon

06.00-09.00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks:

Ms. Alegria S. Limjoco
Video Presentation on the ASEAN Business Awards’ Philippines Nominees
The ASEAN Business Awards
• Mr. George T. Barcelon, Chairman, PCCI
  • Dinner and Entertainment
  • Area Presentations
  • Raffle Draws
  • Dancing
09.00-10.00 a.m.
Plenary 4: Disruptive Technologies: The Trends to Watch

The digital economy and the disruptive technologies it brings with it are transforming the way people interact with their surroundings. It is changing the nature of work and the nature of business, calling for a shift to new business models. The future of many enterprises will depend on their ability to embrace the digital economy, new technologies and innovations. Over the coming years, what will be the most important developments in disruptive technology? What are the new trends - new products, new markets, and new ways of conducting business?

Track 1

Fiber Optic: Improving Broadband Connectivity

  • Mr. Jesus “Boboy” Romero, Chief Operating Officer, Converge ICT

Smart Manufacturing

  • Mr. Armando S. Soriano, President, Bell Electronics Corp.

Finding Solutions with the Global Positioning System

  • Ms. Catherine Lu

Open Forum/Q&A Moderator:

Ms. Bettina Quimson, Host, ANC News Channel
10.15-11.30 am
Track 1

Blockchain for Business

  • Mr. Jeff McDonald, Vice President, NEM Foundation

FinTech: Transforming the Financial Services Industry

  • Mr. Spark Perreras, CEO and Co-Founder, Pearl Pay

The Artificial Intelligence Revolution

  • Mr. Gilad Ben Ari, Senior Director-Solutions, Verint

Open Forum/Q&A Moderator:

Ms. Mitzi Borromeo, CNN Philippines
11.30-12.00 nn
Special Session: Towards a Deeper RP-Japan Economic Partnership

Japan and the Philippines have a vibrant. Japan is one of the Philippines' most important trade partners and the country’s biggest source of foreign direct investments.

H.E. Koji Haneda, Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines
12.00-01.00 p.m. Lunch Presentation of sponsors/partners Business Idea Development Award (BIDA) Awarding Ceremony
01.00-01.30 p.m.
Special Session: Towards a Deeper RP-US Economic Partnership
H.E. Sung Kim, Ambassador of the United States to the Philippines
01.30-02.30 p.m.
Special Session: Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Expansion (ASPIRE)


  • Secretary Emmanuel F. Pinol Department of Agriculture
  • Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, Department of Trade and Industry
  • Mr. Roberto C. Amores, , Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, PCCI

Open Forum/ Q&A Moderator:

Mr. Renato A. Ledesma, Jr., One News/Bloomberg Philippines, Inc.
02.30-02.45 p.m.
MOA Signings

Approval of the 44th PBC Resolutions
03.00-04.30 p.m
Business-Matching and Networking Sessions

Simultaneous Break-Out Sessions: Disruptive Technologies for Business Use
Break-out Session 4:
Cyber-Hygiene: Best Practices in Digital Security
Opening Statement Presentations:
  • Mr. Noel Guevara, Country Manager, Schmidt Electronics, Philippines, Inc.
  • Mr. Stephen P. Cutler, Chief Compliance Officer, Omnipay Asia

Session Chair & Moderator:

Atty. Ivan John Uy, Former Chairman, CICT

Venue: Sampaguita Room B

Break-out Session 5:
Fireside Chat: Changing Gears to Digital
Opening Statement Presentations:
  • Mr. Gary L. Mingle, Chairman of the Board, Focus Group Holdings
  • Mr. Jose Avelino Flores, Co-Founder, Plug and Play Tech Center
  • Dr. Abdulla Al-Qawasmeh, Engineering Manager - FEED AI, Linked-In (Microsoft)

Session Chair & Moderator:

Engr. Ramon D. Escueta, Chairman, Philippines-USA Business Council

Venue: Champagne Room B

Break-out Session 6:
New Technologies and Innovations (DOST-TAPI)
Opening Statement Presentations: Jolt Technology
  • Dr.Joey Ocon, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Smart Surface
  • Dr. Nestor Michael C. Tiglao, University of the Philippines, Diliman
QBX-SMA (Strong Motion Accelerograph)
  • Mr. Rodolfo Alfonso R. Sabio, Tekton Geometrix Inc.

Session Chair & Moderator:

Mr. Perry Ferrer, Chairman, Committee on Science and Technology, PCCI

Venue: Roma SalonB

Break-out Session 7:
Business and Investment Opportunities in LGU PPP in South Luzon
• Hon. Al Francis Bichara, Governor, Province of Albay
• Hon. Jose Ch. Alvarez, Governor, Palawan Province

Venue: Sampaguita Room A

Break-out Session 8:
Business and Investment Opportunities in Mindanao
• Hon. Anthony del Rosario, Governor, Davao del Norte
• Hon. Al David Uy, Mayor, Samal City
• Hon. Yevgeny Vincent B. Emano, Governor, Misamis Oriental

Venue: Sampaguita Room A

06.00 p.m.
Concluding Plenary Ceremony
Welcome Remarks
• Ms. Alegria Sibal Limjoco
Presentation of Awards:
  • 43rd PBC Chair
  • ICC Global Excellence
    Presented by: Dr. Francis Chua, Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce, Philippines
  • Most Business-Friendly LGU
    Presented by: : Mr. Domingo H. Yap, President, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Philippines, Inc.
  • Most Outstanding Chamber
    Presented by: : Mr. George T. Barcelon, Chairman, PCCI.

Hand-over of PBC Resolutions:
  • Mr. Ramon S. Ang

Induction of PCCI Board of Directors and Officers
Passing of the Baton
With Past Philippine Presidents:
  • H.E. Fidel V. Ramos, 1992-1998
  • H.E. Joseph Ejercito Estrada, 1998-2001
  • H.E. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, 2001-2010

Introduction of the Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speech:
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

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