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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

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?

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, House of Representatives
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


Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
11.00-11.30 a.m.

Special Session: A Community of Shared Future for Mankind: The Silk Road and the Philippines

China’s proposed Silk Road is an economic corridor that is meant to expand economic cooperation among neighbors within the Silk Road region. How can the Silk Road further the growth of the Philippines?


H.E. Zhao Jianhua, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Philippines


Atty. Anthony A. Abad, Bloomberg TV Philippines
11.30-12.30 p.m. Lunch
12.30-01.30 p.m.
Plenary 1: The Infrastructure Agenda: Are we On Track?

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?


Mr. Paul Dominguez, Director for the Philippines, Asian Development Bank


  • 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. Cathy Yang, Anchor and Managing Director, ANC News Network
01.30-02.30 p.m.
Plenary 2: Exploring the Future of the Philippine Energy and Power Sector

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?


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


  • Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera, Chair, Energy Regulatory Commission
  • 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


Ms. Pia Hontiveros, CNN Philippines
02.30-3.30 p.m.
Plenary 3: National Broadband Plan: The ICT and Telecom Agenda

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?


Undersecretary Monchito B. Ibrahim, Department of Information and Communication Technology-Regional Operations and Countryside and ICT Industry Development


  • Mr. Ernest Cu, Pesident and CEO, Globe Telecom
  • Mr. Dennis A. Uy, President and CEO, Udenna Corp.
  • Mr. Edgar B. Saavedra, Chairman and CEO, Megawide Construction Corp.


Ms. Karen Davila, , Host , ANC News Channel
03.30-04.15 p.m.
Special Session: Understanding the Risks and Effects of the Trade War

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?


  • Mr. Jin Yuan, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Philippines
  • Mr. Deng Jun, Country Director, Bank of China-Manila
  • Dr. Zha Daojong, School of International Studies, Peking University
  • Ms. Lynne Gad Kowiski, Economic Counsellor, Embassy of the United States in the Philippines


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

(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”

(Centennial Hall B

Break-out Session 3:
Technology Innovations for SMEs

(Champagne Room)

Break-out Session 4:
Technology Innovations for SMEs

(Roma Salon)

Break-out Session 5:
E-Commerce for SMEs

Mr. Inanc Balci, CEO, Lazada Philippines

(Sampaguita Room)

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
  • Presentation 1
  • Presentation 2
  • Raffle Draw (2 minor raffles)
  • Presentation 3
  • Presentation 4
  • Raffle Draw (2 minor raffles)
  • Presentation 5
  • Raffle Draw (major raffles)
  • Dancing

09.30-10.00 a.m.
Plenary 4: The Global and Local Digital Landscape

Engagement with the global economy and the adoption of new technologies have driven rapid economic growth in developing countries, raising incomes and generating more productive and better paying jobs. However, new technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence may lead to challenges. This session will look into the digitization framework; how business and government/policymakers can adapt by harnessing new opportunities while addressing challenges presented by an increasingly digital future; and, how digitization can improve competitive advantage.

The Philippines’ Digital Landscape:

Mr. Dennis Anthony H. Uy, CEO, ComClark Network and Technology Corp.

Open Forum/Q&A Moderator:

Mr. Rico Hizon, Anchor, Newsday and Asia Business Report, BBC World News
10.00-11.30 a.m.
Plenary 5: 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?

Blockchain for Business:

  • Mr. Jeff McDonald, Vice President, NEM Foundation
  • Mr. Yang Dong, Vice Dean, Renmin University Law School

Artificial Intelligence for Services:

  • Mr. Lito Tayag, Managing Director, Accenture

Smart Manufacturing:

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

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 6:
Tech Start-Ups

(Sampaguita Room B)

Break-out Session 7:
FinTech for Financial Inclusion

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

(Roma Salon

Break-out Session 8:
Cyber-Hygiene: Best Practices on Digital Security

(Champagne Room)

Break-out Session 9:
Investment Opportunities in in LGU PPP in South Luzon
  • Region 4-A LGU Executive
  • Region 4-B LGU Executive
  • Region 5 LGU Executive

(Sampaguita Room A)

Break-out Session 5:
Business and Investment Opportunities in the Halal Industry
  • Mindanao Development Authority
  • DTI Export Marketing Bureau

(Maynila Ballroom)

06.00 p.m.
Concluding Plenary Ceremony
Welcome Remarks
Opening Statement
Presentation of Awards:
  • 43rd PBC Chair
  • ICC Global Excellence
  • Most Business-Friendly LGU
  • Most Outstanding Chamber

President’s Report:
  • Ms. Alegria Sibal Limjoco

Presentation of PBC Resolutions:
  • Mr. Ramon S. Ang

Keynote Speech:
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

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