SGV hosts Robotics-AI and Inclusive Innovation roundtable

(SGV) recently conducted a roundtable discussion on Robotics–Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Inclusive Innovation. Organized through the collaboration of the Financial Services Organization (FSO) Advisory group and Advisory Performance Improvement (PI), the event was SGV’s second knowledge-sharing activity on Financial Technology (FinTech) following the FinTech Forum held last year. Several company executives and C-suite members from the financial and business process otsourcing (BPO) industries participated in the roundtable.

The event explored robotic process automation (RPA)’s potential and discussed its advantages and possible applications for shared service centers, government supporting institutions, global in-house centers (GICs) and BPOs. It also aimed to introduce AI and machine learning to the audience.

Assurance Partner Janet Paraiso, EY India Head of Robotics and Analytics Kartik Krishnan, FSO Advisory Partner Ian Lauron, DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development Executive Director Dr. Carlos Primo David and FSRM Advisory Partner Francis Lumbres

FSO Advisory Partner Ian Lauron (CGL) opened the meeting and touched upon the opportunities in robotics. He also emphasized the importance of discussing robotics beyond the enterprise perspective and to assess its effect in a nationwide context.

Guest speaker was EY India Head of Robotics and Analytics Kartik Krishnan, who discussed RPA from different standpoints. Some of the key benefits of automation raised were cost reduction, increase in efficiency, compliance and quality, and accelerated innovation and growth.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development Executive Director Dr. Carlos Primo David gave updates on the DOST’s projects and programs highlighting the Philippine Government’s Inclusive Innovation initiative. Dr. David also shared DOST’s goal to be part of the next wave of innovation: data, connectivity and intelligence – including the Internet of Things and AI.

The roundtable discussion was organized by CGL, Advisory-PI Partner Kaye Macaisa, and FSO Advisory Associate Irsyad Kautzar Stamboel with the support of FSO Assurance Senior Managers Cathy Biliran and Veronica Arce, and Manager Marco Obias, Advisory-PI Manager Monica Ulila and Senior Associate Wira Mira Paule, and GCR Senior Associate Mark Chiu.

CGL speaks at DTI’s Blockchain Forum

FSO Advisory Partner Ian Lauron was a guest speaker at the Blockchain Forum organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) last month. The event was part of a series on the Philippine government’s new inclusive, innovation-led, industrial strategy (i3s) led by DTI Assistant Secretary Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba. More than 100 professionals from the public and private sectors attended the forum.

With CGL were other blockchain experts from the industry who shared their opinions and views on the technology powering the controversial cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. The event highlighted the use and benefits of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT), in government. Also discussed were the risks and benefits of the technology and its impact on trade, regulations, and service delivery. Most importantly, the forum talked about how to start using the technology and its future applications in government agencies. CGL spoke on the basics of the blockchain technology and shared some views from the financial industry.

Also in attendance were FSO Advisory Associate Director Ben Simon and Associates Irsyad Stamboel and Daniel Joseph Tan.

TAS Managers pass Advanced Financial Modeler exam

TAS Senior Director Smith Lim and TAS Director Jan Michael Saniel successfully passed the recent global Advanced Financial Modeler (AFM) exam. Smith and Mikoy now hold an AFM designation as certified by the Financial Modeling Institute (FMI).

The AFM exam is a rigorous three-hour test of financial modelling skills that cover model construction, worksheet structure, best practices design, prospective financial statements, and scenario creation. FMI describes AFM as a certification focused on the skills required to design and build integrated financial models where participants were given opportunities to demonstrate their modelling proficiency.

Congratulations, Smith and Mikoy!

JFR, JEZ and ACZ participate in the 64th ANMSEC

MG 7 Leader and Business Services Head Jimmy del Rosario, and Assurance Partners Peps Zabat and AZ Zaragoza recently attended the testimonial dinner and awards night of the 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) held at CAP-John Hay Trade and Cultural Center, Camp John Hay, Baguio City.

The conference, with the theme “Responsible Mining, in the Hearts and Minds of Filipinos,” was spearheaded by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers and other professional organizations.

The highlights of the ANMSEC included a tree planting activity at the Baguio Botanical Garden, a mining exhibit by mining companies and suppliers, a mineral industry symposium and parade, a mine safety field demonstration and field competition, and the Presidential Mineral Industry Environment Award (PMIEA) event.

The program’s guest of honor and keynote speaker was the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Roy A. Cimatu. He spoke of the administration’s support for responsible mining, which must be people-oriented and lead to community and environment development.

RKC Cluster celebrates Christmas through “My Dream in a Shoebox” campaign

Just before Christmas, Advisory Partner Ryan Gilbert K. Chua (RKC) led his cluster in the My Dream in a Shoebox outreach campaign organized by the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and TeamAsia for the children of San Pedro Calungsod Parish in Muntinlupa. The program is an annual campaign of IBPAP and TeamAsia that aims “to empower underprivileged children to fight poverty through education.”

Volunteers from the RKC cluster, together with the event organizers and members of the San Pedro Calungsod Parish, started the program with a mass held in the parish’s covered gym followed by a series of games, fostering a community of fun and learning. The highlight of the event was the giving of packed lunches and shoeboxes filled with school supplies. RKC cluster, together with other Advisory partners Leonardo J. Matignas, Jr., Joselito E. Lopez and Marnelli Eileen J. Fullon, donated 288 shoeboxes for grade school students.

Newly admitted SGV partners join peers in Barcelona

Advisory partners and principal Charisse Cruz, Marnelli Fullon, Jan Ray Manlapaz and Evert De Bock, Tax partners Leo Leaño, Frances Villamayor and Lee Vivas, Assurance partner Ysmael Acosta and Financial Services Organization partner Juan Carlo Maminta joined new partners from 78 countries in this year’s EY Global New Partner Program in Barcelona, Spain. The program served as a global platform for new partners to discuss the importance of leading with purpose and creating a legacy.


JMC elected 2018 IIAP President

Advisory partner Ian Canlas has been elected President of the Institute of Internal Auditors Philippines (IIAP) for the calendar year 2018. The IIAP aims to develop and promote internal audit, having a vision of being a globally recognized organization and valued for having IA professionals who are indispensable to effective governance, risk management and control.

Congratulations, JMC!

Congratulations to our new CSRAs!

Services (CCaSS) partners Clairma Mangangey and Ian Canlas, as well as Senior Director Katrina Francisco, recently passed the Certified Sustainability Reporting Assurer (CSRA) course held last September 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Offered by the National Center for Sustainability Reporting (NCSR), the CSRA is a professional certification program in the field of Sustainability Report Assurance using the AA1000 Assurance Standard (2008). This is the 9th batch of certification courses held in Indonesia. SGV is now an AA Licensed Assurance Provider.

Kudos, CTM, JMC and Ina!

FIDS professionals acquire certifications

Senior Associate Ma. Kristina Libres and Associate Gian Franco Evidente recently passed a data analytics examination and are now Tableau Desktop 10 Certified Professionals.

Meanwhile, Associate Adrian Perez underwent a computer forensics training course and is now a Certified Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator V9.

Good job, Kristina, Gian and Adrian!

SGV Cebu tabulates for Globe media tilt

On its sixth year of promoting excellent and responsible journalism and upholding its commitment to sustainable development, Globe Telecom, Inc. selected SGV Cebu as the official tabulator for the 2017 Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA) Visayas leg.

The awards night was recently held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City. Globe Telecom, Inc., through GMEA, anchored on its commitment to promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals covering four focus areas: Care for the Environment, Innate Care for our People, Positive Societal Impact and Digital Nation.

SGV Cebu Assurance partner Gen Arevalo led the SGV team that conducted the independent tabulation of scores. Completing the team were Ian Jayme, Jowls Acuña, Jasper Amorin and Kerwin Tabiliran. SGV Cebu has been the official tabulator of GMEA for five years.