Official ribbon-cutting at the new EY Global Delivery Network facilities located at the SGV buildings in Makati City. From left to right: SGV Chairman and Managing Partner Vic Noel, EY Global Business Enablement Shared Services and Talent Hubs Leader Tim Eddy, Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Chito Manalo, Jr., and SGV Founder Washington SyCip.

The new EY Global Delivery Network Facilities located at the SGV buildings in Makati City.

EY expands its global footprint; inaugurates 5th Global Delivery Network location in the Philippines

Makati City, 15 September 2015. EY, one of the big four professional services organizations, announced the start of its Global Delivery Network (GDN) operations in the Philippines. This is the fifth GDN location, in addition to Argentina, China, India and Poland. The GDN plays an important role in EY’s globalization strategy by leveraging diverse talent capabilities and developing new competencies across the globe to strengthen its commitment to deliver exceptional service to its clients. This robust and consistent network of service delivery locations has proven to be a distinct advantage for EY in seamlessly running and enabling its businesses.

In its initial phase, the GDN location in the Philippines will offer Advisory Services, including Performance Improvement, Risk, and Advisory Support capabilities. It will also provide IT Services, Business and Creative Services focused on Administrative Support and Creative Design, as well as Knowledge Services comprising Market and Competitive Trend Analysis along with Industry Analytics. EY GDN will continue to build additional capabilities to its services portfolio in the future, based on the growing needs of its customer base.

GDN Philippines was launched in collaboration with SGV & Co., an EY member firm since 2002. SGV Chairman and Managing Partner Vic Noel said, “We believe it is crucial to adapt to the rapidly evolving global business environment. By establishing a GDN location in the Philippines, SGV and EY will provide more employment opportunities while leveraging Filipino talent to strengthen EY’s global service offerings. Operating a center in a Metro like Manila means increased visibility for Filipino professionals who meet global standards. It also recognizes their competencies honed by SGV’s rigorous training, culture and values and sustained by EY’s global network and innovative methodologies.”

Speaking at the launch, Tim Eddy, EY’s Business Enablement Shared Services and Global Talent Hubs Leader, shared, “Our new GDN Location in the Philippines strengthens our Global Delivery Network and allows us to enhance our delivery capability to our clients across Asia Pacific and the rest of the world. We will now have access to a larger pool of talent, which will give our teams more power, speed and flexibility to develop and execute market strategies that will help us win in the market.”

The GDN facilities inauguration was also graced by Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Jr., who congratulated SGV and EY saying, “This facility is truly a testament to the commitment of EY and SGV to help make the Philippines an attractive place for business, particularly for those involved in the fast-growing outsourcing sector. The Global Talent Hub and Global Shared Services facilities will serve as a venue to showcase the talents of our global professionals.”

The Philippines is the world’s third-largest English-speaking nation and produces 350,000 college graduates each year, thereby providing a highly-educated talent pool. Its business-friendly environment and time zone advantages give the country a competitive edge among emerging market peers.

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SGV is Number One again!

SGV maintains its lead among auditors in the country with a 40% market share of the highest-grossing companies included in the 2013 edition of BusinessWorld’s Top 1000 Corporations in the Philippines. BusinessWorld reports that the Firm audited the financial statements of 407 of the Top 1000 corporations, an increase of 43 from last year. Coming in next were Manabat Sanagustin & Co. (KPMG) with 10.9% and Isla Lipana (PwC) with 10.6%.

Chairman and Managing Partner Vic Noel attributes SGV’s success to numerous factors and says,“SGV retains its competitive edge because of its size, depth of experience and the quality of our people… And we cannot discount, of course, the importance of SGV’s reputation for excellence and integrity built over the past 67 years. Our track record speaks for itself.”

SGV gives back to the Typhoon Yolanda victims

As part of our efforts to provide relief and aid to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, the SGV Foundation (SGVF) channeled all international and local donations from our current partners and staff, alumni and EY offices in other countries into the SGVF Calamity Fund. The fund is initially being used for the following purposes:

SGV food sponsorship. SGV has been providing food through the SGV Foundation for DSWD volunteers helping in the Yolanda relief operations in the DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC). This started last 15 November and will last until 3 Dec, 2013.

Donations to selected institutions directly involved in the relief efforts. Upon consolidating the calamity fund, SGVF will remit cash donations to identified NGOs and accredited organizations. These include the ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation, GMA Kapuso Foundation, Philippine National Red Cross, 700 Club Asia, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Ateneo de Manila University, Habitat for Humanity, University of Santo Tomas, University of the East and World Vision.

Financial assistance for SGV staff and SGVF scholars directly affected by the typhoon. To date, we have provided financial assistance to 93 affected staff members. Medicine packs were also given to affected staff members who went home to their respective provinces.

At the MG level, volunteers have been encouraged to help the Department of Social Welfare and Development in repacking relief goods.

SGV sent volunteers to the three relief operations in Villamor Airbase, Cargohaus NAIA and Ateneo De Manila University from November 14-20, 2013. At least 150 SGV volunteers including partners and staff shared their time in helping out in the relief operations being run by the Department of Finance (DOF) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The volunteers helped out in the unloading of incoming goods, repacking and sacking of relief goods, and loading of sacked goods ready for shipping. They also assisted in volunteer management.

SGV Cebu organizes relief goods

Meanwhile, Cebu SGVeans joined forces last 16 November to pack relief goods such as canned food, rice, drinking water, medicines, candles and matches for the victims of the Typhoon Yolanda. Messages of encouragement and hope were written on the canned goods as a small gesture of comfort, letting the victims know that they are not alone. The relief goods were then dropped off at the University of the Philippines-Lahug, Cebu to be delivered together with other aid to the Northern parts of Cebu which were badly hit by the typhoon.

Your compassion and spirit of volunteerism have made all this possible. Thank you very much for your generosity and hard work.

Kudos to our CISA and CRISC top placers and CIA passers!

Our Information Technology Risk and Assurance (ITRA) professionals continue to make us proud!

Senior associates Zerah Mae Lagro and Nathaniel Dizon placed first and second, respectively, in the recently concluded Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam. Fellow senior associates Karla Acana, John Christian Gregorio and Alvin Suarez tied for third place. In addition to the SGVeans who took all the top three places in the CISA exam, associate Ezekiel Navarro topped the exam to be Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

Former SGVeans from ITRA were also top placers. Nikko Eustaquio was first place in the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) exam while the second and third places in the CRISC exam went to Xerxes Ordanez and Leah Abcede, respectively.

Aside from obtaining IT certifications, our ITRA professionals are also encouraged to earn internal audit certifications. Associate Erlyn Ordonez and director Conrad Allan Alviz passed the recent examinations and joined the ranks of SGV’s Certified Internal Auditors (CIA).

Congratulations to everyone!

New and improved Washington SyCip Development Center unveiled

Run like an educational institution, SGV upholds its commitment to create an environment that would help its people and its clients achieve their potential through training and education. On 2 July, partners joined SGV Founder Wash SyCip in the unveiling of the newly-renovated Washington SyCip Development Center.

The 550.3 square meter facility houses several training rooms and a gym. “The new Development Center is a symbol of our commitment to continually promoting this legacy and tradition of education.” Mr. SyCip said. Rev. Fr. Boogie Tacdoro, SSP officiated the blessing.

Meet some of SGV’s sports enthusiasts!

Not only do Maricris See and Emmanuel Ang from ACE Cluster excel at work, but they also display excellent prowess in sporting events — running and bowling, respectively.

Maricris recently placed 3rd in the 10k Women’s Division in the Association of Certified Public Accountants in Public Practice’s (ACPAPP) first Fun Run event held at the SM Mall of Asia Complex.

Emmanuel, on the other hand, is set to join PICPA’s Southern Metro Manila Chapter Bowling Team to compete in the Association’s Bowling tournament in July. Last April, he competed in the Tenpin Bowling Association of Makati Open where he bagged two bronze medals for Class O Division — All Events and Class A — Division Doubles. In May, he competed in the 9th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge where he played against players from around the world. Emmanuel was also a member of the Pasay City Team in the 25th Asian Intercity Bowling Championships held in Singapore in 2011.

We’re proud of you, Maricris and Emmanuel!

Meet SGV’s Got Talent Season 2 Vocal Category finalists!

Eight of SGV’s finest singers successfully hurdled an intense closed-door audition process to make it to the Grand Finals of SGV’s Got Talent Season 2. Curious? Meet our vocal category hopefuls.

– Rory Conejero, CBS / RDD Cluster
– Edge Jovero, EVE Cluster
– Roger Gavino, JCO Cluster
– Edralin Enriquez, JOM Cluster
– Ryan Andal, LZA Cluster
– Mara Tarrayo, GBS Cluster
– Ralph Gulfo, AMC Cluster
– Miguel Ballelos and Jamailyn Gregorio, VLS Cluster

Watch our finalists battle it out at the Grand Finals this July. See you there!

DDA is UPAA Most Distinguished Alumna for 2012

SGV senior adviser Amb. Delia Albert (DDA) was selected as this year’s Most Distinguished Alumna of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA).

The award is given to one who has achieved distinction in multiple professional fields or areas of endeavor, or has made a greater qualitative or quantitative impact in her profession. Additionally, the nominee must have attained national and possibly international prestige that has brought honor and distinction to the university and the country.

Amb. Albert will be honored during the 2012 General Alumni-Faculty Homecoming and Reunion on 23 June at the Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman Campus.

SGVean continues to shine

Jhoanna Go featured at UST AMV College of Accountancy 80/20 Magazine

Assurance senior director Jhoanna Go was recently featured in the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Alfredo M. Velayo (AMV) College of Accountancy student magazine 80/20. The article discussed at length Jhoanna’s achievement in accountancy in the public sector, her dynamic life in SGV, which she calls home, and probable plans to teach in the future. “One of the main things I would like to accomplish is to pass on what the profession has taught me. I am keeping my doors open to the possibility of teaching undergraduates; I can very much see myself walking the halls of this college as a professor,” say Jhoanna.

Once again, an SGVean has proven that innate quality and excellence never goes unnoticed.

Spotlight: From Glee, with love

Partners and staff enjoying their Valentine’s Day lunch at the eCafé were pleasantly surprised when the SGV Glee Club spontaneously serenaded them with heartwarming songs in flash mob fashion. Seemingly out of nowhere, sweet voices filled the eCafé as the members of the Glee Club stood up in song and delivered stirring song renditions which included Seasons of Lcve from the hit Broadway musical Rent and You by the Carpenters.
Catch a glimpse of the SGV Glee Club performance.

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