Advocacies

Advocacies

A Holistic Approach in Developing the Community

The advocacy initiatives of AmCham aim to empower people through education, increased self-confidence, improved community awareness, increased sector understanding/performance, and improved Filipino and American business relationships.

The Integrity Initiative is a private sector-led campaign aiming to strengthen ethical standards in business. It aspires for a level playing field where companies that do business with integrity enjoy competitive advantage in both government and private sector transactions.

For details, contact our Membership Manager through:
Email:amcham@amchamphilippines.com
Landline: (+632) 8187911

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The Filipino-American Memorial Endowment Incorporated (FAME) is a non-stock, non-profit foundation established in the Philippines and the United States by business executives and veterans. Founded in 1986 under the auspices of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc., FAME, Inc. is solely supported by donations with an all-volunteer Board and Advisory Councils, FAME aims to preserve and maintain tangible reminders of the shared values for which Americans, Filipinos, and their allies fought side-by-side during World War II.

Philippines:
Filipino-American Memorial Endowment, Inc.
(c/o American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc.)
2/F Corinthian Plaza Building, 121 Paseo de Roxas,Legaspi Village, Makati, 1229, Phililppines
Tel: 818-7911 loc. 219 | Fax: 811-3081

U.S.A.:
Filipino-American Memorial Endowment, Inc.
(c/o Alex Keller)
535 Rolling Rock Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio
Tel:45255-3919 | Fax:(513) 231-8763 | Email: aljokeller@cinci.rr.com

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The Program is designed to provide interaction between students and AmCham member companies. It provides student leaders a peek into the inner workings of some of the country’s top American and multinational companies, which inspires the participants into becoming committed professionals in the future.

This advocacy program started in 1992 with the end goal of providing pre-investment assistance to US investors. It also advocates business reforms and liberalization that are key interests to American businesses to the Philippines. Further, it acts as the Chamber’s main liaison office for government affairs and all investment related concerns.

For more details, contact our Government Liaison:
​Mr. Yves Aguilos
yves@amchamphilippines.com
+632 8187911 loc. 216

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Arangkada Philippines is the major advocacy—launched in 2010—of the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) to increase investment and employment in the Philippines. These goals are elaborated in its main policy document Arangkada Philippines 2010: A Business Perspective.

The Arangkada Philippines Project (TAPP)
Address: Seventh Floor, Corinthian Plaza Building, 121 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila, 1229, Philippines
Landline: +632 751 1495
Email: arangkada@arangkadaphilippines.com

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Established in 1985, the American Chamber Foundation serves as a catalyst in encouraging American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. member companies to institutionalize their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and/or to use their CSR activities to support their corporate strategies. Further the Foundation provides services to AmCham member companies and various National Government Organizations through identifying partners and beneficiary organizations, validating the credibility of NGOs seeking assistance from companies, and matching the needs of NGOs with the companies’ resources.

American Chamber Foundation Philippines, Inc. 
Leonard Benjamin, 4554 Casino Street Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1235
834-0184 / 551-8060 | 834-1192

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What We Do

“The Chamber exists to serve the interests of Philippine and American businesses through the participation of members in promoting their long-term objectives, while contributing to the civic and economic development of the Philippines.”

The AmCham Executive Director

The AmCham Board of Directors

James Wilkins

President

General Manager,
Fluor Daniel

James Wilkins

President

General Manager,
Fluor Daniel

Over twenty five years of domestic and international experience in the following industries: Upstream/Offshore and Downstream Oil and Gas; Chemicals; Petrochemicals and Plastics. Experience includes Office General Management, Operations Management, Business Management, Project Management, Project Engineering Management, Business and Client development, Proposal development, Lead Structural Engineering, front end engineering and design (FEED), detailed engineering design, scheduling, estimating, specification development, procurement and computer application development, Work-share coordination, Corporate Planning and strategy, and Work Process Improvement. In addition, extensive background and knowledge in the identification, planning, development, maintenance, implementation and integration of automated tools for engineering, including the deployment of knowledge management throughout Fluor Corporation.

Mr. Wilkins has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and is a Registered Structural Engineer in Texas.

Rick Santos

1st Vice President

Chairman, CEO and Founder,
Santos Knight Frank

Rick Santos

1st Vice President

Chairman, CEO and Founder,
Santos Knight Frank

Rick Santos is the Chairman, CEO and founder of Santos Knight Frank (formerly known as CBRE Philippines). He established the company in Manila 23 years ago as the country’s first fully integrated real estate service provider and has grown it to its current size of more than 1,200 staff operating across the country with 11 stand alone, market leading business lines such as Tenant Representation & Office Leasing; Valuation & Appraisal; Investment Sales & Capital Markets; Project Management; Facilities Management; Property Management; Research & Consultancy; Residential Services; and Technical Services & Engineering.

Rick and his team were instrumental in the growth of the BPO sector and were pioneers in bringing many of the multinational BPO and offshoring companies to the country. In addition to running the day-to-day business, he takes charge of the cross-border investment team that focuses on the inbound and outbound movement of institutional and private investment capital.

Rick serves on numerous corporate and non-profit boards including the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association and American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

Under his leadership as President of the Philippine Rugby Football Union, the organization witnessed the success of the National Team’s men’s and women’s programs in world rugby. He also plays a pivotal role in promoting the sport to the grassroots level as co-founder of the youth rugby club Santos Knight Frank Mavericks.

Born in the Philippines (his father is from Zamboanga), he was educated at UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics, and Oxford University.

President,
Cargill Philippines

Philip Soliven

Treasurer

President,
Cargill Philippines

Philip Soliven is the President and Country Representative of Cargill Philippines, Inc., the main operating company and the parent company of Cargill’s various businesses in the Philippines. He is also the Commercial Director for various Food Ingredients and Bio-Industrial (FIBI) businesses and the President of Philippine Bio-Industries, Inc., a Cargill joint venture.

Philip joined Cargill in 1995 as a Singapore-based manager in the Financial Markets Trading Group, then Cargill’s proprietary financial trading business. He managed the group’s investment portfolio for the Philippines and subsequently moved to the Philippines later that year to assume an additional role as country treasurer.

He began his professional career with the First National Bank of Boston, working in the Manila, Philippines branch as a foreign exchange trader. In 1984, he moved to the Bank of Boston’s corporate headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts to assume a role within corporate banking. In 1985, he was assigned to Hong Kong as manager of the bank’s corporate banking business. During his six years in Hong Kong, he occupied a number of positions across Corporate Loan Recovery, Treasury Sales-Foreign Exchange, Debt Trading and Trade Services. In 1991, he relocated to Singapore as vice president for corporate banking. His responsibilities included covering corporate banking clients in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Philip is currently a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, and is also Chairman of its Agribusiness committee. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the PSP Committee at the Rotary Club of Makati, as well as a member of the U.S. ASEAN Business Council, Makati Business Club and Management Association of the Philippines. Philip holds a degree in business management from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Bruce Winton

2nd Vice President

Cluster General Manager
Marriott Hotel

Bruce Winton

2nd Vice President

Cluster General Manager
Marriott Hotel

Bruce Winton, Cluster General Manager for Marriott International hotels located in Manila and Iloilo, began his term as President of AMCHAM in January 2017. A 27 year veteran of Marriott, Bruce has worked in Europe, the USA and Asia and was named General Manager of the Year for Asia-Pacific in 2013. Marriott is currently expanding their portfolio to 8 hotels in the Philippines in the next 3 years.

A graduate of New Hampshire College in Manchester NH, Bruce is currently completing an Executive Leadership Certificate at Cornell University. He is married to Christina and has 2 teenage children Alex and Colin. Bruce is passionate about providing growing opportunities for the talented workforce of the Philippines and advocates actively for legislation that enables job creation.

CEO
GE Philippines

Jose Victor Emmanuel A. de Dios

Director

CEO
GE Philippines

Jocot is CEO of GE Philippines since 2012 and GE’s Managing Director, Government Affairs & Policy for Asia Pacific.

He has deep experience and expertise in energy spanning business and policy-making. Before joining GE, he was Managing Director of Nido Petroleum Ltd, an oil and gas company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Jocot was Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Energy from 2001-2004 and Chairman of the PNOC-Exploration Corp. He was responsible for the Philippine Energy Plan and supervised the country’s downstream oil sector. He also established the DOE’s Natural Gas Office.

Jocot holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines, where he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni in 2014; a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Ateneo School of Law and a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School.

President and General Manager,
Coca-Cola Far East Ltd.

Winn Everhart

Director

President and General Manager,
Coca-Cola Far East Ltd.

Peter Hayden

Director

General Manager
Capital One Philippines

Peter Hayden

Director

General Manager
Capital One Philippines

Peter “Pete” W. Hayden is the General Manager & Country Head for Capital One Philippines. Capital One Philippines provides 24/7 full customer lifecycle support to Capital One; a leading Fortune 500 financial services and technology company.

An experienced and passionate leader, Pete joined the Philippine team in 2016 and has worked to build a strong and diverse team in Capital One Philippines that has created a best in class performance, experience, and career for thousands of Filipinos. Under his leadership, the company was able to double the scale of its operations within 2 years (now at over 4,000 FTE strong) and it now has 2 sites located in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Under his leadership, the organization has been recognized as a top employer in the Philippines and recognized for its deep dedication to improving the lives of the underprivileged Philippine youth and their communities via a multitude of programs from employment upskilling to nutrition and feeding programs and sustainable clean water programs.

Prior to joining Capital One Philippines, Pete spent 8 years in progressively increasing leadership roles across Capital One’s U.S. credit card business. Before joining Capital One, Pete served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. During his time in the US Navy, Pete completed two overseas deployments in support of the Global War on Terror. Following his decision to leave active duty, Pete pursued his M.B.A. while working for two years as a business management consultant serving financial services clients. He graduated from the US Naval Academy, Annapolis Maryland, with a degree in Engineering and Political Science and also holds an MBA from the College of William & Mary, Mason School of Business in Williamsburg, Virginia.

AMCHAM Philippines has been a vital partner to Capital One Philippines supporting the team through their vital growth journey since they opened their doors in 2013. Pete’s personal experience as a leader partnering with AMCHAM and his commitment to the amazing talent of the Philippines led him to pursue a leadership opportunity with AMCHAM. As a Director on AMCHAM’s Board, he is committed to helping U.S. businesses sustainably grow in the Philippines with the talented employee base while providing the local workforce world- class employment opportunities that will ultimately help in further elevating the country.

President,
3M Philippines

Ariel Lacsamana

Director

President,
3M Philippines

Ariel B. Lacsamana was appointed President and Managing Director of 3M Philippines in October 2016. Born and raised in the Philippines but now happily rediscovering his birth country after 22 years of being away.

Prior to this appointment, he was President and Director of 3M Global Channel Services, Inc. (Export Operations) helping country subsidiaries accelerate growth for their businesses. He has a solid 16 years at 3M, held 9 roles, alternating strategy, business development and even marketing roles.

A Scientist by heart, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by education, and an Entrepreneur in practice. He is passionate about helping people through science and technology to elevate the lives of Filipinos in however way possible in his current capacity. He’s found a perfect fit (and home) at 3M as it allows him to use the company’s 46 technology platforms, products and innovations to advance companies, enhance homes, and improve lives.

He is big on people development and people in general – approaching everyone with wide-eyed curiosity and genuine desire to connect. A charismatic leader focused on elevating talent and the potential of his team. He loves to travel and experience new cultures and cuisines; has been to 58 countries around the world ... and counting.

Mr. Lacsamana holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of the Philippines Diliman and a proud graduate of Manila Science High School!

Mark Lwin

Director

President and CEO,
AIG Philippines

Mark Lwin

Director

President and CEO,
AIG Philippines

President,
Chevron

Belinda Racela

Director

President,
Chevron

Belinda assumed the role of President and Asset Manager of Chevron Malampaya LLC in September 2016. She leads a group of professionals in managing the 45% non-operated Chevron interest in the Malampaya Joint Ventureor Service Contract 38 (SC38).* Belinda has more than 27 years of experience in the upstream energy industry, much of which is in geothermal. Her assignments included positions in Reservoir Engineering and Strategic and Business Planning. In her current capacity, Belinda is a Board Member of the Philippine Petroleum Association of the Upstream Industry (Oil and Gas), Inc. (“PAP”) and is the current President of the Malampaya Foundation Inc.

Prior to her current position, Belinda was GM Planning for the Geothermal & Power Operations and Non-Operated Joint Ventures in Jakarta, Indonesia. This operating group covered assets in Indonesia and the Philippines and included four geothermal assets, a co-generation power facility and two oil and gas non-operated joint ventures.She held expanding Planning positions in Jakarta since 2005.

Belinda started her career in Unocal Philippines (which was acquired by Chevron in 2005) in 1991 as Geothermal Reservoir Engineer for the Tiwi and Mak-Ban Assets. She was an Instructor of Physics in the National Institute of Physics in the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City (UP Diliman) for five years before joining Unocal. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics also from UP Diliman and a Master of Business Administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in Makati City.

Belinda is married to Dr. Benjamin F. Racela, a dentist specializing in oral surgery and implantology. They have two children.

Vice President, Philippines - SMO,
Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, Inc.

Shankar Viswanathan

Director

Vice President, Philippines - SMO,
Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, Inc.

Shankar is currently the Vice President (Country Head) for Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, Inc., performing overall general management, leadership and strategy development for the country. Prior to his assignment to the Philippines, he has vast experience in working across the world. In his 27-year career with P&G, Shankar has diverse global/ regional and emerging markets experience across various parts of the world. He has travelled extensively to more than 50 countries and has lived in India, USA, Russia, Vietnam, Singapore, and now in the Philippines. He has deep experience in developed & emerging markets including starting up new businesses; transforming business and organizations to deliver sustained leadership results, and building talent and organizations, as well as building deep external win-win partnership with key stakeholders. He is also deeply committed to giving back to the society and driving sustainability in both his personal and professional capacity. Shankar holds a degree in Economics at St. Stephens College, University of Delhi, India and management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is currently living in Metro Manila, Philippines and is a trained Life & Executive Coach, and is a trained yoga instructor and is an avid global explorer and traveler as his hobbies.

George M. Drysdale

Director, Ex-Officio

Chairman and CEO, Marsman Drysdale Group

George M. Drysdale

Director, Ex-Officio

Chairman and CEO, Marsman Drysdale Group

George Marsman Drysdale is Chairman and CEO of the Marsman Drysdale Group, a diversified Philippine-based holding and management company with interests in the agribusiness, healthcare, tourism, communications, and investment management industries.

Mr. Drysdale also makes direct private equity investments in high growth communications, media and consumer beverage companies. Since 1994, Mr. Drysdale has been an investor in the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

Prior to joining the Marsman Drysdale Group in 1991, Mr. Drysdale was a venture capitalist, first as General Partner of Hambrecht & Quist Venture Partners of San Francisco (1983-1987), and then as a managing General Partner of Westar Capital, a management buyout firm. From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Drysdale practiced corporate, securities, and tax law for Davis, Polk & Wardwell, a Wall Street law firm.

Mr. Drysdale served three terms as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and four terms as the Chairman of the twenty-nine member chambers of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC).

Donald R. Felbaum

Director, Ex-Officio

Managing Director,
Optel

Donald R. Felbaum

Director, Ex-Officio

Managing Director,
Optel

Don Felbaum’s professional career spans more than twenty (20) years of involvement in Technology Sectors including Telecoms, IT-Enabled Services, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), among others. His business experience covers more than twenty-five (25) countries worldwide.

Don also has broad general management experience, a team leadership style, with entrepreneurial vision. His excellent interpersonal and communication skills and hands-on management style have helped his clients over the years.

Further, Don has significant experience in business development including start-ups, mergers and acquisitions and project funding. He is active in various Directorships and Advisory Boards with a number of both local and foreign companies.

Robert Sears

Director, Ex-Officio

Independent

Robert Sears

Director, Ex-Officio

Independent

Mr. Robert M. Sears is a past President of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc., and he also served as its Executive Director for 22 years. Prior to Amcham, Rob spent a distinguished 20 years with Merrill Lynch International, of which during his last 9 years he was President of Merrill Lynch Philippines, Inc.

Rob graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine in 1966. Immediately after graduation he joined the United States Air Force reaching the rank of Captain. For service in Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star. ,br />

He is now semi-retired in the Philippines, and involved with over 10 NGOs.

Atty. Aileen Tolosa-Lerma

Corporate Secretary

Partner, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc De los Angeles Law Office

Atty. Aileen Tolosa-Lerma

Corporate Secretary

Partner, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc De los Angeles Law Office

Aileen Sarah T. Lerma, a partner, is working with the Securities department. Her practice focuses on securities and corporate law (including mergers and acquisitions, and data privacy matters).

Aileen has extensive experience in handling various capital market transactions, among which are local and international offerings of debt and equity securities, asset-based securities, certificates of deposit, securitizations, and initial and follow-on public offerings. She represents both domestic and foreign clients regarding transactions, regulations, and investments before various government agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Finance, Board of Investments, and Philippine Economic Zone Authority.

Aileen has assisted numerous domestic and multinational companies in the registration of mutual fund companies. She also represented both borrowers and lenders in bilateral and multilateral financing and loan transactions. Furthermore, she has provided advice regarding consolidation, restructuring, and reorganization of operations to industries covering a diverse field, such as real estate, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, and business process outsourcing.

Aileen received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1992 where she graduated with honors. She then went on to receive her juris doctor degree from the same university in 1996, where she also graduated with honors. She was admitted to the Philippine bar in 1997, and joined the firm in the same year.

Brian Connelly

President, Visayas Chapter

General Manager, Marco Polo

Brian Connelly

President, Visayas Chapter

General Manager, Marco Polo

Ralph Reuben Morales

President, North Luzon Chapter

Director, Government Relations / Public Affairs, Texas Instruments Philippines

Ralph Reuben Morales

President, North Luzon Chapter

Director, Government Relations / Public Affairs, Texas Instruments Philippines

Leoncio P. Villa-Abrille

President, Mindanao Chapter

President, Davao Crocodile Park

Leoncio P. Villa-Abrille

President, Mindanao Chapter

President, Davao Crocodile Park

A lawyer by profession, he was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1988, and belongs to UP Law (Diliman), Class 1970. Earlier, he graduated with honors at San Beda College (Mendiola) in 1966 with a political science degree.

As founding chair of both Cesareo Villa-Abrille Development Corp. and Cesareo Properties Management Corp., he develops and manages the family’s vast holding and prime real estates, and handles the family’s philanthropic works thru the Don Cesareo Villa-Abrille Foundation.

In their housing programs for the urban poor, he initiated the donation in Davao City alone of several hectares of Villa-Abrille prime properties, valued at tens of millions of pesos, for the homeless and informal settlers. He has been supporting also many scholars through the Father Maurice Cote Scholarship Foundation since 1984, a foundation he organized with his high school classmates.

As YMCA president, a donation by him and his family of a one-hectare property in Tuban, Davao del Sur, to house the future YMCA Youth Camp and Training Center, was his biggest contribution to the youth of today.

A socio-civic leader, he was District Governor of Rotary International in RY 2011-2012, and is a Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation since 2005.

In 1984, he was UP Law Alumni Davao Chapter President; Davao City Chamber of Commerce director and Knights of Columbus Deputy Grand Knight at Sta. Ana Council, Davao City.

Thereafter, he became national president of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Philippines in 2002; national chair of the Philippine Jaycee Senate Foundation in 2007; and national president of the Ambassador Club Philippines for two years. Most recently, he was elected President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Mindanao Chapter. A long-serving active AmCham member since 2000, he was Director for a decade and Vice-President for 5 years since 2012.

The AmCham Staff Members

Pinky Jamili

Business Leadership Program Project Manager
Tel.: 818-7911 loc. 202
Email: BLP@amchamphilippines.com

Aurora Galvez

Librarian
Tel.: 818-7911 loc. 219
Email: au@amchamphilippines.com

Rick Peji

Admin Services/Driver
Tel.: 818-7911 loc. 212
Email: rick@amchamphilippines.com

Roy Fulgado

Admin Services/Photographer
Tel.: 818-7911 loc. 212
Email: roy@amchamphilippines.com

Culture

Frederick Rubinas

Alumnus, AmCham Foundation Scholar

Adj Regidor

Student, Business Leadership Program Partcipant (Batch 15)

Dennis Wright

President, Peregrine