Committees

Committees

A 360-degree view of the Philippine Business Ecosystem

AmCham has 17 sector committees that ensure the development of the Philippine business ecosystem in terms of providing relevant inputs/opportunities/avenues that can lead to economic development, social development, policy formulation, and innovation among others.  These Committees allow American and non-American businesses to synergize to promote common goals and objectives aimed to bring solidarity of interests and development of the business environment.

CHAIRPERSONS
Mr. Philip Soliven
Ms. Varinia Elero-Tinga

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
KV Rojas
kv@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc 217

Agribusiness Committee reviews current policies and issues related to the Philippine agribusiness scene, and tackle various opportunities and challenges for expanding the food and agriculture trade.

CHAIRPERSONS
Mr. Frank Thiel
Mr. Jose Victor Emmanuel de Dios

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Ms. Bea Baldonado
beabaldonado@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc. 203

The Energy and Power committee provides an avenue to discuss and disseminate relevant information on matters affecting the energy sector and its stakeholders. It also seeks to contribute to the development of the Sector by promoting sound policy positions on proposed legislations for the common interest of the business community.

CHAIRPERSON
Mr. Safdar Quraeshi

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Ms. Bea Baldonado
beabaldonado@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc. 203

The Committee likewise seeks to serve as a platform towards a better awareness, and clear understanding of energy efficiency solutions and methods/strategies to manage energy consumption, reducing carbon footprint.

CHAIRPERSONS
Arch. Felino "Jun" Palafox, Jr.
Mr. James Donovan

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Ms. Bea Baldonado
beabaldonado@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc. 203

The Environment and Urban Development committee aims to contribute to increase the awareness and involvement in environment sustainability and urban development. It takes an active role in information dissemination particularly to the Chamber’s members and other stakeholders.

CHAIRPERSONS
Atty. Jules Riego
Mr. Henry Pelaez
Atty. Princess Ascalon

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
KV Rojas
kv@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc 217

The Financial Services and Taxes and Tariffs committee exists to provide assistance to US and Philippine companies on industry- relevant issues such as but not limited to prospects and analyses on investments, new laws and updates on taxes and financial services.

CHAIRPERSON
Mr. Donald Felbaum

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Ms. Trixia Bravo
trixia@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 8187911 loc. 213

The Healthcare & Wellness committee brings pertinent, up to date, medically-sound information to members, keeping in mind that the strength of organizations is anchored on a healthy workforce.

CHAIRPERSONS
Mr. Ernie Cecilia
Ms. Grace Sorongon

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Yves Aguilos
yves@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc. 216

The Human Capital & Resources committee aims to develop better understanding of the Philippine industrial relations system for improved company operations, as well as for the betterment of the overall work force.

CHAIRPERSONS
Mr. Donald Felbaum
Mr. Frank Holz

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Ms. Trixia Bravo
trixia@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 8187911 loc. 213

The Information and Communications Technology Committee acts as a liaison between the AmCham business community and the Governments of the Philippines and the U.S. regarding telecommunications and IT policies, and shares information on activities and policies of the ICT sector with members involved in the industry.

CHAIRPERSONS
Mr. Jaime Faustino
Mr. John Peterson

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Ms. Bea Baldonado
beabaldonado@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc. 203

The Infrastructure & Logistics committee monitors current and future trends of the industry in the Philippines. It also identifies impacts on the developments to the country’s economic growth.

CHAIRPERSONS
Atty. Divina Ilas-Panganiban
Atty. Princess Ascalon

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
KV Rojas
kv@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc 217

This Committee provides assistance in strengthening the intellectual property of AmCham Members. The Committee conducts surveys to determine the extent of damage/loss suffered by companies affected by violations.

CHAIRPERSON
Mr. John Forbes

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Mr. Yves Aguilos
yves@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 8187911 loc. 216

The Legislative committee has been part of the policy advocacy of AmCham through the years. The Committee meets monthly to discuss issues that significantly impact Philippine competitiveness and the country’s investment environment. It also monitors the progress of key legislation, executive orders, and implementing rules and regulations concerning AmCham members.

CHAIRPERSONS
Mr. Roberto Batungbacal
MR. Shankar Viswanathan

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Ms. Bea Baldonado
beabaldonado@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc. 203

The Committee promotes the manufacturing industry of the Philippines as contributor in the achievement of inclusive growth. It also provides members updates on different opportunities available to multiple sectors for the advancement of manufacturing companies.

CHAIRPERSON
Mr. Brent Denning

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
KV Rojas
kv@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc 217

Agribusiness Committee reviews current policies and issues related to the Philippine agribusiness scene, and tackle various opportunities and challenges for expanding the food and agriculture trade.

CHAIRPERSONS
Atty. Melanie Lagera
Ms. Varinia Elero-Tinga

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Ms. Trixia Bravo
trixia@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc. 213

This group is composed of successful business women who are holding key positions in their respective companies. The group organizes fora and events to complement their individual knowledge/experience and foresight to the fields of business, economics, health and wellness and gender and development.

CHAIRPERSONS
Mr. Simuon Ung
Mr. Pete Troilo

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Ms. Trixia Bravo
trixia@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 8187911 loc. 203

The SDRG is comprised of a core group of select AmCham security practitioners and executives with security oversight operating in the Philippines.

CHAIRPERSONS
Mr. Robert Blume
Mr. Farid Schoucair

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Ms. Trixia Bravo
trixia@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 818-7911 loc. 213

The Tourism & Hospitality Committee coordinates with all sectors of tourism to provide them updates relevant to local tourism. The Committee also conducts meetings/events to achieve the goal of making the tourism and hospitality industry as a major income contributor for the Philippines.

CHAIRPERSON
Mr. Mario Biscocho

COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Mr. Yves Aguilos
yves@amchamphilippines.com
(+63) 2 8187911 loc. 216

This Committee works to promote the United States and Philippines overall economic relations. The Committee conducts fora to discuss and disseminate information on trade and investment related issues.