A 360-degree view of the Philippine Business Ecosystem

AmCham has 20 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.

AGRIBUSINESS

The Agribusiness (AGRI) Committee aspires to address issues and policies concerning the Philippine agricultural scene by bringing in key stakeholders to strengthen technological resources to advance agribusiness in the country.

Chairpersons:

Mr. Chris Ilagan, Cargill

Atty. Mel Hernandez, Dole Philippines

Industry Development Specialist: Bernice Ermac

EDUCATION

The Education Committee (EdCom) aims to inform AmCham membership about developments in the field of education in the Philippines. It helps bridge education initiatives with business requirements showcasing different models for collaboration between the education and business sectors. The committee will also conduct events to bring together universities, international schools, placement agencies, educators, students, and other relevant stakeholders.

Chairperson:

Mr. Terry Farris, EdventureCo Asia Pacific, DDLS Philippines

Industry Development Specialist: Lia Daus

ENERGY AND POWER

The Energy and Power (EP) 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.

Chairpersons:

Atty. Jocot De Dios, Prime BMD

Frank Thiel, Quezon Power

Industry Development Specialist: Mark Allen Rabago

ENVIRONMENT AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

The Environment and Urban Development (EUD) Committee fosters a constructive partnership among business community, Government, and other stakeholders to promote

best environmental practices from AmCham community and improve regulatory framework to support sustainable development of communities and businesses. It also serves as a communications channel on environmental concerns for the AmCham membership as well as a platform for the community to engage and promote environmental sustainability and development goals.

Chairperson:

Arch. Jun Palafox, Palafox Associaties

Industry Development Specialist: Bernice Ermac

FINANCIAL SERVICES, TAXES, AND TARIFFS

The Financial Services, Taxes and Tariffs (FSTT) Committee tackles current issues and/or policy change in the tax system in the Philippines. It also includes discussions on banking system and currency, monetary policies, international finance, and financial literacy.

Chairpersons:

Atty. Jules Riego , SGV and CO

Mr. Rombit Co, BDO

Industry Development Specialist: Jeanne Moreno

HEALTHCARE AND WELLNESS

The Healthcare and Wellness (HW) Committee continuously supports health and wellness programs and efforts from both the public and private sectors, keeping in mind the importance of a healthy population in nation-building. The committee also brings pertinent, up-to-date medical information to promote awareness to members.

Chairpersons:

Mr. jaeger Tanco , PhilCare

Mr. Donald Felbaum, Optel Inc.

Industry Development Specialist: Lia Daus

HUMAN CAPITAL AND RESOURCES

The Human Capital and Resources (HCR) Committee endeavors 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. The committee also monitors and advocates labor-related issues of the AmCham membership.

Chairpersons:

Mr. Ernie Cecilia, Consultancy Services

Ms. Grace Sorongon, John Clements

Industry Development Specialist: Lia Daus

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) 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. It also shares information on activities and policies of the ICT sector with members involved in the industry.

Chairpersons:

Mr. Donald Felbaum, Optel, Inc.

Atty. Ricky Salvador, IBPAP

Industry Development Specialist: Jeanne Moreno

INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOGISTICS

 The Infrastructure and Logistics (IL) Committee serves as a conduit for experts to share insights on the latest infrastructure development plans with members through informative events, and to advocate for members’ interest in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. The committee also aims to address issues related to freight forwarding and logistics management.

Chairpersons:

 Industry Development Specialist: Mark Allen Rabago

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

 The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Committee provides assistance in strengthening the intellectual property of the AmCham membership. The Committee also conducts surveys to determine the extent of damage/loss suffered by companies affected by violations.

Chairpersons:

Atty. Divina P.V. has-Panganiban,

Quisumbing Torres

Atty. Princes Escalon, IBM Philippines

Industry Development Specialist: Jeanne Moreno

 

LEGISLATIVE

The Legislative Committee (LegCom) meets regularly 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 the AmCham membership.

 Chairpersons:

Mr. john Forbes, AmCham RESPOND

Atty. Elaine Collado, Vriens & Partners

 Industry Development Specialist: Mark Allen Rabago

MANUFACTURING

The Manufacturing (MFG) Committee promotes the manufacturing industry of the Philippines as a 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.

Chairpersons:

Mr. Dan Lachica, SEIPI

Mr. Chris llagan, Cargill

Industry Development Specialist: Mark Allen Rabago

PHARMACEUTICAL

The Pharmaceutical (PHARMA) Committee serves as a venue for understanding and cooperation among Pharmaceutical businesses and industries. The committee also aims to discuss policy/s that may affect the industry, tackle challenges, and widen opportunities for the industry.

Chairperson:

Mr. Noel Borlongan, JnJ

Ms. Rose Mariano, MSD

 Industry Development Specialist: Lia Daus

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN OF AMCHAM

The Professional Women of AmCham (PWoA) Committee promotes professional women’s leadership and aims for gender equality in business in the Philippines. Its mission is to provide women executive members with a platform to advance their leadership, professional development, and visibility in the business community. The committee welcomes partnerships with other entities, and encourages women business groups to reach out so links could be developed among AmCham members.

Chairperson:

Atty. Melanie Lagera, RCG Global Services

Atty. Chel Ramirez dela-Cruz, 3M Philippines

Industry Development Specialist: Jeanne Moreno

SECURITY AND DISASTER RESOURCE GROUP

 The Security & Disaster Resource Group (SDRG) Committee /Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) is comprised of a core group of select AmCham security practitioners and executives with security oversight operating in the Philippines.

Chairpersons:

Mr. Pete Troilo, ADB

 Mr. Steve Cutler, Omnipay

Industry Development Specialist: Lia Daus

 

SUSTAINABILITY

 The Sustainability Committee of AmCham aims to champion varied efforts of our members in ensuring a better future for the next generations. It aims to serve as a coordinating body across multistakeholders in educating and showcasing various programs and activities of AmCham members on sustainability.

Chairpersons:

Atty. Mimi Malvar, P&G

 Industry Development Specialist: KV Rojas

 

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

 The Tourism and Hospitality (TH) Committee provides a platform for both public and private sectors to dialogue in order to develop effective policies and strategies to promote the Philippines as a Tourism and Travel destination.

Chairpersons:

Ms. Anna Vergara, Sheraton Hotel, Manila

Ms. Dorothy Drysdale, Marsman Drysdale Group

Industry Development Specialist:  Jeanne Moreno

 

TRADE AND INVESTMENT

 The Trade and Investment (TI) Committee works to promote the United States and Philippines overall economic relations. The committee conducts various fora to discuss and disseminate information on trade and investment related issues.

 

Chairpersons:

Mr. John Avrett, US Embassy

 Mr. Bobby Batungbacal, Dow Chemical

Industry Development Specialist: Mark Allen Rabago

 

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF AMCHAM

The Young Professionals of AmCham (YP) Committee expands on the Chamber’s efforts to attract, engage, and develop the next generation of business leaders. It is a platform for young, pro-active, high potential and highly motivated individuals to leverage the broader network and knowledge of senior AmCham members and to meet fellow professionals from other large organizations to share ideas and experiences.

Chairpersons:

Atty. juan Paolo Villonco, IIIgnition Venture

Mr. Paolo Avellanosa, Santos Knight Frank

Industry Development Specialist: Bernice Ermac