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Asia CEO Forum February 26 2020

Arthur Tugade, Secretary of Transportation, describes the amazing story of infrastructure development in the Philippines at Asia CEO Forum on

Wednesday, February 26 (8am to 10:00am)

at the Manila Marriott,

Newport City Complex, Pasay City


“Build, Build, Build” is becoming “Use, Use, Use” and putting Philippines on the global economic map.  International organizations that previously had bad attitudes about the Philippines (and Duterte) are now gushing with praise.  “The Economist” reports glowingly on the gargantuan infrastructure program of the Duterte administration.  

Asian Development Bank (ADB) lent the Philippines more than 67 countries last year (only India, with 10X the population, got more). The government estimates that about 50 of the 100 “Build, Build, Build” projects will be completed by 2022.  ADB says ecstatically if only 30 finish, it would be “hugely successful.”

+ Will Secretary Tugate finish in time for the next election?
+ Can the Philippines really enter the big-leagues of global economies?
+ Will Duterte’s sky-high approval ratings go even higher?
+ Can we prevent the next government from killing everything after the election?

Get the full story from the remarkable Arthur Tugade, Secretary of Transportation, at Asia CEO Forum on February 26 (8am to 10:00am) at the Manila Marriott.  The price of admission is just Php1,500 and includes 5-star breakfast (Php2,000 if paid at the event).   REGISTER HERE.     

Asia CEO Events is the largest and only national business event series in the Philippines.  Senior business leaders come from across Asia for events in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark and other locations.  See future events at . 

DATE AND TIME February 26th, 2020
7:45 am – 10:30 am

Shame on them! Shame on anyone who says this government’s infrastructure program is not making massive progress.  All knowledgeable observers say the Duterte Administration’s “Build, Build, Build” agenda to spend 9 Trillion pesos (US$177 Billion) constructing new infrastructure will have a profound impact on the nation that will extend for generations to come.  

Hear Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade tell it himself at the next Asia CEO Forum on February 26 (8am to 10:00am) at the Manila Marriott.  Expect a complete update on the remarkable progress.

The work being done is being enthusiastically noticed around the world.  The influential global financial magazine “The Economist” recently reported in rare glowing terms about Duterte’s infrastructure program, “The Philippines… to Unclog.”

Asian Development Bank (ADB), previously known to be pessimistic about the country’s progress, has become one of its biggest boosters.  It lent the Philippines more than any other country last year — with the exception of India, a country with 10 times the population.  

The government estimates that about 50 of the 100 “Build, Build, Build” projects should be completed by 2022.  The ADB says if just 30 are completed it would be “hugely successful.”

Can Secretary Tugate finish everything in time for the next election?  Will this mark the Philippines’ entry to the global economic big-leagues?  What will be the impact of approval ratings on Duterte, already one of the world’s most popular politicians?  Will the next government kill everything a week after the election?  


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Exhibition: Study World 2020


Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Isabela Ballroom

Sat, 21 Mar. 2020, 12.00pm to 6.00pm

The UK Education Advisory Service (UKEAS) partnered with the Department for International Trade, British Embassy Manila, and the British Council, to host this year’s Study World 2020 in the Philippines.

Study World is the UK’s largest exhibition event for international Higher Education Institutions (HEI), expecting to reach at least 500+ attendees in Manila and 200+ attendees in Clark—who are all interested to study in the UK.

There are exhibition slots open for UK HEIs to join and promote their innovating programmes for post-graduate studies on specialised courses, with focus on IT (e.g. Data Analytics, Cybersecurity), Advanced Engineering and Architecture (e.g. Construction, BIM, Rail, Urban Planning), Healthcare (e.g. Digital Health and Medical Informatics) and Finance (i.e. FinTech, e-commerce), among others.

In addition to student recruitment activities, there will be a dedicated event for UK HEIs to collaborate on sustainable, institutional partnerships with Philippine (PH) universities, including sending PH faculty to study in the UK, transnational education (TNE) arrangements, research collaborations, and other education experts.

This is in fulfilment of the recently passed TNE Act which encourages PH HEIs to internationalise and become world-class.

There will be arranged B2B meetings, site visits and matching with reputable and capable PH universities.

Deadline to join is on 21 February 2020.

For more information, interested participants may reach out to Ianela Ortiz, Senior Trade and Investment Manager (DIT Manila) at

This March, UKEAS has designed an even better Study World for the Filipinos who dream to further their education with our efforts made in partnership with the British Embassy. Study World will be your main avenue for furthering your personal growth in academe by providing you with the best experience through interactions with representatives from universities in the United Kingdom.

The exhibition shall also provide you with educational workshops and seminars, scholarship opportunities, visa consultations, and other exciting freebies that may assist potential students in making the right decision for their UK study.

Setting up a path for the achievement of your goals is important now more than ever, and your journey starts when you decide where you want to be. The search for self-growth often goes beyond the four walls and exploring the world as you learn is a rare opportunity that not many are given.  

Part of the ride is discovering that your academic journey in the UK can begin with us. Allow UKEAS to bring you a Study World like no other by registering now! You will learn how exploring your opportunities, discovering your potential, and growing the best version of yourself is easy when you attend Study World this March 21, 2020 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel Isabella Ballroom A, B, and C from 12 noon to 6 in the evening! Remember, Education is Great and #YouCanWithUKEAS!

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Cebu - Mactan Airport
UK supply chain - airport

UK companies have been successful in the completion of the upgraded MACTAN – CEBU International Airport. The UK has a long track record in the building and fitting out of Airports of all sizes.

Cebu Mactan international airport

Technical innovation is the order of the day with these global UK companies.

Mott Macdonald Technical Advisory Services

ARUP Airport Planning & Engineering Design

Pinsent Masons Legal Services

SSP F& B Operator/Food Hub Curator

GATIC Slotted Drain Covers on Runway

Abacus Leaders in Lighting Airfield Lights

ZOEFTIG Airport Terminal Seating

RL3 Hold Baggage Security Screening


BIRAL Meteorological Sensors – Lightning Storm Detection System

The country’s friendliest resort airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, was recently recognized by two international awards-giving bodies in architecture for the design of Terminal 2, its international terminal. Terminal 2 was designed by renowned architectural firm Integrated Design Associates Hong Kong. Terminal 2 opened in July last year.

“MCIA continues to be recognized globally not only because it embodies our positioning as a Filipino resort airport, but also because its design and quality of engineering allows us to deliver world-class service and operations,” said Louie Ferrer, President GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), the airport’s private developer.

Last year, MCIA received three awards, one of which was Asia Pacific Medium Airport of the Year during the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence ceremony, one of the most respected awards in the airport and aviation industry

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Ease of Doing Business and Innovative Startup Act

Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Service Delivery Act of 2018

  • Republic Act 11032 (also referred to as Ease of Doing Business or EODB Law) is part of the continuing effort of the PH government to eliminate red tape and improve the environment for doing business in the PH.  You may recall that Item Number 3 in the President’s 10-point Socioeconomic Agenda is to “Increase competitiveness and the ease of doing business.”  The particular focus of the law is on the accountability and integrity of government service, specifically, ensuring greater efficiency in the delivery of services and preventing graft and corruption. 
  • The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the EODB Act were signed on 17 July 2019 by the Chairperson of the Civil Service Commission, the Director-General of the Anti-Red Tape Authority and the Secretary of Trade and Industry.
  • Businessmen will be pleased to note that the basics such as number of steps, signatories and documents to complete procedures will be addressed, as well as compliance and transaction costs.  For instance, prescribed processing times will be 3 days for simple transactions, 7 days for more complex transactions and 20 days for highly technical transactions.  Failure of agencies to meet such timelines will mean automatic approval of the transaction.  Automation and electronic versions of licenses, permits, certifications and authorizations will be adopted to the extent possible, under the coordination of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).  Equally important is the directive to make clear and transparent all of this information.
  • Whole-of-Government approach in reengineering government services will be adopted to ensure uniform service standards and harmonization of existing and applicable laws and consistent legal interpretations across all agencies.  The end objective is seamless end-to-end processing in the delivery of government services.
  • The monitoring and evaluation of the compliance of all government agencies shall be the responsibility of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), which is under the Office of the President.
  • The Ease of Doing Business and Anti-Red Tape Council is established to set policy directions and programs to continuously advance competitiveness and ease of doing business initiatives.  It is chaired by the DTI Secretary and has as its members the ARTA Director General, Secretaries of DICT, DILG, DOF and 2 private sector representatives.    

Innovative Startup Act of 2019

  • Signed by President Duterte in April 2019, Republic Act 11337 (or the Innovative Startup Act) forms part of the government’s policy to foster inclusive growth through innovative economy by streamlining government and nongovernment initiatives, to create new jobs and opportunities, improve production, and advance innovation and trade.
  • The law creates the Philippine Startup Development Program (PSDP), which shall be composed of programs, benefits, and incentives for startups and startup enablers. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are the lead agencies tasked specifically to promulgate the rules and regulations for the efficient registration and assessment of startup enablers to be registered under the PSDP.
  • Other pertinent provisions include the creation of Philippine Startup Ecozones or Special Economic Zones in order to spur the growth and development of startups and startup enablers. The DTI has also been tasked to spearhead initiatives to develop short, medium, and long-term strategies in order to spur investment in startups. Finally, the law introduces the concept of a Startup Visa which shall be issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to foreign owners, employees, and investors of startups. These shall have an initial 5-year validity, and its bearers shall be exempt from securing an Alien Employment Permit from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), subject to the implementing rules to be promulgated by the DFA. DOLE, and Bureau of Immigration.
ease of doing business

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