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Ambassador Tambunting Awarded OBE

PBBC Co-Chairman awarded OBEOBE

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has recognised Ambassador Jesus Paraiso Tambunting as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. This honorary award entitles him to be known henceforth as Jesus P. Tambunting OBE.

Ambassador Tambunting served as the Philippine Ambassador to London from 1993 to 1998 with great distinction. He has been co-chairman of the Philippine British Business Council since 1993 and has been instrumental in the significant growth in commerce between the two countries. The President of the Republic of the Philippines and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom marked the 20th anniversary of the PBBC in 2014, acknowledging the contribution of Ambassador Tambunting.Tambunting OBE

British Ambassador, Asif Ahmad, conducted the formal ceremony in the presence of Ambassador Tambunting’s family and friends in Manila in May. He said:

Chuching Tambunting and I have known each other for over 13 years. He has been a great friend of the United Kingdom and the award of this OBE is a visible and permanent symbol of our deep appreciation. Ambassador Tambunting has been with us in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and Davao as we promoted business opportunities between the UK and the Philippines. We share a passion for enlarging links between our respective small and medium sized enterprises. This is a proud moment for the Tambunting family and his many friends will join me in extending my congratulations to him.

In my time as Ambassador in the Philippines, we have consolidated our position as the largest investor in the country from the EU. In 2015, growth in UK exports to the Philippines was the second highest in the world. From a tiny base, we have seen three large investments into the UK from the Philippines totalling more than 60 billion Pesos. These are tangible indicators of the role Ambassador Tambunting has played in enhancing our commercial ties.

Jesus Tambunting OBE said:

I am deeply honoured to be the recipient of this very prestigious award. It was a privilege to have served my country in promoting and strengthening the commercial relationship between the Philippines and a country I admire, the United Kingdom of Great Britain. I was a banker for most of my professional life and I was more than happy to use my knowledge in finance and investments to strengthen the ties between our two countries.

Ambassador Tambunting is Chairman of Capital Shares Investment Corporation, an investment and management company. He was Chairman of Planters Development Bank, the Philippines’s leading bank for promoting and growing SMEs, which he founded in 1971. He was previously appointed by President Benigno Aquino III to Head the Philippine Department of Trade’s Small Business Corporation. Other roles include being a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation, Philippine Business for Education, PinoyMe Foundation, ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation and Makati Medical Center Foundation. He is a member of the Makati Business Club National Issues Committee. From 2004 until May 2008, he served as Chairman of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific, a regional organization of 127 development banks and institutions in 44 countries. He was elected to the Board of Directors of BPI-Philam Life Assurance Inc. in 2009.

Ambassador Tambunting was conferred Master Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 by the British firm, Ernst & Young and the SGV Foundation, and inducted into the World Entrepreneur Academy in Monaco in June 2010. He also received the International Alumnus Award from the University of Maryland in April 2011, the first Ramon V. del Rosario Sr. Award in Nation Building in 2010, the Distinguished Person of the Year 2009 from the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific, the Management Man of the Year 2003 from the Management Association of the Philippines, the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2005 from the Asian Bankers Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Foreign Affairs and “Knight Commander with Star” in 2008 and “Knight Grand Cross” in 2016 from the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

The Ambassador earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Maryland. Prior to that, he had obtained his secondary education from the Culver Military Academy in Indiana and his elementary education from the Ateneo de Manila University.

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10th Philippine HR Summit

10th Philippine HR Summit



This much-awaited annual event is a great gathering of HR Professionals, Company Executives, Department Managers, Businessmen, Entrepreneurs, Recruiters, Recruitment Providers and Other HR Professionals – PLUS conference and exhibit participants and visitors.


Be a sponsor or exhibitor of this major event and uplift the image of your company and expose your products and services to the right target market.
This ground-breaking event will give you the best mileage and VALUE FOR MONEY!


We have different sponsorship packages for you.
Choose the one which best suits your requirements.

 Date       :    August 3-4, 2017

Time      :    8:30am – 5:30pm

Venue    :    Crowne Plaza Galleria




HR Forecasting and Planning in the Digital Age


Best Practices in HR Programs


The HR Technology Challenge – HR as Innovation Catalyst How HR Can Be a Driver of Organizational Innovation


Hiring The Best Talents Through Social Media


Total Compensation and Benefits


Interviewing Techniques


Impacting People Management



The Dynamics of Business and People Growth




How Can HR Technology Optimize Human Capital Management?


Developing Pay and Benefits Policies





Attraction and Retention of Key Talents to Create
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The Outlook for Job Creation and Destruction in the Next Decade


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Jollibee Foods Corporation – UK Business Franchise Opportunity

Introduction to Jollibee Foods Corporation (Philippines) Jollibee logo

Jollibee is the largest fast food chain in the Philippines, operating a nationwide network of over 900 stores. A dominant market leader in the Philippines, Jollibee enjoys the lion’s share of the local market that is more than all the other multinational brands combined. The company has embarked on an aggressive international expansion plan in the USA, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Brunei and Singapore, firmly establishing itself as a growing international QSR player. It is now focussed on Europe looking at the UK and Italy in the first instance.

A company that values family

Jollibee was founded by Tony Tan and his family with its humble beginnings as an Ice Cream Parlour which later grew into an emerging global brand. At the heart of its success is a family-oriented approach to personnel management, making Jollibee one of the most admired employers in the region with an Employer of the Year Award from the Personnel Management Association of the Philippines, Best Employer in the Philippines Award from Hewitt Associated and a Top 20 Employer in Asia citation from the Asian Wall Street Journal. Aside from promoting a family oriented work environment, the brand’s values also reflect on their advertising and marketing. Jollibee knows their target audience very well: the traditional family and all communication materials focus on the importance of family values, making Jollibee the number one family fast food chain in the Philippines and a growing international QSR player.

A Well-Loved Brand

Customer satisfaction has always been key to Jollibee’s success. Never losing sight of its goals, Jollibee has grown to be one of the most recognized and highly preferred brands in the Philippines. Now the market leader among fast food chains in the Philippines, claiming a market share that totals to more than half of the entire industry.

Great tasting products and quality systems

Jollibee’s growth is due to its delicious menu line-up – like its superior-tasting Chickenjoy, mouth-watering Yumburger and Champ hamburger, and deliciously satisfying Jollibee Spaghetti -ably complemented with creative marketing programs, and efficient manufacturing and logistics facilities. It is made possible by well-trained teams that work in a culture of integrity and humility, fun and family-like. Every Jollibee outlet welcomes customers with a clean and warm in-store environment and friendly and efficient service. And it is this tried and tested formula of delivering great-tasting food, adherence to world class operating standards and the universal appeal of the family values the brand represents that are driving the expansion of Jollibee both locally and in the overseas market.

Widest store network in the Philippines and an emerging global player

Jollibee is the largest fast food chain in the Philippines, operating a nationwide network of more than 750 stores. A dominant market leader in the Philippines, Jollibee enjoys the lion’s share of the local market that is more than all the other multinational brands combined. The company has also embarked on an aggressive international expansion plan, and currently has 80 stores outside the Philippines-USA (26), Vietnam (32), Brunei (11), Jeddah (7), Qatar, Hong Kong, and Kuwait (1 each), firmly establishing itself as a growing international QSR player.

A Triumph for and of the Filipino and a source of Filipino pride.

Jollibee dedicated its continuous success to the Filipinos who have been there from the very start. Jollibee is so well-loved everytime a new store opens, especially overseas, Filipinos always form long lines to the store. It is more than home for them. It is a stronghold of heritage and monument of Filipino pride.
Interested in being a Jollibee Franchisee in the UK? – then you will need to be:

An entrepreneur who is self-driven
Able to devote time to oversee the day-to-day operation of the restaurant
Willing to undergo full-time training on restaurant operations
Ability to fund the investment requirement (USD450-800k)
(Jollibee ideally like their franchisees to have a minimum net worth of USD5 million).

Apply now for Jollibee franchising!

Further information, a Franchise application form and assistance preparing a proposal are available. However, Jollibee are sending senior staff to London in the first full week of July 2017 and are extremely keen to meet interested parties face-to-face. If you would like to discuss this opportunity with senior staff of Jollibee then please contact Eamonn Staunton (Jollibee’s Representative in the UK and Member of the Philippines British Business Council) on 020 3723 5772 (landline), 07544 431642 or by email to immediately.

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Green Energy Technology Trade Mission

EU Gateway | Business Avenues has organised a Green Energy Technology Trade Mission to Singapore and the Philippines from 23-27 October 2017.renewable energy

Selected European companies will leverage on B2B meetings with potential local partners in both countries and benefit from the support of the EU. This Trade Mission will take place concurrently with the Singapore International Energy Week 2017 (SIEW) giving participants the opportunity to join the exhibition in Singapore.

Visit the event website for more information and to register your interest.

Deadline for applications is 16 June 2017.

Check out the market opportunities for green technology in the Philippines in this link below.


Financial Support from the European Union 

The European Union encourages your commitment to the ASEAN market by co-financing the following:

Accommodation: the European Union provides co-financing of up to €1,000 for six nights of accommodation at the designated Mission hotel (Check-in: Monday; Check-out: Friday) during the Mission week in Singapore and the Philippines.
Details on the Mission hotel and how to book accommodation will be available after selection.
Customised services: the EU co-finances 80% of the cost of Customised Services up to a maximum of €1,000.
Costs to be covered by participating companies  Participating companies will be responsible for arranging and financing: 

Flights to/from Singapore and the Philippines and travel within these two countries.  Please note that you should anticipate checking in to the mission hotel on Sunday and checking out on the following Friday in order to be present at the mandatory Briefing Session (Monday afternoon) and Debriefing Session (Friday evening).
All insurance related to travel accommodation and business in Singapore and the Philippines.

Further Information

You can read more about the programme on the EU Business Avenues in South East Asia website:

To discuss any aspect of application or participation with a representative from the European coaching network, please contact the following:

See the mission documentation in this link below


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