Isla Lipana & Co. supports the IIA-P Annual Conference

Isla Lipana & Co. was a major sponsor in the
recently held Institute of Internal Auditors-
Philippines (IIA-P)Annual Conference at the
SMX Convention Center, Davao City.

Risk Assurance (RAS) Partner Gett Apostol
headed the 2013 Convention Committee as
overall Director-in-Charge. RAS Senior
Manager Abby Peña served as Committee
Chairman, along with RAS Managers Dax
Lavilla and Chris Guzman as members
handling the programs and technical

This year’s event set the record for the biggest attendance with a total number of 291 delegates from all over the country with  three delegates coming from  Fiji, Brunei and Vietnam and also the highest number of conference and raffle sponsors.

The conference, held from 23 to 25 October adopted the theme, "Leading Change”, which encouraged internal auditors  to take a proactive role in providing solutions and value-adding recommendations within and across their respective organizations, in order to create a positive change for growth.   Sessions addressing also the personal development were incorporated in the program that provided a full package of professional advancement to the delegates.  Invited to talk were resource speakers who are leaders in various industries and who have had extensive experience in leading and promoting positive changes in their organizations.  The event was also graced by regulators from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Insurance Commission and Philippine Stock Exchange, and the President from the Institute of Corporate Directors who engaged in a round table discussion with the delegates.   

Among the speakers (and their topics) were: PwC Singapore Associate Director Manish Chawda (Cybercrime -- An Immediate Threat?); PwC Aarta Japan Director Shaun Willcocks (2013 Global State of the Internal Audit Profession 2013); and retired Assurance Partner Anjji Gabriel (7 Competencies of a Highly Effective Internal Auditors). The event was also graced by Mr. Jaime Noel Santos, President of Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines (an Assurance B  client), who captured the audience with his talk on "Leadership in Challenging Times: The Power of Courage" and Joseph de Dios, VP & Head of Internal Audit of the Philippine American Life & General Insurance (an Assurance A client), who gave his presentation on "How to Add Value: Now and In the Future".

The conference also awarded certificates of achievement to delegates who successfully passed the Certified Internal Audit (CIA), Certification in Risk Management and Assurance (CRMA), and Certification in Control Self Assessment (CCSA) exams. PwC recipients were RAS Manager Chris Guzman (CRMA) and RAS Senior Associate Nestor Ventura Jr. (CIA).
Also part of the conference committee were RAS Senior Associates Kit Gonimil, Greta Mancenido, Mary Rose Mercado, Jamil Gallos, Lady Lyn De Leon, and Mark Joseph Marcelino who are all active members of the Institute.   This conference provided them with an opportunity to promote the PwC experience with fellow delegates.  Renie Rose Manaois (GTS) and Chrissie Roque (Markets) assisted in the conference activities.

Let us congratulate the RAS group for helping organize this successful event!

Also in photo: Our people from RAS, Markets and GTS take a breather after the conference.

(Story contribution by Kit Gonimil, RAS Senior Associate)