PHILJEC and PJS representatives are scheduled to participate in the 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) set on December 12 to 14, 2019 at The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. The Philippine delegation will be headed by its PHILJEC Chairman, Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores.
This year’s meeting is centered on the theme “New Reality and Opportunity for ASEAN and Japan in the Face of New Global Trends” and aims to provide a venue for participants to launch a discussion over the future model of ASEAN-Japan business partnership against a backdrop of disruptive changes happening in the ASEAN economy and society as global business moves toward digitization.
Senior Vice Officer and COO of Softbank, Mr. Yasuyuki Imai and Director and Senior Executive Officer of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Mr. Yasuyuki Konuma will deliver their keynote addresses on the opening day of the meeting. Diverse and high-level participants from established Japanese companies and start-ups are also expected to present and join panel discussions during the 3-day event.
The AJBM is an annual meeting that promotes economic exchange among private sector businesses towards the stability and development of ASEAN and Japan. The 45th AJBM is closely organized with important public organizations including METI, MoFA, JETRO and JOIN.
PJFF inaugurated the Ambassador Jose S. Laurel III Executive room last October 3, 2019 after working closely with the late ambassador’s family. The room showcases carefully curated memorabilia from the decades the ambassador devoted to building mutual ties between the Philippines and Japan.
Present during the inauguration were Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Koji Haneda, and Mr. Francis C. Laurel, Executive Trustee of PJFF. Amb. Jose C. Laurel V, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Japan led the inaugural ribbon cutting.
PJLA held its annual Family Bingo Social and White Elephant Sale last September 21, 2019 at The Philippines-Japan Friendship Center in Makati City. The annual special events are meant to raise funds to support the organization’s various socio-economic and cultural projects with the end goal of promoting and building stronger Philippines-Japan relations.
Corporate sponsors and friends of the organization provided prizes for the bingo games, which started from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Madame Ihoko Haneda and former PJLA President and Imperial Awardee, Ma. Elena Laurel Loinaz were among the games’ participants.
Members and advisers of the Board agreed to assess each member Php 1,000 for 5 bingo cards. Members also contributed unused items for the White Elephant Sale. Part of the proceeds of the activities will be donated to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (MSH Sisters) Academy in Marikina.
Members of PHILJEC’s Board of Trustees met in two separate special board meetings in July 1 and August 6, 2019 to discuss the details of the organizations upcoming activities, most notable of which is the scheduled 38th PHILJEC-JPECC Joint Meeting in 2020. Both meetings were held at the Board Room of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Center, 6th Floor Electra House Building, 115-117 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.
PHILJEC Chairman, MR. Gerard B. Sanvictores, presided over the meetings. The July discussion covered the pre-meeting for the 45th ASEAN Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) that eventually took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 29, 2019 and the possible PHILJEC Golf Tournament in October 2020.
The board members further ironed out details for the 38th PHILJEC-JPECC Joint Meeting when they met in August and discussed the proposal of the Makati Business Club to organize a Philippines-Japan Business Council.
PJS President, Mr. Francis C. Laurel, led the organization’s 2019 Annual General Meeting held last July 17, 2019 at The Philippines-Japan Friendship Center in Makati City. The presentation of the President’s Report, the election of new members for the Board of Trustees 2019-2020, and plans for the 41st Medal of Merit Awards Night were among the activities on the agenda for the afternoon.
As stated on The President’s Report, PJS’ main activities from July 2018 to July 2019 included the 40th Medal of Merit Awards Night in honor of Mr. Tomas I. Alcantara, Chairman and President of Alsons Consolidated Resources Inc., and the 41st PJS Friendship Golf Tournament, which had the highest number of players and first all-ladies team.
The report also highlighted special events such as The Symposium on the Fukuda Doctrine & Installation of the Commemorative Marker, the 2nd Japan-Philippines Business Matching Forum, and the conferment of The Order of the Rising Sun with Neck Ribbon upon Mr. Feliciano Torres, PJS Trustee and Medal of Merit Awardee. PJS members also attended a photo session at the Marker of Dr. Jose P. Rizal and the Former President Elpidio Quirino with DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, and Magsaysay Group President and CEO, Ms. Doris Magsaysay Ho, at the Hibiya Park, Chiyoda, Japan.
The Treasurer’s Financial Report and the Ratification of the Acts of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee and Management for the year 2018 were carried out after the presentation of The President’s Report.