GICC survey, premium tax and October meeting recap

November 16, 2018


Hello members. First things first: before we break for the holiday, please complete the GICC Membership Survey by November 7. Your few minutes will give us concrete data to help defend our industry.


Thank you to all who joined us at Seda Hotel, for the meeting generously hosted by J&J Global Services. I was not there, but the Board has kindly provided this summary.


What's New?  J&J’s Ron Ravelo shared some of the programs that help them retain talent in this competitive market. One that jumped out: redefining employees’ potential career path as a lattice, instead of a ladder. It’s also great to know that Manila is the largest center and global hub of five J&J centers worldwide.  


The meeting moved quickly to the most pressing item, the proposed HMO premiums tax. Lawyers Camille Jacinto Lagustan and Patrick Salazar, both from our law firm Quisumbing Torres, succinctly explained employers’ options and took questions. (Key points have been emailed separately.) GICC is working with other industry groups to formulate a unified response, and we will update you soonest on next steps. 


A brighter exchange followed, as IBPAP’s Cathy Ileto urged members to finalize participation in the International Innovation Summit (IIS 2018) on November 12. The first and biggest event of its kind locally, the Summit brings global-level expertise here so that a larger portion of Philippine industry can benefit. GICC is managing two breakout sessions and a members-only lunch with our speakers and panelists. It’s a great program, and we are lucky to have the chance to attend. (For members with significant recruitment needs, the IIS career fair on Monday November 5 is projected to reach 2,000 students, parents, teachers and career shifters.) 

Next were significant updates from the subcommittees: Nats Lim of Quality/CI recapped the successful Benchmarking/Design Thinking workshop, and shared Q/CI topics for the next six months; Eric Riego de Dios of HR reminded us of the Workability Inclusion Network summit, at the offices of Baker McKenzie GSM; and Pen Abueg of Business Continuity informed us that the subcommittee’s members are available on a volunteer basis to work with GICC members to firm up or improve specific BCP program aspects.


I cannot stress enough: the subcommittees are where knowledge is shared and new best practices are formed. All subcommittees are open to new members. To suggest new subcommittees, send company reps and make the most of this benefit, contact the EMT.


Board member Noel Paraso kindly closed the fellowship with a save-the-date notice for GICC’s yearend gathering on December 7.


It’s a full calendar to close the year, so we’ll end there. See you at IIS!





Elaine Kunkle  

GICC Chair  

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