Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Labor Law 2017 Updates & Remedies

Learn the updates and remedies covering all 2016 labor-related regulations including SC rulings, DOLE issuances, SSS, Philhealth, PAG-IBIG and more with the Center for Global Best Practicesyearly pioneering seminar for business owners, decision-makers and HR practitioners entitled "Labor Law 2017 Updates & Remedies" scheduled on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at The EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. For details and a complete list of best practices seminars including New Year Tax Updates and Remedies, BIR Computerized Accounting System Compliance, IRR of the Data Privacy Act, Best Practices in Issues Management, and more, you may log on to or call (02) 842-7148/ 59 and 556-8968/ 69; Cebu lines (032) 512-3106 or 07; Baguio line (074) 423-5148; and Legazpi Line (052) 736-0148.

The valuable information you will gain from this lecture will greatly help you and your management towards better compliance, people administration and employee relations. The lecture will cover all 2016 regulations and decisions of the Supreme Court that business organizations must know on illegal dismissal, clearance requirements, release, waiver and quitclaim, provisional bond, religious vs. secular morality, policies on pregnancy out of wedlock, separation pay, project employment, fixed-term employment, four types of employees, seasonal employees, employee theft cases, prescription of illegal dismissal case, resolving doubts in labor cases, employer-employee relationship and many more! It will also provide you with insights on how the labor authorities think and align their practices to avoid expensive mistakes. Knowledge of updated rules and decisions will help companies improve their employee policies and practices to get ahead in terms of labor compliance and minimize as well as take winning positions in labor disputes.

            Learn all these from labor law practitioner and HR expert, Atty. Elvin Villanueva. He is the author of 19 books including Guide on Employee Compensation and Benefits Vol. 1 & 2; Guide to Valid Dismissal of Employees; Guide on Wage Order & Minimum Wage; Valid Job Contracting and Subcontracting, Gabay sa mga Karapatan ng mga OFWs; HR Forms, Notices & Contracts Vol. 1 & 2; Employee Transfer & Demotion; Leave Benefits.

Interested participants are encouraged to avail of the group discount for 3 or more participants.  This is a limited-seats-only event and pre-registration is required.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Procurement Law IRR Takes Effect Oct. 28, 2016

The 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of the Procurement Law is now signed into law and will take effect on October 28, 2016. Don’t be left behind! These changes will impact on all government procurement and transactions with the private sector. With the clamor of many to hold this seminar in the Visayas, the Center for Global Best Practices will hold its last run of this pioneering two-day DILG accredited seminar entitled, “What You MUST Know About the Government Procurement Law IRR 2016” on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 & 17 in Richmonde Hotel, Iloilo, Philippines. This is part of a two-series program with the other topic entitled, How To Prepare Your Bidding Documents (aligned with the new IRR) to be held on Dec. 2 & 3 in anticipation of the changes in the bidding documents.  For details and a complete list of best practices seminars including Best Practices In The Preparation, Defenses, and Remedies on SALN, Best Practices and Remedies to Avoid COA Disallowances, How To Protect Yourself While Serving in the Government, Understanding the LGU Code of the Philippines, Parliamentary Procedures for Board Directors and Public Officials, you may log on to or call (02) 842-7148/ 59 and 556-8968/ 69; Cebu lines (032) 512-3106 or 07 or Baguio telephone (074) 423-5148.
The biggest buyer and consumer of infrastructure, goods and services is the government.   The private sector can win big if they fully understand the procurement law and its IRR including the changes on BAC Composition and its Functions, Guidelines in the formulation and revision of APP, Registration, Eligibility Requirements and Submission of Bids under the PhilGEPS, Form and Contents of Bidding Documents, Alternative Methods of Procurement and Eligibility Requirements for the Procurement of Infrastructure, Goods, and Services. For public officials, avoid getting into trouble due to violation and ignorance of the procurement law. Failure to know these can lead to perpetual disqualification for holding public office including criminal and administrative cases based on Commission On Audit (COA) findings of irregular transactions. For the private sector, avoid disqualification due to non-compliance! Given the big money involved, you lose big when you get disqualified.

This program is highly recommended for BAC chairpersons and their members, government officials in the national government agencies, LGUs and GOCCs as well as the business sector – suppliers, contractors and consultants and would be players -- who want to participate and do business with the biggest client of them all that is worth billions – the Government. 

This special seminar will feature Engr. Antonio V. Molano, Jr. who is presently the Director of the DPWH Region 3.  He is a subject matter expert on procurement of goods and infrastructure having written the procurement manual and bidding documents for civil works and lectured extensively on these topics.  He was part of the team that drafted the IRR on procurement law and Edmund B. Talle who served as a director of the Department of Budget and Management, Procurement Specialist of the AusAID program on Provincial Road Management Facility under the Coffey International Development Pty in 2012, Chair of the Regional Inter-Agency Bids and Awards Committee (R-IABAC) in Region VIII, and lectures on Procurement Law and IRR for the capacity building of many LGUs. Pre-registration is required in this limited seats only event. Register early to ensure seat availability!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Best Practices on How To Conduct Strategic Planning

Many companies go through strategic planning sessions without a clue or a clear idea how this should be conducted -- resulting to wasteful time, effort, resources and poor planning output. Strategic planning is the process that enables a company to define its strategy and allows it to articulate the courses of action it will take to effectively and efficiently pursue its vision. The best plans happen when you have a systematic planning process that is done the right way.  Jumpstart your planning sessions correctly with the beginning of the planning season this mid-year or third quarter in preparation for 2017.  Where we once look at 100 million Filipinos as a market, we should now do our strategic plan based on 700-plus million consumers. 
The Center for Global Best Practices will hold a pioneering one-day seminar entitled, Best Practices on How to Conduct Strategic Planning and PrepareStrategic Action Plans to be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. This special program is focused on teaching participants the best “real world” practices in coming up with an effective strategic plan that is fully aligned and integrated with the company’s overall objective of value creation. This pioneering seminar offers early bird discounts for early payment as well as group discounts for attendees of 3 or more. For details and a complete list of other best practices seminars, you may log on to or contact Manila landlines 842-7148/ 59 & 556-8968/ 69 or Cebu lines: (032) 512-3106/ 07; Baguio telephone: (074) 423-5148).
This special program will provide you useful templates, real examples and a practice-oriented workshop for formulating a winning strategic action plan.  It is applicable to all kinds of organizations and recommended for business owners, groups of board directors, management, and planning committees who want to improve the quality of their strategic planning activities and meetings. No long-winding, unproductive, haphazard meetings and wasteful time, effort and resources when you know the best practices on how to conduct strategic planning effectively.
This will feature Mr. Ramon M. de Leon who is the former managing director of Ayala Corporation, under the Office of the Lead Director for Infrastructure, and seconded to the various Ayala-owned subsidiaries to help in the corporate transformation of Globe Telecoms, Manila Water, IMI, and BPI Family Bank.

Attendthis special program and equip yourself and your team with the best practices on conducting strategic planning and preparing strategic action plans to guarantee better results in your planning sessions and meetings. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How to Effectively Collect Debt Using SCC

Good news!  Whether you are a sole proprietor, a small or medium-sized enterprise, a large-scale company, a financing institution or a financier, collecting money from abusive debtors has now been made easier and faster.  You can present and argue your case in court with no lawyer required.  You can have a speedy trial with your case heard and resolved in one day with the judge’s final, executory, and non-appealable decision.  The Center for Global Best Practices is holding a one-day comprehensive seminar entitled, “Best Practices Guide in Using the Small Claims Court:  How to Collect Debt Without Using a Lawyer” on Friday, August 5, 2016 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.  The establishment of the Small Claims Court has made settlement of collection cases become more convenient, less complicated and generally hassle-free. Banks all over the country have also been using this and have proven it very effective. For more details and other upcoming best practices learning events including How To Prevent, Prosecute and Collect Those With Bouncing Checks, log on to or call at (02) 556-8968 / 69; (02) 842-7148 / 59; Cebu lines (032) 512-3106 / 07; Baguio line (074) 423-5148; Legazpi line (052) 736-0148.

When you need to collect the principal amount of P200,000 and below (excluding interest and penalties) against non-paying debtors, all you have to do is to file your cases in the small claims court.  For example, an indebtedness of P200,000.00 that earned an interest of P10,000.00 when due and incurred P500.00 as cost of collection - bringing a total of P210,500.00 - will still be within the jurisdiction of SCCs. You can easily do it yourself.  No lawyers needed. No costly litigation expenses, no delays with speedy resolutions of your collection cases.  Learn all of these and empower yourself in this one-day comprehensive program where you will be taught the rules and procedures on what to file, where to file, how to file your collection cases in this practical, easy to understand and comprehensive program.

Those interested to join may avail of the group discounts for attendees of 3 or more.  Pre-registration is required in this limited-seats-only event.  Participants who attended this seminar previously have found this to be very useful and rated the lecture excellent in content and presentation.

This special program will feature Atty. Christian G. Villasis.  He is the Chairman on the Committee of Experts in Remedial Law of the University of the Philippines Law Center since 2012.  He is a recipient of the Justice Arsenio Dizon Memorial Award in Remedial Law.  As a subject matter expert, is one of the most highly-sought after bar reviewer providing lectures in 3 law schools and 15 bar review centers.  Presently, he is a partner at the Millar Villasis Pangilinan Law Offices.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Best Practices for the Board’s Audit Committees

With SECs mandatory requirement for corporations’ board of directors to practice good corporate governance comes the importance of having a functioning audit committee headed by a member of the board.   This is one of the reasons why corporations are now focused on strengthening the effectiveness of their audit committees.  To address the clamour of board directors and management for a professional and formal training on this very important issue, the Center for Global Best Practices is re-running its yearly pioneering CPD-accredited best practices program entitled, Board Directors’ Guide for Audit Committees to be held on Wednesday and Thursday of July 6 & 7, 2016 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
This unique program is designed for board chairmen who must fully understand the functions and roles of audit committees to lead effectively, for the audit committee members and chair so they know what they must really do and not do, for the board directors and members of management including CEOs, CFOs, auditors, and accountants so they can all learn how to craft a working program and agenda with audit committees to relate and align their working relationship more effectively.
 This once-a-year event is a very useful guide with practical applications to help audit committees work more effectively.  The special event will feature the top 10 best practices for audit committees, reading and spotting key issues in audit reports, special investigation and financial reporting function, risk assessment protocols and tools, and solutions to challenges and problems faced by the board and audit committees. It will also feature PriceWaterhouseCoopers findings and valuable research on the global best practices of world-class audit committees.  Attendees of this one-time event will get free templates and practical reference materials that they can use and apply immediately to simplify their work and save time in crafting an audit committee program. Participants are encouraged to avail of the early bird group discounts.  Full details and all other upcoming seminars are at  For queries, please contact program officer Camille Jonas through email or manila telephone numbers 556-8968/ 69;  Cebu lines (032) 512-3106/ 07 or Baguio number (074) 423-5148.
The special lecturers for this event are Judith Lopez, former chairperson and senior partner of Isla Lipana and Company, a member firm and Philippine office of the largest accounting firm in the world, PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  She will share her valuable insights in Audit Committee Effectiveness with her 34 years of experience of practice in her profession. It will also feature Juan Carlos Robles, MM, CPA, CIA, CFE, CISA, CRMA, FICD who has recently completed his Owners-Presidents’ Program at Harvard Business School.  He held 3 positions at Punongbayan and Araullo such as being chairman of its audit committee, partner of risk management and partner of specialist advisory services division. 

The next time you have a board meeting, YES, you can speak up authoritatively about audit committees. Bring your group and avail of the early bird and group discounts. Pre-registration is required in this limited-seats-only event.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Psychology of Success to Attain Authentic Happiness at Work

Achieving the right mental and emotional state is necessary for any level of success in any field of endeavor, whether it be business, personal or spiritual life.  Unfortunately, most of our mental and emotional faculties do not seem to be under our direct control.  We feel things that we would rather not.  We do things that we know are wrong or unproductive.  For example, we all know gossiping, back stabbing, favoritism, bias, deceit, and inauthenticity create a sick culture of negative politics in the office, and yet we find ourselves participating in it nonetheless.  This all happens because there are unconscious obstacles that seem to block our every move towards the life we want to live.  The problem is that in most cases, we are unaware that these obstacles are even operating.  We need to know what these are, if we are to be successful in building good relationships, a happy work and family life, and a successful business.  These are the things we need to know and accomplish to be truly successful and happy.

The Center for Global Best Practices is launching a pioneering seminar entitled, Psychologyof Success and Transcendence of Human Potential to be held on Thursday and Friday, June 30- July 1, 2016 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. Among its many seminars, this has been chosen as its Program of the Year due to its transformative impact on the lives of people. Those registering in this learning event will get that rare opportunity to learn how to maximize their human potential to deliver superior business results for their organization whilst enjoying that journey towards a meaningful life. This program is universally applicable not only those in an organization but for those individuals seeking a higher level of growth and self-actualization for themselves.   You may view the full details of this seminar and all other upcoming best practices seminars at For queries, please contact Manila telephone numbers (02) 556-8968/ 69; Cebu lines (032) 512-3106/ 07; Baguio line (074) 423-5148 or Legazpi line (052) 736-0148.

In this ground breaking seminar workshop, you will learn the secrets on how to develop the mindset and emotional strength that will help you overcome unconscious obstacles, stress, and will show you how to create a developmental plan and specific steps to achieve your business and life goals.  Whether you are a people manager, leader, or simply want to increase your individual performance (or both), this learning experience will teach you the foundational principles of the Psychology of Success, how to manage your mental makeup, emotions, attitudes, paradigms, personal myths, relationships and our spiritual aspects to live the life that we have always wanted.  The program will make use of principles and latest applied scientific research proven to be effective that the facilitator has learned in his Masters degree in Existential, Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology with Saybrook University (US Based premier school that specializes in this field of study) on top of his 24 years of Human Resource (HR) leadership experience, culminating in leading the entire HR function for 12 countries in Asia for a global multinational.  The facilitator is the only trainer in Asia who has this degree alongside an extensive HR leadership experience in global multinationals.

This event is designed to help you transform your life for the better to help you reach your peak and personal best. It will feature one of the most respected HR expert practitioners in Asia, Mr. Robin Michael L. Velasco.  Until his retirement in March 2015, he was the HR Vice President for 6 years of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) which is the holding company of the Philippine’s largest power distribution company, 11 of the largest hospitals, the largest Toll Road Network and Water Distribution Company. Prior to this, he was the HR Director for Asia in Synovate (now Ipsos which is a Global Market Research company), leading the HR function for 12 countries. He was also the HR Director for Talent Management for Asia Pacific, for Johnson and Johnson from 2005 to 2007.  After finishing his Masters in Existential, Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology degree in Saybrook University as a straight A student, he is currently pursuing his PhD degree in the same school.  He is one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (1990), BPI Science Awardee, two time Young Achievers Awardee and a Magna cum Laude graduate from DLSU.

Attending this seminar will help transform the culture and values of your organization for the better. Participants are encouraged to avail of the early bird savings and group discounts for 3 or more participants. Pre-registration is required in this limited-seats-only event.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Best Practices in the Preparation, Remedies and Defenses of SALN - Earn CPD Credits!

Accountants and lawyers can play a big role with providing services to public officials in the preparation of their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).  Many in government, especially the incoming newly elected ones, get into trouble because they are clueless about it.  More than 70% of public officials and government employees do not take to heart the preparation and filing of their SALNs when they should be. Many of them simply rely on their secretaries who are not skilled enough in preparing these really important documents.

These days, we constantly hear news of public officials from national government agencies, GOCCs and LGUs suspended from office by the Ombudsman and convicted by the Sandiganbayan because of incorrect and erroneous SALN.  This has caused the downfall of leaders with their impeachment/ conviction and removal from office while others are in jail awaiting completion of their trial with their reputation sullied and destroyed – all accused of graft and unexplained wealth with their questionable SALN.

With a more vigilant public and with the likely passage of the Freedom of Information Bill, they will even be more an easier target for lawsuits and vulnerable to bad publicity in case they have not prepared their SALN well.  To guide accountants, lawyers and public officials on this very specialized topic, the Center for Global Best Practices is launching a pioneering CPD-accredited seminar entitled, "Best Practices in the Preparation, Defenses and Remedies of SALN ", scheduled on Friday, June 24, 2016 at The EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. For details and a complete list of best practices seminars including How to Avoid COA Disallowances(Aug. 26), Understanding Procurement Law & its IRR (Sept. 29 & 30), LocalGovernment & Real Property Taxation (Aug. 19),  and more, you may log on to or call (+63 2) 842-7148/ 59 and 556-8968/ 69, Cebu lines: (+63 32) 512-3106 or 07, Baguio line: (+63 74) 423-5148 or Legazpi line: (+63 52) 736-0148.

In this one-day seminar, attendees will learn the best practices related to SALN. Topics include how to correct prior years’ SALN, Networth Discrepancy Method of Detecting Ill-Gotten Wealth, Reconciling SALN with ITR, Certification, Waiver, Undertakings and more!

This will feature expert law practitioner and seasoned defense lawyer of many public officials with cases in the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan, Atty. Jose Alvarez Gangan, CPA.  Presently, he is also the Managing Director of G & J Strategies, CEO of H&WB Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. and Chairman of the Board of Frontier Cove & Coast, Inc.  He also served as the Chief Legal Counsel of Teofisto T. Guingona, Jr. when he was a senator and the Executive Secretary to former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos. He received various commendations and awards including Most Outstanding CPA in Government Service (GACPA 1996), Hall of Fame Award, UE Alumni Association (2003), NEDA scholarship and Senior Executive Fellow, JFK School of Government, Harvard University (1997).  He is also holds the record of being the youngest CPA at 18 graduating cum laude at UE in 1974.  He specializes on defending public officials with cases with the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan.  He serves as the course director and lecturer for this SALN program.

            Interested participants are encouraged to avail of the discounted rate for early payment and group discounts for 3 or more participants.  Accountants attending will earn 6 CPD credit units.  Seats are limited and pre-registration is required. 

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