SGV Business Tax Services Senior Director Atty. Gecel G. Codera-Ong represented SGV in the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC) industry briefing entitled “Enabling Industry & Investments: Policy Discussion with PEZA” on 15 September 2022.
Atty. Gecel G. Codera-Ong with the participants in the roundtable discussion,
IBPAP Officers and PEZA-OIC Tereso O. Panga
Atty. Gecel attended the briefing and roundtable discussion with the guest speaker, Officer-in-Charge of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Tereso O. Panga. The briefing was kicked off by IBPAP President & CEO Jack Madrid who welcomed the participants on-site and online reiterating the commitment of the Association to help its members and IT locators prosper in the country.
During the roundtable discussion, Atty. Gecel shared her insights on the possible response of the PEZA Registered Business Enterprises (PEZA RBEs) on the issuance of Letters of Authority/Mission Orders (LOAs/MOs) by the BIR and advised PEZA locators that while the PEZA will assist them in conducting meetings and discussions with the BIR to address the matter, once an LOA is received, the PEZA RBEs must ensure that such LOAs/MOs are handled with due care and in compliance with the strict technical rules and procedures governing BIR audits.
PEZA officers in attendance were Enterprise Assistance Group Manager Vivian S. Santos, Enterprise Regulations & Support Services Group Manager Atty. Ross Vincent S. Sy, and Legal Affairs Group Manager Atty. Jenny June G. Romero. Other attendees included Concentrix APAC Regional General Counsel, Atty. Michael Montero and Assoc. Gen. Counsel, and Alorica Atty. Maureen Abayan Ong who served as the moderator. IBPAP members and IT locators also participated virtually.
The industry briefing concluded with a message from IBPAP’s Chief Policy and Regulatory Affairs Officer Celeste Ilagan, who expressed gratitude to all the guest speakers and reassured all members of the IBPAP’s commitment to support them and IT locators.