2022

WPT was featured as one of three Big Names in the Accounting and Finance World in a web article for OneMega magazine’s April 2022 issue.  Outstanding Accounting and Finance Leaders In the article, WPT talked about his personal and professional life. He recounted his humble beginnings and struggles as a student and young professional. He recognized how consistent hard work and unwavering faith in the Almighty played a huge role in his success as a leader in finance and accounting.  As SGV’s Country Managing Partner, he also shared how he finds Purpose in looking after the Firm’s people, assisting clients with their business needs, creating meaningful relationships on a professional and personal level, and returning home to the warmth and comfort of his family at the end of the day. He was featured together with Marivic Españo, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of P&A Grant Thornton, and Sharon Dayoan, Chairman and CEO of KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co.
Four SGVeans will receive gold and bronze medals from the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA) for their exemplary performance in the 2021 and 2022 CMA examinations.  CMA topnotchers JM, Carlos, Trisha, and Kimberly Consulting Senior Associate Juan Miguel “JM” G. Mallare and Assurance Senior Associate Carlos Benedict F. Echevarria were among the highest scorers, earning gold medals, while Global Compliance & Reporting (GCR) Manager Trisha Claire Y. Cabanlit and Consulting Associate Kimberly Candice L. Lim were among the third highest scorers, earning bronze medals.  The top scorers are determined during each testing window. Kimberly, Carlos, and Trisha took the exams in 2021 while JM took the exams in the first quarter of 2022.  Congratulations to our new CMA topnotchers!
SGV Davao Partners Jose Raoul J. Balisalisa (JJB) and Thyrza F. Marbas (TFM) were speakers in the Invest in Davao Online Roadshow to USA held on 5 April 2022. They represented SGV in the virtual event which showcased available opportunities for American investors in Davao City. JJB and TFM with other speakers and guests during the Roadshow JJB presented the Doing Business in Davao brochure produced by SGV and the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC), while TFM gave an overview of the corporate taxation and incentives for doing business in the Philippines and Davao. They also participated in a panel discussion with prominent businessmen and government officials. The event was organized by the City Government of Davao through the DCIPC, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines – Mindanao Chapter (AmCham Mindanao) to market the city and interact with various business entities across the United States.
SGV Tax Partner Hentje Leo L. Leaño (LLL) was one of the resource speakers during Far Eastern University’s (FEU) Academic Integrity Day Vodcast on 6 April 2022. More than 5,000 faculty and students attended the Vodcast via MS Teams and Facebook Live. LLL talks about academic integrity LLL provided professional service industry perspective on academic integrity and how practicing this value can aid in preparing students for work. He also emphasized the importance of selecting potential employers and career progression in organizations that value integrity. He was joined by other FEU representatives who shared their respective legal and academic insights. The Academic Integrity Day was organized by the University's Academic Integrity Committee and the Center for Learning Enrichment and Research for Students, in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies, and in collaboration with the University’s Departments, FEU Learning Journey, FEU Student Development, FEU Alumni Relations Office, General Education Department, and Digital Content Creation and Development Department.
International Tax and Transaction Services (ITTS) Senior Director Ana Katrina C. De Jesus and Global Compliance & Reporting (GCR) Senior Directors Maria Michaela “Mycah” E. Ledesma-Oiga and Don Don T. Mojica conducted a series of tax webinars organized by the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Western Metro Manila Chapter (WMMC) from March to April 2022. PICPA WMMC speakers and participants Don Don hosted the March webinar on Common Tax Issues and Annual Income Tax Return Filing Reminders. The webinar coverage included filing administrative matters, deficiency tax assessments related to income tax, and possible defenses under the rules and common reconciliation procedures. For April, Ana and Mycah hosted the webinars on Transfer Pricing: Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Requirement for Taxpayers with Related Party Transactions and Last-Minute Year-end Tax Filing Reminders, respectively. Ana lectured on transfer pricing and discussed relevant laws and BIR issuances. She also presented BIR Form No. 1709 and explained the form submission procedures on Related Party Transactions. Mycah shared reminders prior to the finalization of Income Tax Returns (ITRs) and Financial Statements for tax-related balances and disclosures. GCR Senior Associates Cheivy Z. Soliman and Mica Alyana C. Rivera and GCR Associates Aaron Joseph A. Sia, Lawrence Dave P. Empleo, Marineth Jane Cardona, and Dehlaila G. Remedios assisted in drafting the webinar materials.
Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) Manager Yna Altea D. Antipala was one of the guest speakers in the Ateneo Corporate Sustainability Conference (ACSC) 2022: Nexus. Over a hundred students from grades 9 to 11 nationwide participated in the interactive online event and Q&A session on 2 to 9 April 2022. Yna talks about corporate sustainability Yna was the speaker on “Sustainability is Your Business: Assessing Value Driven Sustainability in the Business Scene.” She talked about concrete sustainability goals for businesses, global sustainability efforts, and long-term value creation. She also served as one of the panelists in the event’s synchronous Q&A session. The ACSC 2022: Nexus was organized by the Ateneo Management Engineering Association to share its core advocacy of corporate sustainability with high school participants and empower a community of CS-oriented leaders through learning.
Financial Management for Non-Accountants (FINMA) Organizing Committee Team Leader Sonia D. Segovia (SDS) and Member Meynard L. Sardalla, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) President Marydith C. Miguel (MCM), PICPA Western Metro Manila Chapter (WMMC) President Meynard A. Bonoen (MAB) and Non-Government Organization (NGO) Relations Committee Co-chair Aileen L. Saringan (ALS) participated in the FINMA Program held on 24 to 25 March 2022. SDS, MCM, MAB, and Senior Director Meynard SDS gave the opening remarks while MCM shared a message with the participants on the first day of the event. MAB formally opened the program on the second day. ALS also attended the webinar, which was hosted by Senior Director Meynard. The two-day online training focused on Introduction to Financial Management, Breakeven Point Analysis, and Financial Statement Analysis (Day 1) and Working Capital Management and Short-Term Budgeting (Day 2) for Trade and Industry-assisted clients, particularly business owners, bookkeepers, and OFWs. These topics were discussed by resource speakers from Jose Rizal University (JRU) and the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP). The FINMA Program is jointly organized by PICPA under the Government Relations Committee, PICPA WMMC, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Negosyo Center, JRU, and TIP. It is participated in mainly by business owners and bookkeepers of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) nationwide. 
SGV Clark Tax Partners Atty. Margaux A. Advincula (MAA) and Hentje Leo L. Leaño (LLL) were resource speakers in a briefing on Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 24-2022 and a townhall meeting organized by the Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA). More than 190 CILA members, officers, and locators attended the event on 18 March 2022.  CILA tax briefing and townhall event poster LLL kicked off the discussion proper by sharing the timeline of relevant Value-Added Tax (VAT) issuances for Registered Business Enterprises (RBEs). He also discussed the impact of the VAT provisions in the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) law, its effectivity dates, and transitory provisions.  MAA shared her insights on the documentary and registration requirements relevant for RBEs. SGV Clark Partner Jose Pepito E. Zabat (JEZ) also attended the event. LLL and MAA during the Q&A forum Clarktel Relationship Manager Ms. Angela Alcones hosted the event while CILA Chairman Dr. Francisco “Frankie” Villanueva, Jr. gave the opening remarks and concluded the meeting with a question-and-answer forum. The Q&A forum was moderated by Dr. Frankie, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Vice President for Business Development and Enhancement Ms. Rynah Ventura, and the speakers.
SGV Global Compliance & Reporting (GCR) Partner Aaron C. Escartin (ACE) and International Tax and Transaction Services (ITTS) Senior Director Auresana B. Ines-Torres were resource speakers in the Association of Certified Public Accountants in Public Practice (ACPAPP) Tax Webinar and General Membership Meeting (GMM) held on 29 March 2022. ACPAPP Tax Webinar and GMM speakers ACE provided an in-depth discussion on the Latest Tax Issuances and Court Decisions while Atty. Auresana covered Updates on Transfer Pricing in the Philippines. The virtual event was attended by past and present officers and members of the ACPAPP and non-member registrants.
SGV Clark Tax Partners Atty. Margaux A. Advincula (MAA) and Hentje Leo L. Leaño (LLL) were resource speakers at a briefing on Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 24-2022 organized by the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce (SBFCC). More than 145 SBFCC members, officers, and locators attended the event on 17 March 2022.  MAA and LLL with the SBFCC officers LLL gave a preview of the discussion outline and recalled the background and timeline of the relevant Value-Added Tax (VAT) issuances for Registered Business Enterprises (RBEs). He also discussed the impact of the VAT provisions in the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) law, its effectivity dates, and transitory provisions.  MAA shared her insights in relation to the documentary and registration requirements relevant for RBEs. SGV Clark Partner Jose Pepito E. Zabat (JEZ) also attended the event. To conclude the meeting, LLL and MAA served as moderators in a Q&A forum along with SBFCC Executive Director Donna May Tamayo and SBFCC Marketing Director Jake Oh.