|Manila’s who’s who in business, industry and lifestyle attended the Asean Business Advisory Council Awards at Solaire Grand Casino and Resort Sept. 6. Forty-seven awardees were feted in the ceremony attended by President Duterte. Joey Concepcion is chair of the council. “Today, we honor top entrepreneurs—many of whom started small. And today, we honor legacy awardees, many of whom we have all looked up to. For every awardee, this recognition must be put into good use. I call on the awardees today to embrace the micro and small entrepreneurs into your value chains,” Concepcion said as he opened the awarding ceremony. Concepcion also emphasized the value of mentorship and inclusive business models in championing prosperity for all across the region. The guests made up a virtual Forbes list of Asian business leaders as well as the most interesting women, youth and innovative entrepreneurs. A good number of government officials and members of the diplomatic corps came, with the Asean Economic Ministers led by Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez who will be honored by the Council. Mr. Duterte, in his speech, urged the Asean nations and business leaders to embrace micro-, small- and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs): “The Asean Business Advisory Council has been instrumental in realizing our common aspiration of serving the growth of our people. I call on entrepreneurs to follow their examples to become beacons of innovation for poverty eradication and economic development. We also challenge those who have achieved success to embrace the MSMEs.” More than 900 guests, 400 of them delegates who flew in from across Asia and beyond, attended the biggest awarding ceremony in Asean. Among the business greats who attended were Legacy Awardees John Gokongwei (JG Summit) from the Philippines, Singapore’s Wee Cho Yaw (United Overseas Bank), and Malaysia’s Goh Peng Ooi (Silverlake Axis); Inclusive Business winner Jaime Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Philippines), Priority Integration Sector in Tourism winner Tony Fernandes (Air Asia) from Malaysia, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Dennis Uy (Chelsea Logistics Philippines), and Asean-BAC Philippines members George Barcelon (Philippine Chamber of Commerce Chair) and Teresita Sy-Coson (SM Investments Philippines). The Asean Business Awards has consistently focused the spotlight on promising and outstanding Asean companies that have the potential of becoming global economic players. Attended yearly by the top business players in the region and beyond, the awards continue to propagate progress and business leadership. Read more: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/274099/manilas-whos-asean-awards/#ixzz5Bl2rnGrN Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook|
The ASEAN Business Advisory Council has been instrumental in realizing our common aspiration of serving the growth of our people. I call on entreprenueurs to follow their examples to become beacons of innovation for poverty eradication and economic development. We also challenge those who have achieved success to embrace the MSMEs.
More than 900 guests. 400 of them delegates who flew in from across Asia and beyond, attended the biggest awarding ceremony in Asean.
Among the business greats who attended were Legacy Awardees John Gokongwei(JG Summit) from the Philippines, Singapore’s Wee CHo Yaw(United Overseas Bank)N, and Malaysia’s Goh Peng Ool(Silvertake Artist) Inclusive Business winner jaime Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Philippines) Priority Integration Sector in Tourism winner Tony Fernandes (Air Asia) from Malaysia, Young Entreprenuer of the Year Dennis Uy (Chelsea Logistics Philippines members George Barcelon (Philippine Chamber of Commerce Chair) and teresita Sy-Cosum (SM Investments Philippines).
The Asean Business Awards has consistently focused the spotlight on promising and outstanding, Asean companies that have the poltential of becoming global economic players . As tended yearly by the top business players in the region and beyond the awards continue to propagate progress and business leadership
May 30, 2016
• New construction threatens major increases in carbon emissions
• Buildings account for more than half of global electricity usage
• 60 countries include making buildings greener as part of their Paris Agreement pledges
In the global effort to minimize the effects of climate change by drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, buildings can play a vital role. They account for 18 percent of total emissions today, and are responsible for 60 percent of the world’s electricity usage, 25 percent of water usage and 40 percent of materials. Those figures are certain to rise. By 2050, two billion more people will live in cities, a 50 percent increase from today. China plans to construct the equivalent of the current built environment of all of Central and South America by 2030, while 80 percent of India’s new building construction is expected to occur by then. Failure to modernize building construction with energy-saving strategies and materials would substantially increase carbon emissions, rather than drastically reduce them as needed to avoid catastrophic climate change impacts. The good news is that the building sector also has the greatest potential to deliver significant cuts in carbon emissions at little or no cost. New approaches and technologies tailored to specific local conditions and climates can reduce energy consumption and emissions in the construction and useful life of new buildings. The Paris climate agreement at COP21 showed consensus on the need to build green, with 60 countries submitting national climate plans that that include targets on green building codes or energy efficiency in buildings. It’s an issue that was recognized in the World Bank Group’s new Climate Action Plan, released in April, which included a focus on developing low-carbon cities by making climate issues part of the urban planning process. Through its Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, the Bank Group will develop pilot programs in 15 cities by 2020 that integrate low-carbon and climate resilient approaches to infrastructure investment and development, land-use planning, water management, mass transportation, disaster risk management and other elements of urban planning. IFC – the private sector arm of the World Bank Group – has supported the development of green building codes for Colombia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, and is now working on building codes at the city level in each of these country as well as national codes for Costa Rica, Panama and Peru. IFC’s EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) is a green building certification system which offers certification for new housing, offices, retail, hospitals and hotels that achieve at least 20 percent reductions in energy, water and the energy used in making the building materials compared to conventional construction. Fast and affordable, EDGE is supported by software that enables project teams to determine the financial viability of building green early in the design process. After determining the most cost-effective options to reach the EDGE standard of 20 percent less energy, water, and embodied energy in materials, projects teams can use the certification system for verification. Dozens of new construction projects have received or await EDGE certification, with partners around the world such as the architectural firm HOK and the construction firm Bouygues Bâtiment committing to greening large percentages of their client portfolios in the future. In South Africa, Jacques Schindehütte of Valumax Asset Management, a developer of sorely needed affordable new housing, described plans to build 6,000 rental units in the Johannesburg area in the next five years that will comply with the EDGE threshold. “The two aspects that have been most exciting to me are that I can bring down the costs of heating the water and heating the unit, and that water and electricity consumption will be lower,” he said. “This will benefit the people that live there in perpetuity.” Schindehütte told how Nedbank in South Africa offered a reduced lending rate as incentive for his company to use EDGE, which includes software that factors in weather conditions such as rainfall and humidity, local building regulations and utility costs to immediately provide projections on the expense, benefits and payback period of green design options. It has worked for Schindehütte, who said the EDGE program showed that the cost of choosing green building options was “not as exorbitant as I thought, and in fact, not exorbitant at all.” In Vietnam, IFC helped the government launch a green building code in 2013 that mandates energy efficient practices. One EDGE-certified project in Vietnam is the Green House, a 75,000-square-meter property of multiple towers containing 650 green apartments in Hanoi that have external shading devices, reduced window-to-wall ratio, energy saving lighting, low-flow shower heads and faucets, and dual-flush toilets. Imperial Homes in the Philippines is building 300 EDGE – certified homes in Santo Tomas, Batangas, south of Manila. The development is the nation’s first affordable housing fitted with solar panels, and includes water-conserving toilets, and energy reducing construction materials. In India, EDGE is working alongside other Bank Group teams on the Clean Technologies and Energy Efficiency for Eco-Cities program funded by the European Union. The program enables climate-smart municipal services, and promotes competitive small and medium enterprises, with the aim of catalyzing green building growth. “We’re providing a data solution that proves that everyone can be profitable within the green building cycle,” said Prashant Kapoor, the IFC principal industry specialist who created EDGE. “By interpreting the concept of green through numbers, EDGE builds confidence for collaboration among investors, developers and their customers, leading to a more sustainable future for all.”
FWN 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL FILIPINA WOMEN IN THE WORLD AWARDEE
August 26, 2015
Congratulations to our President/CEO Ms. Emma Marcha Imperial: FWN 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Awardee Mabuhay and our warmest Congratulations! The Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) is thrilled to announce that you have been selected to receive the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award (FWN Global 100) We honor you with Innovator & Thought Leader Award Category This award recognizes women who have broken new ground in the global work place have delivered new and unique applications of emerging technology transforming the way people think, in the fields of sports, literature, the arts and pop culture, or have improved the lives of other by helping develop a product or service in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics. This award category is also for someone who have either launched a new enterprise, a learning function, or completely overhauled an existing development or community initiative that has sparked a following. ON BEHALF of the Selection Committee for the Global FWN100 Awards:
Marily Modejar, Founder & CEO Susue Quesade, President