The Chair’s Report of 2018

What a year it has been!

First of all, I would like to personally thank everyone for being with us this last 2018. It was an eventful year for Philippine Business and Gender Diversity Advocacy work–with all those ups and downs (but mostly ups if you think that downs don’t get the tough going). Thank you! Maraming salamat po!

2018 has been a year of collaboration for the Chamber as we worked for Equality in the workplace, in the minds of people, and in the heart of every person in our society. Beyond that, the #LGBTchamber has been fortunate to meet and work with individuals and organizations who champion True Love and Empathy here in the Philippines and beyond. (They are with us in the pictures and texts below.)

We look forward to a beautiful 2019 with all of you, especially as we expand our work and reach out from Manila and the central business sectors of the country outwards throughout the country side and (let’s see and holding my breath) across the region! Mabuhay tayong lahat – all of us!

Over the rainbow,

Brian Tenorio
Chair and Founder
The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce

 

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LGBT Chair Brian Tenorio as keynote at the Institute of Internal Auditors of the Philippines’ annual convention (November 2018)

Chamber Chair and Founder Brian Tenorio, “inspires us on Promoting Diversity & Inclusiveness in the Workplace.”

From the instagram account of IIA Philippines — Institute of Internal Auditors of the Philippines, the country’s internal audit profession’s most widely recognised advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications.

*Tenorio was the morning keynote for the second day of the IIAP Annual Convention held last November in Bohol, Philippines.

#itsawholenewworld #iiaphilippines #iiap70 #iiap2018annualconvention

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“Creative Industries: The Next Sunrise Industry” – Arangkada Philippines

The Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) hosted a forum on Creative Industries entitled “Creative Industries: The Next Sunrise Industry” at the Fairmont Makati Hotel last November 27, 2018. The forum focused on various policy changes, initiatives, and recommendations to boost the country’s creative economy.
Photo from Angel Guerrero

From left to right: Panel Moderator Ms. Florentina P. Colayco (President, Metropolitan Museum of Manila), PANELISTS Hon. Nora K. Terrado (Undersecretary, DTI: Trade and Investments Promotion Group Group, Department of Trade and Industry; and Governor, Board of Investments), Atty. Guiller B. Asido (Administrator, Intramuros Administration), Ms. Malaya del Rosario (Head of Arts and Creative Industries, British Council), Ms. Maria Rita O. Matute (Executive Director, Design Center of the Philippines), Mr. Matthew D.M. Morrison (Founder and CEO, A SPACE), Ms. Ces Rondario (Co-founder, Impact Hub Manila), Mr. Brian Tenorio (Chair, Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce), Ms. Dolly Anne M. Zoluaga (Assistant Department Head and Zoning Administrator, Planning and Development Office Iloilo City)

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Breakfast roundtable discussing LGBTI advocacy in the Philippines with the US Embassy

JUNE 14 2018: From a breakfast roundtable discussing LGBTI advocacy in the Philippines with US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Mi­chael Klecheski and his colleagues, Senator Rissa Hontiveros and her team, and friends from the Asean SOGIE Caucus, Philippine Finance Industry Pride, Rainbow Rights Philippines. LGBT Chamber Chair Brian Tenorio represents the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

SOGIE for BUSINESS LEADERS

SOGIE EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR BUSINESS LEADERS

The Embassy of Netherlands in the Philippines and The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce kicks off IDAHOTB with a SOGIE Session for Top Executives and heads of Companies.

On the eve of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), The Embassy of Netherlands in the Philippines and The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce invited more than 70 key executives and business leaders from the country’s top corporations and organizations for a topline session on SOGIE.

The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce as led by Mr. Simoun Ferrer, Vice Chair for Education and Research created a SOGIE (Sexual Orientation on Gender Identity and Expression) framework that is unique to the business and corporate setting. The SOGIE Executive Session (SES) is to help leaders understand persons of SOGIE and aims to enable them to pilot and lead in their own organizations.

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IDAHOT 2018 — The LGBT Chamber with the Embassy of the Netherlands in the Philippines

#KERI #IDAHOT 2018 SOGIE

The Embassy of the Netherlands in the Philippines and the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce celebrate IDAHOT 2018 (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia) on MAY 16, 2018 530pm to 830pm at the Dutch Ambassador’s Residence in Makati City with three programmes to be launched on the May 16 event:

The launch of the PHILIPPINE CORPORATE SOGIE DIVERSITY INDEX (CSDI)

In the Philippines, there has never been a more comprehensive survey of Filipino Companies’ policies for gender diversity. Ths CSDI will be the first of its kind to survey the business sphere in the country, comparing gender diversity policies of Filipino owned corporations, benchmarking them with the global business scene. The result of this four month study will be released via a report on September/October this year. The CSDI is funded by the Netherlands Embassy in the Philippines and is also presented by the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Research firm Cogencia Philippines will be doing the survey. Congencia provides strategic insights to organizations in the region. This programme is lead by the Chamber Vice Chair for Industry, Evan Tan.

CEO Batch #1 of the SOGIE EXECUTIVE SESSION (SES).

The SOGIE Executive Session (SES) programme is a compressed 30-minute high-level talk designed for 50 c-level leaders (CEO, COO, etc), Presidents, and Heads, to help them bring their organization to a future that is more diverse. SES was strategically developed by the LGBT Chamber with the POV and insight of high level management leaders, a first of its kind in the Philippines. The goal of SES is to help leaders understand SOGIE so that they can pilot and lead this development for their own organizations. SES is the Strategic Executive Summary version of SOGIE trainings happening all over the country. Invited and confirmed to be at this event are the c-level leaders from some of the biggest brands and corporations in the country, and ambassadors from various embassies in the Philippines. Batch #1 of SES is presented by the Netherlands Embassy in the Philippines. This programme is lead by the Chamber Vice Chair for Education and Research, Simoun Ferrer.

The launch of the for-public programme #KERI PINS.

“Keri” is a Philippine phenomenon – usually said by Filipinos when asked if they are ok with an idea, or when if they can be accepting of others [“Keri kita”]. The LGBT Chamber and the Dutch Embassy are giving away 250 “KERI PINS” (see image above) to Ambassadors, CEOs and business leaders, and to media and pubic personalities. They are invited to wear these pins on May 16 and May 17 when on TV and also on their social media channels, with the hashtag #KERI alongside their message of support to the community, and as their participation in the globally trending International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, happening worldwide on May 17, 2018.
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With the Philippine Competition Commission

“Creating a Culture of Compliance and Competition”

The LGBT Chamber invited to talks and industry chat by the Philippine Competition Commission (http://phcc.gov.ph/)

Pasig City, April 25, 2018

Brian Tenorio, Chair of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce with the Heads and Executive Directors of the Makati Business Club, Integrity Initiative, American Chamber, European Chamber, Chinese Chamber, Philippine Retailers Association, Phil Pharma Association discussing with Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) Chairman Dr. Arsenio M. Balisacan and Commissioners Stella Luz A. Quimbo, Atty. Johannes Benjamin R. Bernabe, Atty. Amabelle C. Asuncion.