Since 1975, the Australia Philippines Business Council has fostered friendship, understanding and mutual benefit between the business communities of both countries.
The APBC has gained tremendous links through over 25 years of close association with the Australian and Philippine embassies and relevant Ministers.
The APBC's primary aim has always been to promote trade, investment and technical cooperation between Australia and the Philippines.
The APBC works closely with its counterparts in the Philippines such as the Philippine Australia Business Council. The APBC also maintains its relations with the Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCham) and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry Inc, based in Manila.
BUSINESS BREAKFAST FORUM WITH NSW PREMIER BARRY O'FARRELL
The Australia Philippines Business Council, in cooperation with Austrade Manila, recently organized a breakfast forum with the New South
Wales Premier, Barry O'Farrell last 20 February 2014.
Barry O'Farrell mentioned that New South Wales' $59.6-billion infrastructure program is open to Filipino companies for investment.
Citing an infrastructure backlog, O'Farrell said that their PPP projects were still successful, particularly in the development and financing
of the PPP projects. There are also other investment opportunites such as property development, telecommunications, insurance and financial
services, education, and business process outsourcing (BPO).
The breakfast was also an opportune time for both the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and the IT & Business Process
Association Philippines to sign their respective Memorandums of Understanding with the Council. This signifies the commitment of the
APBC to foster stronger working relationships with other organisations in promoting better trade and industry for both Australia and the
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell giving a speech on investment opportunities in New South Wales
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell with members of The Australia Philippines Business Council
Jose Mari Mercado(L), President and CEO of IBPAP signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Eduard Alcordo (R), President of APBC.
Dr. Alfonso Siy (L), President of Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce, signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Eduard Alcordo (R), President of APBC.
APBC Delegates and Guests enjoy a few cocktails and canapes at AIB's conference room the afternoon after the Business Breakfast.
IMMIGRATION POLICY UPDATE
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has ordered all foreign nationals residing in the country to appear at its offices within 60 days as part of
the requirements for their continued stay in the country.
Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison has issued a memorandum circular dated 12 December 2013, requiring the foreigners to report in
person at the BI offices from Jan to Feb. 28 2014, in compliance with Section 10 of RA No. 562 of the Alien Registration Act.
Foreign Nationals are asked to bring their ACR I-card or paper based ACR and accomplish an application form. Applicants can download the
form from the bureau’s website or personally get a copy from any of the BI offices nationwide.
“The circular aims to strictly enforce compliance of the immigration law in the interest of national security, public safety and public
order.” Mison said in the statement on Monday.
An application fee of P310 is required for their appearance.
Mison warned the foreigners that travel agencies, law firms and other entities transacting with the immigration bureau are prohibited from
accomplishing the application form or paying the corresponding application fees on their behalf, except due to circumstances in the Memo
Circular SBM 2013-002.
Those who are not required to appear in person are those 14 years old and below and 65 years and above, in Jail or in the hospital.
Mison said those who could show sufficient proof of physical incapability to report in person could likewise send a representative
Those who are outside the country are not required to appear personally for as long as they pay the application fee within 30 days upon
Other applicants whose appearance have been waived by the bureau can just send their representatives.
For more information, please check out the
online copy of the Guidelines for the Conduct of the Annual Report 2014 via this link.
Australia / Philippines Business News
The Energy Report: Growth and Opportunities in the Philippines Electric Power Sector Now Available
The 2013-2014 Edition of the Manabat Sanagustin & Co,'s investment guide entitled The Energy Report: Growth and Opportunities in the Philippines
Electric Power Sector is now
available for download.
The Energy Report provides an overview of the Philippine electric energy industry for companies and businesspeople who are interested
to invest or build a business. The report highlights important issues, laws and regulations affecting the industry, profiles of industry
players and taxation. The publication also tackles key insights in the power sector from the firm's partners and professionals with
extensive industry experience and from government and industry leaders.
December 2013 Edition of Philippine Business Report Now Available
The December 2013 edition of the Philippine Business Report is now available for download. The report highlights the improved trading environment in the Philippines and opportunities for Australian bilateral trade.
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
On October 29, 1919, the American-sponsored Flag Law of 1907, which outlawed the display of the Philippine flag, was repealed, and the use of the Philippine flag was once again put to practice.
Click here to learn more about the history of the Philippine flag.
APBC October 2013 Newsletter
The latest edition of the widely read APBC Newsletter is now available. Previous editions can be found on the archive page.