L-R: Jei-Jei Gertes, PICPA MMR 15th International Conference committee chair; Jingle Hernandez; Aldrin Cerrado, PICPA Metro Manila Regional Council chair; Lanie Caimol; and Marvi Marcelino“G’DAY, mate and howdy!” was the greeting of the Lopez Group Comptrollers’ Circle delegates to the participants of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Metro Manila Region’s (MMR) 15th International Conference held in Sydney, Australia recently.
It was indeed a great year for the Comptrollers’ Circle as two of its executive core team members were elected as officers of PICPA, the national professional accountancy body.
Aldrin Cerrado, chief financial officer (CFO) of ABSCBN, is the chairman of the PICPA Metro Manila Regional Council, while Jei-Jei Gertes, CFO of Third Generation Holdings, is the chairman of the 15th International Conference committee. Both officers were also PICPA national awardees.
The conference was opened by the incoming PICPA national president, Maria Asuncion Golez, and the keynote speaker was Ambassador Minda Calaguian-Cruz.
During the conference, various technical sessions were presented by executives of CPA Australia and officers of top accounting firms in Australia, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Grant Thornton.
Topics covered were the practice of accountancy in Australia, the role of CPAs in the world of artificial intelligence and robotic process automation, doing business in Australia, talent management and techniques, the applications and uses of data analytics, latest trends and issues on cybersecurity, and integrated reporting’s implications and opportunities for accountants.
One of the highlights of the conference was the round table discussion where three Filipino CPAs based in Sydney shared their personal experience in adjusting to a new and highly dynamic environment and keeping up with globalization. The panelists were Jay Francis Santos, country manager of The Filipino Channel-ABSCBN Australia; Mike Pimentel, CFO of Smart CFO Pty. Ltd.; and Prof. Maria Balatbat, senior lecturer at University of New South Wales Business School.
After the conference, the closing ceremonies and fellowship was held at the Sydney Showboat Harbour Cruise. Aside from Cerrado and Gertes, the Comptrollers’ Circle executive core team also includes Jingle Hernandez of Lopez Inc., Lanie Caimol of Lopez Holdings Corporation and Mina Ubaña of First Philippine Holdings Corporation.
The delegates from various companies and organizations