• A toast to Tweddell

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    Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell (center) with RGM&Co. executives (from left) Emmanuel Bonoan, Sharon Dayoan, Roberto Manabat, Pacifico Castañeda, and Michael Guarin

    Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell (center) with RGM&Co. executives (from left) Emmanuel Bonoan, Sharon Dayoan, Roberto Manabat, Pacifico Castañeda, and Michael Guarin

    R.G. Manabat & Co. (RGM&Co.), the Philippine member firm of KPMG International, just hosted a well-attended luncheon for Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell at the Tower Club in Makati City.

    Members of the Australian business community in the Philippines and RGM&Co. executives were invited to the gathering, among them ANZ Global Services and Operations Managing Director Mark Woolfrey, ANZ Philippines CEO Peter Chan, Blue Cross Insurance President and CEO John Casey, Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines President Tom Grealy, Telstra Philippines CEO Thomas Beach, QBE Insurance Country Manager Brad Sinnatamby, SMEC Philippines Country Manager Nathalyn Jose, Site Skills Director for Development Projects Jarrod Belcher, Blue Scope Steel Philippines President Mauro Cervantes, Australian International School Business Manager Antonio Esteban, Jr., and Australian Trade Commission Minister Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner Anthony Weymouth.

    The RGM & Co. executives who were present were Chairman and CEO Roberto Manabat, Vice Chairman and Head of Tax, Chief Operating Officer Emmanuel Bonoan, Chief Finance Officer Pacifico Castañeda, Head of Audit Sharon Dayoan, and Advisory Partner Michael Guarin.

    At the luncheon Bonoan introduced KPMG’s “Thought Leadership” publication entitled 2015 Change Readiness Index, a report which evaluates the ability of 127 countries to prepare for, manage and respond to change. He cited the Philippines’ strong performance in the survey report where it ranks first in the lower-middle income nations and 33rd in the overall index, above high-income countries such as Spain and Italy.

    RGM&Co. executives also discussed matters on the upcoming Asean integration wherein the Australian business executives expressed their optimism in bringing more businesses to the country.

    Ambassador Tweddell also showed his appreciation for the luncheon hosted by the firm and acknowledged RGM&Co. and KPMG International’s important role in bringing more Australian businesses to the country, while addressing barriers to investments with the support of the Australian Embassy.

    “We look forward to our continued partnership with the Australian Embassy and the Australian business community in further attracting foreign direct investments in order to sustain our country’s strong economic performance,” responded Manabat.

    RGM&Co. is a full professional services firm that offers audit, tax and financial and business advisory.

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