THE innovative leadership achievements of Philippine companies and entrepreneurs were recently highlighted at the Asia CEO Awards on Tuesday, with tech entrepreneur Diosdado Banatao and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario walking away with the highest recognition.
Banatao and Del Rosario both received the Lifetime Contributors award for the private and public sectors, respectively.
Ten companies and six entrepreneurs from both the public and private sector were recognized by The Asia CEO Awards-Philippines as it held its gala night at the Mariott Hotel in Pasay City.
On Banatao, Asia CEO awards said: “His is a story of how a Filipino from humble beginnings transformed himself through education, and succeeded in Silicon Valley as an innovator and entrepreneur.”
The former DFA chief Del Rosario was lauded for his efforts in staunchly defending the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity during his term as foreign affairs secretary under the Aquino administration.
During his speech, Del Rosario stressed that the Philippines should pursue a foreign policy focusing on several factors which include “peace and stability based upon the equality of nations, the rule of law, the peaceful settlement of disputes, respect for human rights and other core principles.”
“The Philippines must therefore be an active participant in building a regional architecture of cooperation, friendship and amity involving all concerned states,” Del Rosario said.
Other entrepreneurs recognized at the awards ceremony were Edgar Chua of Shell of the Philippines for the Smart Enterprise Global Filipino Executive of the Year; James Donovan of ADEC Innovations for the JLL Expatriate Executive of the Year; Clarissa Delgado of Teach for the Philippines for Capital One Young Leader of the Year; and Joe Magsaysay, President of Potato Corner for Meralco Biz Partners Entrepreneur of the Year.
Several tech companies also won big such as Tata Consultancy Services for the Wells Fargo Technology Company of the Year; Kalibrr Technology Ventures, Inc. for the Globaltronics Most Innovative Company of the Year; and Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. for the Regus ASEAN Company of the Year.
Winners in the public sector included the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for the ADP Service Excellence Company of the Year and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority for TCS Executive Leadership Team of the Year.
Other companies presented with awards during the gala night were HSBC Electronic Data Processing (Philippines), Inc. for the syncHRony Global Top Employer of the Year; Imperial Homes Corporation for ADEC Innovations Green Company of the Year; ANZ Global Services and Operations (Manila), Inc for ASKI Global CSR Company of the Year; iMaverick International Corporation for LBC Business Solutions SME Company of the Year; and Magsaysay People Resources Corporation (MPRC) for I-Remit Heart for OFWs Company of the Year.
This year’s judging panel was composed of University of Asia and the Pacific President Dr. Bernie Villegas, Pag-IBIG Fund CEO Atty. Darlene Berberabe, Ambassador Jose Cuisia, ICT Commitee and Health Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines founder and chairman Don Felbaum, respected architect and urban planner Arch. Jun Palafox, Vice President- International of San Miguel Purefoods Oscar Sanez, and Asia CEO Awards Chairman Richard Mills.
The Asia CEO Awards is an annual awards program that recognizes outstanding leadership achievements by individuals and organizations in the Philippines and across the Asean region and aims to promote the Philippines region as a premier business destination.
The Seventh Asia CEO Awards-Philippines was presented by PLDT Alpha Enterprise.