ALL ROADS LEAD
TO THE SOUTH
Auspicious time, auspicious
beginning marked the new year for the
biggest chapter of the Philippine Institute
of Certified Public Accountants, the Southern
Metro Manila Chapter (SMMC) as it began
to chart and direct its operational objectives
and activities for the upliftment of the
professional and social lives of its members.
Learning from its past
experiences and challenges, the new board
of SMMC conducted an operational planning
activity to identify, prioritize, and
implement programs and activities that
aimed to achieve PICPA’s goals for
the year. The board met in Batis Aramin
in Lukban Quezon, a cool and picturesque
resort nestled at the foot of Mount Banahaw.
The cool climate induced the members to
craft activities that ensured the promotion
and development of professionalism, solidarity,
and fellowship among its members.
MMR SUMMIT AND
Thirteen SMMC officers
joined the MMR Summit and Induction held
in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac,
Bataan last July 9-10. All MMR chapter
officers were inducted by the national
President of PICPA. It was intellectually
and jovially stimulating to join other
MMR colleagues in the Summit.
Two projects that involved
student participation were held. A seminar
on Accounting and Auditing for Students
was held at the San Beda College in Alabang
and attended by 104 accounting students
from other universities and colleges located
in the SMMC coverage area.
Similarly, the Donate a Book to JPIANs
was held also in San Beda and participated
in by 5 schools.
SMMC garnered diadems
in bowling and badminton during the Accountancy
Week held at the SM Mall of Asia and Metro
Badminton Court. Twenty-two players and
officers joined in these games. Individual
winners in the bowling tournament were
for highest average score for the male
category (Mr. Jose Emmanuel Ang –
SGV) and highest average score for the
female (Ms. Violeta Josef – SMMC
Adviser). Overall, SMMC-TEAM A composed
of Mr & Mrs. Josef, Mr. Ambe, Mr.
Danao & Mr. Ang went away with a third
In badminton, 21 players
and officers participated from SMMC. Mr.
Alex Eugenio & Ms. Mary Glen Guarina
of Development Bank of the Philippines
(DBP) came away with a third place finish
in the mixed doubles held at the Metro
Above all, SMMC garnered
the best in uniform among all the chapter
participants. The uniform was sartorially
elegant, beautifully designed, and visually
Two seminars were offered
in July and joined in by about 156 participants
on two topics: How to Prepare Financial
Statements under PFRS for SMEs and TAXATION
of EMPLOYEE BENEFITS and COMPLIANCE MATTERS.
The speakers for the first seminar were
Mr. John Villa and Mr. Roel Lucas which
was held at Makati Sports Club while Ms.
Senen Quizon, Atty. Olivier Aznar, and
Atty. Tristan Lopez spoke on Taxation
of Employee Benefits before the participants
held at the Ateneo Graduate School of
Various seminars were
conducted during months of August and
September. COMMON ISSUES ON THE APPLICATION
OF PFRS TO SMEs attracted 54 participants
at the Makati Sports Club on last August
3. Mr. John Villa and Ms. Sonia Segovia
were the main speakers.
HANDLING BIR AND LOCAL
GOVERNMENT TAX MATTERS brought in 67 attendees.
Atty. Lucil Vicera, Atty. Ma. Luz Ballesteros
and Atty. Herminigildo Murakami were the
main resource persons on August 23 at
Makati Sports Club.
TAXATION OF EMPLOYEE
BENEFITS AND COMPLIANCE MATTERS was also
re-offered due to high demand. About 53
participants joined the seminar.
The GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
meeting was held with 73 members attending
at the Makati Sports Club on August 31.
Keynote speaker was Atty. Nelson Aspe
of the BIR. Topics on IFRS and TAX UPDATES
were handled by Mr. Michael Roxas and
Mr. Czarina Miranda.
In line with the SMMC’s
thrust to develop the CPA into a full
professional, two seminars, one on NEGOTIATION
SKILLS and the other SIX SIGMA FOR ACCOUNTANTS
were offered. The negotiation skills seminar
was facilitated by a highly reputable
negotiation expert, Rowen Untivero of
Mansmith and Mansfielders. This was held
at the PICPA house on August 22. It was
a much welcome program by the participants.
The SIX SIGMA was attended
by 47 participants at the PICPA House
last September 26. Based on the feedback,
the participants were very satisfied and
expect that the next SIGMA level should
also be offered. The speaker was Mr. Jackie
Chan, professor at the Ateneo Graduate
School of Business.
Two TAX Seminars were
also held during the period, TAX UPDATES
AND SPECIAL INCENTIVE LAWS and FUNDAMENTALS
AND COMMON ISSUES ON VAT AND DIT. Both
were held at the Makati Sports Club last
September 14 & 29 respectively with
a total of 82 participants. Mr. Senen
Quizon, Mr. Diendo Dupal and Ms. Carol
Racelis facilitated the Tax Updates and
Special Incentive Laws, while the discussion
on VAT and DIT were handled by Mr. Emmanuel
Cruz and SMMC’s Tax Committee Chair
herself Ms. Maricris See.
– THE TENDER LOVING CARE PROJECT
Recognizing that one-shot
activities in social involvement seem
to be ineffective like medical and dental
missions, the new board decided that if
social involvement were to be more substantive,
its impact should have high strategic
implication. SMMC, in partnership with
the Ateneo Center for Development (ACED)
joined hands in feeding 40 emaciated and
malnourished Grade 3 pupils in San Antonio
Elementary School in Sucat, Paranaque
Signing for SMMC were
SMMC President Leticia Tagle and President-Elect
Cesar Mansibang and for Ateneo, Mel Oracion,
executive director of ACED. The project
dubbed as TENDER LOVING CARE will feed
lunch once daily to these 40 pupils for
one school year to help them improve their
health and ultimately their learning capabilities.
Studies have shown that one of the major
reasons for poor quality education in
the basic schools is hunger resulting
in malnourishment and under nourishment.
This not only affected their attendance
in classes; it also affected largely their
brain activity due to lack of appropriate
The program is supervised
in terms of the pupils’ results
in class attendance, class performance,
and health and improvement in their weights.
All these are done under the auspices
of ACED. SMMC guaranteed the funding for
a year-long feeding. SMMC officers and
members are invited to visit the feeding
program which is held on a daily basis
from 11 o’clock in the morning,
Mondays through Fridays.
Another project that
SMMC participated in was the PICPA Tanim
on July 17, where 4 officers went to La
Mesa Eco Park to plant new trees to preserve
the watershed system.
Indeed, all roads now
lead to the South where exciting and stimulating
member engagements are made available
to improve themselves and the chapter
and PICPA organizations. Welcome to our
space! Tuloy po kayo!