THEME: Fueling Philippine Economic Expansion Beyond 2017:The Engines of Growth

As President Duterte aims to lift more Filipinos out of poverty and transform the Philippines into an upper middle-income country, attention now turns to firming up the foundations of our newfound growth and ensuring they hold up well as we pursue a higher trajectory of economic expansion. To sustain its standing as Asia’s Rising Star, the Philippines has to catch up in its infrastructure build-up and consolidate domestic sources of growth, foremost of which is a vibrant consumer sector. The forum aims to look at where we are in terms of future-proofing these sources of growth.









THEME: Fueling Philippine Economic Expansion Beyond 2017: The Engines of Growth

Miguel G. Belmonte

President & CEO

BusinessWorld Publishing Corporation

Manuel V. Pangilinan


Metro Pacific Investments Corporation


Getting the Fundamentals Right


Laying the ground for the Philippines’ huge infrastructure build-up requires that the government sustain recent macroeconomic gains, which include above-trend growth, low inflation, a stable exchange rate, ample fiscal elbowroom and a strong external payments position.

This overview session aims to scan the evolving landscape brought about by a combination of a tightening Fed, the “retreat from multilateralism,” and sluggish and uneven global growth -- and how all of these will impact on the domestic economy and the prospects for priming it.

Ernesto M. Pernia


Socio-Economic Planning

Diwa C. Guinigundo

Deputy Governor

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Richard S. Bolt

Country Director

Asian Development Bank

Moderator: Arnold Tenorio

                     BusinessWorld Research Head


Financing the Build-up

11:00am  - 12:00nn

The government’s plan to hike its infrastructure budget to more than 5% of GDP was made flesh with the passage of the 2017 National Budget. But how the government intends to finance this build-up remains to be seen, with the Comprehensive Tax Reform Package yet to go through the Congressional gauntlet. Assuming the tax bill survives, can the government actually spend the money as planned and on time?

This session aims to discuss the funding options for implementing the government’s infrastructure build-up, public-private partnerships and the Comprehensive Tax Reform Package. The discussion also covers implementation issues such as red tape and the absorption capacity of the bureaucracy, what with a record number of projects in the pipeline.

Benjamin E.  Diokno


Department of Budget and Management

Francisco C. Sebastian


GT Capital Holdings, Inc

Oliver Y. Tan


Megawide Construction Corporation

Moderator: Jeremy Gatdula

                 BusinessWorld Columnist


12:00nn – 1:00pm


Improving Turnaround Time

1:00pm – 2:15pm

Congestion has been a constant complaint ever since the Philippine economy began growing above-trend -- from delays in flights and shipments to heavy road traffic and inadequate ports and similar facilities.

This session aims to discuss the state of the transport sector, including road, air, shipping and the regulatory establishment. The discussion also covers the fate of the Traffic Crisis Act and its chances of decongesting Philippine streets, as well as the prospects for boosting inter-island shipping after the repeal of the Cabotage Law.

Arthur P. Tugade


Department of Transportation

Mark  A. Villar


Department of Public Works & Highways

Doris Magsaysay-Ho

President & CEO

A. Magsaysay, Inc.

Christian R. Gonzalez

Asia Pacific Head

International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

Sapna Sood


Holcim Philippines Inc

Moderator: Roby Alampay, BusinessWorld Editor-in-Chief & Cathy Rose A. Garcia, BusinessWorld Associate Editor.


Fuelling Future Growth


The Philippines nearly escaped a nationwide power crisis a few years ago, as new capacity trickled in. But Mindanao and certain areas of the Visayas still don’t enjoy ample electricity, especially during the dry months. As the Philippines continues to grow above-trend, and as Pres. Duterte plans to spread economic expansion evenly across the country, there is need for a more efficient delivery of power.

This session aims to discuss the challenges of providing sufficient and cheap power throughout a country marked by uneven economic growth and market access.

John Eric T. Francia

President & CEO

AC Energy Holdings, Inc.

Antonio R. Moraza

President & COO

Aboitiz Power Corporation

Ramoncito S. Fernandez

President  & CEO

Maynilad Water Services, Inc.


Moderator: Arnold Tenorio

BusinessWorld Research Head


Preparing for the Middle-class Consumer 


The Duterte administration is angling to transform the Philippine economy from lower middle-income to upper middle-income by the end of its term. As affluence and enlightened consumerism spread, expect Filipinos to become more demanding, if not more discriminating in their tastes.

This concluding session aims to discuss the shifting consumer landscape and how companies are coping with the rise in incomes and the greater segmentation of the market. The discussion covers how companies balance use of Big Data with intuition.

Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III


ASEAN Business Advisory Council

Victoria Abad

Chief Executive Officer

Insights Kantar Philippines

Gregory Banzon

General Manager

Century Pacific Food, Inc.

Benjie Yap

Chairman & CEO

Unilever Philippines

Moderator: Krista Angela Montealegre

       BusinessWorld National Correspondent


4:45pm – 5:00pm



Roby Alampay


BusinessWorld Publishing Corporation

Roby Alampay


Note: schedule may still be subject to change.