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Philippines’ first-ever Future of Work Summit draws more than 500 business leaders, safety officers

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“Innovation is the driving force behind progress. In the context of the future of work, it involves embracing emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and reimagining traditional processes.”

Information and Communications Technology Secretary Ivan John E. Uy made the declaration during the recently concluded Future of Work Conference organized by the Quezon City Government, the first of its kind event held in the country.

He also highlighted the need for collaboration between the public and private sectors in order to build a conducive environment for growth and innovation.

In his keynote speech at the opening of “INNOVATE. ADAPT.THRIVE: The Quezon City Future of Work Conference 2023,” Uy assured the stakeholders present at the conference that his department is committed to supporting businesses and local government units as they “traverse the digital transformation journey.”

He also lauded Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte for leading the way for businesses in the city to navigate the transformative path of the future of work.

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“Let this conference serve not only as a moment of reflection on the dynamic landscape of business and technology but as a call to action, innovate with purpose, adapt to change and thrive in the future of work,” Uy added.

Utilizing AI and the digitization of the workplace were among the topics discussed in the two-day conference. To prepare business establishments for the future of work, the conference communicated relevant strategies and best practices in creating safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable workplace environments.

In her opening speech, Belmonte invited participants to work closely with the Quezon City government “to craft a vision so we can embrace a future where innovation knows no bounds, resilience becomes our strength, and that responsibility and accountability are fundamental.”

“A related challenge for all stakeholders is empowering our workforce to adapt to the fourth industrial revolution. We will learn how to maximize our workforce through investments in education as well as retooling and upskilling and to support them better both mentally and physically as they navigate through unfamiliar territory in order to adjust to changing times,” she said.

“Together let us embark on this journey into the future of work,” Belmonte added.

The two-day summit on November 13-14 was attended by more than 500 C-level business leaders in charge of operations, human resources directors as well as compliance and safety officers.

Among the speakers were C40 Cities Executive Director Mr. Mark Watts who discussed in Plenary 5 “From Risk to Resilience: Climate Action and Disaster Risk Management in the Workplace,” while Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Lord Villanueva tackled Plenary 1 “Doing Well by Doing Good” (Best of the Best Business Practices); Plenary 2 was about “AI, Flexi-work and Cyber Security: Shaping the Tech-Ready Workplace” by DICT Undersecretary David Almirol; Plenary 3 “From Good to Great – The Science Behind the Best Workplaces” by Managing Partner of the Great Place to Work Ms. Antoinette Mendoza-Talosig; Plenary 4 was about “Safe Spaces: Right of One, Right of all” by Senator Risa Hontiveros; and Plenary 6 “On the Rise – Jobs of the Future” discussed by the Founder of PEOPLElogy Group Mr. Allen Lee Chin Min.

Among the panelists were the National President of the Philippine Association of Building Officials (PABO) National, Inc. Arch. Edison Ching Padilla; Director General of Food and Drug Administration Dr. Samuel Zacate; the Chief of Bureau of Fire Protection Director Louie Puracan; President of National Association of Business Permits and Licensing Officers Atty Melanie S. Malaya; the Senior Vice President for Operations of SM Supermalls Mr. Bien Mateo; Assistant Vice President and Head of Eastwood City Estate Management of Mr. Anton Calugay; President & Co-Founder of Intentionality Inc and Owner of Rags2Riches Ms. Reese Fernandez-Ruiz; President and Co-Founder of Human Nature Ms. Anna Meloto-Wilk; Urban Planner Consultant Mr. Mark Roeland De Castro; the Co-Founder of Jurist AI Jay Basco; Vice President for AI and Head of Sprout AI Labs Gian dela Rama;

President of Quezon City University Dr. Theresita Atienza; Co-Founder & Chief Business Development Officer of Bizbaz Mr. Vincent Choy; Chief Executive Officer of Connected Women Ms. Agnes Gervacio; Remotify Founder & CEO Ms. Maria Sucgang; the CEO of Ms. Grace David; Head of QC Youth Development Office Dr. Eddilyn DC. Dividina; HR Consultant for Labor Standards & Health IBPAP Ms. Teresa Azicate; Associate Dean from Asian Institute of Management Dr. Michelle Antero; Head of QC Information Technology Development Department Paul Rene Padilla; the Author of The Mind of the Black Hat: Understanding Today’s Cyber Criminals Dennis Paul Nino S. Sanchez;

Chief Cybersecurity Evangelist and Customer Field CISO and ePLDT/PLDT Enterprise Alexis Bernardino; Head of QC Human Resource Management Department Atty. Noel del Prado; OIC – Executive Director of Occupational Safety and Health Center Engr. Jose Maria S. Batino, CESU IV; Division Chief of the Healthy Workplace and Healthcare Facilities Division (HW-HFCD) under the Health Promotion Bureau of the Department of Health Dr. Rosalind G. Vianzon; Action Officer from the Office of the Vice Mayor of Quezon City Ms. Christella Buen; Acting Assistant Commissioner for Human Resource Governance Nerissa Canguilan;

Country Human Resources and Managing Director of Accenture in the Philippines Ms. Ira Reyes; President Project Red Ribbon and Vice President of My Hub Cares Ico Rodulfo Johnson; Co-Founder and Executive Director of #MentalHealthPH Roy Dahildahil; and Chief Executive Officer of  Mind You Philippines Yuri Marshall. To include among the panelists were Head of QC Gender & Development Council Technical Working Group Ms. Janete Oviedo; Head of QC Persons with Disability Affairs Office Ms. Deborah Dacanay; from Policy Development, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PDPMED) of the Philippine Commission on Women Atty. Ma. Sophia Isabella De Castro;

Director of  Quezon City Police District PBGen. Redrico Atienza Maranan; HR Executive Cognizant Technology Solutions Anjelo Cabigting; from OpenTable Metropolitan Community Church Rev. Cristopher Joseph San Jose; from Right to Care Movement Adrian De Guzman; Advocate for Disability Inclusion in the Philippines Maria Criselda Bisda; the Officer-in-Charge of

QC Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office Ma. Bianca Perez;

Administrator from the Office of Civil Defense & Executive Director of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Usec Ariel F. Nepomuceno; Secretary General of Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative Atty. Violeta Seva; Co-Chair of the Board of Directors from ARISE Philippines & Consultant, National Resilience Council Usec. Alexander Patino Pama, Women’s International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction Philippines (WINDRR PH) Convenor & President of NU – Asia Pacific College Dr. Ma. Teresita Pastor-Medado; UP Resilience Institute Director for Institution Building Mr. Genaro A. Cuaresma; Manager of the Disaster Management Service Criselda Longga;

President of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) Rene “Butch” Meily; City Engineer from QC Department of Engineering Atty. Dale Diamond Perral; Board Member and the Director-In-Charge of Disaster Resilience Committee and Safety Organization of the Philippines Mr. Martin T. Aguda, Jr.; Head of QC Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Department Andrea Villaroman; Specialist at the International Finance Corporation Pearl Mars; from the QC Green Awards, Founder & Owner of the Through Habit  Ms. Danica Magat;

Transport Cyclist and Urban Planner Founder Aldrin Pelicano; and the Head of Corporate Planning and Strategy of Robinsons Land Corporation Ramon Rivero.

Among the moderators were the Chairman of Dr. Carl Balita Review Center CEB Group of Companies Dr. Carl E Balita; President of Maginhawa Food Community and Communications Coordinator Jules Guiang; Anchor from ONE News & Bloomberg TV Ph Daniela Laurel; Senior Consultant of Enterprise Information Security Ernest Ocson; and Former Commissioner of National Youth Commission Percival Cendaña.

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