Royal Institution, Singapore in collaboration with Royal Institution, Philippines and Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) – Pampanga Chapter held its International Conference and Conferment Ceremony on May 5, 2016 at the Arzobispado de Pampanga, San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines.

Ms. Lorina D. Villanueva, FRIAcc, Chapter President, PICPA, Pampanga Chapter started the event with her opening address, followed by an introduction of the first speaker, Dr. Athena Georgene Ang, President, RI Singapore, by Ms. Rowena A. Reyes, Past President, PICPA, Pampanga Chapter. Dr. Ang’s topic is “The Role of Royal Institution, Singapore as the Global Networking Platform”. Guest Speaker, Hon. Joel L. Tan-Torres, Chairman of the Board of Accountancy, Professional Regulation Commission, Philippines discussed the event’s theme “The New Paradigm on Good Governance & Ethics of the 21st Century CPAs”.

Following the Conference is the Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between Royal Institution, Singapore, represented by its President, Dr. Athena Georgene Ang and Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), represented by its National President, Mr. Dominador A. Barrion, FRIAcc(Sr) authorising PICPA as an RI Accredited Institution. Witnesses to the MOA Signing are PICPA Pampanga Chapter President, Ms. Lorina D. Villanueva together with RI officials and Members of the Board of Accountancy, PRC.

The event’s highlight was the Conferment Ceremony where Commission on Higher Education (Ministry of Education), Philippines Executive Director, Hon. Dr. Atty. Julito D. Vitriolo was conferred the highest and most prestigious award as Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institution, Singapore.

BOA Chair FDr. Joel L. Tan-Torres and Vice Chair FDr. Gloria T. Baysa were conferred as Doctor Fellows, and BOA Members, Hon. Dr. Eliseo A. Aurellado, Hon. Atty. Samuel B. Padilla, and Hon. Gerard B. Sanvictores together with PICPA National President, Mr. Dominador A. Barrion were conferred as Senior Fellows of the Royal Institute of Accountants, Singapore.

More than 100 professionals were conferred as Research Fellow, Fellows, and Senior Members of the Royal Institution, Singapore, including 101 Fellows of the Royal Institute of Accountants, Singapore in recognition of their achievements and qualifications.

Angel John Integrated Academy and Manila Integrated Review School were recognised as RI Accredited Educational Institution and received the Award of Recognition. The Pledge of Loyalty was led by Hon. FDr. Gloria T. Baysa, Fellow of the International Advisory Council, RI Singapore.

The Award of Recognition was given to Ms. Lorina D. Villanueva, FRIAcc, and Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountant – Pampanga Chapter for their contribution as coordinator and co-sponsor of this event. The event ended with a closing address from the Director for Government of PICPA – Pampanga Chapter, Hon. Dr. Joselito R. Ocampo, FRIAcc.

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