ADRi vRTD: “Promoting an Investment-Led and Sustainable Economy”

With the economy re-opening—and with the passage of economic “game-changing” laws such as the Public Services Act and Foreign Investments Act— the private sector is again seen as a vital driver of investments that can create much-needed jobs and generate economic growth. However, the private sector cannot rebuild the economy alone; re-building our economy requires multi-sectoral collaboration among different public and private sector organizations.

The Stratbase ADR Institute, in partnership with the Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship (PBEST), organized its Virtual Roundtable Discussion (vRTD) entitled “Promoting an Investment-Led and Sustainable Economy”. This virtual event was held on 23 June 2022 (Thursday) from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, and is part of Stratbase ADRI’s ongoing series of quarterly business roundtable discussions.

This event sought to be an avenue for top private sector leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities faced by the private sector to help the economy become more sustainable and resilient. Our panel of industry leaders discussed policy recommendations for the Philippines’ newly elected government and the private sector’s best practices for advancing environmental, social, and governance standards.


Opening Remarks
Prof. Victor Andres Manhit
President, Stratbase ADR Institute

The private sector’s role in sustainable development in the next administration
Atty. Pedro H. Maniego, Jr.
Trustee, Institute of Corporate Directors

The role of public-private partnerships in sustainability
Dr. Jose P. Leviste, Jr.
Chair, Environment and Climate Change Committee, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Private sector initiatives and opportunities for climate resilience and adaptation
Mr. Rene “Butch” Meily
President, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation

Strategically shifting business operations “towards a better future for all”
Mr. Alexander Cabrera
Governor-in-Charge, Management Association of the Philippines Committee on ESG

Making ESG a core-driver of business growth and value creation
Ms. Maria Yolanda “Yoly” Crisanto
Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer, Globe Telecom

Digital technologies as essential tools for ESG
Mr. Dale Pascual Jose
National Technology Officer, Microsoft Philippines

Collective Impact toward a More Inclusive, Sustainable, and Humane Recovery
Mr. Elvin Uy
Executive Director, Philippine Business for Social Progress

Closing Remarks
Dr. Carlos Primo “CP” David
Trustee & Program Convenor, Stratbase ADR Institute
Convenor, Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship (PBEST)

Host and Moderator
Mr. Orlando Oxales
Convenor, Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship (PBEST)