The Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE) in collaboration with its member, the Procurement and Supply Institute of Asia (PASIA), launched successfully the first of its virtual forum series on May 27, 2020. Themed, “Associations: Threats and Opportunities amidst the Pandemic, ” the highly-rated online event drew 490 registrants (278 in Zoom and 212 in Facebook).
This e-forum is part of the “PCAAE Executive Forum Series on Association Governance and Management” which aims to discuss relevant issues concerning associations and member-serving organizations as well as seeks to engage with a broader range of stakeholders for potential collaboration and business opportunities in this era of the “new normal.”
Conversing on the topic on how the coronavirus pandemic has heavily impacted associations and associated-related activities such as travel, tourism and the event industry; on innovative solutions adopted; and on the opportunities that lie now and in the future, the panel of speakers were in the end optimistic on the “gritsilience” (grit and resilience) of the all the sectors in the value chain of associations and the silver linings that lie ahead.
The panel consisted of Atty. Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones, Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), Mr. Charlie Villasenor, Chairman of the Procurement and Supply Institute of Asia (PASIA) and current Chairman of PCAAE, Ms. Monette Iturralde-Hamlim, Founder & President of Team Asia and representing the Philippine Association of Convention / Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (PACEOS), Mr. Noor Ahmad Hamid, Regional Director Asia-Pacific of the Amsterdam-based International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and Mr. John Peacock, Chief Executive Officer of Associations Forum Pty. Ltd. (Australia). The panel session was chaired and moderated by PCAAE Founder & CEO, Mr. Octavio “Bobby” Peralta.
Recording of the e-forum can be accessed from this link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=13sJUGGu40SzpYMeLRM2N5SdkLXlgpc4r
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