Networking Forum and Cocktails: Up Close & Personal with DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar and BSP Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr.

September 15, 2017

On July 27, 2017, the third Networking Forum and Cocktails was held at the WTCMM Lobby dubbed, “Up Close and Personal with DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar”.

Secretary Villar discussed how infrastructure development in the country is of critical importance to sustain high economic growth, improve the social living standards of the people and   remove the impediments to international trade and investment.

As head of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Sec. Villar shared his plans and programs outlining the different infrastructure projects under the Build! Build! Build! Program of the current administration.

On October 26, 2017, the fourth Up Close and Personal networking forum was held featuring Bangko Sentral Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr.

Governor Espenilla gave a good overview  of  BSP’s operations, reforms and challenges through the years. Issuing and implementing policies to promote stability remains the crucial work of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Having been with the BSP for the past 36 years, Gov. Espenilla has witnessed financial gains and crises for decades.

As a conservative central monetary authority, BSP continues its challenging journey towards a stronger banking system while carefully integrating innovative and creative approaches to traditional central banking. “Our banking system has learned to be open-minded to change.” said Espenilla.

World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM), through the WTC Metro Manila Business Club, conducts forums featuring prominent personalities that influence Philippine business and economy, up close and personal.  These forums present timely and relevant topics that affect foreign and local businesses, as well as talks by government officials on programs significant to doing business.


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