Friday, April 23, 2010

Protect 2010 Forum on focus to Business vs. Threat Reduction Concerns

Last April 15 to 16, Protect 2010 settled a conference at New World Hotel, Makati City with the theme “Disaster Risk Reduction Forum on Doing Business Amidst New Threats”.

This conference included five major sessions that respectively discussed Threats from Man-Made Disasters, Overcoming Major Threats in Doing Business, Reducing Threats – Preventing Crisis, Business Considerations, and the Latest Developments in Providing Security.

Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza officially opened the council as he delivered his keynote speech which emphasized the continuing partnership between the public and private sectors to prevent, respond, rescue, and recover for terrorism and natural disasters.

Protect 2010, which was co-organized by the Anti-Terrorism Council and Leverage International (Consultants) Inc. with Undersecretary Ricardo R. Blancaflor as the spokersperson, was attended by various representatives from different bureaus and departments inside and outside the country to also deliver sub-topics from each conference’s session.

The group of speakers with their respective sub-topics included (by Session):

Session 1
- Assistant Secretary Victoria S. Bataclan of the Office of ASEAN Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the ASEAN Disaster Response Agreement
- Dr. Rohan Gunaranta, Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore on the Current and Emerging Terrorist Threat
- Mr. Joseph C.F. Lufkin, Managing Director of INEX Infrastructure Exchange Ltd., and Consultant of the Asian Development Bank on the Climate Change: Business Implications and Impacts
- Dr. Ma. Leonila Bautista, Associate Scientist of the Philippine Institute Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on the READY Project: Hazards and Mapping Assessment for Effective Community-Based Disaster Risk Management
- Ms. Ma. Lynn P. Melosantos, Senior Scientist of PHIVOLCS on the MMEIRS Project: The Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study

Session 2
- Mr. Michael Ross Controy, President of Condoza Software Solution Corporation on the Disaster Management – Hardware and Software Integration
- Mr. Raymond Koh, Regional Sales Manager of AXIS Communications on the Better Protection with Network Video Surveillance
- Mr. Pete Troilo, Country Manager of the Pacific Strategies Assessments, Serves on the Disaster Preparedness Committee, American Chamber of Commerce on the Analyzing Elections – Related Violence in the Philippines
- Mr. Drexx D. Laggui, Principal Consultant of Laggui & Associates, Inc. on the Securing Information Files
- Mr. Stephen P. Cutler, Director of Business Development Pacific Strategies and Assessments, Former FBI Agent on the Dynamic Protection of Critical Infrastructure
- Dr. Juan Ma. Pablo R. Nañagas, MPH, MNSA, Professor of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, Former Undersecretary of Health for Health Facilities, Standards & Regulations, Former Director of the Philippine General Hospital, of past service with the National Security Council on the Biological Events
- Mr. Vasu Nair, ASEAN Regional Solutions Consultant of Hitachi Data Systems Pte. Limited on the Data Protection and Data Resilience
- Mr. Enrico E. Rampinelli, Chairman of ZETOS Swiss Forensic Supply on the Document Fraud Protection and Detection
- Mr. Luichi Robles, Country Manager of Symantec Philippines on the Managing Outsourcing Risks
- Mr. Alex Pastrana, Managing Partner of Jorge, Pastrana & Associates on the Incident Command System

Session 3
- Usec. Ricardo R. Blancaflor, Director General of Intellectual Property Office on the Presentation of the Philippine Disaster Management System
- Mr. Restiituto B. Macuto, Director of the Program Management Bureau, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on the DSWD Programs and Services: Safety Nets for Projects in Disaster Risk Management
- Mr. Amel C. Capili, National Representative of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Emergency Services Officer of Asian Development Bank on the Emerging Role of An Emergency Manager
- Ms. Maria A. Ressa, News and Current Affairs Head, Managing Director of ANC ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation on the Best Practices in Crisis Communications
- Dr. Derrick K. Sim, Vice-President of GSK Philippines on the Pandemic Interventions: Protecting the Workforce and Reducing Transmission around the Premises

Session 4
- Mr. German F. Plan, Jr., Senior Vice-President and Head of Broking Operations of Marsh Philippines Risk Advisers and Insurance Brokers on the Impact of Natural Disasters on Insurance
- Mr. Joel L. Tan-Torres, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner on the Tax Implications of National Disasters
- Mr. Efren V. Leaño, Executive Director of the Board of Investments on the Investment Incentives for Projects in Disaster Risk Management

Session 5
- Mr. David Wee, Marketing Manager of the Security Solutions Deparment, SONY Business & Professional Products Asia on the HD Security Solutions
- Mr. Norbert Kiss, Vice-President of ASTARO Asia on the New Way of Looking at Branch Office VPN
- Mr. Raymond Koh, Regional Sales Manager of AXIS Communications on the Best of Network Video

The two-day forum brought the advantages of a partnership between the private and public sectors against cyber-terrorism, disaster risk reduction coordination, updated technologies that are readily implementable when the participants return to their offices, competitive edge in the marketplace for companies with a reputation for resiliency despite a crisis, and compliance with mandates by regulatory agencies and stockholders for corporate good governance.

Protect 2010 Forum about the “Disaster Risk Reduction Forum on Doing Business Amidst New Threats” was sponsored by Axis Communications, SONY,, Bio Red Guide, ANC, BusinessWorld, Malaya Business Insight, BusinessMirror, and Management Systems.

For further information about the council, do contact the Secretariat tel. no. 818-6828, fax no. 810-1594, and/or e-mail at


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