Rogelio Nicandro

Rogelio Nicandro is a member of the Executive Board and the head of the Intellectual Property group. His practice focuses on intellectual property, litigation, and arbitration.

Roger started practicing law immediately after the bar when he was invited by his professor, William R. Veto, a commercial law authority and senior counsel of Tañada Carreon Tañada, to be his legal assistant. He handled civil and commercial litigation at the trial and appellate level. He also handled insurance and intellectual property, variegated contracts, and prepared opinions for his banking clientele.

Roger joined the firm in 1969. In his early years, his practice was concentrated on litigation, civil and commercial, with some criminal cases. He was also into contracts, banking, corporations, intellectual property, and condominiums. He is a pioneer in condominium law practice, having been counsel for the earliest condominium projects in the Philippines.

Roger has acted as panel chairman and arbitrator in significant cases and has been elected since 1996 as trustee of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Centre, the country’s foremost arbitration centre.

In 1999, he became the head of the intellectual property department of the firm. He regularly attends international IP congresses where he often contributes country reports and position papers. He is currently Vice-President of the Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association of the Philippines and is past president of the Licensing Executives Society International, Philippine Group.

From 1987 to 2011, Roger was a legal consultant of the Asian Development Bank. He also taught Election Law in Ateneo Law School for eight years. He was lead counsel of the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), particularly, for its successful accreditation as the citizen’s arm for the snap presidential elections of 1986 before the Marcos-controlled Commission on Elections. He likewise handled human rights cases and became Counsel General of the Brotherhood of Nationalistic, Involved and Free Attorneys to Combat Injustice and Oppression (BONIFACIO), a human rights lawyers’ group. He is past president of the Legal Management Association of the Philippines.

Roger received his A.B. Philosophy degree from San Beda College and is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila School of Law.

Firm Overview:

Our mission is to pursue at all times the path of excellence, to develop our capabilities to the fullest, and to extend ourselves to the limit.

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George Villaruz

George has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant for over 26 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration major in Accounting from University of the Philippines – Visayas in 1977.

A consistent Dean’s Lister, he took his MBA at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. George has expertise in business assurance, consulting and tax. He is the senior partner of the firm Villaruz, Villaruz & Co., CPAs which has a varied client base that includes investment and financing, construction, computer software, manufacturing, project management and consultancy, regional headquarters and representative office, manpower training and recruitment, among others.

Mr. Villaruz was given the Leadership Award by the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountant (PICPA) Metro Manila Region during the 2006 Accountancy Week Celebration for his extraordinary dedication for the profession of Accountancy as 2005-2006 Chair of the region, Award of Distinction as Treasurer and Member of the National Board of Directors for 2005-2006 and Award of Distinction as Member Committee on Accountancy Week Celebration given by the PICPA National President. In 2008, PICPA conferred to him the Outstanding PICPA Member Award in recognition of his long and selfless loyalty and exemplary of cooperation in serving the interest of PICPA: for his participation in its affairs and his dedication and steadfast devotion to duty in various positions and responsibilities entrusted him by the organization, thus enhancing the prestige of the Institute and the accounting profession.

In 2004, he was also given the Leadership Award by PICPA Metro Manila Region as the 2003 PICPA Eastern Metro Manila Chapter President. As an active volunteer of Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC), his work was recognized after having evaluated 10 organizations in 2003. He continues to render volunteer work with PCNC that in June 2011, he was again recognized for having evaluated 30 organizations.

Earlier in 2003, under his presidency, the PICPA Eastern Metro Manila Chapter was also awarded the Most Outstanding Chapter Award.

He sat in the 2005-2006 PICPA National Board of Directors representing the Metro Manila Region (MMR) and also held the position of National Treasurer. George was also the 2005-2006 Chairman of the PICPA MMR. Continuing the legacy of his predecessor, under his term, the PICPA MMR was awarded as the Most Outstanding Region and was elevated to the Region Hall of Fame Award in 2005.

In July 2007, the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) Iloilo conferred to him the Outstanding Professional Alumni Award for Business Administration. In 2008, he was awarded by PICPA as Outstanding Member of Metro Manila Region and in 2012, the Honorary Life Member Award.

For the years 2010 and 2011, he was a director of the Association of Certified Public Accountants in Public Practice (ACPAPP), Chair-Technical Session Committee, 2013 ACPAPP National Convention and Chair ACPAPP 2014 Annual National Convention. A Founding Member of ACPAPP Foundation in 2002, he served as trustee for the years 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2013. He was also a trustee of PICPA Foundation from FY 2005-2006 to FY 2011-2012. He continued to serve PICPA as Chair-Accountancy Week Celebration (AWC) Committee for FY 2011-2012 and Chair-Induction Committee for FY 2013-2014.

He is also a Board of Trustee of University of the Philippines Visayas Foundation Inc. and Chair-Audit Committee from 2009 to the present and a member of the Council of Elders of Buklod ng Pag-ibig Foundation Inc. from 2008 to the present.

A strong believer in the Word of God, he is inspired by the scripture verse in Galatians Chapter 6: Verse 9 which gives hope and eventually inspire those entrusted to the various positions in PICPA which reads:

“And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.” -Galatians 6:9

Jimmy Roa

Jimmy Roa is a business executive and an entrepreneur in the field of BPO, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), IT Staffing, Remote Staffing and CAD Outsourcing. Having been involved in these industries for the past 30 years, I know what works and what doesn’t.

I am the CEO of a 24 year old company that provides IT Staffing and offshore RPO services. We are based in the Philippines which is recognized as a premier outsourcing destination.

I am looking for clients and partners who are willing to practice the “One-team Concept. I believe that clients are partners and that a true alliance is essential in achieving overall goals of cost savings and process improvement.

Firm Overview:

Sysgen RPO is a leading offshore Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) provider based in the Philippines. Our goal is to provide you with unparalleled recruiting support utilizing skilled and accomplished recruiting professionals.

Emerico O. De Guzman

Emerico O. De Guzman is a Senior Partner and currently the Managing Partner of ACCRALAW. He was the Head of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Department from 2008 until his election as Managing Partner in February 2014. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and his Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of the Philippines. He attended the Academy of American and International Law in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law. Prior to ACCRALAW, Mr. De Guzman was exposed to human resource management in both the private and public sectors for six (6) years. As a Partner of ACCRALAW, Mr. De Guzman served four terms as Chairperson of the Industrial Relations Advisory Committee of the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP). He was a member of the PMAP Board of Directors for four years and was its Director-in-Charge of Government Affairs for a year. In November 2005, he was elected President of the Association for the year 2006. In 2006, he was designated Champion for Competitive Human Resources of the National Competitiveness Council. Mr. De Guzman was also in the Board of Directors/ Officers (1997-2000) of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (Makati Chapter). He was the Managing Editor of the IBP Journal for 2003-2005. In June 2007, Mr. De Guzman was elected to the Board of Directors of the Philippine Bar Association (PBA). In 2013, he became a Vice-President of the PBA. In July 2014, he was elected as the President of the PBA for the year 2014-2015.

He has consistently been recognized by legal publications, such as Chambers Asia and Asia Pacific Legal 500, as a Leading Individual in Philippine Employment Law practice. In 2011, he was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Employment and Immigration Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). In July 2011, Mr. De Guzman was appointed as a member, representing Employers, of the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC). In March 2018, he was appointed as Co-Chair of IPBA’s Legal Practice Committee.

Mr. De Guzman’s practice areas include Employment Law, Labor Relations and Litigation involving employment related issues. He is also advising several of the top multinational corporations in a variety of industries (manufacturing, semiconductor, offshoring and outsourcing, hotels and healthcare) with their labor and employment concerns. He has been assisting clients with their contracting arrangements as well as the conduct of compliance audits and the resolution of disciplinary cases and termination disputes. Mr. De Guzman also actively gives seminars and lectures on current employment law issues.

He is the Philippine Chapter author of: the International Bar Association’s Handbook on Global Recruiting, Screening, Testing and Interviewing Criteria, published by Wolters Kluwer; the Guide to International Employment and Labor Law published by Littler Mendelson LLP; the International Survey on Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law published by the American Bar Association; and of Getting the Deal Through’s Outsourcing 2016 published by the Law Business Research Ltd.

Firm Overview:

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) is the country’s premier law firm with a cohesive multi-disciplinary team of legal professionals who possess in-depth knowledge in specialized fields of law, backed by extensive experience of over forty years in the practice of law in the Philippines. From a core group of seven lawyers at its inception in 1972, the Firm has grown to a prestigious service organization of more than 160 lawyers and 160 non-legal personnel. Its principal offices are in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila. The firm has full service branches in thriving business commercial centers in the Visayas and Mindanao – Cebu City and Davao City.

The Firm has an excellent track record in litigation and dispute resolution, labor and employment law, intellectual property, and in handling diverse, significant and complex business projects and transactions for both local and multinational clients. It has been involved in landmark litigation cases and significant business transactions.

ACCRALAW’s clientele represents the full spectrum of business and industry, and includes professional organizations and individuals. Servicing the Firm’s clients are seven practice departments and two branches, which offer timely, creative and strategic legal solutions matched with cost-efficient administration and expert handling of clients’ requirements.

The Managing Partner of the Firm is Emerico O. De Guzman and its Co-Managing Partner is Regina Padilla Geraldez.