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Last Update: 05/11/2015

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Welcome to our website. Our organization is in the advocacy of the use of best practices as a way to enhance the global competitiveness of individuals, business organizations, and industries. Our focus for the year 2015 is to offer pioneering educational programs. We invite you to attend our wonderful seminars to help you and your company in optimizing growth and performance.

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UPCOMING SEMINARS

2015: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec
2016: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec



Best Practices in Performance-Based Compensation



When : July 31, 2015
              Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Edsa Shangri-la Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines


In this one-day special seminar, you will learn how successful global firms implement a performance-based compensation system that rewards the right behaviors and outputs. You will also learn how they link PMS to the organizational strategies, directions and values to ensure that all employees are moving towards attaining of the company’s objectives. Discover how to develop subsystems that support and strengthen the PMS and how to use performance measure calibration systems, performance improvement aimed at improving poor performers, individual development plans and more! We will share with you examples of the different aspects of compensation, such as basic pay, variable pay, short term bonuses, and long term incentive plans.

Most importantly, we will provide you different alternative strategies for each one of these compensation elements that you can customize to your organization’s compensation system to better enhance your PMS.



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Master Class on English Pronunciation


When : August 5 & 6, 2015
              Wednesday & Thursday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines



The way we speak impacts on our daily lives and the impression we create on other people. When you speak English well, you project a positive image of class, refinement, and distinction that educated members of society understand, appreciate, and identify with. When you knock, more doors of opportunities open up.

In this two-day seminar workshop, we will teach you to speak -- not with an American or British English accent -- but using the Global English standard: with correct phonology, accurate diction, proper enunciation, and precise articulation. When you have mastery of spoken English, you become a better salesperson, a better communicator as a professional and as a leader, a better public speaker, and certainly more convincing and attractive to others!



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An Insider's Guide on How to Excel in Law School Certified Best Seller
When : August 7, 2015
              Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines



Many companies go through strategic planning sessions without a clue or a clear idea how this should be conducted -- resulting to wasteful time, effort, resources and poor planning output.

In planning for 2016, equip yourself and your team with the Best Practices on How to Conduct Strategic Planning and Prepare Strategic Action Plans for a one-and-a-half-day seminar that is sure to guarantee better results in your planning sessions and meetings. This is recommended for business owners, board directors, management team and planning committees.



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A Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions for Banks

When : August 13 & 14, 2015
              Thursday & Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-la Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines


This two-day seminar is aligned with BSP and PDIC’s extension of incentives up to December 31, 2015 to encourage more mergers, consolidations and acquisition of eligible rural banks (RBs) and thrift banks (TBs) by strategic third party investors (STPIs) such as TBs, universal and commercial banks (UKBs), non-bank corporations and local and foreign group of companies as eligible STPIs.

This comprehensive program is a very useful guide for prospective bank investors, buyers, and sellers on the legal, regulatory, tax, accounting, finance, HR, and other integration issues encountered during M & A’s including the conduct of due diligence, choice and application of valuation techniques and other M & A execution best practices. The knowledge and the valuable lessons you will gain in this seminar from the expert practitioners is worth millions of consulting fees and savings in M & A transactions.

This is a one-time event only. Attend and be the best!



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Families' Guide to Estate and Tax Planning Certified Best Seller
When : August 20, 2015
              Thursday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Baguio Country Club
              Baguio City, Philippines

This one-day solution-oriented program is designed to help business owners, HR practitioners, lawyers, and laymen craft a working HR policy, code of discipline, and employment contract that is aligned with existing Philippine labor laws. Learn from the experts the special clauses that you must incorporate in your contract both for rank-and-file employees and high-level executives. Know the latest Supreme Court rulings on employment and other best practices including labor contracting. Attend this program for a strike-proof, trouble-free working environment.



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An Insider's Guide on How to Excel in Law School Certified Best Seller

Maximize your investment in time, money and effort when you study in law school. This pre-law program is uniquely tailored to meet the goal of surviving and excelling in law school as well as topping the bar exam thereafter. This unique course is specially designed to teach you all the proven techniques on how to really excel in class. Have a great start in law school, be ahead of the game and have a real edge by knowing the best kept secrets and study techniques of no. 1 bar topnotchers and valedictorians who will share their rich experiences on how to be the best.

The two-day seminar-workshop will showcase the best practices in digesting and analyzing complex laws and cases, memory retention, and answering the toughest recitation and exams. Also, learn what to expect in law school including how to impress terror professors, handle personal issues and deal with classmates, fraternities and sororities.

A great future awaits those who plan ahead. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Attend and learn from the best and the brightest.



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Super Memory Program for Law Students & Lawyers Certified Best Seller

Yes! there are techniques to memorize the law and the codals – which is the bible of all law students and lawyers. Super memory champion and trainer Robert M. Racasa who is also known as the Father of Philippine Memory Sports will share with you the best practices, secrets, and proven ways on how to memorize effectively. With this revolutionary method he designed, it is now easier to memorize all those voluminous materials you need to study in law school. When you can memorize easier and faster, you can now aim at topping the bar exams! Proven effective to increase your memory power by at least 100% !



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Master Class on English Pronunciation


When : September 10, 2015
             Thursday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines



Most organizations recognize the need for succession planning but unable to follow through on creating a system that will bring long-term results. In this one-day special seminar-workshop, you will learn how world-class organizations set up their Succession Planning process (SPP). You will be provided with best practices examples and specific and detailed steps of setting up an SPP that you can tailor fit to your organization. Having the right leaders in place and preparing your leadership pipeline will definitely contribute to superior business results!



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Families' Guide to Estate and Tax PlanningCertified Best Seller
When : September 17 & 18, 2015
              Thursday & Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Fortify your first line of defense against labor cases. Make sure that your HR forms, notices and contracts are aligned with the updated labor laws. One of the best ways you can simplify your HR work is to have ready-made templates that you can use from pre-hiring forms to employment contracts and notices that you can use in addressing all types of labor-related issues.
Attend and learn the best practices on how to craft trouble-free and judgment-proof HR forms featuring over 100 templates for your easy reference!



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Master Class on English Pronunciation


When : September 18, 2015
              Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines



This one-day best practices seminar will provide you a practical guide to will-writing and creating living trusts. With wills and trusts, you control and decide who you give your assets to. These instruments are two of the most widely used tools in estate planning and inheritance giving the RIGHT WAY.

It addresses vital issues including administration and distribution of your assets, guardianships, care of your parents, your spouse or partner, your minor children, and most importantly, care for you in case of incapacity or death. When done properly, you avoid litigation costs, divisive squabbles among family members, and these can save you and your loved ones great amount of time, effort, heartaches, lawyer’s fees, and taxes! Register now and avail of the early bird and group discounts!



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New ISBP 2013 on LC Transactions Certified Best Seller
When : September 24 & 25, 2015
              Thursday & Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Bankers, Importers & Exporters, insurers, transporters and other users and preparers of the Letters of Credits (LC) must know what are the standards for shipping documentation under the new ISBP 2013 that is now in effect starting June 1, 2013. Lawyers too must know the Rules on LC compliance defined in the Uniform Customs & Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP 600) with the supporting explanations and clarifications that is contained in the new ISBP so that if there are discrepancies in the documents, they can defend their clients in litigation cases resulting in non-payment under the LC.

The new ISBP 2013 is the checklist of best practices worldwide for checking and preparing LC documents under the UCP 600 – the universally used and accepted rules on letters of credit crafted by International Chamber of Commerce. Attend this rare program in the Philippines as we fly in Singapore-based international trade training expert Victor Tan. Master ISBP 2013 & UCP 600 to avoid costly mistakes in your LC transactions.



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Procurement Law Certified Best Seller
When : October 1 & 2, 2015
              Thursday & Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Majority of cases filed in the Ombudsman and in the trial courts are those against public officials and their accomplices in the private sector – suppliers, contractors, and consultants – who are accountable for violation of the Government Procurement Reform Law (RA 9184) and it’s IRR.

Stay out of trouble by learning everything you must know to comply with the procurement law from bidding rules and procedures for the procurement of infrastructure, goods and consulting services, the BAC, Contract Implementation, Protest Mechanism and other remedies, decided cases on protest, contract termination and settlement, understanding common problem areas and many more!

This is recommended for government officials in the national government agencies, LGUs and GOCCs as well as the business sector – suppliers, contractors and consultants and would be players -- who want to participate and do business with the biggest client of them all worth billions – the Government. Attend and master the procurement law!



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Write Right for Positive Results Certified Best Seller
When : October 8, 2015
              Thursday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

No second chance for a first impression—this holds true for writing in business. Your income is assured if your corporate letters, memos, and reports are written professionally!

Expand your business writing skills in this highly interactive and motivational workshop. Learn and re-learn current best practices in writing the routine one-memo, the persuasive proposal, and the make-or-break letter to produce the best results.

You will have a firsthand glimpse at writing samples (including make-or-break proposals) that produced results in the most difficult of situations. We will share real and current examples and effective strategies for top corporate leaders and professionals. Topics include bottom-line clarity, conciseness, directness to the point, plus sensitivity to the reader. Boost your corporate image, profitability, and business growth through professional writing!



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New ISBP 2013 on LC Transactions Certified Best Seller
When : October 8 & 9, 2015
              Thursday & Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Good news! A poor memory can be greatly improved. Boost your memory power and learn in this two-day special program designed by the Father of Philippine Memory Sports, Robert Racasa. He will be your trainer who served as the same coach that produced 2 Filipino International Grandmasters of Memory and made the Philippines number 1 in Asia as overall champion in International Memory Championship for 2013.

He will teach you the best practices to memorize better and faster in enabling you to remember facts, concepts, to do lists, presentation, names and faces, vital company information, events, and what you read, hear and see with tried and tested learning tools and proven techniques that will boost your overall memory performance and life-time learning efficiency leading to greater success and productivity. Limited to 50 seats. Pre-registration required.



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New ISBP 2013 on LC Transactions Certified Best Seller
When : October 9, 2015
               Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

On January 1, 2011, the new set of rules on INCOTERMS (shipping terms used for land, air and sea) in all international trade transactions took effect globally. Exporters and importers, traders, bankers, insurers, freight forwarders and carriers need to be aware of these changes as they will have tremendous impact on trade documentation and critical implications for their businesses, especially in the, carriage of goods between seller/buyer, export and import clearance requirements, allocation of costs between seller & buyer, cquisition of cargo insurance, assumption of risks for loss and damage.

Understanding these new rules and incorporating their use in sales contracts eliminates the uncertainties, errors and costly mistakes in the interpretations created in a trade transaction. This are for those involved in international trade transactions and for entrepreneurs and businessmen who plans to be in the import and export business.



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Salaries, Wages and Benefits


When : October 13, 2015
              Tuesday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: The Bellevue Hotel
              Muntinlupa, Philippines

This one-day seminar is for individual and corporate taxpayers, whether for profit or non-profit, who want to learn how to properly compute for salaries, wages, and benefits to take advantage of the tax savings in the new regulations that took effect in January 2015. This learning opportunity will address both your labor and tax concerns which are the two major regulatory challenges in employee benefits administration.



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An Insider's Guide on How to Excel in Law School


When : October 20 & 21, 2015
              Tuesday & Wednesday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines



In compliance with BSP’s MORB Guidelines on ICAAP, we’re offering this two- day seminar to support banks capacity-building initiatives to address this regulatory issue.

We will provide you a complete checklist of what you need to perform an ICAAP, explain step by step how to establish a risk appetite statement, help you understand the bank’s risk bearing capacity and techniques on how conduct a reliable and comprehensive assessment of capital requirements to sufficiently support all the material risks, taking into account your strategic/ business plans. You will be guided on the process of assessing and mapping the entire spectrum of risks, formulating a regulatory and economic capital forecast commensurate to exposures across all business lines, and establishing a capital stock buffer that will ensure sufficient availability of economic capital at all times.



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How to Collect Debt Certified Best Seller
When : November 12, 2015
              Thursday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Good news! Collection cases may now be won fast and efficiently without even needing a lawyer!

When you need to collect less than P100,000 against non-paying debtors, all you have to do is to file your cases in the small claims court. You can have a speedy trial with your case heard and resolved in one day with the judge’s final, executory, and non-appealable decision.

Never be a victim of abusive debtors again. Empower yourself and attend this one-day seminar workshop where we will teach you how to fill up the forms, file your collection lawsuit, and be your own lawyer to argue and successfully win your cases in court.

No more delays. No costly litigation costs. Attend and register now!




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Valid Dismissal Certified Best Seller
When : November 13, 2015
              Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Firing an employee incorrectly can be a very costly action that can lead to lawsuits and consequent payments of back wages, separation pay, moral and exemplary damages among others that may be awarded by the Courts to the illegally dismissed worker. Before you fire anyone, learn everything you need to know about termination laws.

This one-day special seminar is a complete guide to what HR practitioners, lawyers, and business owners must know about valid dismissal. We will teach you the substantive and procedural due process on just cause for termination, the latest Supreme Court rulings, and solutions-oriented approaches to downsizing your workforce without getting into trouble. Register and learn from the experts!




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New ISBP 2013 on LC Transactions Certified Best Seller
When : November 17 & 18, 2015
              Tuesday & Wednesday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-la Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

If you are involved in negotiations and transactions in PPP investment projects, international trade (Import & Export), and project finance structures, it’s a must that you understand the use of Bank Guarantees and Standby Letters of Credit (SBLC as differentiated from LC).

Listen to the official interpretation from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on how to apply the revised rules on guarantee and standby letter of credit practice with focus on practical usage of these instruments, new definitions and many examples to highlight right practices vs. contentious errors and common pitfalls to avoid. We will provide you with a step-by-step approach to let you understand everything with clarity and precision. You will learn about the main differences between standbys and guarantees and how to implement and interpret these ICC rules in your everyday business transactions.

This two-day comprehensive program will feature the Uniform Rules for Forfaiting 800, Uniform Rules on Bank Payment Obligations & Uniform Rules on Demand Guarantees 758 which is adopted globally by all countries that you will need to learn for your business transactions. Attend and we will give you best practices advice, present you with solutions, and provide you a comprehensive checklist of drafting recommendations and ready-to-use model forms for maximum learning.




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New ISBP 2013 on LC Transactions Certified Best Seller
When : November 20, 2015
              Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-la Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Model International Sale Contract is the latest time-saving tool for traders, business people and lawyers involved in important import/ export- and sales transactions. Succinct and practical, they are fair and balanced for all parties by clearly presenting comprehensive sets of rights and obligations. This one-day seminar will provide you with contract templates aligned with the rules on international trade. We will walk you through with the explanations on why they are needed for smooth and trouble-free transactions. This is recommended for those who are in the sale of manufactured goods but can serve as an example to work on for other types of products as well. We’re flying in ICC Czech Republic’s trade expert Pavel Andrle.



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Credit Risk Ratings for Banks Certified Best Seller
When : November 25 & 26, 2015
              Wednesday & Thursday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

This special two-day seminar for banks and other financial institutions will help you master not only the Internal Rating Based (IRB) methodology for credit risk assessment but effectively implement the credit risk management system and practices under Circular 855 which the BSP prescribed effective November 19, 2014. More importantly, our expert will provide guidance and practical insights on how to apply internal credit ratings using quantitative tools in estimating expected credit losses and discriminating among borrowers and credit facilities for purposes of risk based pricing, loan loss provisioning, and internal capital allocation. We will also provide you with an integrated portfolio management framework that you can use for client target marketing and steering the bank’s credit risk-reward profile.



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Bouncing Checks


When : January 21, 2016
              Thursday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

This special one-day corporate governance program is designed to address two important Issues:

1) To provide capacity building for board directors by presenting to them the global best practices in board effectiveness drawn from the most updated global research of the largest accounting firm in the world – PriceWaterhouse Coopers -- to be presented by former PWC Chairperson Judith V. Lopez.

2) To comply with SEC-mandated requirement for all board directors of public and publicly-listed firms to attend a corporate governance seminar of an accredited training provider in order for them to be eligible for election or re-election in the board.
Board chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and directors from all types of corporations and everyone who wants to be an effective board director or officer are welcome to attend.



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Bouncing Checks Certified Best Seller
When : February 5, 2016
              Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Baguio Country Club
              Baguio City, Philippines

Never be a VICTIM of bouncing checks again if you are armed with the right knowledge and the laws on bouncing checks BP 22 and ESTAFA. Learn how to prevent uncollectible bouncing checks, fight back abusive and recalcitrant debtors, and collect effectively with proven effective collection strategies via legal and extra-legal ways.

Nearly 50% of bouncing checks lawsuits filed in the office of the prosecutor or collection cases filed in trial courts are dismissed due to legal technicalities and because many prosecution lawyers are not aware of the special penal laws that are never really fully discussed in law schools. Our experts will teach you everything you need to know in this one-day comprehensive seminar that can save you so much money on lawyers fees, potential losses, and unquantifiable inconveniences and headaches.



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Fast & Effective Change Management



When : February 18, 2016
              Thursday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Changes in policies, plans, programs and people are normally met with resistance in organizations. This resistance is what causes friction, loss of productivity and profitability for an organization. A leader or a manager must know how to manage this resistance to change if one were to succeed in his / her job. Learn what they teach at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with this one-day special seminar on Best Leadership Practices for Fast and Effective Change Management featuring Dr. Phillip Ash, who led this leadership training program for senior officials and executives at the ADB. Enroll and don’t miss this chance for this once a year visit to the Philippines! Early bird discounts are available until January 18, 2015.



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Super Memory Program for Older Adults Certified Best Seller
When : March 11 & 12, 2016
              Friday & Saturday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

This special program is designed to help older adults improve their mental health and overall quality of life by providing them lifelong skills on solving forgetfulness including easily finding missing or misplaced items, daily tasks of taking medicines on time which may be fatal if not taken on time or overdose because they took it more out of forgetting that they have already taken it, remembering important appointments, navigating towards the right directions, remembering names and faces of their loved ones and many more!

This two-day program will feature Robert Racasa, the Father of Memory Sports in the Philippines. He has produced 3 Filipino Grandmasters of Memory and made the Philippines rank #1 in Asia for 2013 and the defending champion in Super Memory Championships. He is a sought after trainer on Super Memory Techniques in Memorizing the Bible, Super Memory Techniques for Sales Professionals, Super Memory Programs for High School and College, Super Memory Program for Law Students and Lawyers, How to Ace the Civil Servie Exam. Avail of the group discount for 3 or more participants. Rated 5-Star. Truly unforgettable!



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Super Memory Program for Students & Parents Certified Best Seller
When : May 14, 21 & 28, 2016
              Saturdays
              8:30am to 5:00pm

Where: The Bellevue Hotel
              Muntinlupa City, Philippines

Yes, your children can ace all exams, excel in school and top the class! We will teach them this amazing super memory program that produced 3 Filipino Supermemory International Grandmaster champions and made the Philippines rank number 1 in Asia in super memory competitions.

We will unravel the secrets on how to store, retain and retrieve information in a fast, effective, organized and stress-free manner. These proven and tested world-class systems will help your children get higher grades, raise academic skills and produce exemplary results in almost a fraction of the time your child used to spend studying and memorizing lessons. This means more quality time for school and for your family.



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How to Set Up an Internal Audit Sytem


When : May 19 & 20, 2016
              Thursday & Friday
              9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
              Mandaluyong City, Philippines

When do you know it’s time to set an internal audit function for your business? The moment you start delegating key functions to people such as procurement, finance, cash disbursement, you will need internal audit to review it. It may be a department, group, a team of two or even an individual handling that internal audit activity.

This two-day special program is to help both for profit and non-profit organizations as well as private and public institutions in their capacity building to set up and maintain an internal audit department or group. A functioning and effective internal audit system will help you monitor and detect fraud, help you lower your cost, improve your risk management, and provide you a more sound corporate governance practice. Learn the best practices for better business performance.



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