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Corporate Governance in PLDT is shaped by our governance structure and values. These are embodied in two fundamental policies. Our corporate governance structure entrusts authority and resources for the performance of corporate functions and delineates responsibilities for the exercise of such authority. This is defined in our Manual on Corporate Governance, along with our Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. Our corporate governance values of Accountability, Integrity, Fairness and Transparency, which shall guide the Company in the conduct of business, are defined in our Code of Business Conduct & Ethics.
Director of PLDT since November 24, 1998 and Chairman of the Governance and Nomination, Executive Compensation and Technology Strategy Committees. Mr. Pangilinan was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of PLDT after serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer from November 1998 to February 2004. Effective January 1, 2016, he concurrently holds the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart). He also serves as Chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and Philex Mining Corporation and Vice Chairman of Roxas Holdings, Inc., all of which are PSE-listed companies, and of several subsidiaries or affiliates of PLDT or MPIC, including, among others: Smart, Digitel Mobile Philippines, Inc., Digital Telecommunications Phils., PLDT Communicatinos & Energy Ventures, Inc., Beacon Electric Assets Holdings Inc. (Beacon), Manila North Tollways Corporation, Maynilad Water Services Corporation (Maynilad), Landco Pacific Corporation, Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings, Inc., Medical Doctors Inc. (Makati Medical Center), Colinas Verdes Corporation (Cardinal Santos Medical Center), Davao Doctors Incorporated, Riverside Medical Center Incorporated, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Asian Hospital Incorporated. He is also the Chairman of MediaQuest Holdings Inc. (MediaQuest), Associated Broadcasting Corporation (TV5) and PLDT-Smart Foundation.
Mr. Pangilinan founded First Pacific Company Limited (First Pacific), a Hongkong Stock Exchange-listed company, in 1981 and served as Managing Director until 1999. He was appointed as Executive Chairman until June 2003, when he was named as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Within the First Pacific Group, he also holds the position of President Commissioner of P.T. Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, the largest food company in Indonesia.
Outside the First Pacific Group, Mr. Pangilinan is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of San Beda College and the Hong Kong Bayanihan Trust, a non-stock, non-profit foundation which provides vocational, social and cultural activities for Hongkong’s foreign domestic helpers. He is the Chairman of Philippine Business for Social Progress, the largest private sector social action organization made up of the country's largest corporations. He is a Co-Chairman of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Inc., a non-stock, non-profit foundation established to formulate and implement a reconstruction strategy to rehabilitate and rebuild areas devastated by floods and other calamities, and of the US-Philippine Business Society, a non-profit society which seeks to broaden the relationship between the United States and the Philippines in the areas of trade, investment, education, foreign and security policies and culture.
Mr. Pangilinan has received numerous prestigious awards including the Business Icon Gold Award for having greatly contributed to the Philippine economy through achievements in business and society by Biz News Asia magazine (2008), Global Filipino Executive of the Year for 2010 by Asia CEO Awards, and Philippines Best CEO for 2012 by Finance Asia.
Mr. Pangilinan graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Wharton School of Finance & Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Procter & Gamble Fellow. He was conferred a Doctor of Humanities Degree (Honoris Causa) by the San Beda College (2002), Xavier University (2007), Holy Angel University (2009) and Far Eastern University (2010).
Director of PLDT since June 18, 1986. Ms. Dee is the Chairperson of EEI Corporation, House of Investments, Petro Energy Resources Corporation and Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, all of which are PSE-listed companies. She is the Chairperson or a director of several educational institutions and companies engaged in banking, insurance and real property and dealership businesses, including, Malayan Colleges, Inc., Mapua Information Technology Center, RCBC Saving Bank, Malayan Insurance Company, Landev Corporation, RCBC Realty Corporation, Pan-Malayan Realty Corporation, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc., Isuzu Philippines, Inc. and Xamdu Motors, Inc., among others. She is also the President and/or Chief Executive Officer of Hydee Management and Resource Corp., Moira Management, Inc., Tameena Resources, Inc., YGC Corporate Services, Inc., GPL Holdings, Inc. and Mijo Holdings, Inc. Ms. Dee received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from De La Salle University.
Director since November 24, 1998 and member of the Technology Strategy Committee. Atty. Espinosa has been serving as Chief Corporate Services Officer at PLDT since December 1, 2016, and General Counsel of Meralco since December 15, 2009. He is a director of Metro Pacific Invesments Corporation and Roxas Holdings, Inc., a director and Chairman of the Finance Committee of Meralco, an independent director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company, all of which are PSE-listed companies, and an independent director and the Chairman of the Risk Management Committee of Maybank Philippines, Inc. He is the Chairman of PhilStar Group of Companies and Business World Publication Corporation, the President of Mediaquest Holdings, Inc., A director of Voyager Innovations Inc. and Paymaya Philippines Inc., and a trustee of the Beneficial Trust Fund of PLDT and PLDT-Smart Foundation, Inc.
Atty. Espinosa served as Head or Regulatory and Strategic Affairs of PLDT until 2016, President & CEO of TV5 Network Inc. and Cignal TV Inc. until May 2013 and, prior thereto, was the President & CEO of ePLDT and its subsidiaries until April 2010. In June 2013, he joined First Pacific as Associate Director and was appointed as First Pacific Group's Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs and Head of Communications Bureau for the Philippines.
Atty. Espinosa has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Michigan Law School and is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He was a partner at Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan from 1982 to 2000, and a foreign associate at Covington and Burling (Washington, D.C., USA) from 1987 to 1988. He placed first in the 1982 Philippine Bar Examinations.
Director since November 3, 2011, member of the Technology Strategy and Risk Committees and an Advisor of the Audit Committee. Mr. Go is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JG Summit Holdings, Inc. and Oriental Petroleum and Minerals Corporation, the Chairman of Universal Robina Corporation and Robinsons Land Corporation, the Vice Chairman of Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc., and a director of Cebu Air, Inc and Meralco, which are PSE-listed companies. He is also the Chairman of JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation and JG Summit Olefins Corporation, and a director of CFC Corporation, United Industrial Corporation Limited, Marina Center Holdings Private Limited and Hotel Marina City Private Limited. He is also the President and a Trustee of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation. He was the Vice Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Telecommunications, Inc. until October 26, 2011.
Mr. Go received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Director since August 10, 2017. Mr. Hayashi is the Vice President-Planning/Carrier Relation Global Business of NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com). He handles strategy and management of the global business of overseas subsidiaries, post-merger Integration of NTT Com's mergers and acquisitions companies and carrier relation with global carriers of NTT Com. His previous positions in NTT Com were Director-Planning, Global Business (2012 to 2016), Senior Manager-Overseas Business Management, Global Business (2007 to 2012) and Senior Manager-Tax Accounting Division, Accounts and Finance Department (1999 to 2004). He was the Deputy General Manager-Corporate Management Department of NTT Europe Ltd. from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Hayashi obtained his Bachelor of Economics Degree from Osaka University.
Elected Director on August 9, 2018 for the unexpired term of his predecessor, Mr. Atsuhisa Shirai, Mr. Junichi Igarashi is also a member, vice Mr. Shirai, of the Governance and Nomination, Risk, Executive Compensation and Technology Strategy Committees, and is an advisor of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Igarashi is a Director, Smart Life Business Division of NTT DOCOMO, INC. Prior to that, he served as General Manager of DOCOMO Europe Inc. from July 2013 to June 2016; Director, Global Business Division of NTT DOCOMO, INC. from May 2006 to June 2013; Business Development Director and Head of Japanese Corporate Sales Division of Starhub Inc. from January 2005 to May 2006 and from January 2003 to May 2006, respectively. Mr. Igarashi has 29 years' experience in the telecommunications industry (fixed and mobile network, SI, mobile applications). He also has 10 years of working experience with GSM technical strategy team and global MNOs as NTT DOCOMO, INC. representative.
Mr. Igarashi graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) Degree from the University of Tokyo. He obtained his Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Michigan and Master of Engineering Degree (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Tokyo.
Chairperson of the Social Security Commission (SSC), the governing body of the Social Security System (SSS), effective October 10, 2018, and member of various committees, including the Investment Oversight, Governance, Media Affairs, Coverage and Collection, Risk Management, Information Technology, and Audit Committees, of the SSC.
Prior to her appointment at SSC, Ms. Ignacio served as Assistant Secretary for Special Projects under the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, and was designated as the Focal Person for Anti-Illegal Drugs pursuant to Presidential Directive No. 5. As Focal Person, she helped the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) in harmonizing all anti-illegal drug government programs. She oversaw the active participation of the ICAD Member-Agencies in Rehabinasyon, or the government's all-encompassing campaign against illegal drugs. She initiated the institution of Substance Abuse Helpline 155, where drug dependents and their families can call for assistance with complete confidentiality. In addition, she was also tasked to handle Special Projects for the Office of the President of the Philippines, while at the same time attending to her duties as a Principal Member of Task Force on the Establishment of Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers for Drug Users. She was a Guest Member of Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and a council member of the National Food Authority. Prior to her government stint, Ms. Ignacio worked in the Bank of the Philippine Islands as corporate banking employee from 2013 to 2016.
Ms. Ignacio obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce Major in Banking and Finance from Centro Escolar University.
Independent director since September 28, 2015 and independent member of the Audit, Governance and Nomination, Executive Compensation and Risk Committees. Mr. Liu is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Golden ABC, Incorporated. (GABC), a fashion retail company which creates and sells its own clothing, personal care and accessory lines marketed and retailed under a fast-growing dynamic portfolio of well-differentiated proprietary brands. He is the Group Chairman and President of LH Paragon Incorporated, a business holdings company which has under its management GABC and other companies in various industries, namely, Matimco Incorporated, Oakridge Realty Development Corporation, Basic Graphics Incorporated, Essentia Medical Group Incorporated, and Red Logo Lifestyle Inc., Greentree Food Solutions, Inc., and GABC International Pte Limited. He is a Trustee for Children’s Hour Philippines and of Philippine Retailers Association, a director for Mga Likha ni Inay, Inc., and a member of the Visayas Advisory Council of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, until March 27, 2018.
Mr. Liu graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from the University of San Carlos, Cebu, and completed the Executive Education Owner/President Management Program of the Harvard Business School.
Over the years, Mr. Liu and GABC under his leadership have been recognized by different award-giving bodies. Awards include, among others, the Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship from the Philippine Marketing Association, Ten Outstanding Young Men for Entrepreneurship, and the ASEAN Business Award of Excellence for Priority Integration Sector in Retail.
Independent director since April 23, 2013 and independent member of the Audit, Governance and Nomination, Executive Compensation and Risk Committees. Served as an independent member of the Advisory Board and an independent non-voting member of the Governance and Nomination Committee of the Board of Directors of PLDT from June 9, 2009 to May 6, 2013.
Hon. Panganiban is also an independent director of Meralco, Petron Corporation, First Philippine Holdings Corporation, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Robinsons Land Corporation, GMA Network, GMA Holdings, and Asian Terminals, Inc., and a regular director of Jollibee Foods Corporation, all of which are PSE-listed companies, as well as a senior adviser of Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company, a member of the Advisory Council of the Bank of the Philippine Islands and an adviser of Double Dragon Properties, Corp.
He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity, and of the Board of Advisers of Metrobank Foundation, Inc., a trustee of Tan Yan Kee Foundation and Claudio Teehankee Foundation, President of the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of World Bank (Philippines), Chairman-Emeritus of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc., Chairman of Philippine National Committee of the Asean Law Association, a consultant of the Judicial and Bar Council, a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, and a column writer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Hon. Panganiban served the Supreme Court of the Philippines for more than 11 years, first as Associate Justice (October 10, 1995 to December 20, 2005) and later, as Chief Justice (December 21, 2005 to December 6, 2006) during which he sat concurrently as Chairperson of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, Judicial and Bar Council and Philippine Judicial Academy. He has received over 250 awards in recognition of his role as jurist, practicing lawyer, professor, civic leader, Catholic lay worker and business entrepreneur, including as “The Renaissance Jurist of the 21st Century” given by the Supreme Court on the occasion of his retirement from the Court.
Hon. Panganiban graduated cum laude from Far Eastern University with a Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1960 and was conferred a Doctor of Laws Degree (Honoris Causa) by the University of Iloilo (1997), Far Eastern University (2002), University of Cebu (2006), Angeles University (2006) and Bulacan State University (2006). He was co-founder and past president of the National Union of Students of the Philippines.
Director since March 29, 2011 and non-voting member of the Governance and Nomination Committee. Atty. Rausa-Chan has been serving as Corporate Secretary, Corporate Affairs and Legal Services Head and Chief Governance Officer of PLDT since November 1998, January 1999 and March 2008, respectively. She is a director and the Corporate Secretary of ePLDT, PLDT Global Investments Holdings, Inc., PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc., ACeS Philippines Cellular Satellite Corporation and Mabuhay Investments Corporation. She also serves as Corporate Secretary of several subsidiaries of PLDT, PLDT-Smart Foundation Inc. and Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Inc.
Prior to joining PLDT, she was the Group Vice President for Legal Affairs of Metro Pacific Corporation and the Corporate Secretary of some of its subsidiaries. Atty. Rausa-Chan received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of the Philippines.
Director since July 11, 2016 and member of the Technology Strategy Committee. Ambassador del Rosario was the former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines from March 2011 to March 2016 and served as Philippine Ambassador to the United States of America from October 2001 to August 2006. Prior to entering public service, he was on the Board of Directors of over 50 firms. His business career for over four decades has spanned the insurance, banking, real estate, shipping, telecommunications, advertising, consumer products, retail, pharmaceutical and food industries.
Ambassador del Rosario is the Chairman of Philippine Stratbase Consultancy, Inc., Gotuaco del Rosario Insurance Brokers, Inc., Stratbase ADR Institute, Inc., and a director of First Pacific Company, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Rockwell Land Corporation (both PSE-listed companies), Indra Philippines, Inc., Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation, Sarimonde Foods Corporation, Two Rivers Pacific Holdings Corporation, Metro Pacific Resources, Inc., Metro Pacific Holdings, Inc., Metro Pacific Asset Holdings, Inc., Philippine Telecommunications Investment Corporation, Enterprise Investments Holdings, Inc. and Asia Insurance (Phil.) Corp. He is also a trustee of the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation for Peace & Development and Philippine Cancer Society, Inc. and a member of the Advisory Board of CSIS Southeast Asia Program and Metrobank Foundation, Inc.
Ambassador del Rosario received numerous awards and recognition for his valuable contributions to the Philippines and abroad. In September 2004, he was conferred the Order of Sikatuna, Rank of Datu, by H.E. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for his outstanding efforts in promoting foreign relations for the Philippines and the Order of Lakandula with a Rank of Grand Cross (Bayani) for acting as Co-Chair of the 2015 APEC in December 2015. He was a recipient of the EDSA II Presidential Heroes Award in recognition of his work in fostering Philippine democracy in 2001 and the Philippine Army Award from H.E. President Corazon Aquino for his accomplishments as Chairman of the Makati Foundation for Education in 1991. He was awarded as 2013 Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance by Ateneo School of Government and the Metrobank Foundation, 2014 Management Man of the Year by Management Association of the Philippines, 2016 Outstanding Government National Official by Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), 2016 Asia CEO Awards as Life Contributor, and Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal as one of Quezon City’s Most Outstanding Citizens for 2016. He was elevated to the Xavier Hall of Fame in New York City in 2006. He received the AIM Washington Sycip Distinguished Management Leadership Award in 2011, Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) for “principled commitment to democracy, integrity and the rule of law both at home and around the globe” conferred by the College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York City in September 2015, Rotary Club Makati West’s First “Albert del Rosario Award” (Tungo sa Makatarungang Pamumuhay) in August 2016, Outstanding Leadership in Diplomatic Service by Miriam College Department of International Studies and Philippine Tatler’s Diamond Award both in November 2016.
Ambassador del Rosario graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics.
Director since March 1, 2001, independent director since June 10, 2003, Chairman of the Audit Committee and independent member of the Risk, Governance and Nomination and Executive Compensation Committees. Mr. Roxas is the Chairman of Roxas Holdings, Inc. and Roxas Company, Inc., an independent director of Meralco, BDO Private Bank and CEMEX Holdings Phil. Inc., which are reporting or PSE-listed companies and an independent director of Mapfre Insular Insurance Corporation since April 2018. He is the Chairman, President or a director of companies or associations in the fields of agri-business, sugar manufacturing and real estate development including Brightnote Assets Corporation, Club Punta Fuego, Inc., Hawaiian-Philippine Co. and Philippine Sugar Millers Association, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Philippine Business for Social Progress and Fundacion Santiago (where he is also the President) and Roxas Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Roxas received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.A.
Director since November 14, 2016. Ms. Zamora is a member of the Board of Directors of Convergys Philippines, Inc., the Philippine branch of Convergys Corporation (NYSE:CVG), a global leader in customer management, and prior thereto, served as its Chairperson from April 2014 to March 2018. She is the 3rd Woman President and the 68th President of the Management Association of the Philippines since its inception in 1950, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, 2017-2018, Secretary and member of the Board of Trustees of the Integrity Initiative, and Board Adviser of ABS CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. She co-founded and is Chair of the Filipina CEO Circle, an organization of Filipina CEOs who rose through the ranks to lead large corporations in the country’s private sector.
She served as the first country manager of Convergys Philippines, setting up its first contact center in 2003 and leading its growth into being the country’s largest private employer. In 2011, she became managing director for Asia Pacific and EMEA, responsible for Convergys contact centers in the Philippines, India, United Kingdom, and Malaysia.
Prior to her work at Convergys Philippines, Ms. Zamora served as managing director for Headstrong Incorporated, a global provider of integrated solutions and digital technologies. Previously, she was with IBM Philippines where she held a number of sales, marketing and management positions during her 18-year tenure with the company.
Ms. Zamora received her Bachelor of Arts Degree (major in Mathematics & History) from the College of the Holy Spirit and studied in the University of the Philippines and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Honors conferred on Ms. Zamora include the Asia CEO Awards 2011 Global Filipino Executive of the Year, the ‘Go Negosyo’ Woman STARpreneuer Award 2012, and the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the World Award (Founders & Pioneers Category) 2013.
Our Board of Directors ("Board") adopted its Charter on Novermber 9, 2017. The Charter is intended to serve as guide for the Board and each director in performing their functions and fiduciary duties.
The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership in PLDT’s governance. The Board oversees the corporate governance framework established to enable the Company to conduct its business in order to foster long term success, sustain competitiveness and create value for its stakeholders.
Our Board is composed of 13 qualified and competent members, each highly regarded in his or her respective fields and/or industry. Our directors possess complementary skills and expertise, and the requisite independence, probity and diligence as they exercise their fiduciary duties. Our Board has three independent directors selected on the basis of specific independence criteria set out under applicable laws, rules and Company policies, who are free from any business or other relationships with PLDT and its subsidiaries which could, or could reasonably be perceived to, materially interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out their responsibilities as independent directors. The Company does not have shareholder agreements, by-laws provisions, or other arrangements that constrain a director’s ability to make objective decisions and vote independently.
Our directors are all business owners or leaders and hold, or have held, senior management positions. They all have extensive experience in their respective fields or industries, such as telecommunications, ICT, infrastructure, power, petroleum, banking, insurance, real property development, agriculture, food manufacturing and fast-food business. Mr. James L. Go and Mr. Shigeki Hayashi, for example, have prior experience in the telecommunications industry, the major sector in which PLDT operates.
The activities of the Board, as assisted by its Board Committees, include the following:
Guidelines on the Search, Screening, and Selection of Directors
In 2017, our Board held 12 meetings (9 regular Board meetings, 2 special Board meetings and 1 organizational Board meeting). In each meeting, a quorum of at least two-thirds of the Board members, including at least one independent director, was present. All of the independent directors were present in the Annual Stockholders' Meeting held on June 13, 2017. The respective Chairmen of the Audit, Governance and Nomination, Executive Compensation, Risk, and Technology Strategy Committees were likewise present in the said meeting.
Our Board is ably assisted by an Advisory Committee. The diversity of the expertise, knowledge and experience of these advisors serves to complement that of the Board. The Advisory Committee provides guidance and suggestions, as necessary, on matters deliberated upon during Board meetings.
Audit Committee Charter
Governance and Nomination Committee Charter
1 Appointed to the ECC on August 9, 2018 vice Mr. Atsuhisa Shirai Executive Compensation Committee Charter
The RC assists the Board in fulfilling its governance functions relating to risk management. These functions include overseeing Management’s adoption and implementation of a system for identifying, assessing, monitoring and managing key risk areas, and reviewing Management’s reports on the Company’s major risk exposures and Management’s plans and actions to minimize, control or manage the impact of such risks.
Technology Strategy Committee Charter
PLDT has an internal audit organization that determines whether our structure of risk management, control and governance processes, as designed and represented by Management, are adequate and functioning to ensure that:
1. Risks are appropriately identified managed, and/or reported;
2. Significant financial, managerial, and operating information are accurate, reliable and timely;
3. Employees’ actions are in compliance with policies, standards, procedures, and applicable laws and regulations;
4. Resources are acquired economically, used efficiently and adequately protected;
5. Programs, plans and objectives are achieved;
6. Quality and continuous improvement are fostered in our control processes; and
7. Significant legislative or regulatory issues impacting us are recognized and addressed appropriately.
To provide for the independence of the internal audit organization, its personnel report to the head of the internal audit organization, being the Chief Audit Officer/Internal Audit Head, who reports functionally to the Audit Committee and administratively to the President and CEO. The Chief Audit Officer is accountable to management and the Audit Committee in the discharge of his duties and is required to:
1. Provide annually an assessment on the adequacy and effectiveness of our processes for controlling our activities and managing our risks;
2. Report significant issues related to the processes of controlling our activities, including potential improvements to those processes, and provide information concerning such issues; and
3. Periodically provide information on the status and results of the annual internal audit plan and the sufficiency of our internal audit organization’s resources.
The Company’s internal audit organization has a charter approved by the Audit Committee that complies with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing of The Institute of Internal Auditors, in the discharge of its scope of work and responsibilities.
The Company’s internal control system is based on the COSO Framework (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission’s Internal Control–Integrated Framework), which defines internal control as a process, effected by the Company’s Board of Directors, Management and other personnel, designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the achievement of objectives in the following categories:
Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal controls. The Audit Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the Company’s system of internal controls.
The Company discloses annually its assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting at the end of the fiscal year. Chief Governance Officer
The CG compliance system established in the CG Manual includes the designation by the Board of a Chief Governance Officer who reports to the Chairman of the Board and the GNC. The primary responsibilities of the Chief Governance Officer include monitoring compliance with the provisions and requirements of corporate governance laws, rules and regulations, reporting violations and recommending the imposition of disciplinary actions, and adopting measures to prevent the repetition of such violations.
In addition, the Chief Governance Officer assists the Board and the GNC in the performance of their governance functions, including their duties to oversee the formulation or review and implementation of the corporate governance structure and policies of the Company, the establishment of an evaluation system to verify and measure compliance with the CG Manual in relation to related laws, rules and regulations, and to oversee the conduct of a self-assessment of the performance and effectiveness of the Board, the Board Committees, and individual Board members in carrying out their functions. Corporate Governance Office
The CGO is responsible for the continuing development, drafting, issuance and review of appropriate corporate governance policies, attending to reports received through the whistleblowing facility, addressing queries and providing opinions or guidance on corporate governance matters to operating units, initiating enforcement actions to ensure compliance with corporate governance policies, and maintaining a corporate governance education and communication program that sees to the development of the proper knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits that would promote voluntary observance of corporate governance policies. Enterprise Risk Management
The Risk Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the Company’s assessment and management of enterprise risks. The Risk Committee reviews and discusses with Management the Company’s major risk exposures and the corresponding risk mitigation measures, and receives periodic status reports on the PLDT Group’s enterprise risk management activities from the PLDT Group Enterprise Risk Management Department.
The complex and dynamic business environment that the PLDT Group operates in gives rise to a variety of risks. The Enterprise Risk Management Department is in charge of managing an integrated risk management program with the goal of identifying, analysing and managing the PLDT Group’s risks to an acceptable level, so as to enhance opportunities, reduce threats, and thus sustain competitive advantage.
The Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Framework adopted by the PLDT Group is based on the principles and framework promulgated by the Committee of Sponsoring Organization of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The ERM process used by the Group Enterprise Risk Management Department is based on the ISO 31000 standard on risk management.
The ERM Framework requires all members of the PLDT Group to select and implement a treatment strategy to address high-priority risks. Suitable risk treatment strategies and action plans are developed by operational units. The risk owner shall be responsible for coordinating and engaging the different teams involved in the implementation of the strategies and action plans. Appropriate resources are made available to ensure these plans are implemented effectively.
Proper implementation of treatment strategies are documented creating an audit trail for periodic audits by Internal Audit and/or external auditors to test compliance with agreed upon policies and strategies. External Audit
The external auditor is appointed by the Audit Committee which reviews its qualifications, performance and independence. To ensure objectivity in the performance of its duties, the external auditor is subject to the rules on rotation and change (every five years); general prohibitions on hiring of staff of the external auditor; and full and appropriate disclosure and prior approval by the Audit Committee of all audit and non-audit services and related fees for such services. Approval of non-audit work by the external auditor is principally tested against the standard of whether such work will conflict with its role as an independent auditor or would compromise its objectivity or independence as such. View the PLDT Governance Structures