Partnering for Development:  Philippines-Taiwan Cooperation in the Services Sector

The UP Asian Center will host a symposium, Partnering for Development:  Philippines-Taiwan Cooperation in the Services Sector on 19 October 2018, Friday, 2:00 pm–4:30 pm, Seminar Room, UP Asian Center, Quezon City. The symposium is free and open to the public, but participants are encouraged to sign up. Seating is first-come, first-served.


PRESENTATIONS (2:00–3:30 pm) 

  • The Development of Economy and Trade of Taiwan and Taiwan-Philippines Cooperation Prospects” by Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
  • Trailblazing Regional Economies through Microfinancing of Enterprises” by Prof. Mary Ann Gumban
  • Customer-centric Technology Applications in Commercial Services: Benchmarking the Taiwan Experience” by Dr. Erik Paolo Capistrano
  • Perspectives from a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Company” by Ms. Jill Nagtalon
  • Mabuhay and Ni Hao: A Review on the Tourism Situation, Opportunities and Challenges of Taiwan and Philippines” by Prof. Victoria Villegas-Bacay

DISCUSSION (3:30–4:00 pm)

  • Partnering for Development: The Philippines-Taiwan Cooperation in Services Sector
  • Fostering Philippines-Taiwan Bilateral Economic and Trade Cooperation


  • Prof. Mary Ann Gumban is the Vice Chancellor for Administration of the University of the Philippines Visayas, and the former Dean of the College of Management.
  • Erik Paolo Capistrano, PhD is Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Professor of Business Administration and an Associate Professor of Operations Management and Management of Information Technology and from the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business, University of the Philippines Diliman.
  • Ms. Jill Nagtalon is Senior Training and Development Manager at Open Access BPO.
  • Prof. Victoria Villegas-Bacay is a faculty member of the Asian Institute of Tourism, University of the Philippines Diliman.


The symposium explores a partnership opportunities between Taiwan and the Philippines in “finance and insurance, long term health care, tourism, construction and other related services” in light of similar economic trends in both countries, which have seen service-driven development in recent years.


The symposium is organized by the UP Asian Center and the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research.


For inquiries, please email

Posted: October 9, 2018 9:26