Annual General Meeting 2020

By DCCP on 03/10/2020 - 18:00 in Makati

As specified in the By-laws of the Chamber, the DCCP Board of Trustees would hereby like to call for an an Annual General Membership overseen by COMELEC 2020. This meeting will take place on March 10, 2020, 6pm and is for DCCP members only.

Please confirm your attendance with Patricia Casas, 
5 DCCP BOT positions will be up for election, while the remaining four Board Members finish their three year term in 2021. 
We invite you to send in your nominations for the DCCP Board of Trustees 2020 by completing and signing the nominee form. Please return it to us before February 21, 2020 subject: DCCP AGM Nomination 2020.
If you cannot attend the DCCP AGM 2020 on March 10, but if you still wish to vote, complete in the proxy form and designate your proxy. Please return the same form to before February 21.
The timeline and procedure for nomination of candidates will be as follows, please read carefully:

February 10: Official announcement AGM 2020. Nominee and proxy forms sent to members

February 21: 5pm Manila time deadline for sending nominee and proxy forms

February 24: Informing nominees of nomination for possible DCCP board position

March 2: 5pm Manila time deadline for nominees to accept nomination and send CV to

March 3: Announcement of all nominees for election + sending of CV to DCCP members

March 10: Elections for DCCP board 2020

Please note that all DCCP members can be nominated and elected in the DCCP Board of Trustees. However only members in good standing can validly nominate, be qualified for nomination and election into the Board of Trustees. Therefore, all DCCP members must pay their 2020 membership dues – or have indication of payment in process – before March 3. Non-members wanting to become members can still do so provided they register and pay their annual membership before March 3. Please contact Patricia Casas via
Contact person on behalf of the DCCP COMELEC is Patricia Casas via

DCP x DCCP New Years Drinks 2020

By DCCP on 01/16/2020 - 19:00 in TBC, Poblacion, Makati

Dutch Club Philippines and DCCP invite you to the 2020 edition of our New Years Drinks! The exact location will be confirmed in the following days but this year's drinks will be in Poblacion, Makati from 7 PM to 10 PM.

You know the drill: Heineken will provide the first keg of beer, after which all drinks are at own costs. No tickets nor registration needed, just show up and ask for us!

2019 Maritime Forum - Beyond the Horizon: Looking to the Future of the Philippine Maritime Sector

By DCCP on 11/06/2019 - 08:00 in Sofitel Plaza

The 2019 Maritime Forum will be hosted on November 6, 8 AM to 1 PM at Sofitel Plaza, Metro Manila by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, NordCham Philippines and the Norwegian Philippines Business Council.

It will provide attendees within the industry with an update on the ongoing EMSA audit by MARINA OIC VADM Narciso Vingson (confirmed). After this, wider panel-discussions of the future of the Manning/Ship Management sector beyond the EMSA audit aim to give an insight of where the industry is heading in terms of digital transformation, future opportunities and possible challenges.

Over 150 industry officials of the Manning/Ship Management sector were in attendance in 2018 and a similar turn out is aimed for this year.

Tickets are PHP2000 for DCCP Members, PHP2500 for non-members and PHP3000 for walk-ins at the day of the event itself.

Interested attendees may access tickets through the following link

DCCP: Chains4Change x OrangeASEAN

By DCCP on 10/22/2019 - 08:00 in Spaces Arnaiz, 928 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati

On the occassion of the 7th Orange ASEAN Asian Factory in Manila, the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines has partnered up with the Netherlands Embassy for an event focussing on Sustainable Supply Chains. Taking place on Tuesday October 22, 8AM to 11AM, this event will welcome DCCP Members to a presentation by the Chains4Change Programme:

In June 2017, the University of the Philippines and the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) of the Erasmus University (Netherlands) initiated an action research project designed to understand the driving forces of inclusive and competitive business models in agricultural value chains. This was a practical off-shoot of the longer-term research collaboration of the two universities on the Escaping the Middle-Income Trap (EMIT) research project. The action research initiative was undertaken in full collaboration with the Jollibee Group Foundation, Unifrutti – Hineleban Foundation, and PinoyME Foundation.

The results of the action research project resulted in how pragmatic interventions and creative approaches emerge as soon as stakeholder partners in the value chain were able to recognize and develop their shared vision to alleviate poverty.

Orange Factory is an intense 3-week sustainability consultancy program for talented young professionals, entrepreneurs and (master) students from the Netherlands and Southeast Asia, initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

Supported by experienced consultants, academics and field experts, 20-30 participants work in dedicated teams on business cases for real-life issues from our partners, designing innovative solutions for sustainability challenges in the region. Our partners range from multinational companies to local NGOs and government institutions. Yearly, several Factories are organised at different capital cities in the ASEAN region.

Interested? Contact for more information.

Breakfast Session: Post-SONA Policy Outlook

By DCCP on 10/03/2019 - 08:00 in Spaces Makati, 928 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati

The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines has partnered up with Vriens & Partners Philippines for our September Breakfast Session: Post-SONA Policy Outlook. This session will take place on 3 October 2019, from 8am to 10am at Spaces Makati and will focus on the business implications arising from the State of the Nations Address (22 July 2019). 

Fifteen seats are available for this breakfast session, and will be given out on a first come first serve basis. Kindle register here to sign up after which confirmation of successful registration will be sent by email. Sign ups beyond 15 slots will be waitlisted until further notice. Walk-inns are unfortunately not accomodated. 


Members: 600 PHP

Non-members: 1000 PHP




Ms. Elaine Collado, Country Director Vriens & Partners Philippines

Elaine leads Vriens & Partners’ Philippines-focused work, providing insights on political dynamics in the Philippines and developing government affairs strategies to advance the market entry, operation, and expansion goals of Vriens & Partners’ clients. She has over 16 years of experience in the field, leading high-level consultations with senior government officials, business leaders, foreign business chambers, and NGOs on a broad range of public policy issues, including those related to internet technology and regulation, e-commerce and fast-moving consumer goods, investment liberalization, public-private partnerships, constitutional change, and governance reform.

Prior to working with Vriens & Partners, Elaine served as Executive Director for the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Absentee Voting, Director for Legislative Affairs to a Senator of the Philippines, and Chief of Staff to a Member of the House of Representatives. She helmed the development of landmark legislation that established an automated voting system in the Philippine elections and has advised principals during Congressional sessions and Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) meetings at the Office of the President.

Elaine was also Senior Competition Policy Specialist and Team Leader for trade- and infrastructure-related development projects under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Before joining the public sector, Elaine practiced corporate law, specializing on mergers and acquisitions, project finance, and civil litigation in the law offices of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Ateneo de Manila University and her law degree from the University of the Philippines. Her research on constitutional law has been published in the Philippine Law Journal, and she has been a member of the Philippine Bar since 2002.


6th Speed Networking Night

By DCCP on 09/10/2019 - 18:00 in TBC, Makati

The Dutch Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines in partnership with the British, French, German, Italian, and Spanish Chambers cordially invites you to the forthcoming 6th Speed Networking Night on 10 September 2019 from 6:00PM-10:00PM. Venue: Mayuree I Dusit Thani.

Speed networking is one of the opportunities for professionals to forge new connections through one-on-one focused conversations. Every attendee will receive a name tag indicating their company and the Chamber that they registered with to ensure smoothness of networking. The networking proper will be done systematically to ensure that each participant gets a lot of chances to interact and expand their network. There will be a moderator to handle the networking process.

This event is expected to attract at least 150 guests, with last year reaching a record of nearly 200 participants who are mostly senior executives of local and foreign businesses, members of social and business groups with connections to the local British, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish communities in the country.


Members: 1500 PHP

Non-Members: 2500 PHP

Walk-ins: 3000 PHP

Interested? Please register here, payment instructions to follow upon registration.

DCP - DCCP Welcome Back Drinks

By DCCP on 09/06/2019 - 18:00 in Nokal, Poblacion, Makati

To welcome everyone back after European Summer, Dutch Club Philippines has invited us to our regular networking session. Therefore join us on September 6, from 8PM onwards, in Poblacion Makati - at Nokal

This event is unticketed and Heineken will sponsor the first round of beers (first come first serve, as long as supply lasts). After this drinks will be at own costs. 

Flavours of St. Martin

By DCCP on 08/28/2019 - 18:30 in Louis Deli, 2F, #189 Doña Soledad Ave cor Russia street, Paranaque City

The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry have teamed up to organize a Caribbean food inspired evening where the French and Dutch community is invited to meet and network in a relaxed setting. On August 28, 18:30PM onwards, you are invited to French-Dutch bistro Louis in Paranaque with the theme of the evening being ”Flavours of St. Martin”.

Served this evening will be:

Members:                          PHP 750
Non-Members:                  PHP 1,250

A fun fact that is not commonly known is that France and The Netherlands are direct neighbours! They share a physical border right in the Caribbean. Another fun part about St. Martin is the fact that Creole spices have infiltrated French as well as Dutch cuisine. French wines and Dutch beer makes for excellent pairings with many of the fine meals. Infused rums further enhance idea generation. Restaurant chefs of the island combine local traditions and local ingredients with their European “savoir-faire”: a subtle blend of flavours, the “douceurs épicées”, “annatto” spice, the “christophine” or chayote squash, fish, lobsters and shellfish, reflecting the multicultural nature of the island. St. Martin’s food delights the taste buds and dazzles the senses.

Interested? Reserve your seat at the table here

* Limited seats are available and therefore attendance can only be done upon confirmation of registration. Upon significant demand, participants will be wait-listed and a possible second date will be selected. 

Impact 2050 Learning Series - Impact Hub Manila

By DCCP on 08/22/2019 - 18:00 in Makati & BGC

DCCP has partnered with Impact Hub Manila's Impact 2050 Learning Series is a string of knowledge-exchange sessions dedicated to inciting the entrepreneurship mindset in nation-building. With Dutch expertise covering innovative solutions to everyday problems, some of our Members are confirmed to continue the conversation on innovative solutions in different sectors. 

DCCP will contribute to:




August 22 (Thursday)

Picadilly BGC


August 29 (Thursday)

VCorp Makati


September 04 (Wednesday)

Cyber Sigma BGC


September 11 (Wednesday)

VCorp Makati

Climate Change


Heineken will sponsor the beer during the networking sessions that will follow each event. Entrance is free of charge and no sign-up is needed.




18:00 - 19:00

Registration and Networking

19:00 - 19:15

Welcoming Remarks and Introduction of Impact 2050, DCCP introduction

19:15 - 19:25

Keynote Speaker

19:25 - 19:30

Introduction of panelists

19:30 - 20:15

Panel discussion

20:15 - 20:45


20:45 onwards



Happy Hour with the Belgian Filipino Business Club

By DCCP on 07/25/2019 - 18:00 in Buccaneers, Makati

"A Dutchy and Belgian walk into a bar..."

We all know that this line will end in laughter. Therefore join DCCP and BFBC for a night to remember this July 25, 1800 to 2100PM, at Buccaneers in Poblacion, Makati. This event is free-of-charge, but all your drinks will be at own expense for this casual networking night. A happy-hour discount will apply on all Belgian beers so you can get a taste of what our Southern neighbours serve.


By DCCP on 06/26/2019 - 12:15 in World Trade Center Metro Manila

The next edition of Livestock and Aquaculture Philippines will be held from 26 - 28 June 2019 at a new venue at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. These events are a complete integrated industry event provides broader opportunities for exhibitors and visitors extending opportunities to inspect modern meat processing, packaging equipment, technology and retail solutions in meat production.

The event is expected to attract more than 12,000 delegates from local and international organizations from the entire value chain which include integrators, veterinarians, livestock farmers, feedmillers, wholesalers, retailers, slaughterhouse operators, food processors, importers, distributors and other industry stakeholders.

Registering is FREE and can be done here

Ignite Philippines 2019 - Innovating Asia: Shaping the World

By DCCP on 06/24/2019 - 09:00 in Makati Shangri-La

With over 60 world-class speakers from 14 countries and 2,000+ expected audience members, this will be the largest IGNITE to date. The two-day conference is filled with keynotes and panel discussions by industry defining experts and exhibitions by top startups from the region. Day 2 is filled with collaborative opportunities thru WILDFIRE, a groundbreaking and redefined regional pitch competition, and MATCH, the largest Innovation-centric business matching activity in the country today that brings together startups, investors and corporations.

DCCP members get a discount when they sign up using the promo-code IGN10-19, so don’t miss this chance to attend the Philippine’s premier innovation conference this coming June 24 to 25, 2019 at Makati Shangri-La.

5th Joint Economic Briefing

By DCCP on 06/19/2019 - 11:00 in Makati Diamond Residences

The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, in partnership with the British, French, German, Italian and Spanish Chambers of Commerce, cordially invites you to the upcoming Joint Economic Briefing luncheon on 19 June 2019, Tuesday 11:00 AM – 2:00 pm at Makati Diamond Residences.

This Joint Economic Briefing brings together six European Chambers in an annual event that discusses the most pressing topics in the business community today, particularly foreign investments. For this year, the focus of discussion is Fueling Growth of Foreign Direct Investments in the Philippines. This will tackle current government initiatives that seek to attract more foreign direct investments in the Philippines, as well as the private sector’s response to these initiatives. A distinguished panel of speakers will be led by DTI Asistant Secretary Angelo Toningco, World Bank senior economist Rong Qian, and representatives from the private sector.

We expect more than 100 guests who are top level executives of their firms, investors, consultants, entrepreneurs, coming from various industries.

DCCP members are invited for PHP1800 per ticket, non-members are invited for 2700 PHP and walk-ins at 3000PHP. 

Interested companies can register by contacting DCCP through

Diversity and Inclusion in Business Forum - DCCP

By DCCP on 05/30/2019 - 08:00 in Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati, Metro Manila

Available tickets left: 3


The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (DCCP) together with the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines (CCI France Philippines), the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Advantage Austria are glad to inform you that we are organizing the Diversity and Inclusion in Business Forum on May 30, 2019 in Dusit Thani.

Launched in 2018 as the She for She: Women in Business Forum; the event highlights the solidarity of women as they support fellow women from different industries in pushing forward their respective initiatives in their chosen fields. It aims to become a platform for a dialogue on gender equality and women empowerment. It encourages women to share their struggles and success as working professionals and navigating through their respective careers. Nearly a hundred guests from varied industries participated in the event.

In 2019, for the second edition, we will create a more diverse and inclusive platform with aim to achieve and promote transformative change in business, where successful men and women in different industries in the Philippines share their empowering stories and initiatives in promoting a gender diversity in the workplace. We believe that emerging new and innovative partnerships engaging the civil society, knowledge institutions and private sectors will provide interesting avenues to support gender empowerment and more collective actions.

Diversity and inclusivity is a business imperative today; direct effects on a campaign’s brand, growth, innovation, and hiring practices are at stake!

Interested? Please reserve your spot by confirming here. Tickets are sold for PHP2500 in presales for members, PHP3000 for non-members and PHP3500 for walk-in. 

Questions? Please contact 

Programme (Tentative)

8:00 AM
Start of Registration

8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks

Isabelle Nilo, President CCI France Philippines

8:35 AM

Welcome Acknowledgments

President German-Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry

8:40 AM

Welcome Acknowledgements

H.E. Bita Rasoulian, Ambassador of Austria

8:55 AM

Presentation Title TBC

Ms. Sarin Abado, Energy Specialist at the Asian Development Bank

9:10 AM

Over the Rainbow - Diversity and KLM

Mr. Bas Hogendorf, Country head at KLM

9:25 AM

Panel Discussion: How to create an inclusive environment: challenges and best practices

Moderator: Mr. Bas Hogendorf, KLM

1. Queen Melo Esguerra, Journalist and LGBT Rights Advocate

2. Mr. Laurent Crouet, Axa Shared Service Center

10:00 AM

10:15 AM

Panel Discussion: Transformative Changes & Inclusivity as a Busines Imperative

Moderator: Ms. Janet Webster

1. Mr. Amal Makhloufi Benchouk, Country Chair at Sanofi

2. Ms. Lilith Montayre – OSPI Cebu General Manager

3. Ms. Annasa HIlliard, Womens Committe at Shell Philippnes 

4. Ms. Marie Antoniette Mariano, Head of Europe Desk at BDO Unibank, Inc. 

5. Ms. Isabelle Bernal, Vice President at People Insights and Strategy

10 minutes break

11:25 AM

World Café Group Discussions

Moderator: Ms. Anna Kostkaya, Transformational Executive Coach & Trainer

11:55 AM
Wrap Up of Discussions

12:10 AM

Closing Remarks

Mr. Bas Hogendorf, President of Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines

12:15 AM

Closing Acknowledgements

Ms. Christina Stieber, Advantage Austria

12:30 PM - 14:00 PM
Cocktail Food and Networking

14:00 PM
End of Event

Annual General Meeting

By DCCP on 05/21/2019 - 18:00 in Netherlands Residence, Manila

With the second quarter of 2019 already underway, the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines would like to invite you to its Annual General Member Meeting on 21 May 2019. DCCP members are invited to the Netherlands Residence, Makati, where Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Jaco Beerends will be present on behalf of the Embassy. 


  1. Call to Order and Determination of Quorum
  2. 2018 Activity Report - President's Report
  3. 2018 Financial Report - Treasurer's Report
  4. 2019 Upcoming Activities and Events
  5. Updates on Initiatives
  6. Other Agenda Points and Member Input
  7. Adjournment

Kindly RSVP your attendance before 16 May 2019 by emailing

Joint Meeting EU Delegation with the Department of Agriculture

By DCCP on 04/29/2019 - 09:00 in The EU Delegation to the Philippines

Joint meeting with the Department of Agriculture, hosten by the EU Delegation to the Philippines to discuss pertinent issues related to market-access and accreditation. Further in attandence will be representatives of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), as well as the EU's regional SPS expert. 

Attending on behalf of DCCP will be DCCP Board Member Ms. MaryAnn Sayoc of East-West Seed.


By DCCP on 04/27/2019 - 20:00 in DUSIT THANI HOTEL

Ready for King's Day 2019? Clear your agenda on April 27 and head to Dusit Thani in Makati!

As per recent traditions, KLM will fly in the Hermes House Band '97 to kick off the party. Dutch snacks and Heineken beer will be taken care off - but also wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. So dust off your Oranje-outfit and join this night out where all nationalities are welkom.

Every Dutch-man or woman knows how to appreciate early-bird tickets, so make sure to grab yours while it lasts!


SheDecides Philippines Launch

By DCCP on 04/26/2019 - 19:00 in Dr. Wine, Makati

DCCP attended the launch of the SheDecides Philippines chapter - an NGO initiated by former Minister Liliane Ploumen, which was held at Dr. Wine with the support of the Netherlands Embassy. 

SheDecides Philippines is a growing local movement of SheDecides, a global movement promoting the fundamental rights of adolescent girls and women. 

Netherlands Embassy King's Day 2019

By DCCP on 04/25/2019 - 18:30 in Netherlands Residence, Manila

Reception by the Dutch Ambassador at the Netherlands Residence in celebration of King's Day 2019. 


By DCCP on 04/11/2019 - 11:30 in DUSIT THANI HOTEL


APRIL 11, 2019 1130-1500 AT DUSTI THANI MANILA



FOR TICKETS ; pls contact or cell : 0961-3311056




By DCCP on 04/11/2019 - 08:30 in EU De;egation Office, 30F Tower-2 RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue

Director Magda Kopcynska, of the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) of the EU Commission, will be visiting Manila on 10-11 April 2019 for meetings with MARINA, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Department of Transportation.  This visit takes place in the framework of the Philippines’ compliance with the STCW Convention, which has been the subject of EMSA inspections and Commission assessment for some time now. 

In this context, Director Kopcynska has expressed interest in meeting with EU industry stakeholders during her visit. Therefore, we would like to invite DCCP Maritime members who might have an interest on this ongoing assessment to an information meeting with Director Kopcynska  on Thursday 11 April at 8:30 am,  at the EU Delegation. 

For DDCP Maritime Members intersted in this event confirm your attendance to Ms Therese Yosuico ( ).

Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines
30/F Tower 2, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200, Philippines
Tel. +63 2 8595120

King's Day Party 2018

By DCCP on 05/05/2018 - 20:00 in Dusit Thani

The Kings Day party on May-5 at Dusit hotel was a resounding success. The evening was opened by former DCCP
President Matthijs van der Lely after which a record six hundred orange clad fans danced the night away on
music of the Hermes House Band and DJ Mick Martinez. “The best party ever”, some proclaimed. True? If you
were not there, there is no better way to judge than through the video (Click here). A great thank you to the
organizing committee and sponsors of this event. See you all in 2019!

European Networking Night

By DCCP on 02/28/2018 - 18:30 in New World Hotel Makati



6:30 PM- 10:00 PM | 28 February 2018 | New Worlds Makati Hotel

Member: Php 1,900 | Non-Member: Php 2,300 | Walk-in: Php 2,500



The EU-Philippine Business Network in partnership with Advantage Austria, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), the German Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (GPCCI), the Italian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ICCPI), NordCham Philippines, the Philippine-Netherlands Business Council (PNBC) and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines will be hosting the European Networking Night on 28 February 2018 from 6:30 PM to 10 PM at the New World Hotel Makati.

The event aims to bring together the Chambers’ network of businessmen. It will offer an ideal platform for the guests to grow their network, share their expertise and develop business opportunities.

This edition of the European Networking Night is done in conjunction with the launch of the “Doing Business in the Philippines Booklet”, which will be launched during the same day. 


For registrations please email Frances at

For more details, call (02) 8451324

Data Privacy Luncheon

By DCCP on 02/28/2018 - 11:30 in Makati Diamond Residences

Greetings PNBC members and Friends!



The Philippines- Netherlands Business Council, in partnership with French Chamber of Commerce ( CCI France) , would like to invite you to our Data Privacy Luncheon on February 28, 2018, 11:40 AM to 1:45 onwards at the Leviste- Dela Rosa-Paseo  Makati Diamond Residences where we have speakers from the National Privacy Commission and Ocampo and Suralvo Law Offices to discuss the Data Privacy Act's  implementation, implications and best practices it may have on your firm or you personally. To register kindly click this link  - for event page


Or email Frances Lugtu at

2018 Calendar of Events

By DCCP on 01/18/2018 (All day) in PNBC

Greetings PNBC/ DCCP Members and friends!


Greetings PNBC/ DCCP Members and friends!


We would like to present our Calendar of Activities for 2018,

stay tuned for more activities where we meet to connect, learn, share and grow.

We would like to present our Calendar of Activities for 2018,

stay tuned for more activities where we meet to connect, learn, share and grow.

DCCP Welcome Back to Manila Drinks

By DCCP on 01/11/2018 - 19:00 in DCCP

 A toast to the first year of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Good food, Champagne and friends.

Tax Reform Forum

By DCCP on 11/28/2017 - 12:00 in Tower Club Makati

On Tuesday, the 28th of November, the Philippine-Netherlands Business Council, in cooperation with the European Chamber of Commerce Philippines and the EU-Philippines Business Network, held a Tax Reform Forum luncheon in Tower Club Makati. Present were PNBC, ECCP and EPBN members, as well as other people curious about the proposed tax reform. The invited speaker for the forum was Assistant Secretary Ma. Teresa Habitan from the Department of Finance, who discussed the different causes, effects, and outcomes of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion, or TRAIN.

TRAIN’s main objective is to make tax collection more effective and have the rich give a bigger contribution while the poor benefit more from the government’s programs and services. The vision of the Department of Finance for the Philippines is to lower the poverty rates over the next few years and eradicate it completely by the year 2040. To do so, the Philippines needs to raise certain investments such as sustainable borrowings, budget reforms, tax and customs administration reforms and reforms in the tax policy. Additionally, the government should also implement economic reforms such as securing property rights, improve food security, enhance competition and simplify regulations. Throughout the forum, Assistant Secretary Habitan went through the different elements of TRAIN, and explained the specific changes being done in each, as well as its impact on those affected. These elements were Personal Income Tax (PIT), Estate and Donor’s Tax, Value-Added Tax (VAT), the Excise Tax on Petroleum Products and Automobiles, and the Tax of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. She also explained that this tax reform was designed to make the tax system of the Philippines simpler, fairer and more efficient for all.

Nearing the end of her presentation, Assistant Secretary Habitan shared three key messages. The first was that the tax reform, when seen as a package, provides benefits for 99% of the Filipinos. The second was that what’s more important than the tax and its reforms, is how the collected money is spent to benefit poor Filipinos. Her final message was that the tax reform is an investment in our future. Though there are short-termed challenges, this investment benefits everyone in the long-term.

To learn more about the specific policy changes and schedule of the reform, you may visit the Department of Finance’s website:

Special Members Meeting

By DCCP on 11/06/2017 - 19:00 in Ambassador Marion Derckx's Residence


4th Speed Networking Night

By DCCP on 09/22/2017 - 18:00 in Makati Diamond Residences

Dear PNBC Members and Friends,

The Philippines-Netherlands Business Council would like to invite you to our:

4th Speed Networking Night

on 22 September 2017, at 6-10 pm

Makati Diamond Residences

This year will be of much more interesting arrangement as participants experience and enjoy a night of expanding their business network at every four (4) minutes!

The Speed Networking Night is a joint event of the Chambers of Commerce of Germany France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

We will be having discounts for Hotel rooms in Makati Diamond Residences for SNN guests and a raffle prize of 2 tickets from ETIHAD Airways!

We are still looking for sponsors for this event. Interested to know more reach out to Frances Lugtu at

Wine Appreciation Night

By DCCP on 08/24/2017 - 18:00 in Premium Wine Exchange

Greetings from Philippines-Netherlands Business Council!


Experience good company and good wine in an Inter-Chamber Wine Appreciation Night on Aug 24, 2017 6-9 PM at Premium Wine Exchange, Makati City.

Start the night with a special wine training/tasting session care of the experts from Premium Wine Exchange. Enjoy a sampling of 6 wines from 3 different regions in Canada, Spain and France. Learn about the basic wine appreciation, regions and history while indulging your personal senses. 

                                                                                      To register email or 831-63-74 to 77 loc. 106

Inter-Chamber Young Professionals Networking Night

By DCCP on 07/19/2017 - 19:00 in Century City Mall Events Hall

As a bilateral business organization that recognizes the important role of the next generation in shaping the business landscape in the country, the Philippines Netherlands Business Council (PNBC) is partnering with the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Young Professionals Committee (ECCP-YPC) to organise an Inter-Chamber Young Professionals Networking Night. This event is co-organized by the American, Australia New Zealand, French and Nordic Chambers of Commerce.


The event will take place on Wednesday July 19 at 6:00pm at the Century City Mall Events Hall. Our guest list will consist of more than 250 participants including urban millennials, startups, SME owners, corporate executives, thought leaders, business VIPs, tastemakers, and innovators.


We are looking for sponsors: if you are or your organization is interested in sponsoring this event as a cash or raffle sponsor please see attached sponsor package invites. If you have more questions, please reach out to Luuk or Frances for more information.


If you have your own group of Young Professionals you want to bring to the event, please let us know. As part of the sponsor package you will receive complimentary tickets. As a PNBC sponsor any additional attendees above the complimentary tickets can join the event at the member rate.


For further inquiries please email Frances Lugtu at

Rethinking Infrastructure Building

By DCCP on 07/06/2017 - 08:00 in Ballroom B, The City Club Alphaland Makati

This event aims to give an overview on the current situation in the government's infrastructure development plan considering the real needs in sectors of Water, Healthcare, Education and Agriculture within the local LGUs. Further the forum shall attempt to find an innovative approach to infrastructure building in the Philippines with suggestions, available instruments and potential solutions. 

All these initiatives would not be possible without the support our members, our active partners and sponsors. The Chamber offers interesting opportunities to collaborate towards the success of our events. In this regard, we would like to extend the opportunity for your company to serve as one of our cash sponsors.


If you are interested in sponsoring this event please contact Ms. Frances Lugtu at

Sustainability of Foreign Direct Investments in the Philippines

By DCCP on 06/08/2017 - 11:30 in Dusit Thani Manila (Mayuree Ballroom)

We would like to invite our members and partners in the forthcoming Joint Economic Briefing: Sustainability of Foreign Direct Investments in the Philippines on June 08, 2017, Thursday, from 11:30 AM to 02:00 PM at Dusit Thani Manila. (Mayuree Ballroom).


Registration fees are PHP 1800 (Members) and PHP 2200 (Non-Members). Registration will start at 11:00 AM**


This event is in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines, the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines, the Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in The Philippines - La Cámara and the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry


For registrations, kindly e-mail

**Limited slots available. Pre-registration is required and will follow a first-come, first-served basis.

PNBC Kingsday

By DCCP on 04/29/2017 - 20:00 in Dusit Thani

The Philippines- Netherlands Business Council (PNBC) has successfully organized the memorable Kingsday “Oranjebal” event on Saturday April 29 at Dusit Thani in collaboration with the Dutch Club Philippines, and the support of all members and sponsors KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Heineken, BDO, Philips, Bounty Fresh, EastWest Seed, ED&F Man, and Avior Marine. Dusit Thani opened their doors at 8:00pm for guests, while DJ Brusje already welcomed incoming guests in the tent with 80s hits and the Heineken ladies started serving free-flowing beer to our guests. President Matthys van der Lely opened the evening with an enthusiastic speech, welcoming the Ambassador of the Netherlands Embassy, PNBC members and sponsors, and other guests to this promising orange evening before introducing the HERMES HOUSE BAND on stage.

Kingsday Oranjebal has been stated by attending guests to be one of the most successful and enjoyable Filipino-Dutch parties organized in decades. A total number of over 300 guests attended, celebrated, ate, drank, and danced all night with the lively and entertaining performance of the Hermes House Band and DJ Brusje.


For more information about the PNBC, please get in touch through or For domestic affairs please contact and for international affairs please contact

Sinterklaas 2016

By DCCP on 12/01/2016 - 18:00 in TBA

Dinner Networking and Social Evening


Join us for this fun traditional dinner with our PNBC members and other attendees!


Attire: Business

3rd Speed Networking Night

By DCCP on 09/29/2016 - 18:00 in Fairmont Hotel

Organized by the French, German, British, Spanish and Dutch chambers and councils

PNBC Networking Event

By DCCP on 08/24/2016 - 18:00 in New World Makati Hotel

Sponsored by: DSM Nutritional Products Philippines

Php 500 for non-members

PNBC Opens New Doors in 2016

By DCCP on 06/27/2016 - 16:00 in New World Makati Hotel

On June 27, our first event was held at the New World Hotel Makati, where President van der Lely delivered a speech highlighting the board election last March 30 and the centuries-old bilateral trade relationship between the Philippines and the Netherlands, among others.

The Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Philippines, H.E. Marion Derckx, who opened the event, delivered a short speech on the Dutch trade mission coming in October and the role of PNBC in this initiative. 

Before the conclusion of the event, prizes were given away to lucky attendees by generous sponsors: umbrellas and flowers from East-West Seed and roundtrip ticket to Amsterdam from KLM.

PNBC Company Event with Alaska

By DCCP on 05/02/2016 - 18:00 in Alaska

Mr. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President and CEO of Alaska Milk Corporation and Philippines' 2007 Enterpreneur of the Year, shared the inspiring history of Alaska Milk Corporation and his experiences on cross-cultural collaboration with the Netherlands in partnership with Royal FrieslandCampina.

PNBC Rabobank Business Forum

By DCCP on 03/31/2016 - 18:00 in Rabobank

Rabobank shared with PNBC members its view on the rational behind the huge volatility in financial markets, as well as what it means for the global economy, financial markets in Asia and companies active in the Philippines. "Thin Ice" was the title of the presentation held by Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research Asia-Pacific, Rabobank.


By DCCP on 03/02/2016 - 18:00 in PEZA

Atty. de Lima provided a briefing on the benefits of doing business within PEZA business zones.