SorSU-CPA employees partake at PICPA 78th Annual National Convention (ANC)

Bannering the theme: โ€œ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜•๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด: ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Š๐˜—๐˜ˆ๐˜ด,” the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) is presently conducting its 78th Annual National Convention (ANC) from November 22-25, 2023, in the Province of Sorsogon, with several venues at Sorsogon Provincial Gymnasium, Sorsogon City Convention Center (SCCC), Sorsogon Cultural Center of the Arts (SCCA), and Sorsogon State University (SorSU) Audio-Visual Hall & Social Hall.

With the Province of Sorsogon as this yearโ€™s host, the annual convention formally commenced with a grand opening program, wherein esteemed guests and attendees included Vice President of the Philippines, Hon. Sara Z. Duterte (Secretary, Department of Education) as the guest of honor, Sen. Francis Joseph โ€œChizโ€ G. Escudero, Hon. Ma. Ester E. Hamor (City Mayor, City Government of Sorsogon), Hon. Edwin โ€œBoboyโ€ B. Hamor (Governor, Provincial Government of Sorsogon), Atty. Randy B. Blanza (PICPA National President), Atty. Roland Cafรฉ Pondoc (PICPA National Executive Vice President), and Hon. Noe G. Quiรฑanola (Chairman, Board of Accountancy), among others.

Intending to foster and advance the professional development of Filipino CPAs through insightful and timely themes, the four-day national annual event consisted of various plenaries, breakout sessions, and technical sessions regarding the ๐˜—๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ, ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ, ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ & ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด, and ๐˜Œ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ held at Sorsogon Provincial Gymnasium, Sorsogon City Convention Center (SCCC), Sorsogon State University (SorSU) Audio-Visual Hall & Social Hall, and Sorsogon Cultural Center of the Arts (SCCA), respectively.

With an estimated 3,500 CPA attendees (๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜—๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ๐˜ด ๐˜ˆ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜บ) across different regions in the country, the four-day convention was also proactively participated by the Sorsogon State University – Certified Public Accountant employees from the College of Business and Management (Sorsogon City Campus), namely: Prof. Dulce Corazon Lacson, Ms. Rose Andrea Dimaano, Mr. Joey Richard Dimaano, and Atty. Dominic Jason F. De Jesus, whereas the attendees from the College of Business Management and Education (Bulan Campus) are Prof. Michelle M. Bongalonta (Program Chair, Accountancy), Dr. Michael B. Bongalonta, Mr. Randy G. Delumen, Mr. Santos I. Gigantoca Jr., and Allyboy G. Militante.

Moreover, SorSU-Accounting and Budget Offices likewise joined the annual gathering, headed by Ms. Rosalie D. Labitag (Director, SorSU-Finance), alongside Ms. Analyn Dometita, Ms. Mary Frances Garcia, and Mr. Jordan B. Doroja (via online).

Meanwhile, prior to the formal opening of the 78th PICPA ANC, business opportunities seminars, trade fairs & exhibits, studentโ€™s (JPIAns) national experience – virtual via Zoom, city tours, as well as different sports tournaments were also conducted last November 22, 2023. Prof. Roman Julio B. Infante (Program Chair, Accountancy Program – Sorsogon City Campus) served as Co-director of the ANC Chess Tournament held at SorSU. Furthermore, 83 SorSUeรฑo students taking up BS in Accountancy were among the eventโ€™s facilitators, led by Ms. Hilary Mae Belardo (President, SorSU-Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants).

Accordingly, the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) is the Accredited Integrated Professional Organization (AIPO) of CPAs by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and has been awarded five times as PRCโ€™s most outstanding AIPO among other professional organizations (PICPA, 2022). (SorSU PIO)