Course Name

Basics of Corporate Governance


May 08, 2024

Schedule via Zoom:


8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Regular Rate:

Php 6,600

Early Eagle Rate:

Php 5,600

Valid Until:

April 24, 2024

Basics of Corporate Governance


The course is a basic orientation on the concepts and applications of  Corporate Governance (CG) as defined under pertinent legislation and administrative issuances in the Philippines. Directors and Key Officers of companies established and/or operating in the Philippines corporations will benefit from the course. First-time Directors and Key Officers, or persons who are about to be appointed as such in a Publicly-Listed Corporation, in particular, will meet the required training and basic orientation on CG. Beyond mere compliance, participants will benefit from practical frameworks and tools that can be employed inside their companies to employ CG as a means of promoting adherence to internal controls, preventing fraud, and developing a culture of good governance. 

This is also in partnership with the Ateneo Gov. Jose B. Fernandez Center for Ethics.

Who should attend

- Corporate Directors (whether in a Publicly Listed or Privately-Held Corporation)

- Key officers and Executives

*Accredited Institutional Training Provider of Corporate Governance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

By the end of the session, the participants should be able to: 

  1. . Explain the concepts behind good corporate governance, particularly  with
      respect to: 
      A. Fiduciary Duties and Responsibilities as a response to the Agency  Problem 
      B. Stakeholder Approach to Corporate Governance 
      C. Rights and Obligations of the Corporate Entity and its Directors  and Officers;  
      D. Link between values, ethics and good governance.  
  2. Apply these concepts to their respective organizations

I. History, definitions, and basic concepts of corporate governance (CG)

A. Quick history of CG  
B. Definitions of CG  
C. Key ideas: balance, responsibility, systems 
D. Utility of CG: compliance, internal controls, reputation management, corporate responsibility, professionalization, achievement of  corporate objectives 
E. Principal and agent relationship and the separation of ownership from management 
F. Fiduciary duties in CG  

II. Director and officer responsibilities under the Revised Corporation Code (RCC) 

A. Corporations vested with public interest 
B. General provisions on director and officer responsibilities and liabilities  
C. The three-fold duty of directors and officers 
D. The business judgment rule 
E. Conflicts of interest and their different forms  
F. New offenses (and their penalties) in the RCC (Secs. 159-169) G. Beyond the legalities: The leader as an example, enforcer  and enabler  

III. Code of corporate governance for publicly-listed companies (SEC MC  No. 19, Series of 2016) 

A. Nature and concept of the code of corporate governance   for publicly-listed corporations (the “code”)  
B. Principle 1: A working, competent board 
C. Principle 2: Roles and responsibilities of the board 
D. Principle 3: Board committees 
E. Principle 4: Director commitment 
F. Principle 5: Board independence 
G. Principle 6: Board assessment process 
H. Principle 7: Strengthening board ethics 

IV. Code of corporate governance for publicly-listed companies (second part) 

A. Principle 8: Disclosures and transparency 
B. Principle 9: Auditor independence and quality 
C. Principle 10: Reporting on non-financial and sustainability  issues 
D. Principle 11: Comprehensive and cost-efficient communication channels 
E. Principle 12: Internal controls and enterprise risk management 
F. Principle 13: Promoting shareholder rights 
G. Principle 14: Stakeholder rights 
H. Principle 15: Employee’s participation  
I. Principle 16: Social responsibility 

ATTY. VINCENT EDWARD R. FESTIN is currently an assistant professor at the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business (AGSB) where he teaches Business Ethics, Corporate Governance, Law in the Business Environment and Business Communications. He started teaching in the said school in 2009 and is now one of its 10 full-time professors.

He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Good Governance Advocates and Practitioners of the Philippines (GGAPP), an association of professionals involved or working in the Ethics, Corporate Governance and Compliance space. He was the organization's founding president.

Prior to joining the AGSB full-time, he was the head of the Corporate Governance – Education of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).

He obtained his Bachelor's Degree (1989) and Juris Doctor (1995) from the Ateneo de Manila University. He was admitted to the Philippine bar in 1996.

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