Q&As as of 24 February 2020:
Q93: Is the 2020 International ICT Awards Gala event still scheduled to take place given the Novell Corona-19 virus (Covit 19) situation.
A93: Yes the 2020 International ICT Awards is till scheduled on 2 April 2020 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. We are consulting with our professional medical advisor and the hotel to plan and implement appropriate precautions as well as update reassessments of the virus situation in the Philippines. We will post periodic updates about this question)on this site as well as sending direct notifications to all nominees and re-registered guests on any further developments.
Q92: If in the review by the Compliance Officer of the nominations originally submitted, the Compliance Officer notes that a nomination would also be eligible for an additional award category for which it was not submitted, will the nomination also be considered for an award in the category for which it was not submitted?A92: If the Compliance Officer notes this, he will draw this to the attention of the Organizing Committee and the Organizing Committee will contact the nominee and ask whether the nominee would want to have the nomination submitted for the additional award category, noting the following conditions:
- The nominee must confirm agreement by email to the Organizing committee not later than February 21 that the nominee wants the nomination to be submitted for the additional category;
- No changes will be allowed by the nominee in the supporting documents submitted for the originally submitted nomination;
- The Judging Panel may submit to the Organizing Committee a request for additional information pertaining to the judging criteria required for judging the additional award with any such information to be provided back to the Organizing Committee within seven calendar days for forwarding to the Judging Panel.
Q91: Nominees have been advised that, if there are not at least three nominations for a specific award to ensure a competitive basis for judging, the award will not be presented. Will the award be presented if there are three or more nominations are submitted but only one or two are confirmed by the Compliance Officer as eligible?A91:Yes as long as there are at least three nominations submitted and at least one is eligible the award will be given. However, if only one or two nominations submitted are confirmed as eligible, there will be only one or two declared as Finalists.
Q 90: To be an eligible nominee for one of the three Premier Awards a nominee must also have been nominated for one other award category. Is this criteria to be eligible met by being nominated for the Best Front Line Team award?A 90: It is noted and acknowledged that the eligibility criteria are silent on this point. Given this ambiguity, the Organizing Committee has concluded, for 2020, that submission of an eligible nomination for the Best Front Line Team Award by a nominee for one of the Premier awards meets the eligibility criteria for a Premier Award nomination. However this eligibility criteria for a Premier Award also includes being Finalist in the other award, so in the case of a Best Front Line Team Award, this means that the eligibility for the Premier Award remains conditional on the nominee for Best Front Line Team Award being in the top three in the first round of voting for Best Front Line Team Award.
Q89. The eligibility criteria for the three premier awards includes for the first time a new requirement that the nominee must be a Finalist for at least one other Select Category Award or an Industry Sector Award. … and thus must have been nominated for at least one of these other types of awards. If a company is nominated for Best Company of the Year without being also nominated for one of these other awards, does the Organizing Committee by default also include it as a nominee for the Best Filipino-owned Company of the Year or the Best Foreign-owned Company of the Year? If not by default, may the nominee request the Organizing Committee to do this?A89. This is the first year with this new eligibility requirement for the three premier awards with which some past nominees may not have been aware. If this situation is noted during the initial compliance review of all nominations prior to submission of nominations to the Judging Panel for adjudication, the Organizing Committee will contact the nominee and, if requested, also submit the nomination for the Best Filipino-owned Company of the Year or Best Foreign-owned Companyof the Year under the following conditions:
- The original nomination for Best Company of the Year must have been submitted by the deadline for nominations and must have been deemed eligible and complete during the compliance review;
- The original nomination for Best Company of the Year submitted must also have been eligible for either the Best Filipino-owned Company of the Year or Best Foreign-owned Company of the Year including in each case the specific eligibility criteria that “The company must have earned at least 25% of its gross revenue from.providing ICT services to offshore clients or to in-house company units outside the Philippines during the company's last reported financial year and audit.”;
- The supporting information for the nomination to be submitted for either the Best Filipino-owned Company of the Year or Best Foreign-owned Company of the Year cannot be changed from that submitted in the original nomination; and
- The nomination to be submitted for either the Best Filipino-owned Company of the Year or Best Foreign-owned Company of the Year will be judged as a separate nomination using the judging criteria for either the Best Filipino-owned Company of the Year or Best Foreign-owned Company of the Year as applicable.
As the judging criteria for the Best Employer of the Year and Best Company Supporting Sustainable Development in the Philippines differ significantly from the for the Best Filipino-owned Company of the Year or Best Foreign-owned Company of the Year this option is not possible for nominations for these other two premier awards which lack a second nomination.
Q88. Can foreign companies outside the Philippines be nominated for an award in an appropriate category.A88. If a foreign company outside the Philippines has a subsidiary or branch registered with the Philippine SEC or DTI and that unit has operations in the Philippines with specific business and financial data directly related to its businesses in the Philippines, it can be nominated.
Q87. What is the role of the Canadian Chamber as Organizer of the International ICT Awards?A87. Since 2014, CanCham's roles have been limited to: planning and managing the production of the event; arranging the financing for the event; with the Title Sponsors setting the guidelines for selection of judges and procedures for judging and appeals; managing the nomination process; and providing administrative support to the Judging Panel for the event. CanCham has no role in the actual judging and in actually nominating companies. See also Q14.
Q86. What ICT expertise does the Canadian Chamber have to be credible as Organizer of the International ICT Awards?A86. CanCham's expertise in ICT services is very limited. To be credible it relied until late 2018 on the professional knowledge on from IBPAP as Associate Organizer. Since 2019 it has retained former DICT Undersecretary Mr. Monchito Ibrahim to be its Senior Adviser on ICT services and the ICT Services sector.
Q85. What roles do the Title Sponsors (Globe and PLDT Enterprise) and the Organizer (CanCham) have in the adjudication process?A85. The Title Sponsors have never had any role in the actual judging. In the starting years of the International ICT Awards, CanCham had wide range of roles including but not limited to being the organizer, arranging sponsors, inviting nominations, selecting judges, being a Judge and chairing the Judging Panel, and being the Chair/Emcee of the Awards event as well as addressing any appeals. Following concerns by some stakeholders about potential real or perceived conflicts of interest with CanCham having all these roles this situation was addressed with changes starting for the 2014 event. Starting in 2014 the guidelines for selecting judges and judging process were published on the website (click here to see). The only role of the Title Sponsors and CanCham now have in the adjudication process is that all three must agree on the judges to be selected in accord with the published selection guidelines and, as the three members of the final Appeal Board, hear appeals (with appeals limited to compliance with the published procedure, not substance). See also Q16.
Q84. Why has the International ICT Awards now added a Compliance Officer as part of the adjudication process?A84. In recent years there have been cases where the eligibility of a nominee was in question and/or the basic supporting information submitted was incomplete. In prior years the Organizing Committee screened nominations and decided whether in such cases a nomination should be disqualified. To preclude any real or perceived bias by the Organizing Committee in screening nominations and to ensure the Judging Panel focused their time judging eligible and complete nominations, the addition of a preliminary compliance review by an independent professional was deemed an appropriate solution.
Q83. Why are the names and members of the Judging Panel not made public with this transparent as in some other awards events?A83. See Answer to Question 62 below. The Organizing Committee has also noted the practice of not announcing names of judges (or variations of this) is used by organizers in other highly reputable business awards. (For example the highly regarded Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) announces the names the Chairman and Vice Chairman in advance but not the names of the other members of its Judging Committee for selecting the MAP Management Man of the year.)
Q82. Are the International ICT Awards, the APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Alliance) Awards, and the Asia CEO Awards the same awards event? If not, what are the differences?
A82. No. These three events are not the same event. While there may be some partial overlap in categories and with some sponsors supporting more than one of these events, these events have different organizers (with some by non-profit associations and others as commercial businesses) as well as having different objectives, eligibilities for nominations, composition of judging panels, judging procedures, and judging criteria. The International ICT Awards is organized by a non-profit organization, has no nomination fees or material prizes for winners, is now exclusively for awards to companies (not to individuals), and has the most transparent, objective, and advance of potential conflict of interest adjudication procedure using judges that are required to be professionals and stakeholders with in-depth knowledge of ICT services in the Philippines. Those interested in comparing should check the relevant websites for each event.
Q81. Why are no awards given in a category if and when the are not at least three nominees for that category Award?A81. See reply to Question 60.
Q80. Why is being a Finalist in one of the Category or Sector Awards now a condition to be eligible to compete for one of the three Premier Awards (Best Company of the Year; Best Employer of the Year; Best Company Contributing to Sustainable Development)?A80. See previous Answer to Q71. (As further background on this change, in consultations with major stakeholders there was agreement that, if a nominee was not successful at least as a Finalist in a specific award category with scope focused on comparable types of companies including competitors it was hard to justify and be credible for that nominee to be a potential Winner or even a Finalist in one of the three premier awards with the wider scope of ICT services).
Q79. Is submission of an Annual Report required to a nomination in each category?A79. Yes, this is a mandatory requirement for each category. Nominees should attached an electronic copy of the latest official and published Annual Report of the Philippines operation, or an unaltered extract from the Global Annual Report. It should include the latest copy of the audited financial report of the Philippines operation.
Q78. There is no more option to upload other supporting documents?A78. No, an option is provided to upload a single page with any additional information that you consider relevant and important to be taken into consideration in judging the submitted nomination.
Q77. Is Mr. Richard Mills Chairman of the Asia CEO Awards, also the current Chairman of the International ICT Awards Philippines?A77. No, Mr. Richard Mills no longer has any connection or role with respect to the International ICT Awards Philippines. CanCham under his leadership as Vice President founded and launched the International ICT Awards in 2007. Subsequently he, as President and later as Governor of CanCham (ex-officio as immediate Past President), chaired CanCham’s Organization Committee for the events until 2010 when he resigned from CanCham. The copyright for the International ICT Awards is held by CanCham and there is no link to the Asia CEO Awards.
Q76. If a companies has global operations should it attach its Annual Report and Financial Statements covering its global operations?A76. Not necessarily. But it must attach an Annual Report and Financial Statements that cover its operations in the Philippines. If it only has a single Annual Report and Financial Statement for global operations it must indicate what part of this covers its operations in the Philippines.
Q75. Is a nomination penalized if it leaves some of the fields for information blank?A75. If any field is left blank, or is noted as “irrelevant", “Not applicable", or "Confidential”, it will be not be given any points available in the judging for that judging criteria.
Q74.Does a company have to be within an industrial sector to be eligible to be nominated for an Industry Sector Award in the same industrial sector?A74. No. A company can be nominated for an Industrial Sector Award either if it a company within the industrial sector using ICT services or if it is a company outside the industrial sector providing ICT services to companies within the industrial sector.
Q73.What kind of ICT services will be considered relevant as supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals referred to under judging criteria for Public Goods as included for all categories?A73. There is no restriction on what type of ICT services will be considered relevant: it is for the nominee to indicate how whatever services it provides support one or more of the UN SDG(s) in the Philippines.
Q72. What if a company wants to be nominated as Best Company of the Year and there is no other category it considers it is eligible to nominated for to also be eligible for Best Company of the Year?A72. This possibility is covered with the availability of two award categories that together cover all companies: Best Filipino-owned Company of the Year and Best Foreign-owned Company of the Year. We also expect that that most, if not all, companies will be eligible for at least one other Select Category Award or Industry Sector Award.
Q71. Why do you now restricting eligibility for nominees for Best Company of the Year and Best Employer of the Year to be nominees and Finalists for one of the other award categories?A71. We noted that many company were submitting nominations for these two premier awards without also being nominated for and demonstrating that they were examples of excellence in any specific category.
Q70. Can companies submit nominations prior to January 1?A70. No. Nominations cannot be submitted prior to January 1, 2020. However the eligibility and judging criteria for each award as well as the on-line Nomination Form have now all been posted on this website. This has been done so companies know what information is required to support and submit a nomination and so the company can start in preparing information in advance.
Q69. What are the changes in 2020?A69. The International ICT Awards has been expanded and enhanced in 2020 with a number of major changes have been a significant number of major changes <Click to see list>.
Q68. Is there a file size limit for PDF attachments?A68. PDF files uploaded must not exceed more than 500 MB.
Q67. Some ICT service providers are registered with the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) but not with the Philippine SEC. Can ICT service providers registered with DTI but not with SEC be nominated?A67. Yes. For purposes of eligibility for the International ICT Awards Philippines, a company is deemed to include a business entity, such as a sole proprietorship, registered with DTI. For further clarification this excludes nomination of individuals as such. This clarification is effective for the 2019 International ICT Awards Philippines
Q66. Can profiles and judging scores of Winners and other nominees be made public (so other companies may learn from strong and weak characteristics identified in judging)?A66. To protect business interests of nominees (and assessment of the business info provided by nominees) judging scores of nominees, including of Winners, is not made public. However the names of companies that are Finalists as well as Winners in each category are made public so that all competitors and the public can know these companies were recognized by the Judging Panel as the leading models of excellence in each of the various categories. As the number of Finalists is now limited to a maximum of three with the highest scores, this does not imply that other nominees were not necessarily good examples of excellence.
Q65. Do Winners receive any financial or in-kind benefit as a Winner?A65. No. The Winners (and Finalists) receive just the public designation as such and a modest glass International ICT Awards plaque to commemorate such designation. Past Winners are also listed in each annual program for the latest event. A company which is the Winner ihree consecutive years in a specific category is also listed in the International ICT Awards Hall of Fame which is publicized annually.
Q64. Are there plans to have any city outside of the National Capital Region host future International ICT Awards Gala Events?A64. There are no plans to date to hold the annual Gala Event outside the NCR. The NCR is the most central location not only for potential nominees and sponsors within the NCR but also for most potential nominees and sponsors in third cities who would have in many cases to travel by flights via NAIA or Clark airports to get to a host city other in the NCR.
Q63. Can nominees send submissions via direct e-mail to the International ICT Awards Philippines Secretariat?A63. No, all nominations and supporting information for the International ICT Awards Philippines must be completed and submitted online using the International ICT Awards Nomination Forms, accessible at www.ictawards.org.phwith no required fields left blank.
Q62. When will the members of the Judging Panel for the 2019 International ICT Awards be announced?A62. Since 2014, members of the Judging Panel have not, as a precaution, been announced until the announcement of the Winners at the Gala Night in order to avoid any perceived risk to the integrity of the judging process.
Q61. Why does the Judging Panel for the International ICT Awards not include international celebrities like some other awards events?A61. The members of the Judging Panel of the International ICT Awards Philippines are selected on the basis of their familiarity and professional knowledge of the Philippine ICT Services Sector and availability to meet collectively to review and evaluate all eligible nominations. International celebrities do not usually have the familiarity to fit this profile nor have the time required for the judging process, which includes at least four (4) half-day meetings.
Q60. Why must there now be at least three (3) eligible nominations for an award to be given?A60. In past years, there have been occasions where there was only one nomination for a specific award with no competitive selection. To avoid this situation, it was decided by the organizers that there has to be at least three (3) nominations in an award category to enhance the value of the award category as having been determined competitively.
Q59. What is the role of NICP as an endorser?A59. The role of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) is solely as an endorser of the event which it recognizes as supporting excellence in the Philippines ICT services sector. There is no financial support by NICP to the International ICT Awards Philippines nor payment by the ICT Awards Philippines to NICP. NICP will have no part of the decision-making process in determining the judging criteria for categories and members of the panel of judges nor accept and manage nominations.
Q58. What is the role of DICT as an endorser?A58. The role of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is solely as an endorser of the event which it recognizes as supporting excellence in the Philippines ICT services sector. There is no financial support by DICT to the International ICT Awards Philippines nor payment by the ICT Awards Philippines to DICT. DICT will have no part of the decision-making process in determining the judging criteria for categories and members of the panel of judges nor accept and manage nominations.
Q57. Why is IBPAP no longer associated to the International ICT Awards Philippines for 2019?A57. Each year, the Board of Trustees of CanCham and Board of Trustees of IBPAP evaluate which projects they will continue to organize and/or otherwise support. For 2019, the CanCham Board agreed to continue to be the lead organizer of the event whereas the IBPAP Board decided to no longer continue an association with the event given other priorities.
Q56. Which organization is now the lead organizer for the 2019 event and which organizations are now endorsing the International ICT Awards Philippines 2019?A56. CanCham has been lead organizer since 2007 and will be lead organizer in 2019. IBPAP has been associated with the event since 2007 but has decided not to continue an association in 2019. DICT and NICP have both for the first time decided to endorse the event starting in 2019.
Q55. Is the full list of the ICT Awards nominees made public? Are the past nominees made public?A55. No. In inviting companies to submit nominations for the ICT Awards, there are Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) with nominees that the nominations will not be made public and there will be no releases about the nominees unless and except they are declared finalists (which are announced at the International ICT Awards Gala Dinner). The only parties who are informed about the nominees are the ICT Awards Organizing Committee, the Panel of Judges, and the official auditors of ICT Awards.
Q54. Do companies need to be purely Finance and Accounting-related to be qualified or eligible to be nominated in the Best Company of the Year Providing Services for Finance and Accounting?A54. To be eligible and qualified to be nominated in any award category of the International ICT Awards Philippines, the company must have earned at least 50% of its gross revenue from providing IT-BPM services to offshore clients or to in-house company units outside the Philippines during the company’s last financial year. To be eligible and qualified to be nominated as Best Company of the Year Providing Services for Finance and Accounting, the company must, in addition, have earned at least 50% of its gross revenue from providing outsourced services for finance and accounting to offshore clients and/or to in-house company units outside the Philippines during the company’s last financial year.
Q53. Do companies need to be purely IT/Software Development-related to be qualified or eligible to be nominated in the Best Company of the Year for Information Technology & Software Development?A53. To be eligible and qualified to be nominated in any award category of the International ICT Awards Philippines, the company must have earned at least 50% of its gross revenue from providing IT-BPM services to offshore clients or to in-house company units outside the Philippines during the company’s last financial year. To be eligible and qualified to be nominated as Best Company of the Year for Information Technology & Software Development, the company must, in addition, have earned at least 50% of its gross revenue from providing software design and development services to offshore clients and/or to in-house company units outside the Philippines during the company’s last financial year.
Q52. In the Eligibility requirement in any award category of the International ICT Awards, what does “in-house company units” mean?A52. The term “in-house company units” mean shared services companies or captives that are set up by a parent company to carry out centralized work for the entire company for a particular country, region, or global setup. These companies differ from the outsourcing model in that they are entities within an organization that deliver specialized services to other business units of that organization.
Q51. Are sponsors for International ICT Awards allowed to submit nomination (s)?A51. No. Sponsors, organizers, and other partners of ICT Awards are not allowed to submit nominations. This restriction is to avoid the perception that being a sponsor may give a sponsor's nominee an advantage in the judging of nominations. However, sponsors may suggest to third parties that they may self-nominate or be nominated by another third party who is not a sponsor, organizer, or other partner in the organization, management, financing or judging of the International ICT Awards.
Q50. Why does information have to be for latest financial year rather than latest calendar year?A50. The requirement is more specifically for information to be for the latest financial year ending in 2016. The reasons for using the latest financial year ending in 2016 are: (a) if necessary data provided can be verified by referring to a required official document of the company covering a completed 12-month period; & (b) to avoid requiring nominees to have to collect and provide information for a different period in addition to that covered by an annual report for a company's financial year.
Q49 In the judging criteria for several award categories what does “support company public goods” refer to?A49. In the judging criteria, the reference is more specifically to “support by company of public goods” with this referring to support for such things as promoting and supporting anti-corruption, good governance, the ICT industry, and corporate social responsibility by the company in addition to its own specific commercial interests.
Q48 In the judging criteria for several award categories does the reference to “country clientele” refer to global customers, local customers, or both?A48. In the judging criteria, the reference to “company clientele” refers to both global and local clientele and, in the case of the Award for Best Global In-house Company” it refers to internal company clients.
Q47. In the judging criteria for “Employer of the Year” under Company HR management, what does “Results achieved by managers” refer to?A47 In the judging criteria for “Employer of the Year”, “results achieved by managers” refers to achievements and outcomes as a result of policies and work implemented by the company with respect to Human Resources management.
Q46. In the judging criteria for “Employer of the Year” under “Depth and breadth of competencies”, what does “employee qualification” refer to?A46. In the judging criteria for “Employer of the Year”, “Employees qualification” refers to professional and/technical qualifications as well as expertize and skills that the company expects from and develops in its employees.
Q45.May a nominee provide with its Annual Report a commentary about what parts are relevant to support the nomination?A45. No. This cannot be provided directly with the Annual Report. However, a nominee may include such a commentary in the seperate option to provide one page of additional information.
Q44. May a nominee attach an extract from the latest published Annual Report in the option to attach a soft copy of the latest published Annual Report in financial year ending in 2016?A44. Yes a nominee may provide a single extract instead of complete Annual Report providing: (a) it is an extract with the exact text as published in the Annual Report for financial year ending in in 2016; and (b) it is submitted as a single file (not as a folder with multiple extracts or multiple separate extracts).
Q43. Is there a limit to page and font sizes for the additional page of supporting information that nominees have the option to provide with a nomination?A43. As some judges may want to download the page to put in a binder, the text should be in Ariel font/minimum 10 pitch (or other font with equivelant size pitch) that can be printed on one Letter or A4 size paper. Do not use larger sized paper such as Legal.
Q42. Is the receipt of a nomination, confirmed and acknowledged?A42. Yes. Receipt is immediately acknowledged automatically by the receiving website as having been successfully submitted with date and time recorded. A second email is also sent shortly afterwards by the International ICT Award Secretariat to the sender that the Nomination has been received and that the nominee is now also qualified to submit a nomination for Best Front-line Team Award. IF YOU SUBMIT A NOMINATION AND DO NOT RECEIVE AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE SECRETARIAT AND INFORM THEM OF THIS INCLUDING EXACT ON-LINE ADDRESS, DATE AND TIME THE NOMINATION WAS SENT.
Q41. Will the Organizing Committee advise a company whether it is eligible for a specific category before it submits a nomination?A41. No. Committee does not review the nominations to determine eligibility until immediately after the deadline and close of nominations when it confirms the nominations are eligible for submission to the Judging Panel. However if a company has questions about interpretation of eligibility criteria it may submit this to the Organizing Committee providing this is submitted not later than January 21 so that the answer can be posted under ALERTS and/or FAQs for all nominees to see and take into consideration.
Q40. Who determines the eligibility of a nomination if there are questions or uncertainty about a specific case, the Organizing Committee or the Judging Panel?A40. The Organizing Committee determines all questions of eligibility. The role of the Judging Panel is to evaluate and rate the supporting information provided with the nomination in terms of meeting the specific judging criteria published for the Award Category.
Q39. When is the deadline of submitting nominations in 2017 for the 11th International ICT Awards Philippines?A39. The deadline for receiving nominations for the 11th international ICT Awards Philippines is Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 23:59 hours (11:59 pm).
Q38. Will the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017 awards be extended (as it has been in some other years)?A38. The deadline will only be extended if there is a force majeure justification that affects all nominations (such as a general failure of internet for sending/receiving nominations). It will not be extended to accommodate specific cases.
Q37. How does an interested company submit a nomination?A37. All nominations and supporting information must be completed and submitted online using the Online Nomination application and form on the International ICT Awards Philippines website. No nominations in hard or soft copy form submitted by hand-delivery, post-mail, and fax directly to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines or to IBPAP will be accepted. No nominations in soft copy form sent by email directly to CanCham or IBPAP will be accepted. Please also see page on Important Points about Nominations and Submitting nominations. Click here for page to submit nominations.
Q36. Is there any financial fee required to submit a nomination in 2017 for the International ICT Awards Philippines?A36. No fee is required to submit a nomination. However, a nominee or an Official Representative of the nominee must be present at the International ICT Awards Gala Night to accept an award. This requires payment of a ticket (PHP 3,000 per person) to attend the Gala Night. If a nominee is not present and does not have an Official Representative present at the Gala Night, the nominee is deemed to have withdrawn and the top Finalist is declared Winner in the Category and receives the award.
Q35. Do nominees for awards offered by International ICT Awards Philippines have to be members of CanCham and/or IBPAP?A35. No. Nominees for awards offered by International ICT Awards Philippines do not have to be members of CanCham and/or IBPAP.
Q34. Does the Organizing Committee arrange any follow-up events during the year following the awards to publicize the winners of awards?A34. In previous years the Organizers did not arranged follow-up events or publicity for winners other than announcing the award winners in the media. Following consultations with the Title Sponsors, the Organizing Committee are already giving favorable consideration to arranging follow-up publicity and events in 2017 for the Winners to enhance the prestige and value for a company winning an award.
Q33. What is the definition used by International ICT Awards Philippines for a “foreign-owned company”?A33. For purposes of determining eligibility where this required in accepting nominations for the International ICT Awards Philippines in 2017, a foreign-owned company in the Philippines is deemed by the Organizing Committee to be:
- A company incorporated and registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); and
- A company of which more than forty percent (40%) is owned by non-Filipino nationals and or other non-Filipino-owned companies in its financial year ending in 2016.
If questioned the Organizing Committee will defer to a definition given by the Philippine SEC in the specific context of the question.
Q32. What is the definition used by International ICT Awards Philippines for a “Filipino-owned company”?A32. For purposes of determining eligibility where this required in accepting nominations for the International ICT Awards Philippines, a Filipino-owned company is deemed by the Organizing Committee to be:
- A company incorporated and registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); and
- A company of which more than forty percent (40%) is owned by Filipino nationals and or other Filipino-owned companies in its financial year ending in 2016.
If questioned, the Organizing Committee will defer to a definition given by the Philippine SEC in the specific context of the question.
Q31. What is the definition used by International ICT Awards Philippines for an “international IT-BPM company”?A31. For purposes of determining eligibility in 2017 where this required in accepting nominations for the International ICT Awards Philippines, an IT-BPM company is deemed by the Organizing Committee to be:
- A company incorporated and registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); and
- A company with at least fifty percent (50%) of its total gross revenue earned by its IT-BPM activities in its financial year ending in 2016; and
- A company with at least fifty present (50%) of its total gross revenue earned by its IT-BPM activities being from clients outside the Philippines or, in the case of a global In-House center, at least fifty percent (50%) of its gross revenue from its company units outside the Philippines in its financial year ending in 2016.
Q30. Can Winners and Finalist companies use the International ICT Awards Philippines logo in their own publicity about winning an award?A30. Yes. Companies that win an award, or are Finalists, may use the International ICT Awards Philippines logo in their publicity at no cost, providing that: (a) the publicity includes specific reference to the year and full title of the award; and (b) includes specific reference to the award event being organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and IBPAP.
Q29. Are there financial prizes given by the International ICT Award Philippines to the Winners or awards?A29. No. No financial (or other material) prizes are offered in advance to potential Winners as an incentive or given to Winners at the International ICT Awards Philippines. An award itself is deemed to have external publicity and internal morale-building value for the winning company as well as to benefit the IT-BPM industry by recognizing the best that the Philippines has to offer the world in IT-BPM services.
Q28. Why are the Finalists in each category not announced in advance (as used to be the case)?A28. This change, instituted a few years ago, is intended (a) to heighten the suspense about which company will be the Finalists as well as the Winner; and (b) be an incentive for all nominees to attend and participate in the award-giving event as a collective celebration for the IT-BPM industry in the Philippines to recognize the best in industry.
Q27. Do the Judging Panel have to select three Finalists in 2017 in each category?A27. No. The Judging Panel may qualify any number of finalists up to a maximum of three (3) Finalists. The Panel may select less than three Finalists if it considers less meet the objective of being an inspirational role models in the category. If in the Panel’s judgment none of the nominees meet the objective recognizing excellence that is an inspirational role model the Panel is not obliged to select any Finalist(s) and no award will be given in that category.
Q26. Why have the number of Finalists been reduced from five to just three?A26. The number of Finalists has been reduced to three for two reasons: (a) primarily to enhance the value of being a Finalist and Runner-up to the Winner and also (b) as a collateral benefit, to allow more time during the evening for additional award categories.
Q25. The Best Non-Voice Excellence Company of the Year category has been replaced by three other categories for best emerging IT-BPM companies for creatives, for healthcare, and for finance and accounting. Will the Organizing Committee establish another category for Best Emerging IT-BPM Company for Human Resources (HR)?A25. No. The only award related specifically to HR is the Best Employer of the Year which relates to internal HR management. Given this question, the Organizers will consider establishing an award category in 2018 for “Best Company for Providing Services for Human Resource Management”
Q24. Are any awards given to individuals as well as to companies?A24. No. Earlier in 2016 the Organizing Committee noted that in recent years other award events have started giving awards to individuals for achievements in the IT-BPM industry. It was decided, after consultation with the Title Sponsors, that the International ICT Awards Philippines should focus exclusively on honoring IT-BPM companies and key teams within such companies rather than on individuals. Three awards have been discontinued in 2017 as a consequence of this decision.
Q23. Are nominations limited just to companies based in the National Capital Region (NCR) of the Philippines?A23. No. Any companies based in the Philippines and that meets other eligibility requirements can be nominated for an award. The organizers encourage nominations of companies from the many growing IT-BPM centers located outside the NCR and has established a specific award category for such companies to compete for in addition to competing for other awards.
Q22. What does the acronym “registered with SEC” in the award eligibility criteria mean?A22. It means the nominee company must be registered as a company with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission. The eligibility criteria for the 2017 event have now all been amended to make this clear including that it is the Philippine SEC and not a SEC in another country.
Q21. Can nominations be submitted on a weekend or a holiday?A21. Yes. Nominations can be submitted on any weekend or holiday up to the date and time of the deadline. As nominations must be submitted on line, the date and time that the nomination is sent by email as recorded when the email is sent will be the date and time it deemed to be received. As long as this date and time the email is sent is before the deadline date and time, it will be considered received before the deadline. A nominee can review, update, and re-submit nominations not later than deadline date by 11:59 pm Philippine Standard Time.
Q20. Can initial nominations be submitted with supporting documents to follow?A20. Yes. Initial nominations without attached supporting information can be submitted. However, when sending the supporting information, one must again complete all required fields of the online nomination form and re-submit the nomination on-line with the additional supporting information in the format prescribed for such documentation. Please note: (a) the option of submitting additional information to that required in mandatory fields is very limited and is restricted to an additional one page of further information in PDF format and a soft copy of the nominee company’s latest official and published Annual Report; and (b) companies that have already submitted complete documentation with their nominations may also review, update, and re-submit their nominations providing this is re-submitted not later than 11:59 p.m. Philippine Standard Time on the date of the deadline for nominations.
Q19. Can a company that is a sponsor also be nominated for an award?A19. No. A company that is a sponsor cannot be nominated for an award as this would constitute a real or perceived conflict of interest. If a sponsor is nominated and accepts the nomination, the offer of sponsorship will be declined by the organizers. However, a subsidiary or associated corporation of a sponsor that is based in the Philippines, registered with the Philippines SEC, and has with separate Board of Directors can be nominated for an award if it meets other applicable eligibility requirements.
Q18. Does the Judging Panel conduct visits to sites of the operations of nominees to verify information?A18. No. One reason the Judging Panel does not make visits to sites of operations of nominees is that, if it did in the case of one nominee, it would have to do so for all nominees to be seen to fair to all. Another reason is that in this day and age of ICT business, physical, on-site visits seems somewhat out-of-date. However, the Judging Panel may request additional information, clarifications and/or confirmation of information submitted in a nomination.
Q17. Are sponsors involved in judging decisions and/or can over-rule decision of the Judging Panel or the Appeal Board?A17. No. Sponsors have no involvement in the judging or appeal decisions, cannot have one of the officers or staff appointed as members of the Judging Panel, and cannot over-rule a decision of the Judging Panel or the Appeal Board. For information on selection and procedures of Judging Panel and Appeal Board, click here
Q16. Are CanCham and/or IBPAP involved in judging decisions? Can CanCham and/or IBPAP over-rule a decision of the Judging Panel and/or the Appeal Board?A16. No. CanCham and IBPAP jointly approve the selection of members of the Judging Panel according to published Guidelines but CanCham and IBPAP have no other involvement in the decisions of the Judging Panel. CanCham and IBPAP also appoint the Appeal Panel which can over-rule the Judging Panel on limited grounds that the Judging Panel did not follow approved procedure in reaching a decision, but CanCham have no other involvement with the Appeal Board. See also Q&As 14 and 15 immediately below. For information on selection and procedures of Judging Panel and Appeal Board, click here
Q15. Do all members of the Judging Panel have to be members of CanCham and/or IBPAP?A15. No. Members of the Judging Panel do not have to be members of CanCham and/or IBPAP. See also Q&A14 immediately below.
Q14. Can CanCham as an organizer of the International ICT Awards Philippines, indicate any preference to the Judging Panel about to nominees that have some connection with Canada?A14. No. None of the criteria for judging nominees in any award category (except for the category for Best Filipino-owned Company) include a reference to a specific country. To ensure there is no “Canadian bias”, CanCham no longer allows an Officer of CanCham to Chair or be a member of the Judging Panel, does not request or allow a member on the Judging Panel to represent CanCham’s views, and does not express CanCham’s views on the relative merits of any nominee to the Judging Panel.
Q13. Are Philippine companies that provide ICT services exclusively within the Philippines with no services offered outside the Philippines eligible to be nominated and compete in the International ICT Awards Philippines?A13. No. One of the original and continuing purposes of the International ICT Awards Philippines is to promote and develop the international potential of the ICT sector in the Philippines. Nominees must be a company based in the Philippines that provides services outside the Philippines, a foreign company with a corporate entity registered in the Philippines that offers services outside the Philippines, or to a Philippine company that offers services to foreign companies registered in the Philippines. All such companies may also provide services within the Philippines. However please note the clarification on this point in the eligibility requirement applicable to all 2017 award categories that nominee companies must have earned at least fifty present (50%) of their gross revenue from clients outside the Philippines or, in the case Global In-house Centers, from units of their company based outside the Philippines, to be eligible to compete for an award.
Q12. Are foreign companies that provide ICT services to clients in the Philippines but have no legal corporate status as a Philippines company eligible to be nominated and compete in the International ICT Awards Philippines?A12. No. A foreign company must have a legal registration with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to do business in the Philippines to be eligible to be nominated and to compete for an award.
Q11. The International ICT Awards Philippines seem to be focused exclusively on commercial companies in the private sector. Are government agencies and state-owned corporations involved in the ICT sector eligible to be nominated and compete?A11. No. The eligibility criteria stipulate that nominees must be companies that provide services. Government agencies and state-owned corporations involved in the ICT sector are not eligible to be nominated and compete. The one exception was the award for Individual Contributor of the Year for which individuals in the public sector as well as private sector were eligible to be nominated. This award has been discontinued in 2017.
Q10. The International ICT Awards Philippines seems to be focused exclusively on commercial companies in the private sector. Are academic institutions, cooperatives and/or NGO that provide ICT services eligible to be nominated and compete? A10. No. The eligibility criteria stipulate that nominees must be companies that provide services. Academic institutions, cooperatives and/or NGO providers of ICT services are not eligible to be nominated and compete. This question was reviewed for the 2015 awards with no changes made in the exclusion.
Q9. The International ICT Awards Philippines seems to be focused exclusively on ICT services. Are companies engaged in manufacturing ICT products eligible to be nominated to compete for awards?A9. No. The eligibility criteria stipulate that nominees must be companies that provide services. Manufacturing companies are not eligible unless the company (or subsidiary) also provides ICT services as a major line of business.
Q8. Is the International ICT Awards Philippines endorsed by any foreign or by a Philippine government agency?A8. No. The International ICT Awards Philippines is not endorsed by any government agency. However, in past years the Philippine’s Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has provided a member of the Judging Panel to ensure the panel includes the public sector, as one of the stake holders, in adjudicating nominations. On occasion some government officials with interests in the IT-BPM industry have attended the International ICT Awards Gala Night and thus paid for the required tickets. A similar involvement by the new Department of ICT for the 2017 event will be explored.
Q7. Is the International ICT Awards Philippines supported financially or with any in-kind resources by any foreign or Philippine government agency?A7. No. The International ICT Awards Philippines is not supported financially or with any in-kind resources by any foreign or Philippine government agency. It is financed entirely by sponsorships from the private sector and from fees to attend the International ICT Award Gala Night.
Q6. Is the International ICT Awards Philippines a signatory to the anti-corruption “Integrity Initiative” sponsored by the Makati Business Club and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines?A6. As the International ICT Awards Philippines has no separate and distinct legal status apart from being a CanCham-organized event, it is not as such a signatory to the “Integrity Initiative”. However, CanCham is a signatory to the Integrity Initiative and therefore the organization and management of the International ICT Awards Philippines is covered by the signing by CanCham of Integrity Initiative.
Q5. Are any foreign chambers of commerce (in addition to CanCham) involved in the organization of the International ICT Awards Philippines?A5. No. However, CanCham is a member of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines (JFC) and keeps the JFC informed about the International ICT Awards Philippines. Some years ago, some members of the Judging Panel have been officers of another foreign chambers of commerce. However, as now the case with CanCham, officers of other foreign chambers of commerce are now no longer appointed to the Judging Panel to avoid potential conflict of interest in judging nominees from their country and/or may be members of the other foreign chamber of commerce.
Q4. What is the legal status of the International ICT Awards Philippines event?A4. The “International ICT Awards Philippines” is a name registered and owned by CanCham. The event itself that has the legal status of a CanCham activity and is governed by the legal regulatory framework that governs all activities of CanCham.
Q3. What is the legal status of IBPAP as co-organizer in association with CanCham of the International ICT Awards Philippines?A3. IBPAP was established in 2004. It is incorporated and registered with the Philippine Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). It is governed within the framework set in its By Laws registered with and approved by SEC. Copies of the Bylaws are available to the public from IBPAP. Membership is open to entities engaged in IT and business process management (BPM) as well as suppliers of technology and services used by these entities.
Q2. What is the legal status of the CanCham as an organizer of the International ICT Awards Philippines?A2. CanCham was established in 1989. It is incorporated and registered with the Philippine Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). It is governed within the framework set in its By Laws registered with and approved by SEC. Copies of the Bylaws are available to the public from CanCham. Membership is open to Canadian, Philippine, and other third country corporations as well as individuals, regardless of nationality, that have Canada-Philippines business interests.
Q1. Why did the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) establish and support the International ICT Awards Philippines?A1. CanCham founded and supported the establishment of the International ICT Awards Philippines because it wanted to recognize achievement and excellence in organizations and individuals involved in the IT-BPM industry in the Philippines to promote the industry and put the Philippines on the global map for international IT-BPM business. CanCham continues to proactively support the International ICT Awards Philippines to help ensure the sustained development and growth of the industry as a major contributor to the economic growth of the Philippines and well-being of the Filipinos.