Banking, tech experts, and leaders form Blockchain Council of the Philippines

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To further promote blockchain technology in the country, leaders from the industries of finance, marketing, and technology have formed the Blockchain Council of the Philippines.

Philippine Blockchain Week (PBW) lead convenor, Dr. Donald Lim, announced the formation of the council during a recent press conference held at the Manila Marriott Hotel in Pasay City. The PBW will run from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4.

The prestigious roster of council members include Lito Villanueva, executive vice president of RCBC and chairman of FinTech Alliance; Ida Tiongson, chairperson and independent director of PruLife UK and a trustee of Fintech Alliance; and tech lawyer Mark Gorriceta, managing partner and head of the technology media and telecommunications group of Gorriceta, Africa, Cauton, and Saavedra Law.

Henry Aguda, Chairman of the Board, UBX; Martha Sazon, president and chief executive officer (CEO), GCash; Chezka Gonzales, founder, Woman of Substance NFT; Sheree Gotuaco, CEO, Scarletbox.io; Kate Hancock, founder, Metaverse XYZ;  Brian Poe Llamanzares, founder, Artifact; Gail Macapagal, country director, Dynaquest; Emman Navalan, CEO, Tetrix; Emmanuel Samson, founder and CEO, Impero Group; Paul Soliman, chairman and CEO, Bayanichain; Oscar Tan-Abing, Jr., CEO, Anotoys Collectiverse; and Dr. Lim, COO, DITO CME make up the rest of the council.

Lim said the council was formed to advocate blockchain education in the country and to help close the knowledge gap as Filipinos transition from Web2 to Web3. The council, he said, will actively pursue private sector and government cooperation to achieve the goal of making the Philippines the blockchain capital of Asia.

 Blockchain is More Than Cryptocurrency

According to Villanueva, the objective of PBW is to help Juan Dela Cruz understand what blockchain is all about. He said the country is fortunate to have the most progressive and dynamic regulators.

“We thank the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas  and the Securities and Exchange Commission for having an open mind in so far as welcoming innovations,” he said as he emphasized the end-goal of PBW is to provide Filipinos and the global community with an inclusive financial framework.

Gorriceta said PBW will show the different uses of blockchain and address the negative news it has been receiving lately.

“Blockchain is the underlying technology of Bitcoin, Etherum, and the like. Basically, blockchain promotes decentralized finance. The purpose of PBW is to showcase the features of blockchain beyond Bitcoin and how the Blockchain Council of the Philippines will be able to promote, let’s say, how we can use this technology and how we can further enhance the Philippine economic agenda of our Central Bank,” he said.

Tiongson noted that while people often associate blockchain only with cryptocurrency, the technology can provide more to support industries and protect the integrity of data online.

“Blockchain is a technology,” she emphasized, and can be used in different ways. “You can also use it for digital asset offering as with NFTs, supply chain, payment system, medical tracing, and gaming,” she said. 

Daniel Robbins, CEO of California-based IBH Media and co-founder of Metaverse Collective, called blockchain “the number one global impact on our economy that we’ve ever seen in our lifetime.”

“It’s great to understand the technology, but the next thing is (to learn) how you can implement that,” he said.

NFTs, the Metaverse, and More

Blockchain and its relation to NFTs, Gaming, AI and the Metaverse will also be discussed during PBW.  An NFT exhibition and gaming expo will likewise take place.

Lim also announced the launch of the Philippine Block Awards, one of the highlights of PBW that seeks to honor the people behind the blockchain ecosystem in the country.

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