The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) is a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) tasked to manage and supervise the development of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP). Its creation and operation is mandated by virtue of Republic Act 7922, otherwise known as the “Cagayan Special Economic Zone Act of 1995” by then President Fidel V. Ramos. The Cagayan Economic Zone Act of 1995 was authored by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, a native of Gonzaga town in Cagayan. It is the first economic zone in the Philippines to offer hosting of financial technology companies in the emerging fintech industry with the issuance of the first batch of FTSOVC certificates to three locators.
Spatially, the Cagayan Economic Zone & Freeport covers the entire Municipality of Sta., Ana including the Islands of Fuga, Barit, Mabbag in the Municipality of Aparri in the Province of Cagayan . Approximately 54,118 hectares of land for prime development falls within the jurisdiction of CEZA. It is surrounded by the waters of Babuyan Channel and West Philippine Sea on the North and the Pacific Ocean on the east.
The Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport, also known as Cagayan Freeport, is a special economic zone in Cagayan Province, northern Luzon, in the Philippines. It is envisioned to be a self-sustaining industrial, commercial, financial, tourism and recreational center, in order to effectively encourage and attract legitimate and productive local and foreign investments and eventually create employment opportunities and increase income and productivity in the rural areas around the Freeport Zone.
- investor, lawyer;
- Deputy CEO at Fundshing that offers different solutions for blockchain-based startups;
- CEO at TNC GROUP that provides services of blockchain development;
- representative of the International Decentralized Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain (IDACB).
Miguel the co-founder and the chief marketing officer of SCI Ventures Rebittance. Finishing a degree in Human Resource Management from DLS-CSB, his expertise is in people and communication, which has led him to become a voice for the Bitcoin community since 2014, appearing in print, online, radio, and TV media to educate people about the technology. He also co-founded the Bitcoin Organization of the Philippines, a non-profit SEC registered corp. that aims to promote and protect the industry.
In Bitcoin since early 2013. Co-founded SCI (sci.ph) in 2014 and building the ecosystem and infrastructurefor crypto and blockchain adoption for the Philippines. I write about Bitcoin and Blockchain stuff onMedium.com/@MiguelCuneta_21450
I am a Partner at Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra, a law firm considered to be a leader in TMT (Tech Media & Telecommunications) practice in the Philippines. We are a pioneering law firm for legal frameworks applicable to blockchain, virtual currencies, and artificial intelligence, and we are established in the domains of e-commerce and data privacy. The Firm currently advises 7 of the Top 20 (Entrepreneur.com.ph) of the country’s leading and most impactful tech and on-line companies. Our clients include Xurpas Inc., Coins.PH, BloomSolutions, Rappler PH, Zalora PH, Paynamic Technologies, APPTERRA Philippines (AIDE), Cognizant US (a NASDAQ 100 company), Storm Technologies, Xeleb Technologies, Seer Technologies, Yondu, and Altitude Games, among other leading tech companies. Please see attached logo list.
I am one of two law partners who lead our blockchain-based practice areas.
Lorybeth Baldrias-Serrano is the lawyer specializing in data privacy and a tax consultant. She has 16 years of cumulative experience in accounting, taxation management and commercial law across various industries ranging from FMCG, fintech and oil & gas.
Among the clients she has handled are companies as global remittance companies, a global credit card company and leading ASEAN banks.
She has provided consultancy services to clients on structuring of foreign investment vehicles, restructuring of organizations and transactions, tax assessments and refunds, as well as estate planning and customs and tariff matters.
She has also been a tax manager at such organizations as the global energy company Shell and P&G – the world’s largest consumer goods corporation, and a lawyer at Quisumbing Torres, an affiliate of Baker & McKenzie.
Currently, the speaker is a partner at Insights Philippines Legal Advisors (IPLA) – a member firm of the ZICO Law Network, which is present in 18 cities across all 10 ASEAN countries. At IPLA, she focuses on tax & trade, as well as on data privacy & tech.
I heavily focus on public policy issues and legal implications of digital currencies and blockchain technology. I serve the legal, regulatory, licensing and compliance requirements of various cryptocurrency-based businesses and blockchain projects. Having in mind the quickly developing blockchain space, I guide clients on legal developments as well as advocate and represent them in championing sensible regulatory frameworks.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of the Philippine Digital Asset Exchange (PDAX), Yang Yang lends a lifelong passion for disruptive technology and social impact to shaping the product roadmap. After teaching herself to code at the age of 5, she continued her interest in computer science at MIT. Prior to founding PDAX, Yang Yang was the CMO of a global environmental tech company, at which she led strategy for its NASDAQ IPO; in 2015, she also co-founded a mobile app startup in Silicon Valley. Today, it is the potential of blockchain technology to revolutionize financial inclusion in emerging markets that has brought her to the Philippines.
Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yang-yang-zhang-06105053/
Quick bio on PDAX:
The Philippine Digital Asset Exchange (PDAX) is an order-book exchange aiming to provide all Filipinos with an ability to growth their wealth. The platform provides a safe, secured and efficient way to invest in digital assets directly with Philippine peso at globally competitive prices in real time.
Mr. Mario Jordan "Magellan" Fetalino III is the Founder and CEO of Acudeen Technologies, Inc., an online peer to peer marketplace for receivable discounting in the Philippines, winner of Seedstars Global 2017 & Founder Institute's Best Global Fintech 2017, and regarded by IDC as one of the Top 10 fastest growing fintechs in the Philippines.
Mr. Fetalino created a facility that provides accessible financing to underbanked SMEs in the Philippines by letting them sell their receivables from multinationals and blue chip companies to Acudeen's Financing Partner Network. Today, Acudeen is present in 2 markets, Philippines and Myanmar.
He is currently a Member Board of Trustee of Fintech Alliance Philippines and a Board Director of the Philippine Association for Digital Commerce and Decentralised Industries (PADCDI). He also used to serve as the Chairman of the Board of The Global Filipino Investors, one of the biggest financial education companies in the Philippines.
He took up B.S. Entrepreneurship in the University of Santo Tomas and Digital Public Relations under the Ateneo De Manila University – PRSP IIDM Program. He is a graduate founder from Founder Institute, and is currently taking up his Masters in the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
He is also one of the partners of Original Pitch Venture Capital firm.
Luis started working in the Bitcoin space in 2014 and, with his startup Bloom, focuses on bringing the blockchain to remittance businesses around the world. He authored the book "Reinventing Remittances with Bitcoin," which collects strategies and stories about the fast-growing Bitcoin remittance industry. (https://bit.ly/remitbook)
His writing has been featured on Quartz, Techcrunch, The Next Web, Tech in Asia, and Rappler. He's presented on these topics at Inside Bitcoins Singapore, the International Money Transfer Conference (IMTC) in Madrid, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Miami, BlockFin Vietnam, and the Brookings Blum Roundtable in Aspen. In 2017, he co-presented the first Remittance Technology Awards at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Luis has been building tech startups in the Philippines for over a decade, blogs at https://medium.com/@cryptonight, and draws nerdy cartoons at https://cryptopop.net.
Jojy is currently co-founder of a number of startups.
He also co-director for Manila Chapter of Founder Institute, the world's largest startup incubator.
He was recently the Regional Director for Continental Asia at Freelancer.com, the world's largest online outsourcing marketplace.
He completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering as a full scholar at the University of the Philippines, and took up units in M.A. Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific.
Accepted into PhD in Engineering-Economics Systems program at Stanford University, Jojy switched careers and focused on the IT business where he made great waves, co-founding several pioneering tech companies in the fields of BPO, IT outsourcing, online content publishing and eCommerce.
He founded or headed a number of IT companies such as Open Systems Philippines Corporation, Data Matrix, Inc. and Nex Consulting, Inc. He was a co-founder of one of the earliest BPO companies in the Philippines.
Jojy founded BusinessSummaries.com and created it into one of the world's top online executive book summary services with over 300,000 reader base. He eventually sold the company in 2010 to EBSCO Publishing, one of the world's leading provider of business content.
He seeded a number of start-ups. He co-founded and secured funding for other start-ups. He also got a chance to mentor entrepreneurs to start their own companies. Seeking other entrepreneurs to joint-venture with.
He speaks at several workshops and conferences. As a seasoned entrepreneur, Jojy is sought-after by leading tech advocate groups like Founder Institute, Lean Startup, Startup Weekend, Angel Hack, Echelon, Startup Grind, and Social Innovation Camp, among others for his industry expertise. He also teaches eCommerce and digital marketing.
Dushan Spalevich, born in Slovenia started his entrepreneurial journey already during his studies when he worked as a representative and a travel guide in several European counties, which gave him opportunity to learn about other cultures, how to prosper in new environments and learn foreign languages.
After he had graduated from the faculty of Economics, he was the youngest manager to manage a business of FMCG multinational company SC Johnson in Slovenia.
In 2004 Dushan co-founded and managed VITA MEDIA group - a startup project in Russia, which had become a leading healthcare in-door media operator with 250 employees and 18 subsidiaries in the biggest Russian cities.
Today, Dushan is a Founder & Host of ICO TV ( www.ico-tv.io ) - a leading blockchain startup's interview channel and Founder of Positivo.io - a unique startup consulting studio, where his experience helps startups pave the way to success.
Altogether, Dushan is involved in about 100 blockchain startup projects as an investor, consultant, adviser or coach and is constantly looking for new promising projects.