The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), driven by its mandate to elevate the standards of the legal profession and to improve the administration of justice in the country, recently launched the Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution -- a non-stock, non-profit arbitral institution that will provide commercial arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services and facilities for parties to disputes.
The PICCR envisions to contribute significantly to the improvement of the administration of justice by promoting the use of arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution so as to make them the preferred modes of resolving disputes and to make the Philippines a preferred seat and venue for dispute resolution.
The PICCR's mission is (1) to promote the use of arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution by providing facilities and administrative and dispute-management services at par with those of international arbitral institutions, (2) to raise awareness of the benefits of arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution throughout the Philippines by regularly collaborating with and tapping the nationwide network and resources of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines; and (3) to provide intensive and effective training for interested arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practitioners with a view to building the Philippines' capabilities in providing arbitration and alternative dispute resolution services.
The first set of PICCR officers include Sixto Jose Antonio (President), Donemark Calimon, Quisumbing Torres Dispute Resolution Practice Group Head (Secretary General), Julius Anthony Omila (Corporate Secretary), Anna Carmi Calsado-Amoroso (Assistant Corporate Secretary), Carmelita Eleazar (Treasurer), and Marie Fe Galvez-Garcia (Assistant Treasurer).
Appointed as deputies to help the Secretary General are Julius Anthony Omila (Deputy Secretary General for Business Development), Teodoro Kalaw IV (Deputy Secretary General for Education and Accreditation), Maria Celia Poblador (Deputy Secretary General for Operations) and Michael Macapagal (Deputy Secretary General for Case Management).
Michael, Maria Celia and Anna Carmi, are members of the Quisumbing Torres Dispute Resolution Practice Group.
PICCR Arbitration Accreditation Course
Since its launch in February 2019, the PICCR has conducted its first run of the center's accreditation course. The course consists of three modules. Module one introduces participants to the fundamentals of commercial arbitration. Module two, a more intensive course, familiarizes the participants with the PICCR's Arbitration Rules. Module three is an award-writing course intended to prepare participants to the important task of writing awards.
It features practical exercises designed to train participants on how to prepare arbitral awards. A welcome reception for the first set of accredited PICCR arbitrators, including those who have passed Modules one to three, will be held later this month.