THE Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) has a new set of officers. Lope L. Bato, Jr. has been inducted national president along with other officers by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles in a virtual turn-over and induction ceremony with Senator Christopher “Bong” Go as guest of honor and President Rodrigo R. Duterte as keynote speaker.
As PICPA president for 2020-2021, Bato has adopted a six-point agenda for the organization--RISING--where R stands for Recovery Programs; I for In-house Programs; S for Social Responsibility Programs; I for International Programs; N for New Programs; and G for on-Going Programs.
Bato acknowledges that the pandemic COVID-19 has not spared the Accounting Profession. Those in the Accounting Profession, he says, have also to contend with the new norm as they shift to work from home arrangements, virtual meetings and virtual trainings. He exhorts PICPA members to continue to deliver their mandate as CPAs as seamlessly as they can, notwithstanding the difficulties. He also urges everyone to “stand in solidarity as we make ourselves relevant to our country despite the hardships that we encounter at our inner core from our family life, to work life, to spiritual life.”
A graduate of BSBA in Accounting from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, he pursued his MBA at Centro Escolar University. He is currently a candidate for Doctor in Business Administration at La Consolacion University of the Philippines. He has an extensive experience in Public Accounting and Taxation. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Lope Laranjo Bato & Co., CPAs (LLB & Co., CPAs).
Bato succeeds Evelyn S. Corpuz as President of PICPA.
Other key officers of PICPA are Ms. Marydith C, Miguel, Executive Vice President; Ms. Gladeys Jill A. Santos-Cua, VP for Operations; Atty. Rheneir P. Mora, VP for Commerce & Industry; Ms. Milagros C. Cardona, VP for Education; Atty Roland C. Pondoc, VP for Government; Mr. Michael C. Gallego, VP for Public Practice; Ms. Estelita C. Aguirre, Executive Director; Ms. Anna Lissa C. Dycaico, Secretary; and Ms. Ma. Teresita Z. Dimaculangan, Treasurer. All the members of the national board, presidential advisers, board of trustees of PICPA Foundation, committee chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and members, regional sectoral representatives, and chapter presidents were likewise inducted.
PICPA is the accredited professional organization (APO) of Certified Public Accountants by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) founded in November 1929.