THE roller coaster ride we find ourselves on during this pandemic has made us experience a variety of emotions – uncertainty, anxiety, grief, fear and loneliness, among others – but it has also taught us gratitude for what we have, the appreciation of others and the awareness that we all live on borrowed time.
As accountants and professionals, our role is that of “economic frontliner”. We may not be dressed in professional protective gear and life-saving hospitals, but we keep doing our job to help keep the economy afloat. However, the health crisis has increased the complexity surrounding the accounting and accountability of organizations. There has been a sudden shift in working from in-person platforms to virtual platforms and many of us are still adapting. While luckier than those who cannot afford to work from home, we have experienced our own share of challenges adjusting to the new normal – some have experienced burnout, confusion, and a general lack of confidence. fulfillment. But like so many times when accountants get tired, we don’t give up. We just need that extra cup of coffee, that extra hour of sleep, and a little inspiration to remind ourselves again why we do what we do and why it is important that we continue to live up to our responsibilities.
Next month, or October 6-8, the Association of Certified Public Accountants in Public Practice (Acpapp) will be holding its 21st Annual National Convention – its second virtual – with the theme “Leading the Way: Turnaround Through Transformation and ‘innovation. “It is that time of year when we can grow together, in the safety of our homes, gaining new knowledge and perspectives on how we can respond, respond, recover and thrive during the pandemic.
The following thought and action leaders will be the speakers at the event: Len Jui, vice president of the International Accounting Standards Board; Solita “Winnie” Monsod, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of the Philippines; Emilio Aquino, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); Chuchi Fonacier, vice-governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; representatives of the Cooperative Development Authority and the Bureau of Internal Revenue; Marvin Galang, founder and president of JuanTax; Noe Quiñanola, President of the Professional Regulation Commission-Accounting Council; Emmanuel Artiza, General Accountant in the Office of the General Accountant, SEC; Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza, advisor and author; Antonis Diolas, Head of Audit and Insurance, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; and Heidi Mendoza, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight. These highly respected leaders will share their perspectives on issues affecting our profession.
To add more flavor to the event, Danilo Alas and Marycris Oplas of Alas Oplas & Co., CPA; Jerome Antonio Constantino and Katherine Constantino of Constantino & Partners; and George Villaruz and Normita Villaruz de Villaruz and Villaruz & Co., CPAs will talk about their wisdom and experience on balancing work, life and love – an elusive ideal for most young accountants like me – and the things that really matter.
There is much to learn from this year’s lineup of speakers. And not just that. It’s always more fun in the Acpapp because there will be a lot of games and raffle prizes in play. We will surely be on the edge of our seats.
Ultimately, may this event remind us once again of the true meaning of our profession and challenge us to fulfill our duty as accountants and economic pioneers in these difficult times. You can register via https://forms.gle/8jEHXMx4PSGSZzjq7.
Kristine Ismael is a partner of Ismael and Co., CPA based in Baguio City. She is also an active member of the Association of Certified Public Accountants in Public Practice. The opinions expressed in this article are personal to the author and do not represent those of the organizations with which she is related.