Business Leader Miguel Varela
Atty. Miguel Varela, the renowned corporate lawyer and management practitioner in the Philippines, is the President of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). PCCI hosted the 38th Philippine Business Conference and Exposition last October 9 – 11 at posh Manila hotel.
Miguel Varela is an Ateneo de Manila Law School graduate and the renowned corporate lawyer and management practitioner in the Philippines, holds noteworthy positions in various public and private institutions. Mr. Varela is the President of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the largest business organization in the country, and the Chairman of Employers Confederation of the Philippines, the largest association of employers in the country.
Varela has been a member of Megaworld Corporation‘s Board of Directors since 2006. He is a Director of Manila Bulletin and an erstwhile President, Director of Ausphil Tollways Corporation, Director of NPC Alliance Corporation, Vice Chairman of Richmonde Hotel, Trustee of Philippines Trade Foundation, Chairman of Pribadong Institusyon Laban sa Kahirapan (PILAK), Chairman for International and Trade Affairs of the PCCI, Chairman of the Philippine Association of Voluntary Arbitration Foundation (PAVAF), Vice Chairman of Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI), Vice President of the International Labor Organization Foundation, Commissioner and Corporate Secretary of the Streetwatch Commission and Foundation for Crime Prevention, Vice President of Ateneo Law Alumni Foundation, Director of the Makati Rotary Club, an accredited international arbitrator of the Paris-based International Court of Arbitration, member of the Philippine Bar Association, Commissioner of the Consultative Commission on Constitutional Reform and a Lifetime Member of the Philippine Constitution Association (PHILCONSA).
Varela is the recipient of various awards and citations such as San Beda College’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Business Leadership, and San Beda Hall of Fame Awardee, Presidential Medal of Merit for Outstanding Service to the Republic of the Philippines, Tamaraw Leadership Award, Katipunan Leadership Award and Leadership Award from ECOP, PCCI and ASEAN Productivity Organization. He was also conferred by the Central Luzon State University with the degree of Doctor of Humanities (honoris causa), with Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presiding at the Conferment rites, and by the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez University of Science and Technology with a Doctorate in Business Technology (honoris causa).
Varela is an active member of the ASEAN Confederation of Employers, and the Management Association of the Philippines.
Varela served as Member (representing Employer and Industry Sector) of the Board of Directors of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Member (representing Management) of the National Manpower and Youth Council; Commissioner (representing the Business Sector) of the National Labor Relations Commission; Commissioner (representing employers) of the Social Security System; Commissioner (representing employers) of the Employees’ Compensation Commission; Commissioner (representing employers) of the Occupational Safety and Health Board; and Director of the National Economic Council (now National Economic and Development Authority) from 1967 to 1972.
Varela was a Philippine Delegate (representing employers) to the International Labor Conference; head delegate, member, and participant in various international activities, such as the Philippine Business Delegation on the Presidential Visits to Malaysia, China, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, USA, New Zealand, and Hong Kong; the ASEAN Conference of Employers’ Top Management; Top Management Forum on Role of New Ventures; Free Trade and Social Responsibility; and ASEAN Employers Symposium. He is also the Philippine Representative to the APEC Business Advisory Council; and the East Asia Business Advisory Council (EABC).