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Mission and Vision Statement

The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) is the voice for private dispute resolution in the Philippines.

 

PIArb envisions the use of arbitration and other modes of dispute resolution other than resolution by a court as the primary means of resolving conflict in the Philippines. 

 

Towards this vision, PIArb will:


1.  Be the private sector’s leading advocate of private dispute resolution;

2.  Be the benchmark provider of awareness, education, and certification programs on private dispute resolution;

3.  Facilitate research in support of its role as advocate and educator; and

4.  Serve as the primary private sector forum on private dispute resolution policy and practice.

PIArb and CIArb in the Philippines

The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) is the voice for private dispute resolution in the Philippines.


While both PIArb and CIArb are independent of each other, both complement each other in the Philippines in view of their similar visions and objectives. 

From CIArb’s perspective, it is in a position to provide PIArb with: 

• Guidance and support through the provision of international faculty as well as mentoring and certifying of local faculty; 
• Developed content, in the form of tried and tested course material that is continually updated; and 
• An international network of conferences and events throughout the year and a vibrant and active international stakeholder community. 

On PIArb’s part, it facilitates CIArb’s reach in the Philippines by providing CIArb with: 

• A local legal presence with an established juridical personality; 
• A local champion of the CIArb vision; and 
• A facility for the full entry of the Philippines into the international private dispute resolution community in general, and more Filipino members in CIArb in particular. 
4/11/2019 6:30:21 AM
The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) East Asia Branch, Philippine Chapter, will hold their joint Fellowship on April 25, 2019, 11:30 o’clock in the morning, at Classroom 103, Ground Floor, University of the Philippines, Bonifacio Global City, (UP-BGC) Taguig City.
3/8/2019 8:17:21 PM
The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) East Asia Branch, Philippine Chapter, in cooperation with Quisumbing Torres, cordially invite everyone interested in Arbitration to attend a fellowship on March 28, 2019, at University of the Philippines Bonifacio Global City (UP BGC), Classroom 103, Ground Floor, 32nd Street, BGC, Taguig City. Registration starts at 11:30 o’clock in the morning.
2/20/2019 9:05:29 AM
The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) is pleased to announce its support for the CIArb East Asia Branch Young Members Group Conference, with the theme: “Challenges and Opportunities for Young Arbitrators”, to be held on 8 April 2019 at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
2/12/2019 6:53:25 AM
The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) East Asia Branch, Philippine Chapter, in cooperation with Quisumbing Torres, cordially invite everyone interested in Arbitration to attend a fellowship on February 28, 2019, at Quisumbing Torres, 17th Floor, Net One Center, 26th Street, corner 3rd Avenue, Crescent Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines. Registration starts at 11:30 o’clock in the morning.
1/18/2019 10:29:18 AM
The Philippine institute of Arbitrators is pleased to announce its support for the 6th Annual International Arbitration & Regulatory Global Summit organized by Wolters Kluwer & Legal Plus, to be held at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai on 12 February 2019.
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IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration 2014
2/12/2014 6:44:26 AM
Asian Construction and Development Corporation v. Sumitomo Corporation
2/12/2014 6:34:45 AM
IBA Guidelines on Party Representation
10/1/2013 5:55:32 AM
Even the party who has repudiated the main contract is not prevented from enforcing its arbitration clause.
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International Arbitration Rules
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April 8, 2019 

CIArb East Asia Branch Young Members Group Conference Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) is pleased to announce its support for the CIArb East Asia Branch Young Members Group Conference, with the theme: “Challenges and Opportunities for Young Arbitrators”, to be held on 8 April 2019 at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.


LPU-PIArb Graduate Program on Professional Dispute Resolution
- Enrolment ongoing
The Lyceum of the Philippines University Graduate School (“LPU Graduate School”), in partnership with the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators Inc. (PIArb), is offering the country’s first graduate program in professional dispute resolution, the “Master of Arts with Specialization in Dispute Resolution” (the “Program”)


March 2019 Fellowship- Quantum of evidence in International Arbitration

On March 28, 2019, the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) and the Chartered institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) held their joint fellowship for the first time at the University of the Philippines Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Campus. Mr. Michael Peer, a forensic accountant, and an expert on accounting and quantum issues in a wide range of disputes, was the guest speaker. In his presentation, entitled “Quantum of Evidence in International Arbitration” he discussed the need for arbitrators and arbitration practitioners to keep up with advances in technology and data science, to ensure the integrity of documents used as evidence in arbitration proceedings.

The audience participated actively in the open forum that followed. Prof. Mario Valderrama gave the closing remarks. Next fellowship is set on April 25.

  

February 2019 Fellowship- “The Arbitrator’s Duty to Ensure the Integrity of the Arbitral Process”

Last 28 February 2019, the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) held its monthly fellowship at Quisumbing Torres. PIArb President Donemark Calimon delivered the Opening Remarks and current updates on Philippine arbitration. He reported about the recent launching of the Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution (PICCR) by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and the decision of the Supreme Court in Mabuhay Holdings Corporation v. Sembcorp Logistics Limited (G.R. no. 212734) wherein the Court upheld State policies favouring arbitration and enforcement of arbitral awards.

After the Opening Remarks, PIArb Chairman Emeritus Atty. Eduardo R. Ceniza lectured on “The Arbitrator’s Duty to Ensure the Integrity of the Arbitral Process”.

His lecture principally touched on the responsibility of the arbitrator to ensure that the parties’ right to a fair and just hearing and result be met so that confidence in the arbitral process are ensured. This is accomplished through the faithful discharge of arbitrators of their duties of independence, impartiality and diligence. He emphasized that according to research done by the Global Center for Dispute Resolution, parties to arbitration rank a “fair and just hearing” as the highest and most important among the different variable elements of arbitration like cost, finality, speed and privacy.

He emphasized that to ensure that the arbitral process is fair and just, independence and impartiality must be observed by the arbitrator at all times. He differentiates the two concepts by referring to independence as the absence of improper connections while impartiality refers to the existence or lack of bias or prejudgment. He discussed and illustrated examples and common scenarios for each.

Further, he explained that independence and impartiality must be complemented by equal treatment and affording the parties full opportunity to present his or her case as mentioned in Article 18 of the Model Law (1985). He emphasized also on the duties of an arbitrator to study thoroughly and devote commensurate time for the case, mastery of the applicable arbitration rules, familiarization with the International Bar Association (IBA) guidelines on Conflict of Interest including the duty of timely disclosure.

  

October 2018 Fellowship – Mock Cross Examination and Submissions in International Arbitration

The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators East Asia Branch, Philippine Chapter held their Joint Monthly fellowship on October 25, 2018 at Quisumbing Torres Law Offices, Taguig City.

Instead of the usual lecture, the guest speakers, Mr. Arvin Lee and Mr. Jeriel Lam, both arbitration practitioners from Singapore, presented a Mock Cross Examination and Submission in a fictional case between a Philippine Company as claimant and London company as respondent and counter-claimant, under the Arbitration rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC).

The next and last fellowship for 2018 will be held on November 22, 2018.

   

CENTRAL LUZON COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION SEMINAR

The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb), in collaboration with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Central Luzon Region, conducted a Commercial Arbitration Seminar on August 17-18, 24-25, 2018 at the Quest Hotel, Filinvest-Mimosa Estate, Clarkfield Pampanga.

The Commercial Arbitration Seminar is in line with the joint objectives of PIArb and IBP Central Luzon to actively promote awareness among Philippine lawyers about commercial arbitration as an effective mode of dispute resolution. The topics discussed and their speakers include: Day 1 – Party Autonomy by Prof. Mario E. Valderrama, Applicable Laws by Atty. Myra Angeli A. Gallardo-Batongbakal, and Arbitration Agreements by Atty. Julius Anthony R. Omila. Day 2- Commencing Arbitration, Constituting the Tribunal and Disclosures by Atty. Camille Bianca M. Gatmaitan-Santos, Arbitrator’s Jurisdiction and Powers by Atty. Jesusito G. Morallos, and Roles of Courts by Atty. Dranyl Jared P. Amoroso. Day 3, Procedural Conferences by Atty. Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko, Arbitral Awards by Atty. Jay Patrick R. Santiago, and Cost and Interest, Multiple parties and Drafting Awards by Atty. Eduardo R. Ceniza.

On Day 4, participants were given a written examination. Examination-passers will be included in the roster of accredited arbitrators of the IBP Central Luzon ADR Center which shall be set up later on by the IBP Central Luzon.

     

July 2018 Fellowship - Early/ Summary Disposition under the SIAC, SCC and ICC Rules

The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) East Asia Branch, Philippine Chapter, held their joint Fellowship on July 26, 2018, at Quisumbing Torres, in Taguig City.

Mr. Steven Lim, the main speaker, discussed the SIAC, SCC and ICC provisions on early/ summary disposition, the grounds therefor and their implication on due process in international arbitration. By way of reaction, Atty. Roberto N. Dio, Secretary General of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc. (PDRCI) explained that in the Philippines, there is no express rule on summary disposition, but only expedited procedure under PDRCI Arbitration rules. This however can be remedied by an agreement of the parties in the terms of reference, allowing the tribunal to issue early dismissal or summary judgment in the procedural order.

Before the fellowship ended, PIArb Chairman Ricky Ongkiko administered the oath to the new set of PIArb members.

    

June 2018 Fellowship – The Future of Arbitration for Government Projects: Understanding the Implications of E.O. 78 and its IRR

On June 28, 2018, the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators East Asia Branch, Philippine Chapter held their Joint Monthly fellowship at Quisumbing Torres Law Offices, Taguig City.

There was a panel discussion on the topic “The Future of Arbitration for Government Projects: Understanding the Implications of E.O. 78 and its IRR”. The panel was composed of representatives from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Public Private Partnership Center of the Philippines (PPP), Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc. (PDRCI) Department of Justice Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution (DOJ-OADR), and Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Atty. Dranyl Jared P. Amoroso, PIArb SVP for Advocacies served as the Moderator while Atty. Jerome Coronel, PIArb AVP for Research and Public Information and DOJ-OADR representative, served as the Reactor. PIArb President Atty. Donemark Calimon formally opened the discussion while PIArb Executive Vice President Atty. Jesusito Morallos gave the closing remarks.


CIArb Introduction to Mediation Course 2018

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Introduction to Mediation Course was held on May 26, 2018 at Quisumbing Torres in Taguig City, Philippines. The Course was a joint collaboration project of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) and CIArb East Asia Branch, Philippine Chapter.

A total of about thirty (30) participants attended the Course facilitated by CIArb Assessors Mrs. Mary Bee Jay Thomson and Atty. Teodoro Kalaw IV. Mary is the current Chair of CIArb East Asia Branch while Atty. Kalaw is a Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator of CIArb, and President Emeritus of PIArb.

The Course was divided into several sessions consisting of lectures, workshops and role-play. Participants also shared their comments and asked questions during the open forum. At the end of the course, each participant received a Certificate of Participation entitling them to take an Online CIArb Assessment. Upon passing, the participant will obtain an Introductory Certificate and be eligible to apply for Associate grade status with the CIArb.

Atty. Donemark Calimon, current President of PIArb gave the closing remarks, after which, fellowship cocktails immediately followed.


May 2018 Fellowship – Discourses in International Arbitration

On May 24, 2018, the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators East Asia Branch, Philippine Chapter held their Joint Monthly fellowship at Quisumbing Torres Law Offices, Taguig City.

The fellowship was highlighted by talks given by Mr. Anil Changaroth and Mr. KC Lye. Mr. Changaroth discussed about the Arbitration-Mediation-Arbitration Protocol of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and SIAC’s proposal on Cross-Institution Consolidation Protocol (the “Consolidation Proposal”).

Mr. Lye on the other hand, discussed about the laws governing issues on legal privilege, confidentiality and limitation periods in an arbitration proceeding.

   

March 2018 Fellowship -Applied ADR: The West Philippine Sea Dispute

On March 22, 2017, the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators East Asia Branch, Philippine Chapter held its joint monthly fellowship at Quisumbing Torres. Cocktails were served starting at 5:30 o’clock in the afternoon and resumed after the lecture and open forum.

Prof. Mario E. Valderrama was the main speaker. He discussed extensively the implications of the award rendered by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (or ITLOS) in favor of the Philippines and against China in 2016. He also clarified that the Zonal system in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is focused on the allocation of resources and not territories.

PIArb president Donemark Calimon led the oath-taking of new PIarb members.

  

Cultural and Legal Issues in International Mediation

February 22, 2018, the joint fellowship of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), East Asia Branch, Philippine Chapter, and Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) was held at Quisumbing Torres. Atty. Jay Patrick R. Santiago, current PIArb Vice-President for International Initiatives (Hong Kong), and co-chairperson of Young PIArb, was the main speaker.

He discussed the relevance of culture and how cross-cultural differences may affect the process and outcome of an international commercial mediation proceeding. These cultural differences affecting mediation were summed up into Hofstede’s Five Dimensions, namely: Power Distance Index (PDI), Individualism (IDV), Masculinity (MAS), Uncertainty Avoidance Index (UAI), and Long-term Orientation (LTO). He then explained the mediation process, its different stages and legal issues relating to confidentiality, taxation, and enforcement of settlement agreements.

The next joint fellowship is set on March 22, 2018.

  

LPU-PIArb Center for Amicable Resolution of Disputes (CARD) Launched

On February 9, 2018, the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) and the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) formally launched the Center for Amicable Resolution of Disputes during the 1st Annual Center for Amicable Resolution of Disputes International Conference held at the Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros, Manila.

According to Atty. Teodoro Kalaw IV, PIArb President emeritus and CARD Director, CARD was created as a strategic partnership initiative between LPU and PIArb pursuant to their Memorandum of Agreement dated November 16, 2015. CARD aims to advocate and promote, the use of alternative dispute resolution as the primary mode of settling conflicts between private parties in a Philippine setting, by training a pool of capable neutrals to facilitate dispute resolution as its own distinct interdisciplinary profession. Based on the agreement, the CARD Academic Program leading to a Master of Arts degree with Specialization in Dispute Resolution will be administered by the LPU, while its Development program will be administered by PIArb.

The Conference was well-attended by distinguished guests from the judiciary, (Supreme Court Justice Andres B. Reyes Jr.), and executive departments (Hon. Prospero De Vera III, OIC and Senior Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education). Prof. Anselmo Reyes (International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court, and Professor of Legal Practice, University of Hong Kong) as the Keynote speaker, discussed about Developments in International Commercial Arbitration. Panel discussions on Third-party Funding and Cultural Differences in International Arbitration were participated in by local and international resource persons. PIArb Executive Vice President Atty. Jesusito Morallos discussed the prospective reforms in ADR Legislation in the Philippines, while Atty. Julius Anthony R. Omila, PIArb Senior Vice President for Development and Deputy Executive Director of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Arbitration Center discussed the latter’s mandate, objectives and prospective programs.

Cultural Differences in International Arbitration and An Update on International Arbitration in Hong Kong