Step up intern is 6th placer in CPA board exams

Mr. Abraham Jose Apit landed 6th place in the recently concluded board exams. Mr. Apit, from Loay, Bohol and a BS Accountancy graduate of Holy Name University, was an intern at Step Up Consulting Services in the summer of 2010 and has worked in at least two engagements with the firm.

Mr. Apit appreciated his internship at Step Up Consulting Services, as it afforded him the opportunity to apply classroom learnings in actual work situations.  He assisted his professor, and Step Up managing consultant Mr. Michael Canares in a consulting engagement with MUAD Negros, in Bacolod City, and in two other audit engagements.

Mr. Apit spent his summer internship at Step Up Consulting, together with Paul Richard Stroud, another passer in the CPA board exams, and Mr. Julius Lim.

Canares presents in UK conference

Step Up Managing consultant Michael Canares attended the joint conference of the Development Studies Association and the European Association of Development Training Institutes last 19-22 September at York University in the United Kingdom.  Mr. Canares presented a paper in the Gender and Development working group on his work on women’s access to economic opportunities.

The conference theme was “Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty” and was attended by more than 75o academics and practitioners.  There were four plenary sessions, over 100 panels, and more than 400 papers presented.  The conference sought to find new ways of doing things, new approaches in development work, no theories from which to learn new ways of doing.

Mr. Canares’ paper was entitled “Investing in the Local: Rethinking Gender Mainstreaming Approaches for Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Philippines”.