The Alliance of Cultural Exchange Providers in the Philippines (ACEPP) is a collective group of Philippine Corporations offering international programs for Filipino students, graduates and young professionals. .
ACEPP members have a minimum of 3 years proven experience up to almost 20 years in facilitating Exchange Visitor Programs in the Philippines. The members of ACEPP are fully vetted by the U.S. Visa sponsors and the members of the organization.
ACEPP combine best practices, adhering to host countries regulations, maintaining the integrity of the Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) while providing a safe, affordable program for Filipino students and young adults looking to internationalize themselves as “citizen ambassadors”.
To autonomously manage and facilitate the exchange visitor programs and other international programs through self – governance and in strict compliance with Philippines laws, rules and regulations and those of host governments/countries.
The Alliance of Cultural Exchange Program Providers in the Philippines (ACEPP) shall have the following specific objectives:
To ensure that all its members strictly adhere to the rules and regulations of the cultural exchange and international internship programs as is specified by the host government/country.
To effectively protect its members, the cultural exchange and international internship programs and their participants from unfair and abusive business practices.
To protect participants from human trafficking by vigorously educating all stakeholders and the public, in general, of the limitations, purposes and objectives of the cultural exchange and international internship programs.
To develop a strong cooperative climate with all Philippine government agencies to encourage, not stifle, the growth of the industry and help benefit more Filipino students and young professionals in the process.
To promote and maintain the integrity of the cultural exchange and international internship programs by coming up with common policies and regulations that will encourage participants to return home on time after any exchange program.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Alliance of Cultural Exchange Providers of the Philippines (ACEPP) has five (5) elected officers of the Board of Directors: President, Vice- President of External Affairs, Vice-President for Internal Affairs, Secretary and Treasurer.
Atty. Noel A. Salo
Atty. Wing used to work as lawyer for the government at the Office of the Solicitor General in Makati City. In 2011, he was first introduced to the…
Mr. Enes Turgut
Vice President For Internal Affairs
Enes Berra Turgut is a businessman and currently the CEO of UTP Beyond Borders. He participated in the USA Work and Travel Program twice in…
Mr. Santi Dapul
Mr. Dapul is part owner and Managing Director of First Place, Inc. FPI started as a consulting firm and executive management search company in…
Mr. Aaron D. Black
Vice President For External Affairs
Mr. Black is the CEO/Owner of Zip Travel Philippines. He has over 26 years of experience of the world’s leading hospitality companies including…
Mrs. Vella Pascual
Ms. Vella is a founder and President of HRInternational since 2008. Ms. Vella is Businesswoman and graduated at University of Mindanao Davao City….
The Alliance of Cultural Providers in the Philippines has three categories of membership.
A full member is granted to an existing member with at least 5 years experience in cultural or visitor exchange and/ or international internship programs for Filipino students and young professionals. Such member must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Philippines for at least the same period. Further, a full member must have at least ten ( 10 ) full time employees to efficiently operate.
A full member has all the rights and obligations of a member of the Alliance, including voting rights in all Alliance activities that require members voting, the right to be elected to the Board of Directors and to vote in Board elections.
An associate member status is granted to an existing member of the Alliance with at least three ( 3 ) years experience in cultural or visitor exchange and/ or international internship programs. Such member must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Philippines for at least the same period. Furthermore, an associate member must have at least six ( 6 ) full time employees to efficiently operate.
An associate member has rights and obligations of a full member, except the right to be elected to the Board of Directors.
Probationary member status is granted to a new member after having successfully submitted its membership application, vetted by the membership committee and voted upon by majority of the members of the Board of Directors.
A probationary member has rights and obligations of a full member, except the right to vote for election of Board membership and to be elected to the Board.
A probationary or associate member may be elevated to associate or full membership, respectively, upon application to the membership committee after one year of probationary status and compliance with the minimum requirements for the category applied in and upon majority vote of the Board of Directors.
BE A MEMBER
The corporation applying for membership to the Alliance of Cultural Exchange Providers in the Philippines (ACEPP) must have the following qualifications:
It must be duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Philippines as a corporation engaged in the business of providing cultural or visitor exchange and or international internship opportunities to Filipino students and young professionals.
It must have an existing contact information, physical business address, and sufficient manpower to operate efficiently and effectively.
It must be financially stable and capable to operate and provide quality services to program participants.
It must have at least one (1) year experience in visitor/cultural exchange and/or international internship programs.
It must be reputable and is not involved in any form of unscrupulous or abusive business activities under Philippine Laws.