2012 ‘fruitful year for CCCI’

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Sunday, December 9, 2012


FOR the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), 2012 was a fruitful year that saw the group bag several awards and launch activities aimed at improving Cebu’s economy and business climate.

During its 4th quarter General Membership Meeting and Christmas Fellowship last Friday at the Lakwatsa Resto Lounge, CCCI president Prudencio Gesta said the three awards won by the chamber during the 38th Philippine Business Conference and Expo as testament to their “united advocacy for the holistic and competitive economic progress of Cebu.”

CCCI was awarded the Most Outstanding Chamber in the Philippines, the Most Outstanding Chamber in the Visayas and the Diamond Achievement Award, which was given as a recognition to the chamber for “being a pillar of the chamber movement in the country” and for having been adjudged Most Outstanding Chamber in the Philippines for eight years, the most number of awards by a chamber.

Gesta also highlighted the chamber’s involvement in the 26th Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) Conference held last October in Kathmandu, Nepal. He said the chamber was given the opportunity to preside over the Small and Medium Enterprises Council breakout session, where they discussed intra-regional initiatives for SME development.

He said the conference gave them the opportunity to promote the upcoming 27th CACCI Conference to be held in Cebu in 2013 and to showcase the province to over 200 multinational delegates.

CCCI also participated in the 21st Visayas Area Business Conference last September to tackle trade and commerce development in the Visayas.

Gesta said the chamber also partnered with government and non-government agencies in establishing projects that enhance the member’s capabilities in doing business.

Among these projects are the chamber’s involvement in the 9th National Organic
Agriculture Congress last November in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and the local government. The conference gathered all the organic industry stakeholders in the country to discuss issues confronting the sector and provide venue for all stakeholders to promote and trade their products and services to potential clients.

CCCI also partnered with AFOS-BKU for the WE CAN program that provides technical assistance to member-companies. The project called OURFood recently conducted technical seminars on meat/seafood processing and baking.

CCCI also became an Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) Patent Library.

Gesta said they subscribed to the Thomson Innovation Global Patent Database that provided access to full-text on patents and published applications worldwide. He said member-companies and SMEs with pending inventions and innovations can now apply for patents through CCCI-ITSO.

In terms of voicing out the business community’s stand on government policy-making, CCCI submitted position papers on issues like the Mandaue City truck ban, wage increase, tariff rate increase on cargo handling services, decentralization of import clearance by the Bureau of Customs and customs bonded warehouse tariff increase. CCCI expressed support for the passage of the Sin Tax Bill and Epira.

Gesta said CCCI also turned over the improved Pari-an Police Station worth P2.65 million that was donated by the Aboitiz Foundation. This is the sixth police station built through the chamber’s Adopt-a-Police-Station project.

CCCI has hosted 12 educational and business tours from all over the country and abroad from September to November as part of its effort to promote the chamber to the academic sector.

Gesta said 2013 will be a more vibrant year for the chamber.

He said the chamber is now in preparation for next year’s Cebu Business month celebration which will have the theme Excite Cebu! or EXperiencing Creative industries, ICT & BPO, Tourism and Entrepreneurship. CCCI trustee Melanie Ng, was appointed to chair the month-long activity.

Among CBM’s initial plans are the CCCI Run for River Clean Up to rehabilitate the rivers of Cebu City.

CCCI has over 700 members, of which 21 are sectoral association members. Gesta said the membership base increase yearly by 30 new members.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 10, 2012.

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