Predecessors see exciting term ahead

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Sunday, March 16, 2014


NEW CCCI president Ma. Teresa Chan will have an exciting term ahead with major regional events scheduled to be held in Cebu, her immediate predecessor said.

Former Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Lito Maderazo said the World Economic Forum on Young Global Leaders (YGL) will be holding a two-day open conference in Cebu in May. He said CCCI, together with other business groups in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu will jointly host the event.

“This is an opportune time to showcase Cebu to world economic leaders as they may take a closer look at Cebu as investment and tourism destination,” said Maderazo.

Next year, CCCI, other business groups, the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) and local government units will work with the National Organizing Committee (NOC) organized by the government to manage the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in 2015.

He said the chamber is also the lead organization in charge of the Livelihood and Commerce Cluster in helping the Cebu Provincial Government in the rehabilitation efforts in the typhoon-ravaged areas of northern Cebu.

Challenges

“Indeed these are exciting times for Cebu definitely a lot of challenges for CCCI as we turn a new page in the Chambers history book after celebrating our centennial plus 10 this year,” said Maderazo.

Prudencio Gesta, another former CCCI president, said Chan’s election as the first woman president shows that the chamber leadership is open to anyone who displays leadership qualities.

“It is our simple recognition of the important role in the capability of women to lead big organizations like the CCCI,” said Gesta, who was president from 2011 to 2012.

Chan held various important positions in the chamber such as board trustee, vice president for finance and membership divisions, Cebu Business Month chairman and tourism committee chair.

Gesta believes her experience will “surely be her biggest strength to help and guide her in charting better direction of the chamber.”

“President Tess Chan has always displayed her service dedication, commitment and deeper sense of passion when given any responsibility with satisfactory results,” he said.

CCCI tourism chair Milagros Espina said Chan represents the dedicated women who served the chamber for many decades.

“Her background in banking, finance, and investment will be her tool in actualizing her programs. She excels in team management as well as judicious decision making.

Above all, her penchant for participative leadership anchored on sincerity and integrity makes her stand out as truly empowered woman who dares, cares and shares,” said Espina.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 17, 2014.

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