Chamber wants to have more members

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Friday, July 4, 2014


AS the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) wrapped up its celebration of Cebu Business Month, its president urged more entrepreneurs to become members of their organization.

Ma. Teresa Chan, who spoke at the Grand Chamber Awards, said the chamber hopes to see more people from the business sector involved in advocacy. “We need more champions for each sector. Your involvement is needed,” she told those present.

She said the CCCI has “gained credibility” in championing the causes of the business community and has been acknowledged as being instrumental in contributing to Cebu’s growth.

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She hopes to see more people contributing their time and expertise and more members giving their support by joining the events and activities that the chamber plans for the rest of the year.

She thanked members of the CBM organizing committee, acknowledging their hard work in coming up with a series of activities for the whole month of June that aimed to promote the interests of Cebu business, especially in tourism, information and communications technology-business process outsourcing, entrepreneurship and creative industries.

CBM overall chairman Felix Tiukinhoy Jr. admitted it was a daunting task to handle preparations for the month-long celebration, but thanked the previous chairperson Melanie Ng and immediate past president Lito Maderazo for appointing him as chairman early. He said it meant he was able to prepare ahead.

‘Guts and gumption’

It also gave him a chance to check on the CCCI’s roster of members so he could choose committee chairpersons to help him organize the event. He admitted some met his requests with resistance but they still proved to be the best people to handle the assignments.

“I knew the stuff they were made of and that they had the guts and gumption to bring the issues to the forefront of the discussion,” he said.

He added that they had to set aside their planning for a while when the region was devastated by twin calamities at the end of last year. However, he said this did not dampen their spirits and they were able to work on relief and rehabilitation efforts along with the CBM preparations.

He is confident in Cebu’s progress and hopes the lessons learned from the activities they conducted will be used to benefit the different industries in the province.

“Cebu is a hub of business activity. It is a model for other cities because we choose to face hard issues that set back our progress,” he said in closing.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 05, 2014.

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