FOLLOWING the establishment of the Naga and Bantayan business chambers, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) is set to introduce its third local chamber chapter—the Danao Chamber of Commerce and Industry—this month.

CCCI President Melanie Ng disclosed that CCCI has been instrumental in organizing the Danao chapter through the initiatives of the Danao business community and the City Government’s support.

Ng said an organizational meeting was conducted last year with CCCI, and the chamber assisted them through the process of forming the chapter.

The Danao Chamber of Commerce will be formally introduced on Feb. 24 during CCCI’s general membership meeting, and its officers will be inducted.

“By establishing a chapter, we foresee that this will greatly aid countryside development,” said Ng.

Danao is a third-class component city in Cebu Province in terms of income, with a population of 136,471 as of the 2015 census. It comprises 42 barangays.

The city’s economic activities include manufacturing, agriculture, food, education, tourism.

“With the private sector working closely with the local government in developing the potential of Danao, we are optimistic about the positive effect this will have on the local economy,” said Ng.

The president added that the chamber will continue to support and strengthen the three chapters they have established so far.

“We are extending all our CCCI offerings to them in full support of their growth and development as a chamber,” she said.

After Danao, CCCI will also establish a local chamber chapter in Carcar City—which it hopes to do this year—after it received an invitation for an organizational meeting.

CCCI past president Ma. Teresa Chan, in previous interviews, said the creation of chamber chapters would allow investors and business owners in these areas to be linked to more business opportunities in Cebu.

Among the benefits that chamber chapters would enjoy are shared service facilities, investor awareness, and representation during trade missions.