CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) has strengthened its partnership with the Provincial Government of Pampanga and other government agencies to boost investments and spur further economic activity in the countryside.

This was disclosed by PamCham president Jess Nicdao during the group's recent 49th general membership meeting at Max’s Restaurant in Villa Del Sol, this city, where he said that the chamber participated in the review and continues to play an active role in the crafting and implementation of the provincial investment incentives code.

"PamCham, as the Vice-Chairman of the Pampanga Investment Board is committed in its partnership with our provincial government in encouraging investments into the province. Last month, together with Board Member Anthony Torres, we reviewed the Pampanga Investment Incentives Code and I am pleased to inform you that we are now in the process of revising some provisions of the code, as well as updating the menu of incentives, to better address the needs of the province and respond to the rapid development we are currently experiencing," said Nicdao.

He stressed that aside from advocating for infrastructure development which is just one component in PamCham's mandate, priming countryside businesses and catalyzing economic development is another important aspect the chamber is focusing on.

"Another significant activity we did last month was participating in the Round Table Discussion on the Labor Supply and Demand Gap conducted by the University of the Assumption, together with the Regional Directors of the DTI and Dole," he said.

"The discussion determined the importance of the collaboration and partnership between the academe, the business sector and the government to tailor fit the skills needed by the industries to the capabilities and abilities of our graduates. We were also able to convey to the academic institution the importance of our graduates acquiring the soft skills or employability skills necessary in being effective and efficient in the workplace. These skills are more attitudinal and behavioral rather than technical," said Nicdao.

PamCham's advocacies spans the whole spectrum of development, including fiscal, Nicdao said. (JTD)