THE Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) elected new trustees and welcomed new members in its annual general membership meeting last June 3 at the Oakridge Business Park.

The newly-elected members of MCCI’s board of trustees are Don Busa of Don Busa Printers, Mike Pato of Multi Concept Furnishing Export, Steven Yu of Akromont Marketing Corp., Clayton Tugonon of Classical Geometry Trading, Michelle Co of CTBC Bank, Alice Uy of JACE Handicrafts International and John King of Kings Quality Food Inc. Cebu.

MCCI also welcomed into its fold 16 new members. They are Ernest Logistics Corporation, Chromedia Far East Inc., Blue Cross Insurance, Asia Pacific Safety & Industry Supply Inc., Cebu People Multi-Purpose Cooperative, MCPI Corporation, Tech Solution Specialist Electronic Hub, Continental Aero Flying School Inc., C & L International Packaging Corp., Clint Kamms Corporation, MKK Food Ventures Development Corp., Ice Castle, Libra Sphere Security Services, Auto Global Inc., Coolaire Consolidated, Inc., and BPI Family Savings Bank-Ka-Negosyo Business Loans.

The Chamber now has 220 members.

MCCI President Jeruel Roa presented his accomplishment report from 2014 to the present, saying the chamber’s accomplishments were “coupled with the spirit of volunteerism that came from the membership.”

“Advocacy has been at the core of the chamber since its inception. Advocacy is best done in concert with other sectors. Hence, the partnership with other chambers, organizations, and agencies was able to bring forth an atmosphere that is beneficial to the conduct of business and likewise, for the community,” he said.

MCCI has been involved in how businesses can help in the implementation of the K to 12 and technical-vocation programs of the government. It has signed joint manifestos with other chambers to request the Department of Transportation and Communication to look into the port congestion fee for forwarders imposed by the shipping lines and to appeal to the Food and Drugs Administration regarding government policies that hinder trading.

The chamber, along with the Filipino-Chinese Business Chamber, was consulted by the Mandaue City Government regarding its tax adjustments.

MCCI is also an active member of Mega Cebu 2050, the vision of the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board.

Last year, MCCI held its annual Mandaue Business Month in August and hosted the 23rd Visayas Area Business Conference. (PR)