THE Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) on Thursday, March 14, held its 62nd General Membership Meeting (GMM), 6th Induction of Board of Directors, and 42nd Induction of New Members at the LausGroup Event Centre in the City Of San Fernando.
PamCham president Rene Romero thanked the two guests of honor and speakers Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon and lawyer Bi Yong Chungunco, chief executive officer of the Luzon International Premiere Airport Development (LIPAD) Corporation — the consortium which was awarded the Operations and Management of the Clark International Airport.
Gordon discussed the impacts and the background of his bill called Senate Bill Number 1997 or Regional Investment and Infrastructure Coordinating Hub of Central Luzon (RICH) bill while Chungunco focused on Clark International Airport being the premier gateway of North and Central Luzon.
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) president Alegria “Bing” Limjoco, together with PCCI regional governor Gigi Simbulan, led the induction of PamCham’s board of directors, while the chamber’s Chairman Emeritus Levy Laus inducted the 37 representatives from different companies.
“This year will certainly be very busy and engaging for PamCham. I encourage all members to get actively involved in our committees. These activities will serve you well in expanding your network in the business community as well as enable you to touch base with our government partners who I assure that will aid you in your business,” Romero said.
“Let me also congratulate my fellow inductees in the board of directors. Let us remember that the trust and confidence bestowed upon us by our members is a noble burden best borne with integrity and rectitude. We need each other’s support, if we are to sustain the momentum we are currently at,” Romero added.
“To our members, we in the board are wholeheartedly committed to serving your best interests and protecting your welfare. Please bear in mind that what we do is always for your benefit and in return, we need your active participation in our activities and support to our advocacies. I always say, help the chamber and the chamber will help you,” Romero said.
Romero also gave a preview of the PamCham members’ identification and discount cards.
“These cards have been long planned and requested by our members—now we finally have them. The cards will be made available to members in good standing, meaning the annual dues have been paid for the whole year. We also made initial requests to our member establishments for extending exclusive discounts to PamCham members. We will provide you with the lists when we officially launch the cards in April. For now, we provided the members of the board with their cards first,” Romero said.
“My presidency this time will be a lot easier because the number of advocates for countryside development have increased in the past eight years. As long as I have the support and trust of the board of directors and the members, we will continue to positively influence development in our province and empower our local homegrown enterprises become globally competitive, as reflected in our mission,” Romero said.
A Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) trade fair also happened in the event, participated by some local businesses.