CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- “For the coming year 2020, make a resolution to grow your businesses more, so we can continue to generate employment in the countryside and ultimately become relevant contributors to nation building.”
This was stated by Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) president Rene Romero in his Yuletide message, where he urged the hundreds of the business group’s members to continue investing in Pampanga and Central to boost further countryside development.
“Let me also assure you that PamCham will continue to strengthen its partnership with our government partners in our pursuit and promotion of provincial, regional and national economic progress,” Romero said.
“We look forward to another 16 years of compellingly relevant advocacies for development in Pampanga and Central Luzon, reinforced by your confidence and trust in the credibility and integrity of PamCham as the voice of business, which after all is your voice,” he added.
Romero shared that 16 years ago, countryside development was a general and abstract concept.
“Today, it is a national directive on which our nation’s economic development is anchored on and is expected to raise our competitiveness level enough to catch up with our Asean neighbors,” he said.
The chamber president also urged the members to fulfill the vision and carry on the legacy of the group’s late Chairman Emeritus Levy P. Laus.
“For PamCham, 2019 was particularly upsetting and heartbreakingly difficult to look back to. The unexpected loss of our beloved Chairman Emeritus, Levy P. Laus, PamCham’s guiding light and Pampanga’s visionary son, shook us to the core and gave all of us pause to ponder on the unpredictability of life and the capriciousness of fate. But we take comfort in knowing that while he may have left us too soon, he had imbued us with his aspiration for sustained progress in Pampanga and passed on his passion for redefining development in the countryside,” Romero said.
“Together with my fellow directors and, I am hoping, with all of you, let us forge ahead and undertake the advocacies and activities that will fulfill the mission and vision of PamCham which our Chairman Emeritus himself, guided us in formulating. I am sure that you will agree with me when I say that his physical presence is sorely missed, but his wisdom will continue to guide and bond us, - directors and members alike, as we promote development for Pampanga and Central Luzon,” he furthered.
Romero stressed that PamCham must continuously play its role as prime investments and business mover in the province and region.
“Corollary to PamCham’s mission of priming countryside development and resonating the voice of business in Pampanga, is the task of providing services to our members by way of business matching, networking sessions, as well as holding committee meetings and activities that will protect the interests, and promote the welfare of our local homegrown businesses. PamCham, you must note, is not only the voice of business, but also the face of business in Pampanga,” he said.
“Your voice is resonated well by PamCham because it had established its credibility and integrity in the business community through the years. Serious investors will always look for the local chamber of commerce first, and if able, will visit its office to get vital information about the business environment. To a certain extent, the chamber is the gauge by which they will assess the integrity and influence of the business community in the area and may eventually become the basis for the viability of their investment,” Romero added. JTD