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Historical Milestones & CCCI Awards

Cebu Chamber of Commerce (CCC) was founded and organized by lawyer

Martin M. Levering of law firm Early and Levering who also organized Cebu Telephone Company(1903) and Visayan Electric Company(1905); with co-organizer John M. Swirzer, a young and successful businessman who owned an import company  John Switzer & Company(1901) as co-organizer


CCC’s baton of leadership was passed on from Martin M. Leveling to CCC co-organizer, John M. Switzer

1913 CCC  entered into a 99-year lease starting January 2, 1914 up to December 31, 2013 for an 812.27square meters reclaimed lot across Cebu Municipal Hall under the American Insular Government of Governor General Francis Burton Harrison.


CCC at the forefront of increased shipping and port activities after the First World War

– Trade Directory was issued by CCC giving details about the status of the economy of Cebu.

– Another Trade Directory was issued by CCC to provide an update of the status of Cebu economy specially those that pertain to Imports & exports.

– CCC became a full-pledge non-stock and non-profit corporation in June 15, 1931.

1942 – 1946
– No activities during World War II.

1940′S – 1960′S
– Quiescent years

– Revival and Rebuilding years- CCCI’s by-laws were amended to conform to the requirement of the merger of the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines with the Chamber of Philippine Industries into Philippine Chamber of Commerce and industry through Letter of Instruction (LOI) no. 780 .

– In November 2, 1978, CCCI bought a 906 square meters lot at North Reclamation Area for P132,000, at a price of P145.70 per square meter.

– CCCI further flourished when the Philippine Government linked the Philippine – German Chamber Cooperation Program (P-GCCP) with the Federal Republic of Germany, with CCCI as one of the principal partners.

– “Cebu Business Day” was conceived as a festival that provided a venue for local traders and manufacturers to promote their products and services, exchange knowledge and skills, as well as market beyond their boundaries.

– CCCI was awarded as the “Most Outstanding Chamber in the Visayas” by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

– CCCI received its second award as the “Most Outstanding Chamber in the Visayas”.
– The Regional Chamber Development Program (RCDP), with financial and technical assistance from Handwekskammer Kassel (HWK) of the Federal Republic of Germany, provided the impetus for CCCI to partner not only with local organizations but with foreign agencies as well.
– “Cebu Business Week” was formally launched as an annual business festival through Cebu City Resolution No. 1635, Cebu Provincial Resolution No. 367-94 and Presidential Proclamation No. 748.

– CCCI received its first award for “Most Outstanding Chamber in the Philippines”.

– For the second time, CCCI received the “Most Outstanding Chamber in the Philippines”.
– “Cebu Business Week” was expanded and flourished into a month long series of events acquiring recognition for its advocacies and the impact it has brought the city and the province of Cebu and the Philippines as whole. Now it is known as “Cebu Business Month”.
– In August 19, 1996, the P17 million CCCI Center was inaugurated, with members of CCCI chamber partner from HWK Kassel Germany, President of PCCI and Officials from Cebu City and Province.

– CCCI received the “Most Outstanding Chamber in the Philippines” for third consecutive year and earning for itself a place in the PCCI’s “Hall of Fame”.

– The City Government of Cebu awarded CCCI as the “Engine of Cebu’s Economic Growth”.

– The ZDH Technonet Asia cited CCCI as one of the best managed chambers in Asia. CCCI achieved unprecedented financial performance when its P13M building loan was fully paid.

– CCCI got its initial global exposure when Cebu Business Month became a finalist in the World Chambers Competition for “Best Chamber Management and Financing Project” in Durban, South Africa.
– CIDA-PEARL 2 Business in Growth (BIG) was implemented to enhance SMEs competitiveness by conducting seminars, trade fairs and policy studies.

– CCCI entered into a joint project with Cebu Provincial Government under its Tourism Promotion Program dubbed as the “Suroy-Suroy sa Sugbo” which until now has been sustained by the Province.
– ICT Council was created after the successful and the biggest ICT Conference in the Philippines which was held in Cebu City. The Spa and Wellness Association of Cebu was organized after the conduct of the 1st Beauty, Health and Wellness Show which made Cebu as the emerging health and wellness capital outside Manila.
– CCCI was awarded again as the “Most Outstanding Chamber of the Philippines” during the Philippine Business Conference and Exposition held in Manila.

– CCCI became the first chamber in the Philippines and the 4th in Asia to garner an ISO 9001:2000 Certification for its Quality Management System with the assistance of the German Development Service (DED).
– CCCI implemented its SME Development & Promotion Project, “Meet the Business Legend” which helps starting and aspiring entrepreneurs by providing a venue for close interaction with notable and established business leaders from prestigious companies.
– CCCI co-hosted the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit with the PCCI.
– CCCI was hailed by PCCI as the “Most Outstanding Chamber in the Philippines” for two years in a row.

– CCCI received award from the City Government of Cebu as the “Most Outstanding Institution” in the City of Cebu.
– CCCI conducted its first international outbound trade mission in Daly City, USA.
– For the third time, CCCI was awarded as the “Most Outstanding Chamber in the Philippines” by PCCI. The Chamber’s second elevation to the “Hall of Fame” made it the most respected local chamber in the country.

– CCCI received its first international award as the “Best Local Chamber in the Asia-Pacific –Large Category” during the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers ofCommerce and Industry (CACCI) Conference in Manila, besting other local chambers in the said region.
– CCCI further established a metrical basis for its vision of global competitiveness through the conduct of the Touchstone: Competitiveness & Benchmarking Study and strengthened its research arm through the founding of the Cebu Economic Advisory Group (CEAG) and the establishment of the Regional Trade Policy Center under the British Government funded PCCI-UACT-IMUST Project.
– CCCI also conceived the Sectoral Participation for Economic Advocacy (SPEAK) and was implemented the following year.

– CCCI partnered with Germany’s Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation (AFOS) and SEQUA, the implementing partner of the Federation of Catholic Entrepreneurs (BKU) in Germany aims to improve the business environment of the chambers in the Visayas and Mindanao for SME development.
– CCCI passed the surveillance audit under its ISO 9001:2000 Certification and the assessment of its Quality Management System for the sixth time in three years.
– Cebu City Council passed City Ordinance no. 2170 in January 7, 2009 renaming to Commerce and Industry Streets from 11th and 13th Streets where the CCCI Center was built in 1996.
– CCCI unveiled the new street names “Commerce St. and Industry St.”, the said streets were in front of the CCCI Center Building. CCCI was conferred by the Philippines Foundation, Inc. as the “Perlas Award on the Valuable Institution” for promoting entrepreneurship in tourism and technology, upholding professional values and ethics in the business community and establishing worthwhile international partnerships.

– CCCI was declared as the Over-all Winner – Developing Nations Category in the Associations Make a Better World Award given by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Center for Association Leadership.
– CCCI received the ISO 9001:2008 Certification on Quality Management System.

– CCCI won the hosting rights for the 26th Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) Conference in 2013.
– Most Outstanding Chamber in the Visayas.
– Most Outstanding in the Philippines.


Most Outstanding Chamber in the Visayas
Most Outstanding in the Philippines


– Most Outstanding Chamber in the Visayas
Most Outstanding in the Philippines
Most Outstanding Chamber “Hall of Fame”


– CCCI created the CCCI Bantayan Chapter covering the 3 Municipalities of Sta.Fe, Madridejos and Bantauan, in the island of Bantayan
CCCI spearheaded the agreement building with Chambers in Region VII and Government on the Coordinating Roads and Infrastructure Investment for Development (CR+ID) Project with the Asia Foundation under the Coalitions for change Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Embassy in Manila.
–  CCCI became a member of Cebu Provincial Investment Board, Infrastructure Committee and Cebu Provincial Development Council and an ex-Development Council
CCCI forged Sister Chamber Agreement with Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Sabah Branch, Malaysia on September 18, 2014.
CCCI launched the Cebu Found Counsultancy Group under the OURFood Program Optimizing & Upscaling Roles in the Food Supply Chain
CCCI entered into a joint project supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) together with BKU/AFOS, DEG, DIHK/German, GIZ, Sparkassentiftung, sequa, RDH and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry regarding Dualized Vocational Education and Training in the context of the K to 12 Reform in the Philippines for which CCCI organized TVET clusters in food manufacturing, construction and tourism industries.


Sister Chamber Agreement signed between CCCI and Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of South Africa.
Memorandum of Undestanding signed between CCCI and Confederatrion of Businessmen and Industrists of Turkiye (Tuscon) on October 16, 2015 at Istanbul, Turkey
The new Cebu Brand: “Cebu, Where the Heart Sings!” was launched on November 13, 2015 at the Ayala Center in Cebu City
CCCI and Sectoral Business Associations in Cebu (thru a Memorandum of Solidarity on December 18, 2015) signed a MOA with the Cebu City Government to institutionalize cooperation protocols between the City, the business and professional organizations for more efficient and effective delivery of services.
Php5Million CCCI building Facelifting and Retrofitting to expand the leasable area at the mezzanine and provide a more welcoming ambiance at the ground floor.
CCCI Naga Chapter was established and officers were inducted in November 2015


Digitized communication within the Chamber using e-hardware and various softwares
Set-up the Unified Communications Alert and Response System (UCARES). A digitized early warning and danger response technology in partnership with government and private entities.
Elected official private sector representative to the Regional Development Council of Region 7, Co-Chair of RDC7, and Chair of the Economic Development Committee
Involvement to the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) and its Research, Program and Organzitional Development (RPOD) and Executive Committee (EXECOM)
Construction of the P2M roof extension cum Clearnace Certificate Waiting Area of the National Bureau of Investigation – Central Visayas Regional Office (NBI-CEVRO) under the Adopt-a-Station Project of the Chamber.
Partnered with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for passport application and renewal of 66 Chamber members
Conceptualization and implementation of the Kapatid Mentor Me Program for Micro and Small Enterprise in partnership with Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Conducted business for a and seminars to local, national and international business delegates from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, People’s of Republic of China, Laos, and Taiwan
Business visit to Hiroshima, Japan upon the invitation of the Hiroshima-Philippines Friendship Society (HPFS)
Organized the Danao City Chamber of Commerce Chapter
Received an “Outstanding Institution Award” for the Trade and Investent Category on February 24, 2016 during the 79th Charter Day Anniversary of Cebu City
Received a “Silver Award” for exemplary contribution and promotion of the National Voluntary Blood Service Program of the Department of Health Region VII
Sister Chamber agreement signed between CCCi and Ormoc City Chamber of Commerce & Industry on September 15, 2016 at Ormoc City during the VABC
CCCI President Melanie Ng joined the 400 Philippine Business delegation in the visit of the Philippine President Rodrigo E. Duterto to China on October 19-20, 2016


– Inducted CCCI Board of Trustees by Philippine President Rodrigo E. Duterte on March 3, 2017
Conducted 21st Cebu Business Month with the theme “STEP UP Cebu”
Hosted the Chamber Management Workshop and 26th Visayas Area Business Conference with the theme “Connecting Ideas. Connecting Economies” on September 28-29, 2017 respectively.
Conferred the PCCI National Excellence Award during the 43rd Philippine Business Conference on October 19, 2017 at the Manila Hotel.
Graduated over 90 Senior High School students under K to 12 Plus Project with Dualized training system for Constructions, Food Manufacturing and Tourism Industry in partnership with the AFOS Stiftung Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development
Graduated 57 micro and small entrepreneurs under the Kapitid Mentor Me Program
Organized and launched the Cebu Innovation Council for the ICT stakeholders
Constructed the Livelihood Centre and invested training support for the Women’s Association of Basawon, Bantayan with the CCCI Bantayan Island Chapter with funding support from the justiceF Stiftung Foundation.
Partnered with the Department of Science and Technology for the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (R.I.C.E.) and Technology Transfer

Recruited 79 new member companies as of October 2017

Posted by:
Dr. Efren S. Valiente, CCCI Past President and Official Historian