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Message of the President


Once again conferred on CCCI. This adds to our 9 years of consecutive Most Outstanding Chamber Award and 3 Hall of Flame Awards. CCCI continues to deepen its relevance as we continue to engage you our dear members, the Cebu Business Community, our government partners as well as Our Partner Organizations in all our projects and undertakings.
The Chamber has been awarded for its outstanding achievementsin promoting the development of the members by being an effective voice in advocacy and in providing quality services whichhelped enhance the competitiveness and helped spur the economic development of Cebu, the Visayas, and the Philippines.
Congratulations to us the Officers, Board of Trustees, membersand partners and of course our permanent Secretariat as we’ve proven that we are a Chamber of a far different league above allothers both in a national and international level! As PCCI said, we have set the bar of excellence!
We owe what we have become to the Past Presidents and PastTrustees who have led this much respected organisation into what it is today.
Indeed, our synergies and commitment, talents and time poured into the Chamber have reaped good fruits. This achievement is one of the building blocks that propel CCCI to go beyond, inspire and create a difference in the community.
What made us win? Not forgetting the past achievements of the Chamber, we started the second half of 2017 with a reframed andimproved set of thrust to connect the dots of the 2016 strategic thrusts in more definitive ways where one of these is the newtagline, “CCCI: Strengthening Businesses. Accelerating Change”which speak of the shared values, vision, passion andcollaborative spirit within the Chamber that pervades its initiatives.
▪ CCCI successfully hosted the 26th Visayas Area Business Conference (VABC) with the theme Connecting Ideas:
Connecting Economies last September 28 & 29 at the Waterfront Hotel Cebu with over five hundred participants from members of the various chambers of commerce of thedifferent islands in the Visayas and businessmen and entrepreneurs, including small and medium scale enterprises in Cebu, in the Visayas and the Philippines. With diverse perspectives from internationally-renowned and powerful speakers and business leaders, the conference addressed not only the most significant and current issues but also highlighted the opportunities and challenges that come with fast paced economy in the region in general and the need to connect our economies to gain competitive edge. We would like to thank our VABC 2017 Chair CCCI Past President Dr. Edward Gaisano and his team for the resounding success! We would also like to acknowledge the hard work and great effort of our CCCI Management Team led by ED May YBAÑEZ! Everybody, please take a bow!
▪ A program of the Chamber rooted as a cogent strategic avenue for assessing market targets and export opportunities is its outbound trade missions. Last September 13-18 was the CCCI’s outbound trade mission to Nanning, China. A delegation of 34 members joined the 14th China-ASEAN Expo at Nanning China with Mr. Felix Taguiam as the Head of Delegation. Delegates visited Nanning Federation of Industry and Commerce and met with Nanning General Chamber of Commerce Vice President Madame Pan Haiyu in Nanning Shi, Guangxi, China.
▪ The Kapatid Mentor Me Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) – Go Negosyo and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) had another 26 mentees-graduates (3rd batch) last October 3 at City Sports Club. It is good to note that from the start of the implementation of the KMME program in Region 7 on 1 October 2016 up to 3 October 2017 it has already graduated a total of 83 mentees. And CCCI is happy and proud to have mobilized a total of 30 mentors from its pool of 37 KMME program mentors under the baton of Vice President Virgilio Nonoy Espeleta. Further, CCCI has mobilized 30 volunteer panellists, comprised of the mentors, past presidents and current members of the Board of Trustees of CCCI. The support of the mentors and the past and present officers of the CCCI has indeed contributed to the successful conduct of the three batches of training and mentoring sessions.
▪ CCCI participated in a most important trade forum celebration of the EU-Philippine trade and investment ties, the EU-Philippines Business Summit on October 17, 2017 at The Manila Hotel. With the theme “EU – the Philippines: Partnersfor Progress and Prosperity”, the conference aimed to continue strengthening the EU and the Philippines’ economic ties and explore investment opportunities in the Philippines and in Europe. The Summit was a gathering of business leaders – 12 from Cebu Chamber – and high-level government officials to discuss the investment strategies, ASEAN integration issues, and the business environment as a whole. From among their presentors is Atty. Rosell Gomez of our knowledge partner Isla Lipana & Co./PwC Philippines of the Cebu 2017 CEO Survey. We have invited her to share her presentation after hearing the feedback from our CCCI delegates who heard her speak. She will share insights on Building Confidence in our Digital Future.
▪ CCCI attended the Philippine Development Forum: Sulong Pilipinas 2017 on August 9 at EDSA Shangrila to promote good governance in the public sector where we provided feedback to the government’s PDU30 and the Cabinet on the development of Cebu’s business climate. Included in the discussion was the progress on the 10 Actionable Recommendations from Sulong Pilipinas 2016, and identified priority actionable recommendations for 2017 to 2018. Sulong Pilipinas 2017 is organized as a dialogue between the government and the private sector on policies and programs that impact on business. to the government’s PDU30 and the Cabinet.
▪ Through CCCI, a 115 sqm eco-friendly community livelihood center with grant funds from by the German Federal Ministry of Development Cooperation through justiceF Stiftung for the Women Association of Basawon (WAB) in Bantayan Island has been fully constructed and was inaugurated last September 1 in Brgy. Sulangan, Basawon, Bantayan, Cebu with no less than the DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña. The women of Basawon now have a comfortable and secure workspace as CCCI Bantayan Island Chapter continues providing capacity building programs in several vocational skills (weaving, sewing, cooking, manicure/pedicure and massage/wellness).
▪ Speaking of, CCCI showed its gratitude to all the stakeholders who made the celebration of the Cebu Business Month (CBM) 2017 successful with its theme: “STEPPING UP TECHNOLOGY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PRODUCTIVITY FOR THE UPLIFTMENT OF CEBU” in a Thanksgiving Night on August 11 at SM Seaside City Cebu. Truly, the success of the CBM 2017 has got everyone excited and looking forward to next year’s celebration. The new set of CBM Working Team revealed during the Thanksgiving Party has conducted several meetings as they gear up for next year’s celebration. Thank you CBM 2017 Chair Charles Kenneth Co and best of luck to CBM 2018 Chair Benedict Que as we prepare to Innovate Cebu.
▪ Our Business Development and Management ServicesDivision had organized and facilitated highly specialized trainings and seminars this quarter such as
➢ Social Media Marketing on October 12 & 13, at Azia Suites – organized to understand and value Social Media as a Marketing Tool, help create and launch social media marketing plans and help select the right social media tool to dominate the market. Twenty-three (23) participants including the Chamber personnel completed the training.
▪ Thanks to the AFOS Foundation through the OURFOOD Program, CCCI was able to facilitate the:
➢ International ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Training on August 29 & 30 at Azia Suites – 22 participants involved in food service were trained to improve the knowledge of food service managers and practitioners in essential food safety practices relevant as they prepare to take on the standardized ServSafe certification exam. ServSafe® is a program developed by the National Restaurant Association of the United States of America to equip the restaurant-industry workforce with high-quality training on food service quality and safety assurance.
➢ Basic Food Safety Series of Training to DSWD-SLP and 4Ps Beneficiaries in Panglao and Pitogo, Bohol was concluded last August 25 – specifically on preparation, handling, storage and transport of meat processing, fish processing and crab picking. Sessions were divided into 22 batches covering two (2) locations, Panglao and President Carlos P. Garcia (Pitogo Island) which started June 14, 2017 until August 25, 2017.
➢ Full GMP Training on September 19-20 at DepEd Eco Tech Center – intended to provide food handlers in the food industry the necessary knowledge and skills on the fundamental elements of Good Manufacturing Practices.
➢ Project Orientation on “Improving Food Safety Standards & Auditing Techniques for Food SMEs in the Philippines” on October 13 at Montebello Villa Hotel – in partnership with SIGNAsia Foundation and TUV Nord on “Improving Food Safety Standards and Auditing Techniques for Food SMEs” for food SMEs in the Philippines. In this project, participating food SMEs will be coached and mentored towards certification on HACCP, ISO, FSSC and to help our local SMEs gain a strategic advantage in the marketplace since certification represents a sign of food quality and safety to consumers.
➢ A Competition on Media Development for Food Safety Awareness with the theme “Food Safety from Farm to Fork” was organized for the Developmental Communications / Communications students and faculty in the different Universities here in Cebu and started with an Orientation and Field Exposure on Good Agricultural Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Good Hygienic Practices from October 18-19, 2017.
▪ We hosted various Investment promotions and Business Matching with inbound missions to include:
➢ Business Matching with Indonesian Inbound Investors on September 8 at CCCI Board Room – with interests mainly in cement factory, steel factory, banking and sugar factory with sugar cane plantation of 20,000 -30,000 hectares.
➢ Luncheon Meeting and Cebu-Fujian Business Networking on September 15-16 at Marco Polo Hotel – The Fujian Provincial Foreign Affairs Office from the People’s Republic of China visited Cebu to further strengthen the strong bond of friendship and cooperation between both localities with representatives from the
Provincial Government of Cebu, PA Mike Dino of OPAV and some CCCI Officers. A Business Matching followed at 3 pm at the Marco Polo Hotel with 19 Fujian delegates and 18 from Cebu local businessmen.
➢ Meeting with Bangladesh Ambassador H.E. Asad Alam Siam on September 19 at CCCI Board Room – with H.E. Mr. Asad Alam Siam, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Philippines.
➢ Kuala Lumpur Chinese Assembly Hall (KLCAH) Networking Meeting on October 9 at Cebu Provincial Capitol – with business delegation headed by their President Dato’ Dr. Chai Kee Kan and Directors at the Provincial Capitol.
▪ With Your Chamber continues to strengthen our engagement with government and all its national agencies and local government units and governing bodies. Hence , our initiative to reach out to the Dept of Transportation and invite our honourable USec Tim to share the Transport plans specially for Cebu and the Region in our thrust to create an ecosystem that will facilitate ease in doing business, lower the cost of transactions and encourage infrastructure investments programming to ensure smooth flow of goods, people and services and thereby support key economic drivers both in this island province of Cebu and the Central Visayas region.
▪ Your chamber also occupies seats in several boards and governing bodies in Cebu and the Region. These engagements with monthly meetings provide avenues by which we are able to address bottlenecks in various value chains of economic drivers in the Province as well as share in the decision-making regarding strategic infrastructure and non-infrastructure public sector investments to drive economic growth.
▪ For business policy advocacies, in the last few weeks ,we lobbied with government on the following issues & concerns, namely:
a) On the frequent system voltage fluctuation and occurrences of unscheduled power interruptions disrupting the normal operations of the factories and workplaces and affecting the sensitive equipment resulting to huge company operating and capital expenses and losses;
b) On the enactment of the revenue code of Cebu City and the proposed amendatory ordinance increasing the business tax rate imposed on banks and other financial institutions from 50% to 75% of the gross annual receipts;
c) On the proposed Cebu City amendatory ordinance of regulating use and sale of plastics not only on Saturdays but also on Fridays and Mondays;
d) On the worsening traffic and transportation management in the urban areas of Cebu; and
e) On the solid waste management.
▪ For upholding team work, and connecting with each other, young and old alike –we conduct not just leisure sports but provide a viable venue for the convergence of business and sports enthusiasts in a reprise. For this quarter, we had the bowling tournament last September 17 at SM City Cebu where PLDT won 1st place, Oriental Port and Allied ServicesCorporation (OPASCOR) Team B landed on the second place; OPASCOR Team A settled for third place and Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), last year’s champion, took the 4th place position.
▪ The membership base has increased to reach 790 and later this evening we will induct 15 new members. Thereby reaching a total Membership base of 805 to date! We’d like to congratulate our Membership Division for your relentless effort to recruit and grow the CCCI FAMILY.
Gleaning from the milestones that we have achieved so far, it is apparent that indeed everyone has extended much effort in making the Chamber stay strong and remain relevant .
The synergy, cooperation, and solidarity that we invest in the Chamber have propelled us all to continue, to be much inspired by our gains and to stay rooted and grounded as we continue to work towards strengthening Cebu’s businesses by accelerating change. Let’s continue to bring our business and Cebu Business to the next level.
Thank you so much for your support! Cheers to us all!