GLENN ANTHONY SOCO
Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.
July 27, 2016
Marco Polo Plaza Hotel
- MAYOR LUIGI QUISUMBING
- VICE MAYOR CARLO FORTUNA AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
- MEMBERS OF THE MANDAUE CHARTER DAY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HEADED BY HON. COUNCILOR ERNIE MANATAD
- JOSE T. NG, PCCI VICE-PRESIDENT FOR VISAYAS
- MY FELLOW MEMBERS IN THE MCCI BOARD OF TRUSTEES
- MCCI PAST PRESIDENTS ERIC NG MENDOZA, PHILIP TAN, JERRY ROA, AND DON BUSA
- OUR FRIENDS FROM THE MANDAUE CITY FILIPINO-CHINESE CHAMBER HEADED BY FELIPE CHAN
- MELANIE NG, PRESIDENT OF CEBU CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
- OUR DEAR MEMBERS OF MANDAUE CHAMBER
- OUR PARTNERS FROM OTHER SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS
- OUR PARTNERS FROM THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND OUR FRIENDS FROM THE MEDIA
- LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…
Good evening and thank you for honoring us with your presence.
I have been a witness to how MCCI evolved from a small chamber composed of a handful of members to a dynamic business support organization that it is now composed of close to 300 members.
When I was younger, I use to go with my father to some of his meetings with the chamber, their events and trade missions. Indeed, MCCI has come a long, long way and have become more dynamic and strong as ever.
We may have experienced some setbacks and hiatus for some years, but today, we are “in the loop and up to speed” to borrow a modern day jargon. In fact, we just celebrated our 50th founding anniversary last year.
I feel that my role as president of the chamber in this term is to give a different energy and vibrancy as I am emboldened by the turn of events in our country today. I believe that there is a much bigger role that MCCI can do in the changes that are happening.
I believe that MCCI is a catalyst for change and development not only in business but in the wider community. But this can only happen in partnership with the Mandaue City Government and the Provincial Government.
We are the voice of business and therefore, we need to put forward our advocacies and mission.
The results of the political exercise last May has an underlying message that clamors for change. This message resonates in all sectors of society including among our ranks. The present circumstances challenge us to make bold moves and break new frontiers without sacrificing the bedrocks of our democratic society. We should actively participate in nation building. In whatever we do, it will all redound to service.
I consider this term with the new set of MCCI officers and directors to be “dynamic, bold and innovative” and we shall strive to make the chamber more responsive to the needs of the members and more sustainable.
I thank my predecessors, the past presidents, Eric, Philip Jerry and Don for laying down the foundations of good governance, the culture of collegial decision-making and passion for service that characterizes Mandaue Chamber.
I would like thank the board of directors for your trust and confidence in me as I am humbled by the responsibility you have bestowed on me. I humbly accept this responsibility and this challenge of making BOLD MOVES. I am happy that I have a dynamic and talented set of officers and board of directors who are also taking on this challenge.
On a similar note, we in the chamber are excited to work in partnership with the Mandaue City Government under Mayor Luigi Quisumbing and Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna, the Provincial Government led by Governor Davide and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale. We also look forward to more collaborations with our different sister chambers and business groups, and all other stakeholders as we all share the common passion for service.
From a mere companion of my father in his involvement with the chamber, I now stand here as president having to deal with expectations and challenges. Please join me in blazing new trails and opening new frontiers for MCCI as it journeys it’s next 50 years and beyond.