MCCI pledges to continue projects

Source:Sunstar Cebu

By Katlene O. Cacho

Monday, May 28, 2012

THE Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) pledged to continue to implement programs to improve business in Mandaue City.

MCCI’s flagship project, the Obra Negosyo Eskwela Countryside Enterprise Business Upliftment, is already in its second season.

During the chamber’s General Membership Meeting last Friday, outgoing MCCI president Eric Mendoza said Obra Negosyo Season 2 will involve 20 enterprises from 20 municipalities with the cooperation of 12 universities.

Obra Negosyo Eskwela has financial support from Capitol. The program aims to encourage entrepreneurship among students and help micro-entrepreneurs expand their business as they come up with their own business plans.


Mendoza said he is hoping the project’s Season 2 will be as successful as the previous season. MCCI will be naming Mendoza’s replacement in the coming months.

In Season 1, MCCI helped 16 entrepreneurs from 16 towns and engaged 10 universities and colleges with 160 students.

“Many of these businesses have grown in revenues, improved their products and employed other people,” Mendoza said.

He also said that Obra Negosyo was featured by the International Journal of Education in an article written by Dr. Gretchen Chavez of the University of the Philippines.

The participating schools for Obra Negosyo Eskwela Season 2 include Benedicto College, Mandaue City College, UC Lapu-Lapu Mandaue, Saint Theresa’s College, UC Banilad, University of the Visayas, Cebu Normal University, Cebu Technological University, University of San Carlos, Southwestern University, University of Southern Philippines Foundation and the University of the Philippines.

Mendoza said MCCI has been strong in their advocacies.

“Our biggest accomplishment so far in the area of advocacy is to link up the local government of Mandaue City with the Institute for Solidarity in Asia and institutionalize the Performance Governance System in order to professionalize the bureaucracy and improve efficiency. Mandaue City has already passed the first ‘revalida’ and is in the process of institutionalizing its strategic measures,” Mendoza said.

The chamber also partnered with the Mandaue City police to improve the city’s peace and order situation. Mendoza urged member companies to join the campaign.

Metro body

He also pledged the chamber’s continued support for and participation in the Metro Cebu Development Coordination Board together with other local government units, national government agencies and civic organizations.

Last Friday, MCCI members elected Amado Go of Cenapro Chemical Corp.; Joseph Yu of Cermatex Manufacturing Corp.; Carmel de Pio–Salvador of Global Carrier Philippines; Jeruel Roa of Centre for International Education; Glenn Anthony Soco of GA Satellite Ventures; Wesley Chiongbian of; Mark Anthony Ynoc of San Remegio Beach Club; Peter Limquiaco of Global Pacific as the new members of the board of trustees for 2012 until 2014.

MCCI trustee Romelinda “Girlie” Garces, the education and training communications officer of San Miguel Brewery, was introduced as the chairperson of the Mandaue Business Month this year.