Good afternoon to all!
I would like to thank you all for your presence this afternoon. The General Assembly meeting is one of the most awaited events of MCCI because we come together to be one as a chamber and to learn how the chamber faired during the fiscal year.
Before I begin my report, I would like to thank and welcome all our guests and partners from other organizations, our friends from media. Special mention should be made of our honored guest today, the Regional Governor of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Norris Oculam for honoring us with his presence.
This is the first time that I am giving a report as President of the Chamber since I was inducted in July last year.
For the year 2012 to 2013, we’ve given emphasis on trainings and fora which were participated in by our various members. We partnered with government agencies such as DOLE, RTWPB and SSS for various trainings and fora. We plan to hold more of these trainings to benefit our membership and to generate income for the chamber.
- Green Productivity Training in partnership with DOLE / TRWPB Region VII
13 participating companies with 28 participants
- Care and Passion: Building a Culture of Customer Excellence
82 City Hall employees
23 MCCI member companies with 55 representatives
- Wellness Forum: Managing Rising Costs of Absences
17 companies with 22 representatives
- Two (2) SSS Fora
Total of 104 companies with 167 representatives
In Mandaue Chamber, it is not all work. We also have time for fun and play. Last December, we held our Christmas Party with a very good attendance from our members and guests. Thank you to Marylou Ang for organizing that event.
We also had the MCCI Playoffs, a friendly basketball match participated in by 14 companies who fielded their teams. I would like to thank those companies and our sponsors for their involvement. Thank you to Mark Ynoc for chairing this event.
LIST OF COMPANIES:
- Rollway Freight – CHAMPION
- San Remegio Beach Club
- Global Carrier Philippines – 1ST RUNNER UP
- Schillings Finance Corp.
- Ng Khai Development Corp.
- Mandaue Foam Industries
- Virginia Food Inc.
- San Miguel Corp. – 2ND RUNNER UP
- TNT Worldwide Express
- Ginebra San Miguel Corp.
- Zuellig Pharmaceuticals
- Wellmade Motors and Development Corp.
- Newsan Trading
In August of last year, we held one of the most interesting Mandaue Business Month with various activities such as the high-powered Business Summit with no less than Mr. Gabby Lopez of ABS-CBN as one of our speakers. We also held community services and promoted businesses in Mandaue. The month-long celebration ended with the glamorous Gala Night where members of the Board showed off their hidden talents. After my report, you shall watch the video which summarizes the events during the MBM 2012.
Other than our own programs and activities, the Chamber had also been an active partner and participant in various initiatives such the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board that advocates for a comprehensive and synergized planning of Metro Cebu.
We were also an active participant in organizing the Candidates Forum at the height of the election campaign together with partners such as the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. , Cebu Chamber, Cebu Business Club, Cebu Daily News and other groups.
Last February, we organized the “Gifts for the Hearth”, an exhibition of furniture and home accessory products of our member companies.
At the moment, I would like to inform our membership that Mandaue Chamber is working with the city government to improve the Mandaue Bridge Park. This is the area under the Marcelo Fernan Bridge. This is a long term project that will create a beautiful park and open space for the residents of Mandaue and other visitors. It is also envisioned as a venue for events such as concerts and games.
Lastly, I am proud to announce that Mandaue Chamber is a finalist in the 2013 World Chambers Competition through our entry the Obra Negosyo Eskwela Countryside Enterprise Business Upliftment.
The competition is the only global awards program to recognize the most innovative projects undertaken by chambers from all over the world.
A total of 65 chambers from 42 countries applied to the 2013 edition of the competition. Out of these applicants, five finalists in each category have been selected to present their projects at the congress in Doha, Qatar. Mandaue Chamber was among the five finalists under the Best Small Business Project category among the 12 countries that sent their entries. Our Executive Director, Marlene Bedia represented the chamber in Doha for the awarding. With this achievement, we have put Mandaue in the map of the world.
We are growing as a chamber and therefore, we need to set our strategic directions carefully if we want to make our gains sustainable.
At the start of this year 2013, the Board went into a strategic planning and we identified our Chamber’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. For Strength, we all agreed that MCCI is a Chamber that delivers relevant and diverse programs for its varied stakeholders, driven by dynamic and committed people for the advancement of its members and the community.
However, as Weakness, the Chamber needs to enhance its capability by developing multi-competency among the staff and undertake income-generating programs in order to achieve organizational sustainability.
For Opportunities, the Chamber shall continue to encourage participation and volunteerism among its members, establish relationships with more business chambers, and institutionalize an industry/sectoral dialogue with the different LGUs.
In order to neutralize the Threats, the Chamber shall continue to trailblaze and lead in implementing innovative and relevant program/projects by generating internal and external resources while maintaining its integrity in its relationship with various stakeholders.
In line with this, we shall endeavor to implement projects and programs that will be in context with our SWOT analysis and the goals that were set by the board.
All these accomplishments would not have been possible without the dynamism and dedication of my colleagues in the Board. I would therefore, like to take this opportunity to thank Carmel, Stanley, Mico, Jerry, Noreen, Edgar, Mark, Brian, Amado, Joseph, Wesley, Peter, and Vicky for their contributions to the Chamber. I would also like to recognize and thank the continuing support of our former president, Mr. Eric Mendoza in various capacities assigned to him.
It is said that we stand on the shoulders of leaders who came before us. In 2015, that’s two years from now, MCCI will turn 50 years old. It will be our Golden Year, and whoever stands before you as President of the Chamber can look down the road and see that indeed, MCCI as a chamber has gone far and had made a difference in the lives of people along the way.
I urge our member companies to participate actively in our various activities either as members of committees or participants to events and projects so that we can maintain the dynamism of MCCI.
To cap my report, please watch this video as we take you back to last year’s Mandaue Business Month with the theme: “Staying Ahead of the Game”.