FY JUNE 2014 – JUNE 2015
Fellow members of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening.
I take this privilege to report to you the activities and accomplishments of your Chamber for the year covering June 2014 to June 2015.
These accomplishments were propelled by the spirit of volunteerism that came from the membership. No doubt, it was with your active involvement, that these activities have found fruition.
We also recognize the support of and our partnerships with various sectors such as the local governments of Mandaue City and Cebu province, the various national government agencies, the media, socio – civic groups, our fellow chambers of commerce and business organizations in Cebu, in the Visayas and in the national level, and the various corporate sponsors that help boost our projects.
I also wish to thank the Trustees, a wonderful mix of talented individuals with high quality standards who have given so much in terms of their time, ideas and for some, even loaning their resources, in order that our objectives will be met. And to our hardworking staff, at times decimated, but never unbowed, as they keep the Chamber services going at levels which are attuned to the times
Advocacy has been a core capability of the Chamber since its inception. Advocacy is best done not by our lonesome, but In concert with other sectors. Hence, in partnership with other Chambers, organizations and agencies, we are able to help bring forth an atmosphere that is beneficial to the conduct of business and for the community as well.
The Chamber has been actively participating in efforts to help prepare schools in Mandaue City to be ready for the K-12 program. Initial talks with DepEd Mandaue were initiated by Cong. Gabriel Luis Quisumbing early last year to explore how companies can help in the preparations for the Senior High School (SHS) in the public schools in Mandaue City. Member-companies of MCCI can assist in the SHS preparations through industry immersion of teachers during summer, on-the-job trainings for SHS students, construction of laboratory workshops and provision of tools and equipment, provision of technical expertise, and sponsor teacher trainings. And for this generosity, enjoy a tax incentive.
The Chamber also sent its key staff and a representative of a member company to Manila for the K12 dualized training, TechVoc Education and Training (TVET). This training defined the role of local chambers and industry associations in the implementation of the program. The training was done under the auspices of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), of which our Chamber is a member.
Our Chamber was also a signatory in Joint Manifestos with various chambers and industry associations on the following issues:
1) Requesting the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Department of Finance (DOF) – Bureau of Customs (BOC) for support in reviewing and regulating the unwarranted charges on container imbalance and port congestion charges imposed by the international shipping lines using the Cebu International Port as the port of discharge;
2) Appealing to the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for the extension of the application holiday for Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) and in the interim allow Distributors/Importers of raw materials, food ingredients or food additives to present a valid Licence to Operate (LTO) and proof of their application for CPR to facilitate the release their products.
On the matter of Taxation, Mandaue City enjoys one of the lowest real estate and business taxes in Cebu if not in the country. This is one reason why many businesses would like to locate in the city. In June 2014, there was a proposal to increase Real Estate Taxes and Business Taxes in Mandaue as observed and necessitated by the Department of Finance.
The city, through Mayor Jonas Cortes and City Treasurer Regal Oliva consulted with the Mandaue Chamber and the Mandaue Filipino-Chinese Chamber in dialogues and exchanges of ideas. The two Chambers made joint counter proposals to cushion the blow of the new tax adjustments. The city adopted these proposals.
The Mandaue Chamber is one of the original convenors of the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB) in 2011. The Board is a coordinating and policy making body composed of 13 contiguous cities and municipalities otherwise known as “Mega Cebu”. Its main goal is to formulate integrated development strategies and policy standards related to common challenges besetting cities such as: land use planning, transport and traffic management, pollution control and solid waste management, flood control, drainage and sewerage, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with the City of Yokohama is supporting the MCDCB to come up with a long-term development vision called “Mega Cebu Vision 2050”. From this vision, a roadmap and action plan is being formulated. The roadmap and action plan shall identify priority projects that will be implemented through government or through Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Mandaue Chamber actively participates in this whole exercise.
Mandaue Business Month (MBM)
Last year, we successfully celebrated our flagship event – the Mandaue Business Month (MBM) with the theme Integration + Innovation = Opportunity. This was highlighted by our hosting of the PCCI’s 23rd Visayas Area Business Conference. Other events of the Business Month included the following:
1) Mandaue Bridge Park Pledging – We were able to gather almost one million worth of pledges. In the next month, DPWH will start the construction/rehabilitation and improvement of the shore protection structure under the Marcelo Fernan Bridge. The program of works for the said project includes a seawall extension of about 20 meters. The said extension can be utilized as a park that will be developed by the Chamber. We still welcome donations for this project.
2) Greening Innovation Forum and Exhibit
3) Search for WINNERs Season 4
4) Trees Brew Life, our annual tree planting / reforestation program
5) Franchising Negosyo Para Asenso
6) Go Negosyo Summit
7) Run for ERUF – We were able to generate P1.2 million to help in the construction of ERUF’s Training Center in Mandaue.
Most Outstanding Chamber in the Visayas for 2014
MCCI was recognized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce during the Philippine Business Conference in October 2014 as the Most Outstanding Chamber in the Visayas for 2014. It was heartwarming to be participating with Chambers of commerce from all around the country, and earning their recognition and respect.
In addition to our major projects and programs, the Chamber was able to organize the following events:
1) SSS Pensioners’ Day
2) Bold and Brave Workshop with marketing guru Jacqueline Thng
3) PICPA Exhibit
4) MCCI Christmas Fellowship
5) MCCI Movie Night Out
6) Feng Shui Event with Marites Allen in partnership with PLDT
7) Meet with the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Trade Mission delegates who visited Cebu and Mandaue
8) Labor Day Exhibit and VIP Lounge for the President and the Cabinet – this enabled us to get up close with President Benigno S. Aquino. And from that brief chat resulted in some quick action from the national government on issues affecting local business. Subsequently, the Secretaries of the Department of Science and Technology and the Secretary of Trade and Industry met with representatives of the Chamber and other Cebu business stakeholders to discuss ways by which to act on these concerns.
9) Launch of the Chamber e-newsletter, Mandaue Business Matters, which is now sent to members and stakeholders
Looking forward to 2015
50TH Anniversary of MCCI
The Chamber is tasked by the City to put up the Expo Mandaue for the APEC delegates in September.
MCCI’s annual program the Search for Women In Need, Now Entrepreneurs and Role Models (WINNERs) is a finalist in the World Chamber Competition in Torino, Italy. MCCI is sending a delegation to Torino led by our Vice President Ms. Carmel de Pio Salvador to present the program during the global gathering on June 10 to 12, 2015. Also in the team are Trustees Ms. Alice Uy and Ms. Cristina Lo. Let us wish our team all the best as we aim for the plum.
Notably, in 2013, our program Obra Negosyo Eskwela Countryside Business Upliftment was also a finalist in the World Chamber competition in Doha, Qatar.
This evening, we will welcome new members into our fold. Our Chair for the Membership Committee, Mr. Mark Ynoc, has set a high standard for membership recruitment. Hence we hope to have 50 new member companies in our fold within the year, in commemoration of the Chamber’s 50th anniversary.
Tonight, we also select into the Board members who shall help the Chamber keep its active and relevant role. We encourage everyone to vote wisely, and nominate our members who can help propel the Chamber to a golden age of service.
On behalf of the Trustees of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, thank you all for the support. All of you made these things happen. As one, we can do even more.