THE Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has committed to sustain its current direction towards business recovery with existing advocacies and new programs to help businesses in Cebu.
CCCI president Felix Taguiam, in his speech during the general membership meeting and induction of new board of trustees and members on Monday, May 31, 2021, said the 800-strong community is geared towards business recovery and resiliency amid the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We advocate for the right policies, fight vigorously against the wrong ones, and work constructively to achieve the best results for the businesses,” he said.
Taguiam cited the chamber’s ongoing initiatives to make Cebu more friendly and sustainable for businesses like bringing down the cost of electricity in Cebu through negotiations with Visayan Electric Co. and Aboitiz Power Corp. and representations with Energy Regulatory Commission, National Competitiveness Commission and coalition building with the Regional Development Council, Office of the Presidential Assistant in the Visayas, Cebu City Council, House of Representatives Upper and Lower Committees and civil society interest groups.
The CCCI president said the chamber is also expediting information sharing on the Cebu City Tax Amnesty Program, recent issuances of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and negotiations on business tax assessments/permitting requirements, ongoing facilitation to resolve port-related issues with the Cebu Port Authority and trade-related concerns with the Bureau of Customs; opposition to water price hikes during the crisis and information updates and clarifications on labor-related issuances with the Department of Labor and Employment.
Taguiam said the chamber is also aiming for a safer and healthier Cebu during the pandemic to reach a sharp, drastic reduction and flattening of the curve of transmission of Covid-19 with Project Balik Buhay (PBB) which includes formulating new health protocols for business operations within the tri-cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, coalition-building for an intensive information campaign tagged as the “Cebu Citizens’ Initiative” and facilitating uptake of the private sector in the national vaccination program with the PBB to contribute to herd immunity.
Meanwhile, CCCI inducted 18 new members. These companies are Aleph Talent Solutions Corp., AZ Flair Technologics, Circa Logica Group, Comavemco MPC, Concrete Stone Corp., Converge ICT Solutions Inc., CWC International Corp., D and T Construction, Dealogikal Corp., Docast Construction, Federal Express Pacific LLC., JR Wright Business Advisory Services Inc., Paca Training and Management Systems, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., Ripeconcepts Inc., Trinity Insurance Brokers Cebu Inc., VST ECS Phils. Inc. and Watermatic Philippine Corp. (JOB)