THE Mandaue City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has opened its month-long Mandaue Business Month (MBM) with virtual activities geared towards the adaptability of industries under the better normal.
The MBM was launched on Aug. 31, in celebration of the National Heroes Day.
MCCI president Steven Yu grabbed the opportunity to thank the modern-day heroes who are risking their lives to save more people during this global health pandemic.
The MBM 2020 is anchored on the theme, “Unleashing Potentials, Igniting Possibilities to a Better Normal.” The chamber announced that its programs and activities for the business month will mostly be held online throughout the month of September.
Yu said that as the community adjusts to a better normal, more are expected to embrace technology.
“One positive outcome that this pandemic has brought upon us, is the acceleration of digitalization in our way of life. Businesses must go full throttle in embracing digital platforms to increase efficiency and achieve profitability in the better normal,” he said, adding that the chamber will “constantly strive to grow its active involvement among the different sectors of the community.”
Kellie Ko, MBM 2020 chairman, said people took time to learn new skills during the lockdown which resulted in the creation of new businesses using various digital platforms.
While the pandemic is causing anxiety to many people, Ko said it’s opening possibilities as the survival instincts of the people were awakened.
MBM 2020 activities
To capacitate businesses, the chamber said it will continue to provide more learning opportunities to its members and the business community through its webinar series dubbed as “Mandaue Talks Business: Zooming in to a Better Normal.”
This series particularly focuses on topics that aid business practitioners in establishing, reopening, and maintaining their businesses in the time of Covid-19, to effectively adjust to the “better normal.”
Moreover, the two-day Mandaue Business Summit, which will be held virtually, will allow business delegates to learn new ideas, business paradigms and technological advancements from top-calibre speakers in the local and global landscape.
As MCCI’s way of adapting to the digital times, MCCI will be launching its very own Youtube channel where its past forums, seminars and events will be uploaded for public access and viewing.
This is aligned with the MCCI’s goal of sharing and imparting innovative ideas and insights while building an online business community transcending geographical boundaries.
Moreover, MCCI will be turning over donations of surgical masks, surgical gloves, face shields, alcohol and personal protective equipment to Mandaue City frontliners in 27 barangays.
MCCI will also be partnering with the Mandaue Resilience Network and Cordaid in an urban farming initiative that aims to train urban farmers and help communities while encouraging self-sufficiency.
As part of its advocacy for the protection of the Butuanon River, MCCI will also partner with Mandaue City Government in building an eco-wall along the pilot areas to preserve the waterway from Sitio Pulambukid of Barangay Alang-Alang to Sitio Tambis of Barangay Umapad.
Such initiative, according to MCCI past president Stanley Go, who is also the head of the project, will protect the waterway from too much pollution given the increase in plastic waste and other garbage due to the surge of online deliveries.
The chamber will also plant bamboos to create a greening wall. It also plans to come up with a paveway for people viewing. (KFD, JOB)