PCIA readies to take active role in cacao industry development

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THE Philippine Cacao Industry Association (PCIA) celebrates its official registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by holding a virtual General Membership and Board of Trustees Meetings on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

The said meetings were done to lay down the foundation of the PCIA as it gets ready to be actively involved in implementing programs and projects that will help invigorate the Philippine cacao industry.

Consul Armi L. Garcia, the concurrent chairperson of the Philippine Cacao Industry Council (PCIC) and the newly elected president of the PCIA, said: “The PCIA was created by the PCIC as its private sector led organization. The PCIA will take an active role in upgrading the level of competitiveness and productivity of the Philippine Cacao Value Chain.”

She added that as the private sector arm of the PCIC, the PCIA will assist the Philippine government by initiating the private sector programs and projects that will benefit the different sectors of the cacao value chain.

As it gets ready for this role, the PCIA incorporators elected Garcia as the president; former Iloilo mayor Buen Mondejar as the vice-president; Sylvia Ordoñez, executive director of the Kapampangan Development Foundation of Luzon as the secretary; and Christopher Fadriga of Western Visayas as treasurer.

Among the pioneer Board of Trustees are Charita Puentespina of Malagos Agriventures Inc., Philo Chua of Theo and Philo Chocolate Artisans from Luzon, and Christopher Lindo from Caraga.

"The Department of Agriculture is happy that the PCIC has responded to the call of having a privately registered PCIA as a partner as we continue to provide interventions for the cacao stakeholders. The DA is glad to support the PCIA in its efforts to promote and strengthen the Philippine Cacao," Laviña aired this message of support during the said meeting where she was invited as one of the guests.

The DTI Undersecretary, Blesila A. Lantayona, expressed her congratulatory remarks and message of support for the industry, emphasizing her vision of the PCIA as a more entrepreneurial and innovative driver of the Philippine Cacao.

With the officers and committee chairs in place during the first Board of Trustees Meeting, the PCIA is expecting to have a lot of irons in the fire in the coming month, which will further spry and inspire the Philippine cacao. (PR)

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