PCCI-Quezon City Induction and Oath-Taking Ceremonies

January 14, 2014

06:00pm, ABS-CBN Compound

The Honorable Paolo Benigno “ Bam” Aquino IV, Senator of the Republic of the Philippines;

The Honorable Herbert “ Bistek” Bautista, Mayor of Quezon City;

PCCI Vice-President for NCR, Mr. Danilo Sanchez;

Dr. Hernan Delizo, Governor, Central Sector, NCR;

Mr. Jun Enriquez, Outgoing; President of the PCCI-Quezon City;

Dr. Carl Balita; Incoming President of the PCCI-Quezon City;

Current and Incoming Officers and Trustees of the PCCI-Quezon City Chamber;

My friends and colleagues in the Chamber movement;

Ladies and Gentlemen:

A pleasant evening to all of you!

I would like to thank the board of directors and trustees of PCCI-QC for graciously welcoming us here tonight to be part of this important celebration.   The assumption of Dr. Carl Balita into the helm of the QCCI leadership promises to forge ahead the gains made during the term of Mr. Jun Enriquez.

While the changing of guards manifest before us, we note for a fact that the PCCI-QC’s immense role as one of the most dynamic and admired chambers in the country continues to flourish and be epitomized. No less than PCCI-QC being in the PCCI’s Hall of Fame for the most outstanding chamber in the country and Quezon City as a Hall of Fame awardee for the most business friendly LGU in the country, these recognitions only proves that the city government and the business community are constantly innovating and evolving to foster excellence in local governance and competitiveness.   And for that, I would like to commend the efforts of no less than Mayor Herbert Bautista, along with his colleagues in the city government and the Quezon City business community.

The year 2014 promises to be an exciting year ahead of us and I can only draw from the successes we have realized last year as indicators of our steadfast role as the voice of business in the country.

As a constantly innovating institution, we in the chamber movement realize that amidst the expanding economy that provides opportunities to our members, we also need to leverage our services and improve our capacity to respond more effectively, to support the future growth of business activities and interactions in our community.

I encourage the leadership of Dr. Carl Balita to continue to forge consensus on key economic issues that needs to be tackled and take the lead in the formulation of action programs that will strengthen linkages with the government and other stakeholders.  We should always remember that faster growth will hinge upon government intervention at the right levels and at the right time with aunwavering commitment by the private sector to be involved.

PCCI’s work program for 2014-2015 embraces a strategy of clear engagement with our advocacies, projects and services aiming to address issues that will achieve our shared objectives of increased competitiveness, economic expansion, and jobs creation through quality investments and strong, diverse, economically viable industries and enterprises.

PCCI will continue to foster the development of a transformation masterplan accompanied by industry/sectoral roadmaps to address the challenges of inclusive and sustainable growth while making local enterprises and industries regionally and globally competitive and benefitting fully from economic integration.

PCCI’s 2014-2015 work programme will focus on the following key objectives: (1) Improved cost of doing business; (2) Competitive fiscal regime; (3) Human resource development aligned with industry and international standards; (4) SME and business development; (5) Improved agriculture productivity; and (6) Robust legal framework for investments.

Under my leadership, we will be working with the local chambers like the PCCI-QC in the crafting and realization of a manufacturing roadmap.  No country has become a high-income economy without developing a strong industrial sector. Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vi­etnam—economies exporting 2 to 4 times more than the Philippines—have each developed its industrial sector to over 40% of the economy, making industry and manufacturing a development backbone.  The message will be clear: if we harness and strengthen our manufacturing industry, we will create more jobs, encourage the domestic expansion of our industries in the value chain, and create more niches for our entrepreneurs to pursue wealth creation. Only through a robust manufacturing industry can we expand the asset base of our manufacturing sector and address the unemployment deficit that has been hounding our economy.

In closing, I would to emphasize the value of organizational performance in achieving impactful results from all our undertakings.  Thus, in the case of the chamber movement, it is more than just a business advocacy.  We continue to step up and rally our stakeholders’ interest for a more stable and sustainable economic environment, capable of generating businesses and livelihood, protecting jobs, securing the trust of investors and entrepreneurs—“a conducive and competitive business climate.”

I enjoin all of you to continue supporting all our projects as we bring the benefits of business to the real beneficiaries of development, our consumers, our employees, our fellow Filipinos.

Again, congratulations to the incoming officers and trustees of the PCCI-QC.

Thank you very much at Mabuhay tayong lahat.

Alfredo M. Yao
President
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

PCDEB Convention

 

PCDEB Convention

 

February 06, 2014, 10:45am

 

Club Filipino San Juan

 

Honorable Congressman Roman Romulo of the dynamic lone legislative district of Pasig;

 

Dean Dionisio Magpantay, President of the Philippine Council of Deans and Educators in Business (PCDEB);

 

My colleague in PCCI, our Chair for Education and the President-elect of the PCDEB Dean Eduardo G. Ong;

 

Reverend Father Herminio V. Dagohoy, Rector Magnificus and CEO of the University of Santo Tomas who just received his outstanding CEO award;

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Meeting with the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Meeting with the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt

11 February 2014. 3:00 PM

PCCI Headquarters

H.E. Mahmoud Mostafa Ahmed, Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt;

H.E. Ahmad Ismail, Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt;

Atty. Miguel B. Varela, Chairman & Director In Charge, International Committee of PCCI;

Officials, guests and colleagues from the PCCI, various business organizations, and business councils;

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

A pleasant afternoon to all of you.

On behalf of the board of directors and officers of PCCI, it is my honor to welcome to PCCI His Excellency, Mahmoud Mostafa Ahmed, Ambassador to the Philippines of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Ambassador Ahmed’s visit here in PCCI comes as a welcome development in the midst of the growing and strengthening political and economic relationship between the Philippines and Egypt.

 

Egypt has been an important partner of the Philippines on the economic front. In 2012, Egypt ranked as the 51st largest economic partner of the Philippines. Our volume of trade seemed minimal but it is important to note that our bilateral merchandise trade growing almost 30% for the last four years is a testament to our willingness to further deepen our ties and explore possible partnerships and business engagements.

Needless to say, Egypt and the Philippines have shared a colorful and promising relationship over the years. But there is still much room for further maximizing the economic potentials of all our existing partnerships. There are still areas untapped particularly in agriculture, organic products, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, textiles and petrochemicals. There are still more partnerships to be established and more wealth to be created. Our meeting today will seek to do just that- to let the Philippines and Egypt join forces and create more wealth for both countries.

Rest assured that PCCI will explore all available avenues to facilitate greater trade, and investment among all our networks and partners like the Embassy of Egypt.  Foreign trade missions, bilateral business meetings and trade promotion workshops will be undertaken, to study the vast potential of linking our market with our trade partners, and in the process, finding a higher market niche as we move up the value chain and win a bigger share in the global market.

Indeed, as a national chamber representing more than 35,000 enterprises coming from 110 local chambers, 110 industry associations, and 39 business councils, we have huge potential business partnerships and networking opportunities in wide range of economic activities such as, but not limited to, education, industrial manufacturing, mining, shipping and logistics, agriculture and food.

Thus, I welcome the opportunity of having this dialogue with Ambassador Ahmed to know his thoughts about the future of Philippines-Egypt relations as well as the direction of the Arab Republic of Egypt in pursuing its trade initiatives with the Philippines.

Thank you very much and a pleasant afternoon to all.

 

7th Induction Ceremonies

11 February 2014. 6:00 PM

PCCI Headquarters

 

Mr. Danilo A. Sanchez, Chairman of PCCI-NCR;

Ms. Nora L. Lacuna, Immediate Past Chairman, PCCI-NCR;

Regional Governors Dr. Hernando Delizo, Mr. Efren Alas and Ms. Delia Jimenez;

Mr. Pedro C. Dumana, Jr., Secretary-General, PCCI-NCR;

Distinguished guests and colleagues from the PCCI; Read more...

PCCI-Quezon City Induction and Oath-Taking Ceremonies January 14, 2014

The Honorable Paolo Benigno “ Bam” Aquino IV, Senator of the Republic of the Philippines;

The Honorable Herbert “ Bistek” Bautista, Mayor of Quezon City;

PCCI Vice-President for NCR, Mr. Danilo Sanchez;

Dr. Hernan Delizo, Governor, Central Sector, NCR;

Mr. Jun Enriquez, Outgoing; President of the PCCI-Quezon City;

Dr. Carl Balita; Incoming President of the PCCI-Quezon City;

Current and Incoming Officers and Trustees of the PCCI-Quezon City Chamber;

My friends and colleagues in the Chamber movement;

Ladies and Gentlemen:

A pleasant evening to all of you!

I would like to thank the board of directors and trustees of PCCI-QC for graciously welcoming us here tonight to be part of this important celebration.   The assumption of Dr. Carl Balita into the helm of the QCCI leadership promises to forge ahead the gains made during the term of Mr. Jun Enriquez.

While the changing of guards manifest before us, we note for a fact that the PCCI-QC’s immense role as one of the most dynamic and admired chambers in the country continues to flourish and be epitomized. No less than PCCI-QC being in the PCCI’s Hall of Fame for the most outstanding chamber in the country and Quezon City as a Hall of Fame awardee for the most business friendly LGU in the country, these recognitions only proves that the city government and the business community are constantly innovating and evolving to foster excellence in local governance and competitiveness.   And for that, I would like to commend the efforts of no less than Mayor Herbert Bautista, along with his colleagues in the city government and the Quezon City business community.

The year 2014 promises to be an exciting year ahead of us and I can only draw from the successes we have realized last year as indicators of our steadfast role as the voice of business in the country.

As a constantly innovating institution, we in the chamber movement realize that amidst the expanding economy that provides opportunities to our members, we also need to leverage our services and improve our capacity to respond more effectively, to support the future growth of business activities and interactions in our community.

I encourage the leadership of Dr. Carl Balita to continue to forge consensus on key economic issues that needs to be tackled and take the lead in the formulation of action programs that will strengthen linkages with the government and other stakeholders.  We should always remember that faster growth will hinge upon government intervention at the right levels and at the right time with aunwavering commitment by the private sector to be involved.

PCCI’s work program for 2014-2015 embraces a strategy of clear engagement with our advocacies, projects and services aiming to address issues that will achieve our shared objectives of increased competitiveness, economic expansion, and jobs creation through quality investments and strong, diverse, economically viable industries and enterprises.

PCCI will continue to foster the development of a transformation masterplan accompanied by industry/sectoral roadmaps to address the challenges of inclusive and sustainable growth while making local enterprises and industries regionally and globally competitive and benefitting fully from economic integration.

PCCI’s 2014-2015 work programme will focus on the following key objectives: (1) Improved cost of doing business; (2) Competitive fiscal regime; (3) Human resource development aligned with industry and international standards; (4) SME and business development; (5) Improved agriculture productivity; and (6) Robust legal framework for investments.

Under my leadership, we will be working with the local chambers like the PCCI-QC in the crafting and realization of a manufacturing roadmap.  No country has become a high-income economy without developing a strong industrial sector. Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vi­etnam—economies exporting 2 to 4 times more than the Philippines—have each developed its industrial sector to over 40% of the economy, making industry and manufacturing a development backbone.  The message will be clear: if we harness and strengthen our manufacturing industry, we will create more jobs, encourage the domestic expansion of our industries in the value chain, and create more niches for our entrepreneurs to pursue wealth creation. Only through a robust manufacturing industry can we expand the asset base of our manufacturing sector and address the unemployment deficit that has been hounding our economy.

In closing, I would to emphasize the value of organizational performance in achieving impactful results from all our undertakings.  Thus, in the case of the chamber movement, it is more than just a business advocacy.  We continue to step up and rally our stakeholders’ interest for a more stable and sustainable economic environment, capable of generating businesses and livelihood, protecting jobs, securing the trust of investors and entrepreneurs—“a conducive and competitive business climate.”

I enjoin all of you to continue supporting all our projects as we bring the benefits of business to the real beneficiaries of development, our consumers, our employees, our fellow Filipinos.

Again, congratulations to the incoming officers and trustees of the PCCI-QC.

Thank you very much at Mabuhay tayong lahat.

Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao
President
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry