PCCI draws tremendous strength and extensive reach from its local chamber network nationwide. At present, PCCI has currently over 35,000 direct and indirect members over a hundred local chamber affiliates throughout the country. These are divided into five (5) major geographical areas – North Luzon, South Luzon, National Capital Region, Visayas and Mindanao and -- into 19 regions.
These local chambers replicate the services of PCCI in their respective areas. They provide support in terms of advocacy for policy reforms, business services and networking to help build PCCI’s competitive advantage. More importantly, the local chambers provide feed-back-up to the national chamber in terms of the real situation in the ground and needs of business people in the various areas which is critical in its efforts to forward the interest of business community nationwide.
The local chambers also have strong and effective advocacy mechanisms on local concerns and issues.
- Resolution urging the National Government thru the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to create separate Regional Government Centers for a Regional Development Council (RDCs), DOT and DA for Region IV-B MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), which continue to rely on the RGCs of Region IV-A, with full staff complement and corresponding budgets
- Resolution requesting the Office of the President to revive the Investment Ombudsman created in 1999 to address concerns regarding incidences of corruption and bureaucratic red tape and facilitate the entry of local and foreign investments in the South Luzon area
- Resolution urging the National Government to amend the rules and regulations in Bids and Awards processes to promote more transparency and accountability
Agriculture and Food Security
- Resolution calling on the DA to promote enterprise development focused on tourism-driven agriculture development by retooling agriculture extension workers to support shift to entrepreneurial farming, strengthen support to organic farming and expand the role of the Philpost to the operation of internet cafes in farming communities
- Resolution encouraging the DA and the NEDA to study how to break the anomaly of farmers not benefitting from their production
- Resolution calling on the National Government to effectively address the security threat in the West Philippine Sea
Climate Change Adaptation
- Resolution urging the National and Local Governments to craft and adopt coherent land use plans in partnership with the private sector to abide by enforced environmental and land use standards and development guidelines, incorporating the following:
- Maintaining and conserving agricultural and forest lands for environmental-friendly recreation and tourism development; and,
- Promote efficiency in non-agricultural land use such as residential, institutional, and commercial areas strictly comply with environmental regulations and standards.
2. Resolution urging the Local Governments and the Department of Public Works and Highways to undertake and complete the following river control projects:
- Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro urgent flood hazard mitigation project
- Proposed flood control projects:
- Construction of Alag River Control-Baco, Oriental Mindoro
- Construction of San Rafael River Control-San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro
- Construction of Alcate River Control – Victoria, Oriental Mindoro
3. Resolution calling on the National and Local Governments to improve and sustain their capacities to analyze the effects climate change and disasters, identify mitigation measures, and devise disaster preparedness systems.
Resolution urging the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Mining Development Council, and Local Governments to provide the framework that will ensure the development of small scale mining is done in synergy with medium/large scale operations in the overall context of mineral resource development
Energy and Power Development
Resolution urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to address the lack of available and cost-efficient power supply in missionary areas through the following measures:
- Investing in mainland-island power grid interconnection
- Allocating supplemental funding for the operation of Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) or accelerating the privatization of SPUG Service Areas
- Promoting shift to cheaper and cleaner fuels for power generation such as clean coal and renewable energy (RE) in missionary areas
- Conducting Regional Investment Forum on Energy/Power
- Improve transparency in rate-setting/applications by electric cooperatives
- Resolution urging the National Government and the DOTC to amend the charter of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to separate its regulatory and developmental functions and to focus on the regulation of ports
Resolve further to call on the National Government and the DOTC to privatize the operation and development of ports under the PPA
- Resolution calling on the National and Local Governments to continue build up of e-Governance, particularly portals for public access to information and for public feedback, information-sharing on best/next practices and resource complementation among service providers
- Resolution urging the NEDA to institutionalize RDC-ACO dialogue as part of budget consultation process
- Resolution calling on the Department of Health (DOH) to strengthen compliance monitoring system on the following to ensure the safety of the people and the environment:
- Proper storage of dangerous chemicals
- Reiterate compliance to DENR-EMB AO 38, S. of 1997 as a requirement for the renewal of hospital's permit to operate
- Establishment of safe/secure storage facilities for mercury-contaminated materials and other dangerous chemicals in strategic areas
2. Resolution calling on the National Government to increase allocation for the improvement and improved accessibility and availability of clean water supply and provide subsidy for sewerage projects
ICT and Services
- Resolution calling on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to include the priority ICT programs/projects of DOST such as mobile/broadband interventions, Community e-Centers, e-Government Master Plan, National Broadband Deployment Plan, e-LGU, cloud computing in government in the Priority Investment Projects (PIPs)
- Resolution urging the National Government to further enhance competitiveness of our knowledge-based industries by tying up human resource development, industry, research and development priorities & concerns through such strategies as enhancing the alliance between the academe and industry to address gaps between academic and on-the-job knowledge and increase workers’ ability to adjust in a multicultural workplace
Resolution urging National and Local Governments through the NEDA, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the DBM to address the physical connectivity of the whole of South Luzon with Luzon and the rest of the country through the following:
- Privatization, rehabilitation, expansion and modernization of the Philippine Railway System traversing Manila to Bicol to efficiently carry cargo and reduce the cost of logistics
- Subsidy for the establishment of inter-island missionary routes
- Investments in infrastructure that induce development of job-creating sectors in new areas with untapped potentials
4. Resolution urging the DOTC to immediately undertake full rehabilitation of the Naga Airport in Pili, Camarines Sur including providing adequate lighting facilities necessary for evening flights, expanding space for another airline station, offices, waiting areas, lounge for passengers and visitors, and to be able to accommodate wide-bodied aircrafts, improve
5. Resolve further that the DOTC immediately release PhP 158 million allocated for the rehabilitation and improvement of the Naga airport
6. Expansion and improvement of Gasan airport
7. Completion and activation of new the sea passenger and trade routes linking Pola, Oriental Mindoro to Kawit Port, Boac,Marinduque, Concepcion, Romblon and San Juan Batangas)\
8. Construction and completion of 14-km Dr. Damian Reyes Memorial road (Boac-Torrijos interior roads)
9. Completion and activation of passenger of new sea and passenger trade routes linking Taytay and Cuyo in Palawan and San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
10. Activation of the new seaport in San Jose and construction of coastal access road leading to the port
11. Completion of Mindoro Circumferential Road Sablayan section
12. Expansion of Calapan City seaport and widening of access and construction of coastal way
13. Development and improvement of Balatero Port in Puerto Galera as a single point of entry and exit of sea ferries
14. Completion and activation of new the sea passenger and trade routes linking Pola, Oriental Mindoro to Kawit Port, Boac, Marinduque, Concepcion, Romblon and San Juan Batangas
15. Completion/concreting of national road networks in Tablas Island and provincial roads island-wide
16. Expansion and improvement of Tablas Island and provincial roads province-wide
17. Agricultural development: Indian mango processing, coco-based product processing, arrowroot processing
18. Concreting of Rizal-Bataraza cross-country road in Southern Palawan
19. Improvement of Sandoval airport in the municipality of Taytay, Palawan
20. Completion and activation of new the sea passenger and trade routes linking Pola, Oriental Mindoro to Kawit Port, Boac, Marinduque, Concepcion, Romblon and San Juan Batangas
21. East-West Connection 1-Real-Famy-Antipolo Manila Corridor starting from Antipolo, Rizal all the way to the port of Infanta, Quezon. The Famy, Laguna area and its surrounding LGUs, as well as Infanta itself can serve as processing zones for goods flowing from the Pacific to Manila
22. East West Connection 2 – Mauban-Sta. Cruz-Manila Corridor, a short road distance traversing through the Sierra Madre from Mauban to the port (to be developed) in Sta. Cruz. The dredging of navigable routes within Laguna Lake will be an imperative upon the strengthening of this connection
23. East West Connection 3 - Mauban-San Pablo-Calamba Sangley Point Corridor, which requires improved road construction quality, clear signages, and conversion of highway segments into expressways
24. East West Connection 4 – Mauban-Lucena-San Juan-Batangas Corridor, which needs upgrading for better accessibility of goods and services from Mauban to Lucena
25. Modernize and upgrade railways and mass transit system in South Luzon connecting to Metro Manila
26. Develop Laguna de Bay to Manila via Pasig River ferry system.
Resolution calling on the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to institutionalize private sector consultation and enhance information education and dissemination on new tax rules and regulations
22nd South Luzon Area Business Conference
|July 18-19, 2013 Avenue Convention Plaza Naga City||
Metro Naga CCI
One. Global. Filipino: Competitiveness, a Key to Sustainable TIGER Economy
|21st Metro Manila Area Business Conference||July 26, 2012 Maynila Ballroom Manila Hotel||NCR – North Sector||Gassing-Up the Rising Tiger: In Pursuit of Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth|
|22nd Mindanao Business Conference||August8-10, 2013 SMEX Davao||Davao City CCI
||One. Global. Mindanao: Moving Towards ASEAN Business Integration|
|22nd North Luzon Area Business Conference||August 22-23, 2013 Benigno Aquino Convention Center, Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac City
||PCCI – Tarlac||North Luzon: Riding the Tiger Economy, Harnessing it’s Full Potentials|
|22nd Visayas Area Business Conference||September 5-6, 2013 Sarabia Manor Hotel Iloilo City||Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Iloilo
||One. Global. Filipino: “Unleashing the TIGER Economy” (Towards Integration, Growth and Economic Resiliency)|
Plotting the World’s March Toward Tomorrow
Before anything else, a Blessed Christmas and a Joyous New Year to all our esteemed subscribers of The CenSEI Report. We express our gratitude for a new year and a new volume with our fortnightly readers, notwithstanding all the hype about the supposed end of the world on December 21.
Not that analysts and editors at the Report gave much credence to the worldwide frenzy over the ancient Mayan calendar’s purported predictions.
However, over the holidays and into the first week of 2013, the publication was researching, pondering and writing about end times of another sort: the major overhaul of today’s world forecast by leading futures studies.
02 January 2012 We welcome and congratulate Vice Minister Le Loung Minh of Vietnam on his assumption as Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). With his extensive professional experience and qualifications, we are confident that he will ably meet the challenges of ASEAN as the ten countries work towards establishing a community that is politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible. Vice Minister Le Loung Minh of Vietnam can be assured of the full support of the Philippines.
Statement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario on the Assumption of Vice Minister Le Loung Minh as Secretary General of ASEAN
02 January 2012
We welcome and congratulate Vice Minister Le Loung Minh of Vietnam on his assumption as Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). With his extensive professional experience and qualifications, we are confident that he will ably meet the challenges of ASEAN as the ten countries work towards establishing a community that is politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible. Vice Minister Le Loung Minh of Vietnam can be assured of the full support of the Philippines.