PCCI bares cures to local biz woes

October 04, 2018
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Instead of just ranting about persistent problems hounding the business sector, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has come up with proposed solutions, which it intends to bring before President Rodrigo Duterte.

During the upcoming 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBCE) on Oct.18 to 19, the country’s largest business organization is expected to submit its PBC Resolution to Duterte.

PCCI Chairman Emeritus Francis Chua, in a press conference Wednesday, said this year’s PBC Resolution will be different from the past, as the business group will enumerate solutions to resolve the problems that made doing business in the country a bit difficult.

The resolutions also include how the private sector can be involved in resolving those issues.

“Before we list the issues, the problems and give it to the government. This time we will list the problem and our suggested solutions. So, we are going to tell the government from the private sector, what we would like the government to look into, aside from problem, how to solve it,” said Chua.

Chua is co-chairing with San Miguel Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang, the chairman for the 44th PBCE.

PCCI Director Jesus Varela likewise mentioned that the PBC Resolution will be a consolidation of recommendations of local chambers nationwide.

“As you know, PBC is a culmination of area conferences and different regions presented by our local chambers, and they also have recommendations, and we should integrate to that resolution,” Varela said.

In a separate interview, PCCI Chairman George Barcelon said the government’s pace in implementing the PBC Resolutions submitted in the past has been quite slow.

“The pace is not what we expected. We want faster pace in the development,” he said.

Barcelon was the president of the business group in 2016 and 2017. In his term, the PCCI submitted two PBC Resolutions to the Chief Executive.

Despite the slower pace in implementing the recommendations from the business group, Barcelon said PCCI has remains optimistic that the government will focus on the implemention of these resolutions, and will not be sidetracked by the upcoming midterm elections.