NAGA CITY, July 7 (PIA) – For almost three (3) decades now, the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), Inc. was able to build a strong linkage, not just with the business sector but also with other government and private agencies that complemented its existence.
This year, as MNCCI celebrates its 30th year founding anniversary, they also recognize the significant partners that helped them achieve their objective of encouraging more businesses to become more competitive in terms of product quality and innovations.
Specifically mentioned as valuable shareholders are the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Tourism (DOT), and Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA), among others.
BBM 2017 Chairman Ferdinand D. Sia said that aside from the fact that products are enhanced during BBM celebration, this also serves as an opportune time to educate the consumers to appreciate and promote our indigenous products as a way of pushing for our region’s socio-economic development.
“The Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) for over 30 years now, has been an influential policy advocate for the promotion of a sustainable economic framework within the Metro Naga area because of the close collaboration of the concerned local government units and the stakeholders from both the private and the public sectors.”
Director Sia is hopeful that the activity will not just showcase but will put into practical use what the stakeholders will gain from the trade fairs, trainings, seminars, summits, congress and other activities that they have lined up for the 26-day celebration of the BBM.
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Regional Governor Clarine P. Tobias underscored the inordinate contribution of the grassroots community to contribute to the development and success of small, micro and small enterprises.
“On behalf of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), we will strongly push to bring the activities of PCCI to Naga, so that all the activities of the chamber of the Philippines will reach the regions,” Tobias added.
DTI Bicol Regional Director Joy Blanco, who represented DTI USEC Zenaida Malaya accentuated Tobias’ point by affirming that indeed DTI is also setting its focus on pushing the socio-economic agenda towards growth and prosperity not only for the big ones, but inclusive growth so that poverty across the region will be drastically reduced.
“There should be growth with equity and better quality of life. On high poverty incidence, we see Camarines Sur and Naga to be another major partner in rural development. The Medium Term goal is to reduce poverty from 21.6% in 2015 to 14% by 2022. Population growth rate is 4%. We can achieve that if we sustain growth of our GDP by about 7 to 8. In the last GDP growth ranking computation, we were even higher than China. So, it can be done. We have been growing for the past 3 years,” Blanco expounded. (LSM, JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)