Naga biz chamber 3-time best chamber, now Hall of Famer
NAGA CITY — The Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) bagged for the third time in a row the Most Outstanding Chamber in the Philippines award and made it through the Hall of Fame of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI), the largest business organization in the country.
In the recently concluded three day 36th Philippine Business Conference and Exposition (36th PBC&E) held October 13-15 at the historic Manila Hotel, MNCCI outshone other chambers as it took anew the awards as The Most Outstanding Chamber in the Philippines 2010 and The Most Outstanding Chamber of Commerce in Southern Luzon.
A business chamber needs to win three times in five years to be included in the Hall of Fame.
“It is recognition of the things we have accomplished. It’s good that we know we are doing the right thing and that we are doing better,” MNCCI President Alberto Bercasio said.
Bercasio said that they may have won the award because of the strong public private partnership they exhibited with the City Government of Naga and other municipal governments that comprise Metro Naga.
“We tried to be a significant partner of the community. We are in the forefront of issues especially those affecting the business sector,” Bercasio stated.
Bercasio also said that the MNCCI walked the extra mile from the usual functions of the chamber of commerce. He said that their chamber offered business management training and management instructions system to medium and small entrepreneurs.
“The chamber is commonly perceived to be for big businesses only. We made it a point to reach out. There are 11 consultants who offer their technical expertise for free to small and medium entrepreneurs,” Bercasio disclosed.
“We also made one of the officers of the market vendor’s association as an affiliate member. Presidents of municipal business clubs in Metro Naga are also among our members,” Bercasio added.
As a result of the honor received by the chamber, Bercasio revealed that there are already various chambers across the country and other stakeholders who expressed their desire to visit Naga to see the chamber’s practices that earned them their award.
“At least, we have a share in the pie [in Naga’s tourism],” quipped Bercasio.
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III also attended the three day conference and gave a speech on his administration’s accomplishments highlighting the big help of the private sector on building the nation and improving its economy.
Also, in attendance were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Francis Escudero and some members of the Aquino Cabinet – Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, Transportation and Communications Secretary Jose P. de Jesus, National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Cayetano W. Paderanga, Tourism Secretary Alberto A. Lim, and Energy Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras.