Thursday, 02 February 2012 00:00
President Benigno S. Aquino III administered the oaths of office of the newly elected Board of Directors and Officers of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in ceremonies held in Malacañang on Monday.
Of the 44 new officers, only 30 were able to attend the swearing in by the President, who was joined by Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo.
These were: Miguel Varela, president; Jose Pardo, chairman Council of Advisers; Alfredo Yao, chairman; Francis Chua, chairman Emeritus; Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr., honorary chairman; Edgardo Lacson, honorary chairman; Donald Dee, vice chairman;
Jose Alejandro, George Barcelon, William Co, Eric Cruz, Menardo Jimenez, Sammie Lim, Antonio Lopa, and Benjamin Romualdez, Nora Lacuna, Victoria Gaetos, Eduardo Nicolas III, Ricardo Juliano as vice presidents;
Roberto Amores, chair for agriculture; Apolinar Aure, chair for mediation; Francis Ferrer, chair for ICT; Francisco Floro, chair for MSMEs; Henry Lim-Bonliong, chair for food-security; Tomasa Lipana, chair for taxation; Eduardo Ong, chair for formal education;
Renato Simbulan, chair for Philippine Chamber Development Institute; Alfonso Siy, chair for trade; Jesus Varela, chair for information and Public Relations; and Nelson Yuchongtian, Co-Chair for Trade.
The President wished the new officers good luck on their endeavors as he informed them of the strides the government is making to make the Philippines a more attractive investment venue.
He said the manufacturing sector is on an upswing and the government is working towards sustaining this outlook by implementing measures that will bring down electricity rates through the implementation of the open access electricity market that allows large electricity users in Luzon and Visayas to choose their own power suppliers.
For his part, PCCI president Miguel Varela assured the President of the group’s continued support.
“The PCCI will continue to work in partnership with government. We will put in the necessary inputs to make that work and that’s what we are doing right now,” Varela said.
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