Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. – Antipolo City (PCCIA) promoted Business partnership and involvement as they held their Charter Members’ Night at Giligan’s Mille Luce Town Center.
Hosted by Oliver Darvin of Auspicia Inc. and Melissa Araneta of Giligan’s, the program started with an invocation led by Michelle Lucas of Kampai & Casa Nieves followed by Aldrich Villareal of Marisons who acknowledge all the attendees.
“I want to welcome everyone of you in this organization,” started PCCI Rizal President Fara Pedracio of Clinica Antipolo Hospital. Pedracio, a pioneer member of the original organization which was set up in 1997, said that PCCIA already improved after losing members before during economic crisis. “Now is the time Antipolo has grown considerably over the past few years,” she said.
“I think napakarami nang kabataan na entrepreneurs which was actually a dream of original members na manahin ng mga anak nila yung mga businesses nila. Di lang minana, ngayon mas marami pang nadagdag,” she added.
Antipolo City Vice Mayor Josefina “Pining” Gatlabayan, the key note speaker for the event shared importance of partnership between government and businesses in order to promote economic growth and innovation. “Kapag hindi ka nag-improve o ‘di ka nag-innovate, maiiwan ka,” she said. “We should always be on the Go. We should always be on our stand in improving continuously so that we will be increasing our sales and will be a boost in our Antipolo Trade and Industry.
Before she ended her speech, Gatlabayan challenged PCCIA to be unified. “I am handing you the challenge to be unified again. The more the merrier. The leadership will be at your hand because if you know how to listen, everyone will follow you.”
South Luzon PCCI Regional Governor John Barredo discussed good reasons for joining PCCIA such as partnership with government, local chambers, and other business organizations here and around the world. However he pointed out that the main goal is not just about advantage or benefits but to contribute to the country and to the city in order “To make Antipolo a better place to do business”.
To end the program, PCCIA Charter President Bryant Kim An reminded everyone that partnership is important and that “No man is an island” that’s why they are forming PCCIA, “The voice of Philippine business to be a voice of Philippine Government”.
“Tonight I invite each and every one of you to be part of this great undertaking, together will blaze a trail of business partnership and involvement here in our city, our hope of Antipolo. Come join me. Let us all be charter member of PCCIA,” he ended.