BANAUE, Ifugao – It’s now all systems go for the induction of officers and members of the newly created Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Ifugao chapter on Thursday, February 26 at the Banaue Hotel here.
Jonathan Cuyahon, PCCI Ifugao Chapter president, said the induction program will start at 9 am while consultation with members of the organization and businessmen from the different municipalities will be done at 1 pm.
Engr. Alfonso T. Lao, Area Vice President of PCCI Northern Luzon, will be the guest of honor and speaker and the one who will administer the oath of office of the officers and members.
“We are happy that our local chapters are now being organized and that they are now making the presence of PCCI in their communities given due recognition. We will try to sustain the creation of more chapters in our areas of jurisdiction to make the PCCI actively participate in grassroots participatory governance,” Lao Stressed.
Lao expressed confidence on the bright prospects for economic growth in the different parts of the Cordillera which would spur economic growth in remote villages needing investments.
Cuyahon said they are proud that the PCCI Ifugao chapter is the first to be organized outside the Baguio and Benguet areas, saying that they will try their best in expanding the membership of the organization in order to empower local businessmen to embrace the principles of the group.
Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat, Jr. and Gov. Dennis Habawel will also be gracing the induction ceremonies in order to commit their support for the growth of the business group in the province.
The first set of officers and directors for 2015-2017 are Jonathan Cuyahon, President; Godfrey Dominong, Vice-President; Nora Luglug, Secretary; Phranaret Luglug, Treasurer, Aldrich Cumti, Auditor; Joyce Buyucan and Cleto Jonathan Tocyap, Press Relations Officers; and elected directors were Dra. Ligaya Idolor, Betty Imayaho, Romeo Buhong and Fr. Valentin Dimoc.
According to Cuyahon, the PCCI Ifugao chapter wants the provincial and municipal governments to recognize its representatives to the different policy-making bodies for them to be able to actively participate in the crafting of business-friendly policies that will make the province a potential growth area beneficial in providing local residents added opportunities for employment and increasing the sources of livelihood of the people.