The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (PCCI) is urging city-based businesses to take advantage of the Philippines’ steadily growing economy as a result of the infrastructure boom.
PCCI President Ma. Alegria Limjoco said Friday this is because President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build! Build! Build!” initiative would result in economic gains designed to modernize the country’s infrastructure backbone by rolling out 75 flagship projects worth P36 billion in investments.
“This is going to be the golden age of infrastructure and this will also be the golden age of entrepreneurship,” she said during the Induction and Handover of the Puerto Princesa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PPCCCII).
Limjoco told businessmen and investors in the event that administration’s intention is to improve the income of the ordinary people, encourage countryside investments, and create more jobs.
These infrastructure projects will build airports, railways, bus rapid transits, seaports, roads, and bridges.
What the PCCI wants is for small businesses to also improve and expand by taking advantage of the growing economy and the high purchasing power of ordinary people.
“We want you (businesses) to grow, not to remain just micro small-medium entrepreneurs,” said Limjoco.
She stated this is the reason why they are intensifying the PCCI PEER Talks. PEER stands for Promoting and Enhancing Entrepreneurial Resiliency, which enhances the awareness of member companies on operational issues.
The course will provide the learner the basics of setting up a business, more importantly, show key factors for success for each step and possible drawbacks they may encounter along the way.
The PEER’s first seminar was also held in Puerto Princesa on March 2.
“We want to start and give more seminars not only here, but in other parts of the country. Whatever enterprise that you have now, it must grow as our country and economy are definitely growing,” she said.
Atty. Joel Tan, the newly-inducted president of PPCCCII, echoed Limjoco’s call, urging the members to make use of the internet and social media as a platform to strengthen their product coverage and ties with other members.
“Let’s utilize that platform to push our enterprises forward and to connect with one another to develop our relationship,” he said.