PCCI asks Davao Chamber to rejoin

Sebastian Angliongto, DCCCII lifetime chair, said in an interview with MindaNews Thursday new PCCI president Samuel Lim asked the chamber to return to PCCI after its disaffiliation last year over a misunderstanding on organizational issues in PCCI Mindanao.

Davao's business chamber bolted PCCI in October last year in protest over the latter's alleged  unilateral decision to reduce the number of Mindanao's regional chambers.

The move also prompted PCCI Vice President for Mindanao and Mindanao Business Council chair Romeo Serra and all PCCI governors in Mindanao to resign en masse.

Lim, who replaced Donald Dee, was in town in time for the city's Small and Medium Enterprise Development Week at NCCC Mall on Monday.

Angliongto said the problem that triggered the chamber's disaffiliation was basically a "misunderstanding of personalities."

There are now new leaders of the business organizations that involved in a tussle last year. Livestock businessman Vicente Lao replaced Romeo Serra as MinBC chair this month, after the latter resigned due to health reasons.

Lawyer Bienvenido Cariaga  was also  succeeded by another lawyer, Philippine Airlines vice president Domingo Duerme.

Angliongto told MindaNews Lim has agreed with chamber officials to work for a possible reentry to the PCCI.

He said Lim asked the chamber to draft a proposal on how to reorganize the chamber regions under PCCI Mindanao, which was the reason behind the rift, and submit it to the PCCI national leadership.

He said the chamber pressed it as a requisite to reentry, but admitted that at this time their status is still ‘disaffiliated.’

He cited that among the possible proposals would be the revival of separate chamber regions for the Davao and Cotabato areas.

Under Dee, the chambers were fused into one and new officials were elected.

Angliongto said with the new PCCI leadership he is optimistic the chamber's board will vote to join again once its proposed organizational structure is mutually agreed upon. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)