Bukidnon chamber to join MinBizCon for first time

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 July) For the first time, Bukidnon will be represented in the Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) with the creation of the Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BKCCI), Roderico Bioco, the group’s founding chairman, said.

Bioco has announced that the new chamber will work to put Bukidnon in the country’s business map.

“We are already on the map, somehow. But now Bukidnon can play a bigger role in the business community through the PCCI (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry),” he added.

The chamber’s first set of officers will be inducted as part of the program of the 21st MinBizCon in Butuan City, which will be held from August 2 to 4 with the theme “Invest in Mindanao: Towards a More Inclusive, Progressive and Greener Future.”

Chamber members will join around 700 businessmen and entrepreneurs from all over Mindanao who are expected to attend the conference.

He said the chamber is still complying with the requirements for its affiliation with the PCCI. The PCCI requirements include registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission, payment of annual dues, and attendance to Minbizcon and the Philippine Business Conference.

The BKCCI, founded on July 12 to assert the province’s “critical economic role as a food basket,” seeks to address the problem of “underrepresentation” of Bukidnon in the Philippine business community.

Over the years, four local chambers were organized in Bukidnon with only one recognized by PCCI. There were previous attempts to organize a provincial chamber but it did not prosper.

“We should put Bukidnon in the (business) map of the Philippines. We were not able to transcend [because we then lack] a stronger voice for the province,” Bioco said during the Enhanced SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) Caravan last week.

He said the business community has a critical role in shaping business or an investment-enabling environment.

Bioco said that the new group will promote economic development in the province.

“Proper representation results in good policies and decisions. It also creates business opportunities that result in new investments. Out from these investments will be new jobs, profit for businessmen, and taxes for the government,” he said. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)