Lobregat cites Zambo biz chamber for int’l feat PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 14:13

Mayor Celso Lobregat has highly praised the achievements of the Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (ZCCIFI) which earned for it the “Most Outstanding Chamber in Asia and the Pacific” award recently.

The recognition, conferred by the Confederation of Chamber of Commerce and           Industry of Asia and the Pacific, is a highly prestigious award that literally put Zamboanga City in the world map.

Lobregat said the ZCCIFI, under the leadership of Pocholo Soliven brought honor and fame not only to the business community and Zamboanga City but the entire country.

Soliven and other officers and members of the ZCCFI to include Edwin To,  former Chamber presidents Tessie Sebastian and Ric Marmoleño, Councilor Noning Biel, Rose Napao, Vicente Lim, Antonio Iturraldem JV Atilano and numerous others paid a courtesy call on Mayor Lobregat in City Hall yesterday morning where they brought along the 3 glass tower trophies.

The mayor cited the very essential role played by the ZCCFI in the city’s economic and social development, as he described it as a very important organization.
The chamber’s feat, he stressed, speaks well of the healthy business climate in Zamboanga.

The Most Outstanding Chamber in Asia and the Pacific award was conferred to the Zamboanga Chamber last October 5 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The local chamber bested 26 countries including Russia, Japan and China. The award qualifies the ZCCFI for the next level of the competition, slated on April next year in Doha, Qatar and which will be held at the behest of the World Chamber Federation.

Aside from the Asia-Pacific recognition, the Soliven-led Chamber earlier garnered the Most Outstanding Chamber in the Philippines 2012 and the Most Outstanding Chamber in Mindanao 2012 during the 38th Philippine Business Conference and Expo in Manila. The two awards were in recognition of the ZCCFI’s outstanding performance as an advocate of Philippine business.

In an interview, the youthful Soliven hoped that the gains achieved by the Chamber will open Zamboanga City to more investments and at the same time put the city and the business community in the map of investments.

“This award means that we in the business community should be ready because whether we like it or not, in 2015, they are coming, we are going to have one market and we are going to capacitate and really make our local businessmen competitive and work with them on an equal footing and now more than ever we have to be prepared,” the ZCCFI president asserted.

He likewise hoped that when the time comes, Zamboanga City will be ready to compete and that the public-private partnership between the Chamber and the local government unit and other business organizations supportive of the Chamber’s advocacy will continue.

Soliven attributed the Chamber’s feats to its multi-faceted and multi-dimensional advocacies. “They (jurors) were able to look at our different engagements on a holistic level wherein we do not only concentrate on our mandated tasks for the chamber and the business community but the effects of our advocacy to the entire community.” — Sheila Covarrubias