The new set of officers of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce & Industry were installed last night during its 40th induction ceremonies.
I represented acting mayor Sara Duterte and swore the new officers into office led by its president, Simeon Marfori II.
The chamber is set to focus on three key sectors – agribusiness, tourism and ICT. Marfori vowed to provide more services to the members of the chamber and help the city become more competitive for investments.
The oldest chamber in Mindanao, the DCCCII has earned previously such titles as the most outstanding chamber in the Philippines, in Asia-Pacific and once a finalist in the World.
Aside form local business leaders and top government officials present last night were representatives from the diplomatic corps led by the Canadian Ambassador and consuls from Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Palau.
Incidentally, the newest member of the chamber board of trustees is my wife Evelyn. She won along with four new board members in a hotly-contested election last November. She represents the floriculture and food processors in the chamber.