21st Minbizcon opens in Butuan; Bukidnon chamber attends for the first time

Roderico Bioco (right), president of the Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dr. Efren Villahermosa, president of the Valencia City Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the parade of delegation heads in the opening of the 21st Mindanao Business Conference in Butuan City on August 2 at the Almont Inland Resort Hotel. ( Bukidnon News photos )

BUTUAN CITY  – The 21st Mindanao Business Conference opened today here with about 700 participants from business chambers around Mindanao, including the newly formed Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which is represented for the first time.

Roderico Bioco, BKCCI chamber president, said the chamber’s first officers will be inducted as members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

Ricardo Juliano, vice president for the PCCI Mindanao area opened the conference with Sen. Teofisto Guingon III scheduled to give the keynote speech at the annual conference held at Almont Inland Resort Hotel.

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 21st MinBizCon in Butuan City, which will be held from August 2 to 4 will go with the theme “Invest in Mindanao: Towards a More Inclusive, Progressive and Greener Future.”

Bioco 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 month.

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 and Kischa Sherman/Bukidnon News)