Former Oro Chamber Secretary-General and President Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio has been elected Area Vice President for Mindanao of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business organization.
Alegrio is currently the Head of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Relations Dept. of STEAG State Power Inc. at Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. She is also the Vice Chair in the Board of Trustees of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan .
Alegrio holds the distinction of being the first Secretary-General of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber) to become its President, and prior to her election as PCCI AVP for Mindanao, also served as the PCCI Regional Governor for Region X (Northern Mindanao from 2018-2019.
She will serve as part of the 20-member board of directors under former ambassador Benedicto Yujuico who was unanimously elected PCCI president during the PCCI annual meeting on December 6, 2019.
Alegrio said she would focus on supporting Yujuico’s focus on entrepreneurship and innovation as essential catalysts to supercharge the Philippine economy in the coming years, and projects to assist local government units implement smart city technologies to improve efficiency and reduce corruption.
The Oro Chamber and PCCI-X under Alegrio’s stewardship has been instrumental in pushing for the soonest implementation of the proposal to Upgrade, Expand, Operate and Maintain the Laguindingan Airport of Aboitiz Infrastructure Inc. (AIC).
More recently, Alegrio met with PCCI affiliate chambers of Southwestern Mindanao to organize the 29th Mindanao Business Conference.
“PCCI is also finalizing a MOA with the Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA) that will put up a desk in the regional chambers of Mindanao. Hopefully, we can have a MOA signing within this month.
Alegrio met with officials of the National Economic and Development Authority-Region X and Department of the Interior and Local Government-Region X on 24 January 2020 at Cagayan de Oro to discuss ways to further strengthen collaboration and partnership in leveraging resources from the business sector through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds.
The meeting focused on how government, the business sector, and civil society organizations could best synergize and sustain efforts and resources to operationalize Executive Order No. 70 (Whole-of-Nation Approach) in attaining lasting peace and inclusive development in the region.
NEDA-X generated information from the business sector on their CSR-funded activities in the region for CY 2020, which will be targeted to communities under the convergence areas for peace and development (CAPDev) program.
PCCI and the companies representing the energy sector, recommended to the Regional Development Council-X the need to review the provisions of Energy Regulation No. 1-94 to consider aligning its policy with EO 70 on making funds available for priority focus areas besides the host communities stipulated in I-94.
ER 1-94 program is a policy under the Department of Energy Act of 1992 and the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, which stipulates that host communities are entitled to a share of one centavo for every kilowatt-hour (Php 0.01 / kWh) sold by power generation plants operating in their area.
The group agreed to make this undertaking a continuing engagement, to be institutionalized in the RDC-X through quarterly RDC-X private sector representatives meetings and with the appropriate Lines of Efforts /Task Groups.
Other members of the newly elected directors of PCCI include : Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr., Ma. Alegria Limjoco, Menardo Jimenez, Alfredo Yao, Francis Chua, Edgardo Lacson, Roberto Amores, Jose Leviste, Apolinar Aure, Edgard Sia II, Dennis Uy, Michael Chen, Felino Palafox Jr., Jeffrey Ng, Delia Jimenez (NCR), Gregoria Simbulan (North Luzon), Clarine Tobias (South Luzon), and Samuel Chioson (Visayas).