ILIGAN CITY —– The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation of Iligan, Inc. (CCIFII) launched Thursday (October 29) an online forum that aims to provide guidance to the local business community in the cities of Iligan and Marawi and the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.
Dubbed “Kapehan sa Iligan Chamber”, the event will be conducted monthly in cooperation with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Iligan, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Plan International through the Marawi Response Project, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the city government of Iligan.
“This project stems from the clamor of the local business community to have a platform of engagement with the local governments of their respective towns and cities, particularly during this period when the COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to the economy,” said Reggie Punongbayan, CCIFII president.
It will be streamed live on the facebook page of the PIA and will be aired over Radyo Pilipinas Iligan.
Punongbayan said, ‘Kapehan’ will allow local entrepreneurs to bring out key concerns about the current state of doing business under quarantine measures of the so-called “new normal”.
It stems from clamor of the business community to have a platform of engagement with the local government units of their respective towns and cities particularly during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused major disruptions to the economy.
The launching on Thursday highlighted the culmination of the Business Month celebration that recognized Iligan Chamber of Commerce as the Most Outstanding Chamber Level I (Highly Urbanized City) in Mindanao, and Iligan City as among those awarded the Recognition of Regional Response to COVID-19.
The Most Outstanding Chamber Award was presented on September during the 29th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBisCon) hosted by Davao City Chamber.
Engr. Nestor Ilagan, CCIFII Vice President-Internal said 45 chambers of commerce in Mindanao vied for the award but only five were declared finalists composed of the chambers in General Santos, Zamboanga City, Iligan City, Surigao City ang Tandag City.
Iligan Chamber of Commerce has more than 200 members but some of them have been permanently closed while others are in temporarily closure because of the pandemic according to Punongbayan.