Typhoon Lawin. Northern Philippines was recently devastated by Typhoon Lawin. FICCI immediately responded to a call for help from the Department of Labor Secretary Bello who was spearheading the relief efforts in the North. The Chamber was able to raise Php 540,000.00 from its members and friends and provided the relief effort with 26,000 cans of sardines, 16,000 bottles of water, and 16,000 packs of instant noodles.
Eye Camp. FICCI continue to conduct Eye Camps for those companies and groups who wish for us to do so. In these cases, the requesting parties fund these eye camps. Our members generously donate eyeglasses to deserving beneficiaries. FICCI continues to be on the lookout for a charity project that we can all be proud of.
Mentorship Program. FICCI was invited to be a speaker and panelist on the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem at National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on November 10 and 11, 2016. At the Summit, the Chamber was publicly recognized and thanked by Senator Bam Aquino, Senator Migz Zubiri, Secretry Ramon Lopez and Presidential Adviser Joey Conception for our full support of the Go Negosyo Project and for MSMEs in general. Subsequent to that, the Board passed a resolution to fully support this drive to achieve inclusive growth through the Go Negosyo Project. FICCI members are encouraged to be part of this endeavor by being mentors to budding entrepreneurs and to encourage and help micro and small entrepreneurs to succeed.
FICCI Sulu Kapatid Village. FICCI turned over the Chambers’ donation to build one village inthe province of Sulu composed of 20 homes. This will be the very first Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (Phil) Sulu Kapatid Village in the Philippines. The generosity of the FICCI members helped empower the community to have an improved quality life with a secured shelter.
The very first FICCI Kapatid village in Sulu broke ground on March 3, 2017. Construction has begun and FICCI is looking forward to the completion of the village that will change the lives of the chosen beneficiaries and contribute to lasting peace in Sulu. The FICCI is happy that the Chamber has contributed to planting the first seeds of hope for peace in Sulu.
FICCI believes that good quality life and inclusive humanitarian assistance are essential to building a more sensitive and compassionate nation.
Marawi Fund Drive. Immediately after the terrorist siege in Marawi, FICCI was one of the organizations who responded to address the immediate needs of the affected civilians. The FICCI once again called for support from its members to achieve a common goal of helping the plight of the displaced communities as well as the wounded soldiers in Marawi. With a happy heart, the overwhelming support of the FICCI members brought relief to the evacuees and the soldiers. FICCI donated goods, T-shirts, underwears, towels, medicines and other essential necessities which was valued at FIVE MILLION PESOS (Php5,000,000.00).
It was a humbling experience for the Indian community knowing that they were able to help their Filipino brothers and sisters in times of crisis and a sign of hope for the evacuees and the families of the soldiers knowing that their Indian brothers went out of their way to help them.
Fishing Boat Donation. The FICCI was once again fortunate to have the opportunity to help a community in Sama Bajau in Brgy. Kabakan, Islands municipality of Panglimatahil Sulu by providing 20 fishing boats to pre-selected fishermen in order for them to have a sustainable livelihood. The donated boats will be used to harvest seaweeds which will be purchased by one of the FICCI’s program partners who will also provide shared facility dryer and seedlings for the beneficiaries. The FICCI members responded without hesitation. The first 20 boats will be turned over to the beneficiaries this month. The generous members donated funds good for 111 boats. FICCI is now identifying other deserving communities to give the remaining funds to. As the saying goes, “it is better to give boats so they can fish rather than give them fish which will be good only for a day.”
I. Participation in Congressional and other Government Agency Hearings
The FICCI has been invited as resource group representing the private sector on the following occasions:
A. Congressional Hearings
B. Congressional Technical Working Group under the Committee on Trade
C. Congressional Technical Working Group under the Committee on Labor and Employment
D. Bureau of Customs Hearings on the new implementing rules under the Customs Modernization Act
II. The FICCI submitted position papers on the following concerns:
1. Bureau of Immigration on Legalization and bringing into the main stream of society all overstaying, undocumented, not properly documented and other illegal foreign nationals staying or sojourning the country.
2. City of Manila on its proposed ordinance regarding Identification System of Foreign Nationals
3. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on the 2017 Foreign Investment Negative List
4. Department of Finance on Package 1 of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN)
5. Department of Labor and Employment on Endo and Contractualization
6. Committee on Labor and Employment, House of Representative on Contractualization and Security of Tenure