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 communities in Sulu by providing a total of 110 boats to pre-selected fishermen in order for them to have 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 to the beneficiaries. The communities who received the boats are the following:
a. Barangay Bagsak SLP Seaweeds Farmer’s Association 30 boats
b. Tumangas Multi-Purpose Cooperative 30 boats
c. Sama Badjau Fishermen Association (Kabukan) 20 boats
d. Pitogo Proper Fishermen Cooperative 30 boats
As always, FICCI’s generous members donated without hesitation. 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.”
Full steam ahead to Philippines free from poverty. The FICCI is very thankful to its members who made it possible for the 1st batch of 45 scholars from Sulu to undergo training at the National College of Science and Technology (NCST).
The program is part of the Go Negosyo’s Pilipinas Angat Lahat wherein after their training, guaranteed work awaits them. What’s even greater is they will pay back Php 500.00 per month to make it sustainable for future scholars.
As of February 2019, the pioneer batch of 23 Sulu scholars, from the original 43 qualifiers, under the Education for Employment and Peace program (E4P) have successfully completed their NC2 requirements and will graduate on April 5, 2019.
They are now regular employees of partner companies in PEZA, a first for these companies to accept Muslim employees coming from Sulu province.
The E4P program is joint partnership of Go Negosyo, Sulu PLGU, NCST Cavite and big brother FICCI.
FICCI’s initiatives to come up with long-term solution for Biliary Atresia patients
The last 2 days have been such a blessing. Welcomed Dr. Sharat Varma, an amazing Doctor from New Delhi who performs daily miracles in saving lives of kids including our very own Filipino children who need liver transplants. Met with Manny V. Pangilinan , the folks at DOH , PGH, Senator Bam Aquino, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, PA Joey Concepcion, Tessie Coson of SM, amazing Doctors from The Medical City, Makati Medical, Philippine Childrens Medical Center, and our Vice President Leni Gerona Robredo who have all gone out of their way to help all these kids who need a life saving transplant. Joey Concepcion was right. Miracles do happen! Thank you to all that are part of the journey of these kids
FICCI Toys Distribution for Sulu Kids (November-December 2018)
FICCI sent toys to children in Sulu ad were distributed to the following areas:
Asian Day Care, Panamao, Sulu
Kannaway Day Care, Parang, Sulu
Sionogan Day Care, Indanan, Sulu
Ummul Qura, Madrasa, Indanan, Sulu
The Chamber flag flies high at the Masjid in Camp Bilal Munai, Lanao del Norte
FICCI’s donated prayer carpets were installed today, April 19, 2019 at the Masjid in Camp Bilal Munai, Lanao del Norte in the presence of Bangsamoro Transition Authority, Hon. Abdullah Macapaar (MILF Commander Bravo) and Munai Mayor Casan Maquiling.
This initiative is part of the ongoing commitment to support communities for peace and development in the region.
Today, Chamber goes there as peace and prosperity warriors.
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
7. Department of Finance on Package 1 of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN)
8. Department of Food and Drugs Administration on various urgent matter that members have raised