Last month I received email from Ms Medz Cajanding, executive director of Batangas Province Chamber of Commerce and Industries. She told me about their organization and how will it help Batangas. In my reply to her, I told her one day I will include them in my blog. So here it is....


The Batangas Province Chamber of Commerce & Industry

(BPCCI) is a non-stock, non-profit and non-political membership organization which actively promotes and upholds the economic interests of businessmen and entrepreneurs in Batangas engaged in manufacturing, trade, commerce, industry, agriculture and services.



BPCCI aims to foster closer relations, understanding and cooperation among the different sectors of the local economy by unifying them into a strong and solid organization for the better enhancement of economic growth and development in Batangas.

Small business promotion has been an issue in economic development for more than 30 years. It is widely recognized that the small business plays an important role in the economic and social development of any country/locality. Many governments have implemented special assistance programs to promote the small business sector but the results were not satisfactory in many cases; one of the reasons being the inadequate involvement of the small business community in designing and implementing the promotions programs.


FAQs

1. What is a Chamber of Commerce & Industry?
It is a voluntary association of businessmen, professionals, and business corporations. It is the legal spokesman of business and community life to the government. It harnesses the tremendous potential of the private enterprise system and enables its membership to accomplish collectively what no one could do individually. It is a non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-profit incorporated organization.

2. HOW does it work?
The program and policies of the Chamber are determined by its Board of Trustees, who are elected by its members. It also maintains a professional staff whose basic function is to organize and execute the Chamber’s programs and activities.

3. WHAT does it do?
The Chamber represents and promotes the areas of economy, and encourages business and industrial investment, broadening the tax base and providing employment. To business prospects and newcomers, it represents the community’s self-image. Some Chambers are increasingly involved in noncommercial areas, such as education, human relations and environmental concerns. These challenges have caused the Chambers to become a viable force in seeking solutions to today’s social problems. The Chambers influence national and local legislation.

4. WHO finances the Chamber?
Since it is a voluntary organization, Chamber costs of operation and expenses are apportioned among its members, individuals and firms representing all types of business, industry, and profession. All share a mutual desire to achieve a better community for all its citizens thru making Chamber membership a tangible investment in the present and future welfare of both the individual and their community.

5. WHO are eligible to join the BPCCI?

Everyone engaged in economic and business activity in the Province of Batangas is eligible to join. Even if their office address is not within Batangas, as long as they are conducting business within the Province, they are considered as stakeholders and thus, eligible to participate in for as, discussions, and other chamber activities for the growth and development of the Province.

6. WHY join the Chamber?
The Chamber is the sales representative for its community and business – unceasingly promoting their products and services and at the same time their watchdog – protecting their interest, particularly in the political arena. The united voice of the Chamber has proven effective single voice can go unheard. The benefit of belonging to the Chamber is full time representation and year round results.

7. WHEN should I Join?
Today! Do not wait until tomorrow. The opportunities available to you as Chamber member are challenging and profitable. Today’s investment in our Chamber will produce immediate results and continued returns. If commitment is what you feel about your business and your community’s future, contact the BATANGAS PROVINCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

For more information, visit their site www.batangaschamber.com

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