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PIA Press Release
2007/12/07

Biz chamber releases guidebook to doing business in Davao

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (7 December) -- The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) has delivered several important programs that helped in the delivery of services related to doing business in the city.

DCCCII president Atty. Domingo Duerme reported among others that an Advocacy Manual and Resource Guidebook was finalized and completed for the chamber to use. It is aimed at strengthening the capacity of DCCCII to deliver a more effective and strong business advocacy.

He also said that a resolution was drafted urging all foreign partners particularly Japan, Australia, the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom and the members of the European Union, to clarify in any travel advisory they might issue against Mindanao, that the same should not include or cover travel to or from the City of Davao.

"We want to establish the fact that Davao City is generally peaceful place and having these kind of generalized advisories can undeservedly negate business prospects for Davao City," he said.

He said there were two big events successfully hosted by the Chamber namely the 6th Mindanao ICT Congress and the 9th Davao Trade Expo.

On special projects he reported about Private Sector Mobilisation (PRISM) for family health project. The PROPEL or Davao Branding Project continues to provide market exposures of 10 accredited companies.

The International Youth Foundation (IYF) Project Extension graduated 162 students on courses on food processing, fruit production and organic farming. 15 out-of-school youth (OSY) underwent beneficiary assessment to avail of the Self Enhancement Capital Assistance. Five OSYs attended Franchise Management Seminar sponsored by CIDA-PEARL. Another 38 graduates were already employed. The Chamber will continue to assist the graduates in various ways.

On fruit production, 28 out of 38 OSY passed the National Competency Level II on Horticulture at TESDA Wangan National Agricultural School while four graduates were employed as farm technicians in Malongon, Saranggani Province with two graduates awaiting deployment. Seven graduates were employed on organic vegetable production with six waiting for deployment at barangay Eden.

76 OSYs finished Basic Entrepreneurial Seminar Workshop and are expected to submit their individual or group business proposals by end December 2007 to DCCCII for evaluation. The successful business proposals will be endorsed to various financing institutions/agencies and the Davao City government for capital assistance program for OSYs in the City.

The other projects include the setting up of waste recycling enterprise for women in Toril District with training component supported by the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program. Under the Philippine-Australia Human Resource Development Facility, it conducted training on food packaging, monitoring and evaluation coaching session.

Duerme also reported that under the Short Term Training on Food Packaging, the 3rd component was on International Benchmarking where 16 participants were sent to Shanghia, China and Bangkok Thailand. The different designs and materials they were exposed to in factories and suppliers allowed them to learn new techniques that they apply to their own products and services.

The chamber also sent a representative to the gathering of Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) Women Entrepreneurs Council (CWEC) for International Women's Dialogue and Conference on Retail Marketing in Taipei, Taiwan. The event aimed at opening opportunities for women in different countries has forge business co-operation and partnership, Duerme added. (PIA) [top]

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