Baguio, Benguet business potentials still untapped – PCCI


BAGUIO CITY  – The full potentials of the Summer Capital and the nearby Bengyuet province as a growth and development center has not yet been actually maximized by the academe, business sector and the government, a local business leader said here.
Dr. Rhodora A. Ngolob, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Baguio-Benguet chapter and Dean of the College of Business Administration of the University of the Cordilleras (UC), said there are still bright prospects for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the said areas which would contribute to the continuous robust economic growth but there is a need for the establishment of stronger ties among concerned stakeholders in order to bank on the available opportunities for development.
The triumvirate of the academe, the business sector and the government must establish a bolder synergy that will be the guidepost of a highly competitive business climate that will cater to the needs of concerned sectors,” Ngolob stressed.
In the case of the academe, the first lady PCCI president underscored the importance of job matching so that graduates will be able to meet the stringent qualifications of the available jobs offered by the business sector as per regulations imposed by the government.
For the business sector, Ngolob cited the importance of being united within their ranks so that they will have a stronger and formidable stand for or against issues confronting their sector pursuant to the regulations of government and the availability of manpower from the academe.
For the government, she said it must able to adopt business-friendly policies and regulations and provide descent incentives for businesses in order to entice more investors to put up their respective businesses in the Baguio and Benguet areas.
She cited the organization of grassroots chapters of the chamber will greatly contribute in strengthening the existence of business groups that will advocate for their interests among concerned government agencies and host communities.
As a member of the academe, Ngolob said she plans to inject to the system the conduct of more trainings among the members in order to help in improving the delivery of their services to their respective clients.
“We want the chamber to be more proactive and people-oriented among their ranks for them to be stronger and passionate in their advocacies that will create a better business atmosphere,” she said.
She added efforts will be infused to establish more local chapters of the chamber in order to empower local businessmen to actively join in the formulation of business-friendly policies among local governments and for them to have an avenue to raise their issues and concerns relative to the business climate in a certain locality.
Ngolob cited there were earlier plans to establish a local PCCI chapter in Itogon town, one of the fastest developing municipalities in the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) area but the same did not push through, saying that focusing on the BLISTT area as a potential growth center will definitely contribute in enhancing the overall business climate in the area for the benefit of robust growth.
By Dexter A. See