BAGUIO CITY – Officials of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – North Luzon Area (PCCI-NLA) recently identified Tuguegarao City in Cagayan as this year’s host of the prestigious North Luzon Area Business Conference (NLABC) which will be held on August 9-10, 2016.
The agreement on this year’s hosting of the NLABC was reached during a meeting among PCCI-NLA officials led by area vice president Engr. Alfonso T. Lao, PCCI Cordillera Regional governor Juan Johnny dela Cruz, PCCI Region I Regional governor Jerry Noel Mateo and PCCI Region II Regional Governor Charles T. Lim.
Last year, Laoag City in Ilocos Norte hosted the annual conduct of the NLABC, which is one of the major activities of the PCCI, in order to empower business people to be resilient amidst the current challenges of global competitveness.
Lim revealed that Southern Isabela Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be this year’s host chamber considering that the registration of Cagayan Valley Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reportedly expired among other internal problems.
He said that the conduct of the area business conference will also be done in time for the celebration of the city fiesta of Tuguegarao City which is scheduled on August 9-14, 2016, thus, PCCI delegates from the different parts of Northern Luzon will be able to join the opening day activities before the conduct of their own conference in various convention facilities in the city.
According to him, key personalities from Mero Manila wanting to attend the business conference can easily visit Tuguegarao City because of the thrice a day flights offered by the different airline companies servicing the Manila-Tuguegarao City route and vice versa.
The North Luzon Area Business Conference is being done in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the PCCI, the umbrella organization of business groups in the different parts of the archipelago.
In order to host the conduct of the NLABC, one of the major requirements for PCCI chapters to be able to do so must be in good standing which includes its unblemished record with the SEC.
Lim said PCCI Region II officers and members are eager to host the conduct of the annual business conference, saying that as early as now, preparations for their hosting of the event is underway, including the support of concerned government agencies and local officials who want to advocate for the promotion of Cagayan Valley as a potential investment haven outside of Metro Mania.
The PCCI North Luzon area is composed of local chapters from the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Cordillera regions which are in good standing.
By Dexter A. See