By LaLaine M. Jimenea
ORMOC CITY – The Or-moc Chamber of Com-merce and Industry, Inc. (OrCham) has been named “Most Outstanding Cham-ber in the Visayas – City-based Chamber Level 1” during the recently con-cluded Philippine Business Conference held at the Manila Hotel on October 18-19, 2017.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte himself handed the trophy to OrCham president Jude Evangelista. The awards are an annual un-dertaking of the Philippine Cham-ber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PCCI) aimed at recognizing business chambers all over the country that have extraordinary accomplishments.
On the other hand, the Cebu CCI was named PCCI National Excellence Award, the highest honor PCCI gives.
Other awardees are the Davao CCI and the Negros Oriental CCI, now both hall of Famers, for the city and provincial level categories, respectively; the Su-rigao Chamber which was named Outstanding in Mindanao, pro-vincial level; PCCI San Pablo – Outstanding in So. Luzon, city level; Metro Angeles CCI – Out-standing Chamber in North Lu-zon, city level; PCCI-Parañaque – Outstanding Chamber in NCR;
Island – Outstanding Young Chamber, provincial level; and PCCI-Puerto Princesa, Outstanding Young Chamber, city level.
The Ormoc Chamber is the first chamber in Eastern Visayas to get an Outstanding Award. It rated high in the various criteria for the award like leadership dynamism, delivery of services to members, and active participation in PCCI activities.
The Ormoc Chamber was the host of the 25th Visayas Area Business Conference last year, and it registered the highest number of participants in VABC’s 25 years history.
President Jude Evangelista also reported that the Chamber is now in the pink of financial health. Membership has also grown dramatically since the successful VABC, from 130 members to 240 this year.
The OrCham also has a tight partnership with LGU-Ormoc and has become its revenue raising arm in two important city activities, the 2017 Fiesta and the fund-raising from private donors for the July 6 earthquake victims.
There are also monthly seminar-trainings for chamber members through partnerships with the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), the Negosyo Center and Department of Trade and Industry. The OrCham is also a sister chamber of the Cebu CCI, and is poised to have another sisterhood agreement with Naga CCI.
Abenoja said he dedicates the award to his active “board of trustees, secretariat and members of the Orcham, and to all the people of Ormoc City, headed by our energetic, supportive and dynamic mayor Richard Goma Gomez.”
He also thanked “partners and sponsors, especially our sister-chamber, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Thank you very much, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for this prestigious award”.