Surigao Chamber of Commerce bags its third Most Outstanding Chamber Award

For a third straight year, the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. was hailed the Most Outstanding Chamber in Mindanao for 2010, entering the Hall of Fame of Awardees. The award was given by no less than His Excellency, President Benigno C. Aquino, during the concluding plenary of the 35th Philippine Business Conference (PBC) held last October 15, 2010 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel, City of Manila.

The PBC is the country’s largest and most important business gathering, attended by over 3,000 local and foreign businessmen and government officials.

The award is the third for the chamber as it leads the pack of the 38 business chambers in Mindanao, the largest chamber network in the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Overall there are more than 108 local chambers, 35,000 enterprises, 130 industry association and 30 bilateral business councils in the PCCI.

In the 2007 PBC, the Surigao CCI also received a special award for Membership Development and Entrepreneurship for its unique Surigao Young Business Alliance (SYBA) concept of recruiting the sons and daughters of its members as its second generation leaders as well as to pool young professionals and entrepreneurs in Surigao City. In 2008, Surigao CCI was recognized for efforts to consolidate all social and non-government organizations into one united community. In 2009, it was awarded for projects that strengthened public sector-private business partnerships. In 2010 it garnered praise anew for becoming financially self-sufficient and creating new municipal chambers.

The award came after thorough grilling by a panel of judges from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, consultants and representatives of national agencies done last October 6, 2010 at the PCCI head office.

The PBC awards are regarded as the highest recognition of achievements granted by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry to both business chambers and their corresponding local government units, and are seen to be important trophies of excellence that will attract more investors to their areas.

The other regional winners are Muntinlupa CCI for National Capital Region, Metro Angeles for Northern Luzon, Metro Naga CCI for Southern Luzon, Mandaue CCI for Visayas and Metro Olongapo as Best New Chamber. Metro Naga CCI won this year’s national award following its triumphs in 2008 and 2009 as most outstanding chamber for the whole country. (SCCI)

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