PALO, Leyte– The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry [PCCI] Tacloban-Leyte Incorporated inducted their new sets of officers Saturday (Jan. 28).

Leading the officers inducted was Eugene Tan, who was elected for another term as president; vice president for internal affairs, Erwin G. Alcala; vice president for external affairs, Atty. Kenneth Fabilla; and executive vice president, Caroline Andrade.

The chamber also welcomed its new members during its induction of new officials which also served as the general assembly of the group held at Oriental Hotel, this town.

Tan said that the advantage of the membership is that together as a group, they become vigilant for problems that concern the business sector.

“We believe that new policies that the government will implement will surely affect consumers in general, not only the business sector,” he said.

One of the examples cited by Tan was the proposal of the city government of Tacloban to increase business taxes which they are opposing as this will also affect ordinary consumers.
Also, higher taxes being imposed by the local government may also discourage potential investors, Tan added.

Meantime, Tan said that among their first initiatives is to push through with the training of the employees of the members with customer service, business writing, and accounting for non-accountants.

The chamber also wishes to coordinate with the projects and programs of the regional government agencies through the Regional Development Council of which Tan sits as a representative of the business sector.

Among the guests during the occasion were Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla; Rep. Philip Jude Acidre of Tingog party-list; PCCI president George Barcelon and Wilson Uy, former president of the PCCI-Eastern Visayas.