MANILA — Candidates for presidential polls in 2016 including Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe, and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas are set to face members of the country’s largest business organization, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).
PCCI launched on Friday the 41st Philippine Business Conference (PBC) that will be held on Oct. 26 to 27 at the Marriot Hotel in Newport City Complex, Pasay City.
The business group will gather the 2016 presidentiables for them to state their economic platforms.
Another aspirant for the highest government position, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, is also invited to join Binay, Poe, and Roxas. PCCI, however, said the lawmaker has yet to confirm her attendance for the PBC.
PCCI President Alfredo M. Yao said the PBC is a platform of the business community to pitch resolutions on key economic issues.
Yearly, PBC comes up with set of recommendations and resolutions that will be submitted to the Philippine President.
The PCCI this year will submit resolutions to President Benigno S. Aquino III tackling issues of economic policies such as fast-tracking Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act, Build-Operate-Transfer Law amendments, Foreign Investment Negative List amendments, creation of Department of Information, Communication and Technology; improvement of infrastructure and transportation systems; faster implementation of government projects; improving business climate; and pushing for trade facilitation, among others.
With the 41st PBC theme of ‘One Global Filipino: Synergies in Partnerships for Global Competitiveness’, Yao stressed the need to strengthen partnership between public and private sectors to further push the growth of the Philippine economy. By Kris M. Crismundo/PNA