NEGROS ORIENTAL, Jan. 7 (PIA)--Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) has pledged to continue its various economic programs for this year for the fisherfolks and entrepreneurs to make the province more tourism and education-friendly.
This was cited by NOCCI Pres. Francel Martinez during the chamber's induction of officers.
NOCCI will launch the 'Fish Right' project this month in collaboration with USAID to promote proper fishing and improve the livelihood of the fishing sector in the province.
Martinez said NOCCI intends to reach out to the fishery sector/fishermen and bring them into the chamber to help them in the business aspect, while training them in protecting the fish and ocean while augmenting their income.
He also expressed interest in strengthening NOCCI's network and partnerships through alliances with government and non-government development partners.
With this, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officials will be invited to a forum on tax amnesty with the businessmen to start a new record or without backlogs this year.
Under Public Private Partnership (PPP), NOCCI considers to discuss with former Cebu Investment Promotions Center (CIPC) chief Jose Mari Yu on build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme on government projects.
"We also would like to ask Yu to talk on their experience of CITOM (Cebu City Traffic Operations and Management) of Cebu because this is partly operated by private business that deals with traffic and parking, which NOCCI is planning to replicate because we want Dumaguete to be visitor or tourism-friendly and education-friendly," explained Martinez.
In previous years, a number of Singaporeans and Koreans and visitors from other neighboring countries arrived in Dumagute City to study English as a second language.
"We intend to make Dumaguete business-friendly that's why we're looking for a solution for smooth traffic and parking areas," said Martinez. (jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental)