SAVE THE DATE!!! General Membership Meeting (GMM) & 2016 Election of Trustees

You are cordially invited to the General Membership Meeting and 2016 Election of Trustees on February 26, 2016 at 12:00N at the Atrium Cube Wing, SM Seaside City, Cebu South Road Properties, Cebu City.

For confirmation and further inquiries, you may call the Cebu Chamber at Tel. Nos. 232-1421 to 24 loc. 110/111 and look for Joy and Melissa, (Fax No. 2321421-24 local 104/ 4129461) or email us at,

Thank you and we are looking forward to your participation!

2016-2-5 GMM Invite

GMM and 2016 Election of Trustees Invitation

The unheard voices of Visayas-Mindanao importers

The unheard voices of Visayas-Mindanao importers

In August 2015, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) together with the Financial Executives Institute of Cebu, Inc. (FINEX Cebu), the Confederation of Philippine Exporters Foundation (Cebu), Inc. (PHILEXPORT Cebu), and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants — Cebu Chapter (PICPA — Cebu) submitted a position paper to the Department of Finance (DoF) requesting amendments to the Bureau of Internal Revenue Importer Clearance Certificate (BIR-ICC) and BIR Customs Broker Clearance Certificate (BIR-BCC) requirements in relation to the accreditation of the importer and customs broker, respectively. To date, the petitioners have not received feedback from the DoF. Hence, I reprint below the significant parts of the position paper.

In 2014, the DOF issued Department Order No. 12-2014 requiring all importers and customs brokers to secure the BIR-ICC and BIR-BCC, respectively. In this connection, the BIR issued Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 10-2014 to stipulate all the documentary requirements and procedures in the accreditation of importers and customs brokers. The BIR subsequently issued RMO No. 22-2014, RMO No. 33-2014, RMO No. 1-2015, and Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 4-2015 as supplemental guidelines, clarifications, and amendments of the policies, guidelines and procedures as originally provided under RMO No. 10-2014

• All applications for accreditations shall be filed directly and by personal appearance to the Accounts Receivable Monitoring Division (ARMD) of the BIR National Office in Quezon City.

• All importers and brokers were originally required to submit a minimum of twelve (12) supporting documents.

• Individual and non-individual applicants are required to submit two (2) additional documents and six (6) additional documents, respectively.

• Traveling to Manila for the sole reason of filing the application for accreditation and the requirement of a personal appearance is very costly and a huge burden to businesses, particularly for those that are Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) located outside Metro Manila. This is one of the most unfriendly requirements to investors.

• Obtaining the required twenty two (22) supporting documents for corporate applicants would demand additional time and money, since these must be secured from various government agencies. The long list of required documents is burdensome and time-consuming, causing more delay in the accreditation of businesses. Without the required accreditation, there can be no importation. And without importation, there can be no more business. Ergo, without business, there can be no more income to be taxed by the government. In effect, the entire country suffers.

We do support the thrust of President Aquino for “Tuwid na Daan” and also the effort of the government to stop all forms of smuggling. We believe in improving our competitiveness by making it easy to do business in the Philippines. In aligning with those objectives, we recommend the following:

• Allow the Regional Offices of the BIR to accept and process the BIR-ICC and BIR-BCC applications of taxpayers within their jurisdiction to make it more efficient and less burdensome for the importers. The required personal appearance of the responsible ranking officer disrupts the daily business operations which are the primary concern of any company. Personal appearance may also be done in the Regional Offices. The BIR National Office can empower its Regional Offices by entrusting this function to them. The procedures should be friendly to investors and not be based solely on the convenience of the BIR.

• Simplify the procedures to make it easier for the taxpayers to comply by reducing the list of requirements to expedite the processing time. For example, the required six (6) certifications from various BIR divisions can be limited to one certification, when the computerized records of the BIR are fully integrated. If the BIR’s computerized system is linked to various government agencies, the verification process can easily become automated, thus eliminating the need to delegate such verification process to the importer/taxpayer.

• Finally, we propose that before implementing a new policy, a thorough consultation process be done with the stakeholders on the implications of such policy to businesses particularly taxpayers outside Metro Manila. This approach would exemplify that the “Tuwid na Daan” is a joint effort of policy makers and constituents in the country.

The concerns above are simple yet very important to the legitimate importers and brokers from Visayas and Mindanao. Likewise, it is also important for the government to encourage the legitimate importers and brokers to continue their business by accrediting them to minimize the proliferation of smugglers. The presence of complicated and burdensome requirements is not the best solution to curb smuggling. But the presence of a simple, clear and friendly set of regulations would encourage more taxpayers to comply. I hope the unheard voices of the importers from VisMin are heard and acted upon soon.

Wendell D. Ganhinhin is a tax and outsourcing partner at the Cebu and Davao Branches of Punongbayan & Araullo.


Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe and Trade Mission to Mexico City & other major destinations

Attached is the tour brochure for the Pilgrimage Tour to Our Lady of Guadalupe & Trade Mission to Mexico City and other major destinations from March 15 – 27, 2016. 
The Mexican Ambassador to the Philippines is working hand in hand with the Honorary Consul of Mexico,  Mr. Ed Gonzales,  for a  one-on-one meeting between the Cebu and Mexico businessmen  with the purpose of enhancing business relations between the two countries.  He has expressed his desire to lead the delegation of pilgrims and businessmen in this “first-ever” Trade Mission to Mexico City.
You might be interested to join, kindly contact the following:
Pres./Gen. Manager
Delmar Travel & Tours, Inc.
4-2 Borromeo Bldg., Arlington Pond
F. Ramos Streets, Cebu City 6000, Phils.
Tel. Nos. (63-32) 253-6561/253-6571

Corporate Governance Orientation Program for Family Owned and Controlled Corporations

The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) is pleased to invite you to the Corporate Governance Orientation Program for Family Owned and Controlled Corporations. The seminar will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Mandarin Plaza Hotel, Cebu City. Number of participants will be limited for an effective learning experience. Applicable fee per participant is Php 8,000.00 for the Cebu run (exclusive of VAT). This same seminar has been conducted in few places within the Philippines in both generic or customized formats. ICD is accredited by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the Insurance Commission and the Governance Commission for GOCC’s.

Interested parties may call the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) at (+632) 884.1494 loc. 105 / (+63) 917.551.5073 or register at Thank you and we forward seeing you in this program.

2016 Corporate Governance Orientation Program for Family Owned and Controlled Corporations


Sri Lanka Trade Mission on March 7-13, 2016

We would like to invite you to join the Trade Mission to Sri Lanka on March 7-13, 2016.

This  aims to expand the investment networks of Cebu and provide a great opportunity to establish trade and business partnerships and initiate linkage between Cebu and Sri Lanka businessmen.

This Trade Mission also highlights the “Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2016” on March 8-10, 2016.

To confirm, kindly fill-out the attached REPLY FORM and fax to 412-9461. You can also sumbit it through email: or

For more information, please feel free to contact Mariel Destacamento at 232-1421 to 24 local 105 or mobile number 09231353116.
Trade Mission to Sri Lanka

Seminar on Effective and Practical Digital Enterprise and Online Marketing

CCCI in partnership with TechCellar Business Solutions would like to invite you to our upcoming Seminar entitled Effective and Practical Digital Enterprise and OnlineMarketing on February 5, 2016, 9:00am to 5:00pm @ Azia Suites & Residences, #8 Rahmann Ext., Cebu City.

To register, please call the Cebu Chamber at Tel. Nos. 232-1421 to 24 local 109 or email us or 

Thank you and looking forward to your participation!
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Your Chamber would like to invite you to this 2-day Seminar-Workshop on “STRENGTHENING YOUR SUPERVISORY SKILLS” on July 30-31, 2015 with Carlsbad Consultancy Services at the Cebu Grand Hotel.

For confirmation and further inquiries, you may call the Cebu Chamber at Tel. Nos. 232-1421 to 24 Loc. 109, (Fax No. 412-9461).



The CebuChamber of Commerce & Industry invites you to the….

on June 30, 2015 (5:30pm) at the Sta. Maria Grand Ballroom, Radisson
Blu Hotel Cebu.
Featuring the Best of Cebu…
ATTIRE: MODERN FILIPINIANA (Women: Long Gown | Men: Barong)
Call now to reserve tickets for the Dinner For A Cause at Php1,250.00/ticket.
Tel. # 232-1421 to 24 local 109/108/112 look for Maribel/Jeff/Sheila

invitation - FINAL (w-o num)