“Traceability: A Vital Component Of An Effective Food Safety Management System”

Greetings from Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry!

We are pleased to invite you to attend the seminar on April 5, 2016 (1pm-5pm)


The Fundamental topics are applicable to personnel who work in food processing and food service establishment to track through all stages of production, processing and distribution and will find these topics helpful as they develop a food safety management system.

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For REGISTRATION and further inquiries, please call CCCI at (032) 232-1421 to 24 local 109 and look for  Vergie Solidarios or you may reply to this email.

Summer Workshops 2016

Summer is coming up soon and we at Creative Magnate, what was once Arts Magnate, are eager to let you know that kids and teens and even adults can bring up confidenceverbal skillscreativity and many other aspects of personality and character development through fun workshops.

Courses offered are:

  • Creative Dramatics for Children (ages 5-8)
  • Speech and Drama (ages 9-13)
    • Develops in children, through theater and creative activities, confidence, self-expression, teamwork, social skills and verbal skills.
    • Children will participate in a Theatrical production at the end of the course.
  • Public Speaking and Junior Executive Image (ages 13 and up)
    • Takes participants from the fear of public speaking to the ability to speak impromptu, in a fun, nonthreatening manner.
    • Participants will present two or more speeches during graduation.
  • Leadership with Backbone and Heart (ages 13 and up) 
    • This is a program that Padma Mangharam Siap has designed and delivered to CEO’s in the Philippines and the United States which focuses on both the soft and hard skills of leadership. Padma has reformatted this course to suit teenagers. They learn Corporate Image, Time Management, Problem Solving, and Delegation as well as Human Relations, Conflict Management and Motivation. At the end of the program, you will see your young executive deliver a Business and Human Relations presentation!

One batch in April and another in May in Living Word at IT Park and in Tutoring Club at Eagles Nest by Sacred Heart School Ateneo De Cebu.

Call 09328426990, 09173021158 or 3188078 and we will be happy to give you details.


WorkshopOne. Translating Potentials into Expertise one event at a time.

Career First Institute would like to invite you to our public workshops happening this month.

WorkshopOne. Translating Potentials into Expertise one event at a time.  

Career First Institute mirrors the dynamism, excitement, passion of today’s modern professionals and businesses. And in line with its purpose to bring out the best in everyone, Career First Institute launches WorkshopOne, a series of public learning events that help professionals grow their creative, entrepreneurial, and personal selves.

And to kick off its offering this month, WorkshopOne brings to the public relevant and specialized learning events that can acquire knowledge and demonstrate skills with depth and passion and that one cannot simply get from other modes of learning channels.

WorkshopOne also supports individuals to win every opportunity given to them in a changing world of work by taking their potentials to different heights.

See the workshop details below and engage yourself to learning a new skill this summer.

March 19: Personal Makeup Workshop 

March 28: English Communication Skills Bootcamp for IT Support Professionals

March 29: Accounting and Bookkeeping Made Easy

March 30: Train the Trainer Workshop

We look forward to seeing you in one of our learning events.

Thank you very much.

CFI Public Workshop March 2016

Mystical Eastern Buffet

Message from Golden Prince Hotel!

We invite you to partake in our ‘World Culinary Journey’ beginning with our Mystical Eastern Buffet.

We will be offering this unique brunch & dinner buffet spread from March 14 – 20, 2016. This time with an exotic symphony of flavors that will excite your palate! Our dishes will be specially prepared by Chef Abdul Halim Ahmad, whom will be guesting our kitchen.

This limited-time offer is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss!

For reservations, kindly contact us at 230-1588 or 230-1500.

Aaron Que
Vice President of Corporate Communications
Golden Prince Hotel and Suites
Direct Line: 230-1570
Email: ajque@goldenprincehotel.com
www.goldenprincehotel.com | www.goldenvalleyhotel.net

Mystical Eastern Buffet

Role-Based Management Development Program I

Role-Based Management Development Program I

Get the BASICS in a Day!


Frontgate HR Consultancy has been conducting training for many companies across the spectrum of industries all over the Philippines and abroad.

The one-day seminar will be at Azia Suites, Rahmann Ext. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 9:00am to 5:00pm. This session costs only Php 2,880.00 per participant for meals, snacks and handouts. Attendees are HR Officers, Supervisors, Managers and Business Owners who take the role of management in the company. Fee is Php 2,250.00 if payment is deposited by March 15, 2016.

If you want to avail of this rare opportunity a great investment for a minimal cost, with the President and principal consultant of Frontgate Consultancy, Ms. Belle, please respond to this email, text cell number 09153701671 or call Emily at our Cebu office (032) 505-5767; Or simply email us at frontgateconsultancy@gmail.com and we will call you. You may also visit our website: frontgatehr.com.
Basic Roles to be Covered:
The Planner
· Assess the needs of his company and move towards a strategic direction
· Create definitive descriptions and relational correlation of the business and company core values of the company,
The Mentor
· Assess the needs of his subordinates and create a mentoring plan
· Practice general tips in coaching subordinates
· Create strategies that will use the positive behavior and correct or reduce the practice of negative behaviors
The Problem-Solver
· Identify the possible causes of problems
· Use work out activities that identifies possible problem solutions
· Work on measures to solve problems in the work place
· Identify success indicators in evaluating the effectiveness of a manager
LIMITED slots available! Call now!

English Workshop of SPEECHCOM

GOOD DAY! DR MILA C. ESPINA invites you, your staff, family, children and friends to join the ENGLISH WORKSHOP of SPEECHCOM, APRIL 11-26, 2016, for all levels from pre-school to professionals: 8AM-10AM; 10AM-12N; 1-3PM; 3-5PM; 4:00-5:30PM- Mondays to Fridays. Register @ Sacred Heart Center, D. Jakosalem, Cebu City; Call 236-3242; or, 0932-873-43-62; 09173207088, they do regular in-plant seminars. Lessons crafted for various levels; enunciation, reading and speaking, public speaking, social/business usage; common errors in grammar; emcee-ing/media and event hosting; singing and choreography. They are all crafted according to the participants’ academic/professional levels and needs.
Visit her at 18 Block 4, PARK VISTA Townhouse, Apas Lahug Cebu City. (Take any I.T. park entrance, Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City)
ENGLISH CONFIDENCE…the cutting edge!!!

New Zealand: FREE Seminar

One BIG event happens at the SM Trade Hall, SM City Cebu on Saturday, 12 March 2016.

NEW ZEALAND Immigration and Study Seminar in the afternoon and FREE CONSULTATION in the morning from 10:00am.

Get the rare chance of speaking directly, one-on-one, with school representatives from NZ and with a NZ Licensed Immigration Adviser …. Absolutely FREE!

Register NOW!

Hundreds are expected to join and benefit from this highly anticipated event brought to you by Golden Summit Immigration Consultancy (GSIC) with 11 years of honest, reliable and trusted immigration services.

Your Success. Our Commitment.

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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 jlb.amador.78@gmail.comcebuchamber@gmail.com,  melissa_capaning89@yahoo.com.

Thank you and we are looking forward to your participation!

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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.