Businessmen submit 'wish list' to PNoy
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has submitted its "wish list" to President Benigno Aquino.
The PCCI has submitted specific recommendations to the government, which will create a more competitive environment for the Philippines to attract investments and for companies to expand and create jobs.
PBC Chairman and Ambassador Alfredo Yao and PCCI President Miguel B. Varela submitted the package of 43 specific proposals to resolve business issues to Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, who represented the President, at the end of the 39th Philippine Business Conference last Thursday.
The recommendations were in 14 clusters: agriculture and fisheries; ASEAN market integration; ease of doing business; education; energy, power, water and fuel; environment; good governance; ICT and services; industry; infrastructures and transportation; labor and employment; legislative agenda; development of small and medium enterprises; taxation; and tourism.
"The package is a gold mine of proposed solutions originating from the private sector. If government acts on the proposals, the outcome is an environment that allows business to focus on delivering value to customers and, thereby, contribute to sustained high economic growth and to bringing Filipino families out of poverty in the shortest time possible," Varela said.
On the issue of energy security, Varela said businessmen suggested that the government help speed up issuance of permits and licenses to power generation and fuel exploration projects.
"Affordable and adequate supply of energy 24/7 are important to running a business and creating jobs. But project proponents cannot even get to the shovel stage of a major strategic project. This is traced to numerous business permits, totalling about 106 that could take more than a year to complete including some local governments raising revenues through ordinances requiring licenses and construction permits even if these conflict with national laws," he said.
Another recommendation by businessmen is the harmonization of ordinances with national laws.
The business community also called for responsible and sustainable mining practices, but noted the government must put in place the policy framework.