Rep. Gatchalian, Zubiri and Suntay brief PNBC on Trade and Industry Legislative Agenda
The first PNBC networking luncheon in 2020 was held 12th of February at the “I’m Angus” Restaurant in Makati City. PNBC was honored to host a strong showing of congressmen, led by House Committee Chair for Trade and Industry, Valenzuela City Rep. Weslie Gatchalian. He was joined by the Committee’s Vice Chairs, Rep. Manuel Zubiri (3rd District of Bukidnon) and Rep. Jesus “Bong” Suntay (4th District, Quezon City).
Rep. Gatchalian conveyed the good news about the recently passed Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA), and the funding of the Anti-Red Tape Commission that is mandated to look into improving ease of doing business in the Philippines. Being aware of the plight of many investors relating to lengthy processes in general, the Congressman explained that this is one significant step for the country to improve and entice more investors to come in. He further mentioned what the House Committee on Trade and Industry had been working on, together with their counterpart Committee in the Senate led by Senator Koko Pimentel. Among others, a CSR law is being hammered out to encourage private businesses to invest in their host communities.
The event was opened by way of a warm welcome remarks from PNBC President Capt. Ivar Thomasli. The three Solons were introduced by none other than Norwegian Ambassador Bjorn Jahnsen.
After the presentations, the three Representatives engaged the audience during the Q&A, which was moderated by Capt. Ivar Thomasli. A lot of questions revolved around ease of doing business in the maritime sector, as well as the TRAIN 2 tax law and its implementation. On certain concerns the three lawmakers invited PNBC as a business council to come up with position papers to be submitted to the House Committee for a closer look and consideration.
Judging by the energy that engulfed the room during the presentation and the Q&A, it was definitely a successful event; a great way to open the year for PNBC!