With the current situations now in Mindanao regarding the accelerated spread of ASF, Oro Chamber conducted another Good Business Forum entitled, "ASF: BATTERED HOG INDUSTRY What lies ahead?" slated on the 18 May 2021 (Tuesday), 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM via Zoom. This aimed to discuss the effects of ASF on the pork supply and socio-economic condition in the Region including the plans and programs to overcome and bounce back from this crisis.
The Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. conducted a webinar entitled “Good Business Forum: Understanding Create Act” on April 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM via Zoom Virtual Platform.
Our resource speakers, Atty. Alexander Cabrera of Isla, Lipana & Co. and Ms. Ellen Lourdes Kionisala of the Board of Investments gave updates on the Comprehensive Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Law that took effect on April 11, 2021. This Act is enacted to grant tax relief for companies in financial need and provide transparent tax provisions. These time-bound tax reforms are set to counter the effect of COVID-19 on the Philippine economy.
Hacking. Ransomware. Virus Infection. Data Loss. Financial Sabotage. Just some of the incidents that happened before the pandemic but increased further during the health crisis as more people had been connected to the internet to communicate or exchange public or confidential information.
Who is to blame? Lack of hardware structure? Outdated software and applications? Or plainly, people are not equipped or trained enough to be one step ahead of possible cyber-attacks?
We believed this seminar would validate our fears that personal or corporate levels, complacency and negligence forms part of increased manhours or substantial data or financial loss.
The Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro and Oro Chamber, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. 10, conducted a webinar entitled, "Webinar on Mitigating Measures to Address the Adverse Effects of COVID 19 for Workers and Employers".
This was conducted last March 19, 2021, 1:00pm-5:00 pm, via Zoom. Competent resource persons from DOLE 10, DTI 10, RTWPB 10, SSS, PHIC and Pag-ibig Fund talked about their respective programs to address the plight of employers and workers during the pandemic focused on mitigating measures and access of services to make the lives of affected workers easier or lighten their conditions.
This webinar brought together government, business and other stakeholders at a dialogue and discussed innovations and opportunities in doing business in the Northern Mindanao region, and in order to identify priority areas for investment cooperation.
This webinar discussed the following:
1. Types of Annual Income Tax Returns (AITRs)
2. Who are required to file AITR
3. Guidelines in the Filing of Returns (AITRs)
4. Other items related to the topic
The Initiatives on Business Permit Renewal and Amendment of the Cagayan de Oro Revenue Tax Code, discusses on the propositions and interventions done by Oro Chamber to the LGU of Cagayan de Oro City, regarding the implementation of the presumptive increase on the payment of business taxes. Furthermore, there will also be fervent discussions on the potential amendments of the 2015 Revenue Tax Code of Cagayan de Oro.
Build, Build, Build, with Peace and Order: The Perfect Mix was conducted on November 27, 2020. This webinar aimed to discuss 3 major topic points: The rationale of the Build, Build, Build Program under the Executive Order 70, the Security Situation in Region 10, and Plans and Programs of the 2 major participating government agencies in the program: the Department of Public Works and Highways & Department of Interior and Local Government.
The first speaker was Dir. Manuel M. Orduña from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency - Region 10. Dir. Orduña gave the overview of the Executive Order No. 70 or know as Institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, Creating a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, Directing the Adoption of National Peace Framework. Moreover, the two other presenters from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency - X focused their discussion in the Communist Terrorist Group (C.T.G.) Sources of Funds, and the Regional Security Threat Situation.
For the second two speakers from the Department of Public Works and Highways - 10, namely, Engr. Leowald Pecore & Engr. Jessie R. Tutor. On the first presentation, Engr. Leowald discussed the DPWH-10 Implemented Projects in Region 10. Furthermore, Engr. Tutor discussed the DPWH-10 2021 Project Proposals.
Lastly, Mr. Rumarheveson Bacal, the representative from the Department of Interior and Local Government - 10 discussed the topic How Security and Development Supports Balik Probinsya Program.
Oro Chamber President Robertino E. Pizarro and Chairman Eduardo Antonio R. Montalvan of the Cagayan de Oro City Water District, together with Oro Chamber Chairman of the Board Ruben A. Vegafria, Vice-President Jaime Rafael U. Paguio, and COWD General Manager Engr. Bienvenido V. Batar Jr., had an open-discussion acknowledging the concerns on water supply and quality from the members’ of Oro Chamber and the majority of the people from Cagayan de Oro City.
After this fruitful meeting, to established an appropriate venue for discussion between the consumers of COWD and the management, Oro Chamber in partnership with COWD conducted a good business forum entitled, Ensuring Water Supply: COWD Responds to a Pandemic.
The main objectives for this webinar were; (1) to provide the Oro Chamber Members, details about the water system situation in Cagayan de Oro; (2) to give the details on the projects and programs of the Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) during the COVID-19 pandemic; (3) and to accommodate inquiries through open forum between the Oro Chamber members and COWD.
During this forum, the first one to discuss was the COWD’s very own Chairman, Mr. Eduardo Antonio R. Montalvan. He presented the history of the COWD which was created by virtue of the Presidential Decree No. 198 or the Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973. According to the record, it holds the distinction as the first water district in the Philippines. It was also shown in the report their on-going projects, high-tech facilities, which highlights the importance of water safety & supply, especially, in this time of the pandemic.
On the second part of the program, General Manager Engr. Bienvenido V. Batar, Jr., talked about COWD Booster Stations in Balulang, Scada Remote Monitoring, Regular Disinfection, and Pipeline repairs & installations. These part of the presentation emphasizes the actions that COWD made to ensure customer services, especially their safety during the pandemic.
To address the pressing concerns of the Oro Chamber members regarding the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s Revenue Regulations No. 21-2020 or the Voluntary Assessment and Payment Program, the chamber conducted a Good Business Forum with the said topic.
This activity was the first ever virtual forum done by the Oro Chamber last October 16, 2021 via Google Meet platform. The main objective of this webinar was to to provide the Oro Chamber Members—details about the BIR Voluntary Assessment & Payment Program; to give the details on the computation for the BIR VAPP; and to accommodate questions from the members regarding the topic.
The webinar’s topic was divided into two discussions. First was the overview of the BIR VAPP. According to the presentation, it is (1) to collect additional tax revenues , which could otherwise be collected through audit and investigation; (2) sustain government’s funding requirement in battling COVID-19; (3) limit taxpayer contact considering existing COVID-19 protocols; and (4) reduce the number of audit investigations by encouraging an increase in voluntary tax compliance.
In the first part of the forum, it highlighted 4 points, namely: coverage of VAPP, the documents needed, the process of application, and the guidelines and certification for Availment. Moreover, the second part of the discussion focused on the computation. This portion included, VAPP Rates and VAPP Computation.
The Metro Cagayan de Oro Security Briefing was held last February 28, 2020 at the Rosario Pavillion, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City. This was attended by a total of 104 participants. This number consist of Oro Chamber members, Board of Trustees, and guests from the Police Regional Office (PRO-10), and the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.
The first part of the program was the presentation of Col Randy Remonte from the 4tf ID. The discussion focused on the Background of the 4th ID and its activities, particularly on the threat situation and their campaign results and its impacts to the whole community. For the second speaker, Hon. Romeo V. Calizo, discussed on the Cagayan de Oro City Local Government’s Response and Action Plan. The discussion focused on the 4 Basic Threats to the LGU of CDO—that is Insurgency, Terrorism, Criminality, and Disaster.
Lastly, PLTCOL Reinante B. Delos Santos was the last to present. His discussion anchored on the topic Security Updates and Risk Management. During their presentation, they highlighted 2 main points, the Regional Security Updates and Natural and Man-made disaster Risk Management .
On January 30 2020, Oro Chamber conducted and economic briefing entitled THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY IN 2020. This forum was attended by a total of 77 participants from the different member sectors of the chamber.
The first speaker was Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas who talked about Prospects for Philippine Economy in 2020 & Beyond. This presentation was focused on three points: Young growing population, The Impact of Global Development to the Philippines, and the Current Development in the Global Economy.
RD Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño of NEDA-X was the second speaker who talked about the Regional Economic Landscape: NEDA 2020 Plans and Programs. Director Mylah’s presentation outlined 4 discussion topics: The Long-Term Vision: AmBisyon Natin 2040, Regional Socio-economic Profile and Challenges, RDP 2017-2022 Development Imperatives, and CSR Strategic Option: Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev).