FACCGH MISSION : “Promoting entrepreneurship and bridging local and international business opportunities.”
Service, if it comes from the heart and is borne out of one’s love for people— knows no bounds. It stems from one’s desire to help and in the process, get helped. It is the cycle that is spun and fueled by the spirit of volunteerism. The same spirit that has created the foundation of organizations, establishments (even countries) that we now enjoy.
Atty. Eisma rolled out the plans for Subic, touching base on its history, explaining its operations; citing even the struggles and challenges involved. Most of us have seen Subic during its heydays when the Americans were still occupying the base and the US Navy’s 7th fleet was a constant site. We have witnessed Subic after Mt.Pinatubo erupted and how it struggled to get back on its feet. We have seen how volunteers protected and maintained order within Subic during those dark days and it is very inspiring to see what it has now become and we are looking forward to seeing the plans for a much better and brighter Subic come into fruition. Mabuhay!
On behalf of FACCGH, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who came and attended the Business Forum lat the ITC. It was a huge success! Your presence made the difference. A big shout out to Mr. Richard Arias, Trade Development Manager of the Port of Houston Authority; our sister Chamber from San Antonio, Houston FilAm community leaders and representatives from the sister cities of Houston, Texas West Africa Chamber of Commerce and Caribbean Chamber of Commerce.
March 22, 2019., the Philippine Consulate in Houston was inaugurated after 25 years of absence. Yes, it is indeed “mission accomplished!” Borne out of the need for government presence and the clamor from thousands of Filipinos for better representation — the Philippine government under the Duterte Administration made our years of hopes and dreams a reality.
In attendance were members of Houston’s Consular Corps, Filipino community leaders, and members of the Philippine diplomatic corps headed by Philippine Ambassador to the US Hon. Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez . PCG Houston, Con.Gen. Jerrill Santos and the Consuls General from LA, Chicago, New York and San Francisco.
Thanks also to the support of Houston’s vibrant international community and the men and women of the Filipino American community who were relentless in pushing for its opening. Prayers work!
“Promoting entrepreneurship” and “bridging local and international business opportunities” is the two-pronged mission of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston. FACCGH was established to help Filipino Americans become entrepreneurs and to provide networks or bridges that can help expand their circles of influence and increase productivity. It is also for this reason that we partner with other Chambers of Commerce in the international community, we embark on Trade Missions, we host Trade shows or Roadshows --- like the one we had last night at the International Trade Center.
Houston is not far behind. Our Mayor’s economic agenda is robust and forward-looking. It draws its strength from Houston’s diversity and inclusivity. Houston is the 4th largest city in the US. It is also the most diverse yet very inclusive which means that no one, no community is ever left behind in terms of economic growth, development and progress.
The same is true in the Philippines -- the government promotes free enterprise and encourages investments. In the January 2019 report released by NEDA (National Economic Development Authority) it said that the Philippine economic growth remained stable as it grew 6.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 from the revised 6.0 percent recorded in the third quarter. This steady performance—the seventh consecutive year that the Philippine economy sustained its growth of more than 6.0 percent—brings 2018’s full-year growth to 6.2 percent. This is a firm finish that cements the Philippines’ standing as one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia.
To raise Philippine competitiveness in the global market, the government aggressively pursues measures and policies to facilitate ease in doing business thereby encouraging more investments that boost entrepreneurship, job generation and economic growth in the countryside.
Special shout-out to the men and women of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston (FACCGH) for successfully hosting the second leg of the UFranchise Roadshow.
Our guests from UFranchise, the Philippines’ largest franchising company, representing more than a thousand brands is our gateway and vehicle towards this economic growth.
The 2018 Philippine Trade Mission has provided our members to :
October 15-17, 2018
BRIDGE MADE AND STRENGTHENED: (Part1)
The 2018 Trade Mission to Calabarzon was a resounding success.
Gov. Hermilando Mandanas of Batangas welcomed the members of the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) led by founder Yolanda Stern of California and President Marie Cunning of Arizona.
Tito Dodo also thanked the members of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston (FACCGH) and its President, Loloy Reyes(Chairman of the Calabarzon Trade Mission) for the warm reception he and wife Regina Reyes-Mandanas received the last time they visited Houston.
Goodwill and honest intentions go a long way. Mabuhay! 🇵🇭🇺🇸
The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston (FACCGH) together with the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) had a very successful trade mission to the Philippines. Business is booming in all sectors: tourism, trade, import-export, agriculture, construction, manufacturing etc.etc.etc. Visit the Philippines. The time to invest is now.
OCTOBER 1, 2018 , TEXAS – It was in the morning of September 29th, 2018 when the top executives of the multi-media company Firestarters met with the Philippine Consul General of Texas, Jerril Santos for the possibilities of opening up opportunities for Filipino creatives through different projects and programs that will generate jobs back home. Firestarters CEO RJ Agustin, Chief Creative Officer Real Florido and COO Jerry Palaganas flew to Houston Texas to meet with the company’s Business Development Officer Joyce Jameson together with the leaders of the Filipino communities in the US to jumpstart a series of meetings and deals focusing on how Filipinos can take advantage of the current relationship of the Philippines and USA. Notably, the young creative entrepreneurs from the Philippines were very honoured to be able to talk to the Consul General in his first business meeting after assuming office just recently. This official talk lasted for more than an hour discussing how the local creative industry can help further boost the country’s economy.
( Center Photo from L to R, FACCGH Sec. Gelyn Roble, FS CEO RJ Agustin, FS COO Jerry Palaganas, Con. Gen. Jerril Santos, FACCGH Vice Pres.-Int. Mei Frias. , FS CCO Real Florido, FACCGH Pres. Loloy Reyes, FACCGH Vice Pres-Ext. Jahan Jafarpour, FACCGH Board member Katherine Juarez, and Vice Con. Gen. Marco Lopez)
ABOUT THE FEDERATION
The Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce, Inc. (FPACC) continues to set the standard of building business excellence and responsible business leadership for Filipino Americans as it embarks on its 22nd year of service.
FPACC, affectionately called “The Federation” by its members, is a coalition of well-established Filipino-American Chambers of Commerce in the United States. Building upon its bi-national (Philippine-American) platform, the federation is now looking at catapulting its reach to a global stage to include all Filipino business diasporas worldwide, a vision stated by its president, Marie Cunning, during FPACC’s November 2017 bi-national trade conference and leadership elections in Arizona.
The Federation is a strong advocate of business ownership among Filipino-Americans and provides a well-established network of trade and commerce resources for its member chapters in the United States. Among its most senior member chambers are the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (since 1956) and the San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce (founded in 1973).
FPACC’s counterpart in the Philippines, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and its Philippines-USA Economic & Business Council (PUBC) provide access and opportunities for the Philippine-based chamber chapters with U.S.-based businesses through a memorandum-of-agreement between these twin powerhouse organizations that encompass ongoing business-matching, collaboration and trade missions.
Growing US-Philippines Trade and Commerce is FPACC’s cornerstone program and has been a hallmark success story for the Federation. The super trade mission put together by the Federation in October 2016 in collaboration with the PCCI reached a record breaking $900 Million+ (USD) in trade partnership agreements between the B2B (business-to-business) participants from both countries. With the Philippine homeland’s explosive growth in global economic stature, new business opportunities and investments channels are opened for Filipinos both at home and abroad.
Contact info@FPACC.net for more information about FPACC-certified chambers of commerce.
FPACC CERTIFIED MEMBER CHAMBERS represented by President or Board Chair
PACC of Greater Chicago, Adrian Tabangay/Emil Bernardo
FABCC of Arizona, Marie Cunning
FABCC of Arizona East, Ryan Winkle
FABCC of Arizona West, Minnie Palis
San Francisco FACC, Jose Pecho/Angie Louie
FACC of Greater Nevada, Collette Manauis
FACC SouthBay Los Angeles Area, Loi Herrera
FCC of the Pacific Northwest, Anthony Ogilvie
PACC of Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey, Brad Baldia
FACC of Silicon Valley, Benjie Fernandez
FACC of Utah, Agnes Higley
PACC of Central Florida, Inc., Ting Bouffard
FCC of Hawaii, Brandon T. dela Cruz
FACC of San Diego, William Peetoom
PACC of Oregon, Jason Lim/Jan Mason
FACC of Greater Houston*, Leonides Reyes
Las Vegas FACC*, Jing Espiritu
* indicates new members
FACCGH welcomes the delegates from different chambers across the US.
Productive Collaboration held at the Marriot-Sugarland.