Competitiveness body formed for Region 9

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/09 October 2012 by Lowell Vallecer—A body set to oversee the competitiveness of the business in the Zamboanga Peninsula region was formed, with Department of Trade and Industry 9 Regional Director Nazrullah Manzur as chairman.

The newly-created Regional Competitiveness Committee (RCC) in Region 9, Manzur said, will function as a special body under the auspices of the Regional Development Cuncil, and shall follow the organizational format of the National Competitiveness Council, with a 50% government, 50% private member composition.

RCC-9, Manzur said, will focus on improving the competitiveness of the region through the conduct of promotion and advocacy activities on competitiveness; identify gaps and recommend solutions on the region’s economic performance and competitiveness ranking; harmonize and assess productivity enhancing programs of various government agencies; and propose policy and administrative reforms to improve local competitiveness; among other functions.

RCC-9 as created will be composed of – from the government sector: DTI, DOST, NEDA, DA, DOLE, DEPED, DILG, TESDA, DOT, Zambo EcoZone, NSO, NSCB, CHED, PNP-PRO9, and WMSU.

The private sector members are: the chambers of commerce and industry in the cities of Zamboanga City, Pagadian, Isabela, and Dipolog; Industrial Group of Zamboanga; Ateneo De Zamboanga University; Universidad de Zamboanga; SOPHIL; IN-GLASS, PIILU-TUCP, Rubber and Seaweed Associations, as well as two private sector members of the RDC.

Unanimously elected for the co-chair position coming from the private sector was the Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“RCC-9 will be our region’s link to the National Competitiveness Council, working closely with them in full public-private partnership in our bid to improve the region and the Philippines in global competitiveness ranking,” Manzur said.  (Lowell Vallecer, DTI9)

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