With consumers resorting to online shopping amid pandemic restrictions, entrepreneurs have embraced the digital platform for online business even more and this is also the reason why the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., (DCCCII) is pushing for its fast and improved internet advocacy to help businesses avail of faster connectivity.
In a statement, DCCCII echoed the call of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for greater innovation for businesses noting the thousands of new online business registrations that have emerged amid the pandemic.
With the increased acceptance of online meetings, DCCCII’s efforts to build linkages with foreign chambers and business groups will expand in order to create more opportunities for local businesses and companies seeking investors and partners.
The group also believes that for businesses to fully recover, the economy and livelihoods must remain strong as many businesses and their employees are still recovering from the effects of the pandemic and other earlier disruptions.
In response to the needs of the local business community, DCCCII’s business recovery agenda is being updated to include efforts to push entry of more local MSMEs into the $7.5 billion and growing digital economy, which are vital since these encourage safe transactions and keep businesses flowing under different circumstances.
In addition, the group continues to support local businesses through its Recovery for Business Initiative with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the academe where local businesses are encouraged to bring their innovation needs.
The recently concluded online Davao Agri Trade Expo 2020 (DATE 2020) activity by DCCCII was pushing for the “Buy Local” campaign to help revive the economy. As the Christmas season approaches, the group encourages Dabawenyos to patronize local goods and services in a safe manner.
DCCCII has also networked with government and private financial institutions to extend necessary loans particularly for the MSMEs affected by the pandemic.
DCCCII is optimistic that a good balance between keeping the economy strong and maintaining health and safety protocol can be achieved.
The group also commits to work hand-in-hand with the city government of Davao and health officials in advocating for safety health practices.