By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte expressed his gratitude to Filipino-Chinese business leaders for supporting his administration’s fight against illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption.
The President made the statement during the opening of the 32nd Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) Thursday night.
In his speech, Duterte thanked the FFCCCII for their disaster relief efforts, medical missions, and other interventions during calamities and the construction of thousands of school buildings and drug rehabilitation facilities.
“Let me also take this opportunity to thank you for your support of this administration’s fight against the scourge of corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs,” he said.
“Through your deeds, you have become our important partner in building the foundations of a more inclusive and sustainable society,” he added.
“Indeed, the meaningful ties of friendship forged between Chinese and Filipinos have enabled us to empower our people, especially those who are vulnerable and marginalized,” he continued.
Duterte expressed hope that FFCCCII’s remarkable traits and values will continue to fuel its pursuit of a dynamic and vibrant Filipino-Chinese business community that contributes to the nation’s overall advancement.
For more than six decades, the President said the federation has devoted its time and resources to the improvement of society. It consistently played a vital role in ushering a period of greater cooperation and understanding not only in the promotion of business and trade but also in facing the country’s various challenges.
Around 800 delegates representing the federation’s member chambers, trade, and business associations around the country joined the event.
Established in March 1954, FFCCCII is considered the largest organization of Filipino-Chinese businessmen in the country with 170 member chambers, trade, and business associations. Aside from business, the organization is involved in social development, launching projects in education, livelihood, and community rehabilitation for those affected by disasters.
To help the administration in its campaign against illegal drugs, FFCCCII is also constructing drug rehabilitation centers to help drug dependents. Once completed, the rehabilitation centers will be turned over to local government units.