PCCI chief named Ledac representative

George Barcelon of The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)

PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has appointed George Barcelon, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), as private sector representative to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac).

The President signed on November 21 Barcelon's appointment papers, which were received on Tuesday, November 29.

The PCCI head was Ledac private sector representative during the time of then-president Rodrigo Duterte.

The PCCI in a statement on Friday said Barcelon's colleagues were quick to extend their felicitations for his well-deserved appointment, describing him as “the best person who can represent the business community and who did well in the previous administration.”

The chamber believes that Barcelon is deserving of the reappointment for continuity and in leading the private sector to economic development.

“I am extremely honored for the trust and confidence of the President. As PCCI head, I vow to commit to work proactively and harmoniously with the government to realize its vision in providing employment to Filipinos, eradicating poverty and achieving a resilient economy,” Barcelon said.

In July this year, the joint business community was represented by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, the Philippine Exporter Confederation, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Foundation for Economic Freedom, Foreign Buyers Association of the Philippines, Management Association of the Philippines, Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Confederation, Philippine Franchise Association, Philippine Retailers Association, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries of the Philippines Inc., Women's Business Council, Makati Business Club, Philippine Plastics Industry Association and Philippine Hotel Owners Association.

The Marcos administration will prioritize 30 out of 32 total bills approved by Ledac as its Common Legislative Agenda, 20 of which were priority measures enumerated by the President in his first State of the Nation Address.

These include the Valuation Reform Bill, Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act, E-Governance Act, E-Government Act, Internet Transaction Act, Government Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery bill, Medical Reserve Corps bill, National Disease Prevention Management Authority bill, Virology Institute of the Philippines bill, Unified System of Separation, Retirement and Pension bill, Department of Water Resource1s bill, National Land Use Act, Mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Corps and National Service Training Program, Budget Modernization bill, National Government Rightsizing Program, National Defense Act, Enactment of an Enabling Law for the Natural Gas Industry, Amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act, Amendments to the Build-Operate-Transfer Law, and Condonation of Unpaid Amortization and Interests of Loans of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries.

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