GOVT FAILS TO ADDRESS PEACE & ORDER CONCERNS OF BUSINESS SECTOR - PCCI

MANILA, OCTOBER 4, 2003  (STAR) By Marianne V. Go  - The government continued to fail to address the peace and order concerns of the business sector almost a year after it was highlighted in the resolutions of the 28th Philippine Business Conference of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

"The peace and order problems remain to be a critical area," PCCI chairman Samie Lim said yesterday. "Because of the continuing problem, investments are not coming in."

Lim also said the business community wants the political parties and presidential candidates to determine how they will address the problem.

"We want to know how they plan to run the country before electing them, rather than electing them and then finding out how they run the country," he said.

The PCCI, Lim stressed, does not plan to endorse any specific candidate or political candidate, but merely wants to provide a venue to expose and discuss their views on such issues as peace and order, corruption, infrastructure, energy, population and poverty alleviation.

On the other hand, business concerns on good governance and infrastructure development are still "works in progress."

"In fairness, there has been some stride in the issue of good governance both in the public and private sector," he said.

For example, Lim pointed out, in the banking sector, there is now more responsibility in designating bank directors because of the awareness of good governance.

In the area of infrastructure development, Lim observed, the government is "definitely behind schedule" but has made some progress in "roll-on, roll-off projects."

In the 28th PBC, the PCCI had cited at least 10 issues which the government must address.

These include good governance, peace and order, infrastructure development, key legislation on business development, credit and financing for the agriculture, SME and industry sectors, the environment, human capital, competition and market reform, mining, and cost-cutting issues.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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