President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the 32nd Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on March 21, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PASAY CITY — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Thursday, March 21, expressed his gratitude to the Filipino-Chinese businessmen for supporting the administration’s fight against illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption.

In his speech during the opening of the 32nd Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII), he also thanked its members 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 told the FFCCCII members.

“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.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the 32nd Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on March 21, 2019. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

He also hopes 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.

“Together, let us work, building a stronger and more progressive Philippines,” the President said.

According to the President, for more than six decades, 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 across the country.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for posterity with the officials of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) during the opening ceremony of the 32nd Biennial Convention of the FFCCCII at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on March 21, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Aside from business, the organization is involved in social development, launching projects in education, livelihood, and community rehabilitation for those affected by disasters.

In response to the Duterte administration’s 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.

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