Mayor Oscar Moreno (left) exchanges pleasantries with Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos (right) during an event last Saturday here. Both politicians are supporters of the Duterte administration’s policies, especially the no-smoking ban order of the President which the city government implemented starting yesterday. mdn photo
By MARK FRANCISCO
ILOCOS Norte Gov. Imee Marcos recalled the relevance of Republic Act (RA) 7919, otherwise known as the Alien Social Integration Act of 1995 which paved the way for the mainstreaming of the Filipino-Chinese in the country.
Speaking during the joint induction of the new officers from the Northern Mindanao region of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) last Saturday at Xavier Estates Country Club here in Cagayan de Oro City, Marcos also expressed support for the amendment of the Alien Social Integration Act by expanding its provisions.
The amendment is currently calendared at the Lower House through House Bill 6653 which was introduced by Deputy Speaker Arthur Yap, one of the VIP guests in the FFCCCII induction along with Marcos.
Marcos assured the Filipino-Chinese audience present during the ceremony that she will support a Senate version of the bill.
She pointed out that since their integration, the Filipino-Chinese have been very productive, diligent and has enriched our society.
Marcos estimated that there are still around 500,000 persons of Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian descent in the country who could benefit from an enhanced version of the Alien Social Integration Act.
In his valedictory speech Saturday, outgoing Cagayan de Oro FCCCII president Willly Limbonhai said that it remains the commitment of the mother federation and its regional counterparts to help in constructing the P200-million Marawi Friendship Dome which is a multi-purpose center.
The Cagayan de Oro FCCCII was instrumental in uniting all the chapters in Northern Mindanao to come together for one induction to save time and effort for the inducting officer.
In this case, it was FFCCCII vice president Michael Tan himself who came to the venue to induct the officers from Agusan FCCCII, Camiguin FCCCII, Lanao FCCCII, Mt. Kitanglad FCCCII, Oroquieta FCCCII, Ozamis FCCCII, Surigao FCCCII, Tandag-Tago FCCCII and the host club of Cagayan de Oro FCCCII.
Aside from constructing the Marawi Friendship Dome, the FFCCCII has also donated five schoolbuildings in Marawi City.
At the local level, the Cagayan de Oro FCCCII has donated 16 classrooms in Calaanan, became a member of the city’s Local School Board, treated 1,000 individuals during a medical mission also in Calaanan and advocates for strict compliance of the Consumers Act of the Philippines among its members.
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