Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Investment Presentation

(June 10, 2019) .

Service, if it comes from the heart and is borne out of one’s love for people— knows no bounds. It stems from one’s desire to help and in the process, get helped. It is the cycle that is spun and fueled by the spirit of volunteerism. The same spirit that has created the foundation of organizations, establishments (even countries) that we now enjoy.

Atty. Eisma rolled out the plans for Subic, touching base on its history, explaining its operations; citing even the struggles and challenges involved. Most of us have seen Subic during its heydays when the Americans were still occupying the base and the US Navy’s 7th fleet was a constant site. We have witnessed Subic after Mt.Pinatubo erupted and how it struggled to get back on its feet. We have seen how volunteers protected and maintained order within Subic during those dark days and it is very inspiring to see what it has now become and we are looking forward to seeing the plans for a much better and brighter Subic come into fruition. Mabuhay!

On behalf of FACCGH, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who came and attended the Business Forum lat the ITC. It was a huge success! Your presence made the difference. A big shout out to Mr. Richard Arias, Trade Development Manager of the Port of Houston Authority; our sister Chamber from San Antonio, Houston FilAm community leaders and representatives from the sister cities of Houston, Texas West Africa Chamber of Commerce and Caribbean Chamber of Commerce.




“Promoting entrepreneurship” and “bridging local and international business opportunities” is the two-pronged mission of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston. FACCGH was established to help Filipino Americans become entrepreneurs and to provide networks or bridges that can help expand their circles of influence and increase productivity. It is also for this reason that we partner with other Chambers of Commerce in the international community, we embark on Trade Missions, we host Trade shows or Roadshows --- like the one we had last night at the International Trade Center.

Houston is not far behind. Our Mayor’s economic agenda is robust and forward-looking. It draws its strength from Houston’s diversity and inclusivity. Houston is the 4th largest city in the US. It is also the most diverse yet very inclusive which means that no one, no community is ever left behind in terms of economic growth, development and progress.

The same is true in the Philippines -- the government promotes free enterprise and encourages investments. In the January 2019 report released by NEDA (National Economic Development Authority) it said that the Philippine economic growth remained stable as it grew 6.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 from the revised 6.0 percent recorded in the third quarter. This steady performance—the seventh consecutive year that the Philippine economy sustained its growth of more than 6.0 percent—brings 2018’s full-year growth to 6.2 percent. This is a firm finish that cements the Philippines’ standing as one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia.

To raise Philippine competitiveness in the global market, the government aggressively pursues measures and policies to facilitate ease in doing business thereby encouraging more investments that boost entrepreneurship, job generation and economic growth in the countryside.



Cebu, Philippines (March 7, 2018) – March 5, 2018, Gelyn Roble, Secretary of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston had a meet and greet with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Cebu, Philippines. 

CEBU CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY Board of Trustees, From L-R: Elpe P. Canoog, Head, Business Development & Management Services Division; Antonio N. Chiu, President CCCI 2018-2019; Gelyn; Virgilio “Nonoy” G. Espeleta, MBM, CFE, Vice President for Business Development Trustee 2017-2018; May Elizabeth Segura- Ybanez, Executive Director.



MOU signed by MR. FERDINAND SIA (President-Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce)

Houston (February 2, 2018) - Our soft launch for the Filipino American Chamber Of Commerce Of Greater Houston was a big success. Thanks a lot to Ninoy Reyes and his Searchlight staff for coordinating this event. Thanks to Mr. Ferdinand Sia, President of Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and industry and others.

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December 16, 2019

The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston (FACCGH) and the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) would like to thank the Philippine Consulate General in Houston (under Con.Gen. Jerril Santos) for inviting us this afternoon, together with other FilAm community leaders, to witness the signing of MOUs (Memoranda of Understanding) between Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) c/o Chairman Emmanuel Piñol (former Secretary of Agriculture) and Scott Seed Co. c/o its CEO Coby Krieghauser and between MinDA and the Province of Davao del Norte c/o Governor Edwin Jubahib. The said MOUs represent multilateral agreements underlying the Mindanao Sorghum Development Program, a pilot project of MinDA which will help augment/supplement corn production with the expected growth of the livestock industry. Sorghum, just like corn is a not only used as sweetener (syrup), or for manufacturing beer but is also used as livestock feed and source of ethanol. The initial twenty-five (25) tons of sorghum seeds that will be shipped to Mindanao (for free) in late January or early February of 2020 will be planted on 10000 ha of land in Davao del Norte. This will help boost the economic development of the area and the local farmers (the “lumads” or Mindanao’s indigenous people). Chairman Piñol referred to sorghum as the “seeds of peace” since 4 other provinces (former “hotspots”) in Mindanao — Lanao del Norte, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Basilan— are earmarked for sorghum farming with an additional 500 ha of land (ancestral domain) in the next 2-5yrs.


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PHILIPPINE TRADE MISSION is one of FACCGH 2018 highlights

The 2018 Philippine Trade Mission has provided our members to :

  • establish network with different business sectors,

  • learn valuable market insights , and

  • explore competitive advantages by minimizing the risk in exploring new markets.



October 15-17, 2018


BRIDGE MADE AND STRENGTHENED: (Part1) #HowdyPhilippines The 2018 Trade Mission to Calabarzon was a resounding success. Gov. Hermilando Mandanas of Batangas welcomed the members of the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) led by founder Yolanda Stern of California and President Marie Cunning of Arizona.

Tito Dodo also thanked the members of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston (FACCGH) and its President, Loloy Reyes(Chairman of the Calabarzon Trade Mission) for the warm reception he and wife Regina Reyes-Mandanas received the last time they visited Houston.

Goodwill and honest intentions go a long way. Mabuhay! 🇵🇭🇺🇸

The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston (FACCGH) together with the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) had a very successful trade mission to the Philippines. Business is booming in all sectors: tourism, trade, import-export, agriculture, construction, manufacturing etc.etc.etc. Visit the Philippines. The time to invest is now. #faccgh #fpacc