Unity in Integrity in Cebu
“In the Mactan Export Processing Zone, the exporters have a very powerful lobby (regarding issues)…They are really able to get concession,” Mr. Ted Segura explains the power of associations, in connection to advancing collective goals towards integrity, accountability and development in the business sector.
An opportunity to discuss integrity promotion and anti-corruption within the SME sector was made possible through the recently concluded Anti-corruption Training for SME associations in the University of San Carlos, Cebu City on March 8, 2016. This was the second of the four trainings under the project, “Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business: Combating Corruption in Business Sector”, with fund support from the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), in Washington D.C. The training highlighted the importance of ethical business approach and compliance, as well as how SME associations can exert their influence in fighting corruption.
The training allowed the participants to share activities, projects, and programs on how they can empower SMEs. They emphasize the importance of organizing trainings, networking and initiating dialogues with public and private offices, providing legal assistance to member companies, conducting research, and implementing special projects.
There were a total of 18 participants who attended the training, comprised of Cebu SMEs, business associations and the government (Department of Trade and Industry). The University of San Carlos (USC), the academic partner, co-hosted the training. USC representatives namely: Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD (President), Dr. Challoner Matero (Dean, School of Business and Economics), and Dr. Larry Silapan (SBE Graduate Program Coordinator) also graced the event with their participation.