Sec. Dino pledges support for the furniture industry
Last July 31, 2018, members and stakeholders of the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc. (CFIF, Inc.) gathered for the annual General Membership Meeting and Election of the Board of Trustees at Cebu Country Club. It was attended by the majority of the members and partners of the foundation including DTI Assistant Regional Director, Nanette Arbon, DTI Provincial Director, Hope Melgar, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, Sec. Michael Dino and RDC 7 Chairman, Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue who is also a trustee of CFIF.
Sec. Michael Dino, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, graced the event as the keynote speaker. He discussed the current administration’s initiatives that would help the furniture industry. Mr. Dino addressed the issue on the illegal exportation of raw rattan and other furniture industry related challenges which, he promised to help solve. The Presidential Assistant pledged to give financial support to the Cebu Design Week, one of the flagship programs of CFIF, Inc.
The president of CFIF, Inc. Ms. Angela Paulin, reported the foundation’s milestones from the past year until the present highlighting the success of the Cebu Design Week. In her report, Ms. Paulin said “As one of Cebu’s leading business support organizations, we [CFIF] want to take the initiative of bringing everyone together to create a platform that will market Cebu as more than just a beach destination”. She then proceeded to present the upcoming projects and programs of the foundation.
CFIF has forged strong partnerships with CCCI, ECCP, DOST 7, DTI 7, Provincial Government of Cebu and other sectors. Amidst all the challenges facing the business sector, CFIF never rests in finding ways to support the industry.