Stamp issue on the 110th Anniversary of the Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce

November 29th, 2014 is glad to inform that Philippines Postal Service has introduced a set of two stamps celebrating the 110th Anniversary of the Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce. The philatelic issue was released on the 19th of November and is now available for purchasing.

Chinese traders through sheer hard work and persevering spirit started the active exchange of goods and trade in the Philippines using the system of barter economy as early 1003 AD. Their resilient and pioneering character anchored in unity and cooperation, planted and nurtured the seeds of continuing trade and commercial activity that grew in importance over the years.

From the abacus to the modern era of computerization, the Filipino-Chinese has spurred growth and development for a more integrated and progressive national economy. The legacy and the mission of the oldest chamber of commerce in the country, the Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce. Inc. is a forward surge towards economic growth. Filipino-Chinese integration and social progress for the past 110 years.

The Filipino- Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (FCGCCI) is the "oldest" Chinese business organization in the Philippines, having been established in 1904, it aims to provide financial and material contributions to the country, especially assistance to the victims of calamities and needy fellow Filipinos. It also provides settlements as well as venue for arbitration of disputes brought to its attention in the Chinese community.

During its existence before the year 1950, the chamber enjoyed recognition by the whole Chinese population as their omnibus agency on one hand; while on the other hand, it was the representative agency of the local Chinese in the eyes of our government. On its shoulders lay the twin important task of safeguarding the interest and security of the Chinese population.

At the same time, taking pains in assisting and assimilating the Chinese community in a turbulent and highly complex world situation. The Chamber firmly believes that the Chinese community should be integrated into the big Philippine society, with security and progress as the objectives of the integration, considering the fact that this country has become their homeland, being the place of their birth, growth and development.

Thus, to effect a true integration of the Filipino and Chinese societies, the Chinese should participate actively in the civic and charitable projects as well as social activities, adapt to the customs and traditions of the Filipino people, and break the psychological barrier existing between the two people As the Chamber celebrates its 110th Anniversary, it remains steadfast and true to its mission of Filipino-Chamber society integration.

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