Filipino business leaders in Alberta have formed a new chamber of commerce to give a voice to that community, which they say is badly needed.

It is hoped that the chamber will help unify Filipino business owners in Alberta and give those enterprises more visibility, along with improving collaboration and advocacy.

Chair of the newly formed Filipino Chamber of Commerce Alberta, Michael Siervo, says the chamber will help build relationships in other provinces and territories across Canada and abroad, including building links back to the Philippines.  He says networking and connecting businesses can help share best practices and valuable experience.

The 14-member board is made up of business owners from a wide variety of backgrounds — from the medical sector to the restaurant industry.

“Our mission is to increase the visibility, the standards and the ethics of all the businesses. And that’s going to help the cultural welfare, the civic welfare and the economic welfare of all those businesses,” said Siervo.

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