CCBI reshuffles leadership

CCBI reshuffles leadership
Oathtaking of the new set of officers of the Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. for the term 2023-2025. From left to right: Ferdinand Nague, Anthony Cristobal, Reffy Gore, Adones Carmona, Manila 2nd district representative Rolando Valeriano, Dennis Calica, Jill Tolentino, and Wilfredo Caingcoy. Photo from CCBI.
  • The Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. reshuffled its set of officers for the term 2023-2025
  • Anthony Cristobal remains as national president
  • New officers were elected during the Chamber’s 8th regular meeting on November 14
  • The reorganization is being questioned by some officials who claim the move goes against the CCBI by-laws

The Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. (CCBI) has reshuffled its set of officers for the term 2023-2025, with Anthony Cristobal remaining as national president.

During its 8th regular meeting on November 14, CCBI elected a new set of officers, with Cristobal securing the presidency with a 9-6 vote.

The officers for the term are:

  • President: Anthony Cristobal
  • Executive Vice President (EVP) and Auditor: Jill Tolentino (replacing Henry Villa as EVP, retained as auditor)
  • Vice President for Internal Affairs: Dennis Calica (retained)
  • Vice President for Professional Development: Norberto Castillo (replacing Dennis del Pilar)
  • Vice President for International Affairs: Adones Carmona (replacing Felix Pica)
  • Vice President for Government Affairs: Reffy Gore (replacing Ritchie Espiritu)
  • Secretary: Wilfredo Caingcoy (replacing Jovet King Dimaculangan)
  • Treasurer: Samuel Perez (retained)

The position for PRO, initially held by Alex Calderon, was declared vacant.

Cristobal, in a phone interview with PortCalls, said they “felt that we have to reorganize to give better service” and to have officers “bent on the goal” of making CCBI an outstanding professional organization.

The reorganized officers were inducted on the same day by Manila 2nd District representative Rolando Valeriano, recently announced as the Most Outstanding Professional Customs Brokers of 2023.

Remaining as trustees (formerly called directors) are Del Pilar, Calderon, Pica, Dimaculangan, Villa, Espiritu, and Ferdinand Nague.

CCBI, the accredited integrated professional organization of customs brokers in the country, has chapters in Manila, Batangas, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, North Luzon, Bataan-Subic-Clark, Singapore, and Zamboanga.

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It must be noted though that reorganization is being contested by officers booted out of their positions, claiming that the reorganization is not supported by the Articles of Incorporation and by-laws of CCBI. They claim they may only be replaced under specific circumstances such as incapacity or death.

Cristobal clarified that reorganization of officers is not against the rules and that the replaced officers remain as trustees. A CCBI board resolution on the reorganization has also been issued. – Roumina Pablo