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Sep 24th
Home Sections MiscellaNEWS Texas Chamber Sends Special Trade Mission to the Philippines
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Tuesday, 02 October 2007 10:19

Gus Mercado, chairman and CEO of Datalogix Texas, has announced that the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce of North Texas is sending a Special Trade and Investment Mission to the Philippines from October 22nd to the 26th this year. The mission is in response to the call of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for U.S. businessmen to do business in the Philippines. Mr. Mercado is also the former Acting Philippine Consul General in Houston, Texas. The trade mission will focus on IT/Telecom outsourcing and joint-venture opportunities, as well as pursue business partnerships in finance, legal services, export, real estate and logistics, medical tourism and retirement.


According to overall Mission Coordinator Gus Mercado, it is envisioned that the mechanisms for bilateral exchange will be institutionalized to facilitate the business relationships between business people of both countries through the chamber network.  "Texas stands out as the Philippines' biggest trading partner among all the states, with oil, electronics, aircraft and technical services as the leading exports  to the country ," adds Mercado.  "IT outsourcing is a new frontier that U.S. companies like IBM, Sprint, Convergsys, Verizon, Microsoft, Texas instruments, DELL Computers and a host of smaller U.S. companies are finding to be very worthwhile and appealing in the Philippines from cost and work quality standpoints.

As a former colony and long-time ally of the U.S. the Philippines enjoys tremendous advantages over other countries that also provide outsourced services. Unlike other countries that have British orientation like India, the Philippine educational system, legal and political system, accounting practices and business protocols are patterned after the U.S.  making the country a more intelligent choice as an outsourcing partner country, "  Mercado explained. 

Highlights of the Trade Mission include: Tours of DELL, Sprint, TeleTech and other call centers and IT back-office outsourcing centers, e.g., AutoCAD engineering shops, medical/legal transcribers, animators and accounting back offices; a private tour of the Mall of Asia by owner Ms. Tessie Sy; one-on-one meetings with potential global partners, suppliers/clients all prepared to meet with  the delegates; high-powered conferences with top government and industry leaders  arranged by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI); private audience with President Gloria Arroyo and the top five governors in the country;  A Night with the Calabarzon Governors led by Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, a special reception hosted by Dr. Mina Gabor, dinner and golf with former President , General Fidel V. Ramos.

According to Mercado, they still have a few slots left and interested parties may still join the historic Trade Mission for a small participation cost of $850 per person (all inclusive), plus airfare. This heavily discounted package includes six nights stay at first-class hotels, all the conference fees and meals, arrangement of one-on-one meetings with potential partners and customers, the industrial tours and all private VIP receptions.The organizers gave the assurance that all expenses related to this Chamber business trip are tax-deductible.

 For inquiries, contact Gus Mercado ASAP at (940) 728-0152, (972) 814-7548 or email .  In South and Central Texas, contact Flor Guinhawa at (281) 728-4650 or email

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