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The Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors (ACEL) held its second Virtual General Membership Meeting last May 27, 2021. Attended by 94 participants, the event also served as ACEL’s 55th anniversary virtual celebration.
Conducted via the Zoom online platform, the meeting was highlighted by the presentation of loyalty awards to companies which have been ACEL members for 26 years or more. The list was led by Monark Equipment Corporation and Bormaheco Inc. which were both honored as founding members. F.F. Cruz & Company Inc. was recognized for being an Association member for 53 years, while Phesco Inc. and D.M. Consunji Inc. were cited for their membership of 48 and 45 years, respectively.
Also awarded were the following companies: EEI Corporation and Makati Development Corporation, both members for 44 years; Basilio Rentals & Sales Corporation and Halrey Construction Inc., both members for 42 years; Majestic Shipping Corporation, a member for 40 years; Co Ban Kiat Hardware Inc., a member for 38 years; and J.V. Angeles Construction Corporation, a member for 37 years.
Six companies were recognized for being ACEL members for 32 years. These were C.M. Pancho Construction Inc., J.S. Cruz Construction & Development Inc., Livan Trade Corporation, Maxima Machineries Inc., Asia Industries Material Handling Equipment Corporation, and International Container Terminal Services Inc. Three companies, meanwhile, were awarded for their membership of 30 years: Foundation Specialists Inc., J.E. Manalo & Company Inc., and Jacem Merchandising Inc. Also commended were Norsophil Metal Resources Inc. for being an ACEL member for 28 years, and Frey-Fil Corporation for being a member for 27 years.
Rounding out the list of loyalty awardees were five companies which have been members for 26 years. These were: Pacific Concrete Products Inc., Allado Construction Company Inc., Algon Engineering Construction Corporation, Civic Merchandising Inc., and Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation.
Awards were also given to individuals who have served as ACEL directors for many years. These Long Service Director Awardees were Antonio G. Coronel, Jovic P. Basilio, J. Eladio L. Angeles (the current Association president whose plaque was signed by Jonathan R. Perez, ACEL first vice president), Onofre T. Banson Jr., and Sixto T. Benedicto. The awarding of these long-serving officers was fittngly followed by a tribute to Eduardo P. Trinidad, ACEL’s immediate past president.
A product presentation is a regular feature of all the Association’s general membership meetings. And the second VGMM for 202i did not deviate from this standard format with a presentation from Manitowoc Crane Group Inc. Meanwhile, two companies – Earthworx Development Corporation and Equiprime Optimum Solutions Inc. – were inducted as new ACEL members.
As usual, the event was not all about business as it featured, like all ACEL affairs, plenty of fun time. A trivia contest that was focused on ACEL’s history gave the meeting the appropriate celebratory mood that crescendoed in a raffle draw where 55 prizes to mark the Association’s 55th anniversary were given to 55 lucky winners.
Since it doubled as an anniversary celebration, this year’s second VGMM also served as a proper venue for recognizing the Association’s sponsors for 2021. Honored for their generous support were Olympic Engineering & Sales Corporation, Trelleborg Marine & Infrastructure, Civic Merchandising, Inc., RMD Kwikform Phils. Inc., JAP Construction & Development Corporation, Faequip Corporation, Megawide Construction Corporation, and C.M. Pancho Construction Inc. The Philippine Constructors Association was also cited for being an industry partner.