Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host the 16th Visayas Area
Business Conference at the L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City on September 7 to 9.
MBCCI vice president Jose Ma. Zayco yesterday said they are expecting about 120
chief executive officers of various corporations all over the Philippines to attend
He said officers of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce
and Industry will come to reaffirm the sustainability of Bacolod City, which has
been adjudged the Most Business Friendly City in Western Visayas in 2006 by the
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Zayco said the main topics
to be discussed during the conference are the tourism viability of Negros Occidental,
the bio-ethanol program of the province and the review of the Comprehensive Agrarian
Reform Program. He said these will be contained in a resolution that they will
submit to the Senate and Congress.
Zayco said the MBCCI believes that
CARP needs to be reviewed, if not cancelled, since it has no sustainability and
has only reduced their production.
He said it has also created conflicts
between the landowners and the beneficiaries since there is no sustainable income
that would propel them and that their lives have not been alleviated.
Zayco said they want to see a review of the program, its advantages and disadvantages
and the problems encountered in its implementation especially in Negros.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said "The coming over of about 120 CEOs of the
biggest corporations all over the country is for us, a significant occasion in
the light of our thrust to push Bacolod into the investment map of the Philippines."
He said these business executives started to notice the city after it
was recognized as the Most Business Friendly City in the whole Visayas. This will
be an opportunity to interact with these people and we hope this will be a chance
for the city to sustain its gains towards in the economic progress of Bacolod,
Leonardia said he is thanking the MBCCI for bringing in these
top quality business executives who could be somehow very influential and very
instrumental if, and when more investments come to Bacolod. He said this is very
encouraging in the light of many other business prospects citing, as an example,
a big call center company that is very serious in locating in Bacolod, which would
mean another 1,000 new jobs for the people.
"At the rate we are going,
as far as the call center industry is concerned, we will need more people who
are qualified for the job," Leonardia said. This was among the topics he discussed
recently with Manapla Mayor Manuel Escalante, president of the Association Chief
Executives, and San Carlos Mayor Eugenio Lacson.
Leonardia said that with
Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, as the IT Focus Team key player, they hope to
see local governments in the province developing prospective employees for the
call center industry in Bacolod.*CGS