ILIGAN City--President Rodrigo R. Duterte will address the closing ceremonies of Mindanao’s biggest gathering of businessmen later today as the 28th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) ends at the MSU-IIT gym in Iligan City.
Prior to his speech, the President will be presented with the 28th MinBizCon Policy Agenda and Top 10 Actionable Recommendations by Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Vice President for Mindanao Merlou S. Quisumbing.
The six policy recommendations on the 28th MinBizCon Policy Agenda were earlier raised in a series of regional consultations conducted by the PCCI with its chambers in Mindanao.
These include the Upgrading Airport Capabilities in five key areas; increasing private sector consultations and participation in the Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade (ROLL IT) program; expediting action on the TRABAHO Bill given its Implications to Business; Fast-tracking the Rehabilitation of Agus-Pulangi Hydropower Plant ; Institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach under EO 70 to address Mindanao’s perennial peace and order issues; and, Fast-tracking the Economic Recovery of Marawi City.
Meantime, the Top 10 Actionable Recommendations were raised during the Mindanao Leg of Sulong Pilipinas held earlier the same day and facilitated by the Department of Finance as an integral part of the 28th MinBizCon.
Spearheaded by the Duterte administration, the Philippine Development Forum – Sulong Pilipinas: Hakbang Tungo sa Kaunlaran is an annual consultative conference that brings together different stakeholders from all over the country.
By establishing a strong partnership between the government and different sectors – from business and development partners, to the academe, youth organizations, and many others – Sulong seeks to build a truly inclusive economy, and work towards a comfortable life for all Filipinos.
Sulong Pilipinas is a platform through which the government can provide updates on our country’s achievements. More importantly, it is a way through which the administration receives feedback on its proposed plans and programs.
Each conference generates ten actionable recommendations for government: the public’s identified priorities, which can guide policy and reform moving forward.
Recommendations from past Sulongs are in various stages of implementation, including the National ID, Ease of Doing Business law, and the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program.
Facilitating the Mindanao Leg of Sulong Pilipinas are Asst. Sec. Tony Lambino and Usec. Karl Kendrik T. Chua, of the DOF’s Strategy, Economics & Results Group.
Lambino will brief participants on the workshop purpose and mechanics while Chua will present updates on Zero-to-10 Point Socioeconomic Agenda.
Adding inputs to the workshop will be Roberto C. Amores, Chairman, Agriculture Committee and Vice Chair for International Affairs who will speak on Opportunities for Developing Mindanao Agriculture and the DWPH which will present updates on key Mindanao Infrastructure Projects.
As a Mindanaonon himself, the President will present his feedback on the MinBizÇon’s Policy Agenda and Top 10 Actionable Recommendations from the Sulong Pilipinas workshop.
Previous Sulong Pilipinas workshop recommendations covered K-12, water security, Ease of Doing Business Law, the Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA), grants for startups to enable technology transfers, improvement of agriculture infrastructure and logistics, business and job creation, appointment of competent technocrats as Secretaries of key departments, enactment of a modern and sustainable national land use and marine use policy, rehabilitation of major airports, and amendments to the Public Services Act, Right of Way Act, and economic provisions of the constitution to improve infrastructure development.
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