CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The 9th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneur Awards will unfold on November 8, 2022, 3:00pm at the activity center of Ayala Centrio Mall, in Cagayan de Oro City.
Co-presented by Veterans Bank and Ayala Corporation for many years, Business Week Mindanao’s biggest corporate event for this year will honor for the 9th time, business leaders and entrepreneurs who contributed to the development of Mindanao Island.
Similarly, it also intends to inspire these individuals and business groups to seek greater heights and strive for success in the noble mission of propelling the six regions of Mindanao and its people towards full economic growth and sustainable development.
This annual business awards aims to value and recognize the outstanding achievements of business firms and entrepreneurs that helped propel Mindanao’s economic growth by way of sustained leadership, innovations, creativity, entrepreneurship, application of best practices and people empowerment.
The awards will honor the Most Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year and the Outstanding Business Leaders in Mindanao (Individual & Corporate Category) in the Fields of: – Agri-business / – Banking & Finance – Alternative Energy Dev’t/ – Health Food Production & Marketing, – Housing & Realty Dev’t – , cooperatives & Coop Insurance, – and Hotel/Resorts & Tourism Dev’t.
How did the annual award start?
The event was given birth in 2012 through the initiative of Mindanao Daily News Editor-in-Chief and Awards’ Executive Director Allan Mario Mediante, then supported by BusinessWeek Mindanao Corp. Publisher and CEO Dante Sudaria. They made a remarkable tandem that contributed to great impacts on the awardees.
Other awardees to name a few include: Sumifru Phils Corp for agri-business, Ist Valley Bank for banking and finance; FICCO for cooperative banking; Alrose Group of Companies for food manufacturing and marketing; Royal Mandaya Hotel for hotel industry; Dahilayan Adventure Park for resorts and tourism development; Phoenix Petroleum, mega entrepreneur; Salay Handmade Paper Industries, social entrepreneur; JCA Realty, service entrepreneur; Anakciano Inc (Lechon Manok ni San Pedro, business entrepreneur; Yulo Tee GTY Marketing, trading entrepreneur; Oro Asian Automotive Corp for transport industry and Italpinas for alternative energy.
The President’s corner
“The honorees will be successful business personalities and companies who helped propelled the fast-rising economy of Mindanao. The project also enabled Businessweek Mindanao to fulfill its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
According to BusinessWeek Mindanao publisher Mr. Dante Sudaria, the awardees will be top entrepreneurs and business leaders from the media’s point of view.
The awards will honor the Most Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year and the Outstanding Business Leaders in Mindanao (Individual & Corporate Category) in the Fields of: – Agri-business / – Banking & Finance – Alternative Energy Dev’t/ – Health Food Production & Marketing, – Housing & Realty Dev’t – , cooperatives & Coop Insurance, – and Hotel/Resorts & Tourism Development.
Dureza lauds Mindanao business community
Then Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza lauded the Mindanao business community for its role in the island region’s “amazing transformation.”
“You are the force behind the island region’s amazing transformation. You are among the reasons Mindanao is no longer considered the hotbed of a raging, decades-old insurgency but a land of vast opportunity and promise,” Dureza said.
Saying peace and development must be pursued simultaneously, Dureza underscored the programs and initiatives that the government is undertaking to move peace forward especially in conflict-affected areas across the southern region.
“This is exactly what we are trying to do in Mindanao, particularly in the implementation of programs and projects in conflict-affected communities. None of these development initiatives will succeed unless they are anchored on the principles of peace, cooperation, and solidarity,” he said.
Ending his message, Dureza urged the business leaders to take a proactive role in peace building.
“May all of you continue to carry out your mission of not only helping create more economic opportunities for our fellow Mindanaoans but, more importantly, take part in the collective effort to bring just and enduring peace in our island-region,” he said.