by Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon
OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental (PIA)—To ignite a constructive dialogue in addressing issues and creating solutions together, the provincial government of Misamis Occidental hosted the 1st Business and Investors’ Forum at the Asenso Misamis Occidental auditorium, Oroquieta City.
The forum is aimed at promoting integrity and provincial competitiveness to attract more investments and jobs in the province.
“We are opening business investment opportunities in the province, and we are inviting business sectors to be partners in the needs of the provincial government because instead of giving that opportunity to outsiders of Misamis Occidental, we believe that Misamisnons deserve to be the first,” Governor Henry S. Oaminal said.
Meanwhile, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator William Valles Jr. shared the development direction of the province.
In the next three years, at least 90% of Misamisnons will be living above the poverty line, and by the end of 2023, Misamis Occidental will become an insurgency-free and drug-free province, he said.
It will also become a tourism destination as well as an agriculture and investment hub for Mindanao, Valles added.
Provincial Economic Enterprise Officer, Jonathan L. Callanta, discussed various investment and promotion opportunities with PGMO flagship projects that can attract investors, particularly with the opening of the Panguil Bay Bridge and the enhancement of airport and seaports.
“These are all key changers nga maka-attract sa mga possible investors. So, I’m calling all the business sector and investors, please consider Misamis Occidental because, with the present leadership, maprotektahan ang inyong investments,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Office of Provincial Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Affairs (OPTACA) Head, Cristy O. Saplot, shared on “Asenso Turismo.”
Meanwhile, John Kerwin See, a resident of Ozamiz City and Solane business owner, shared the challenges of the business sector nowadays.
“We are happy that, especially in our province, our government officials are active in trying their best to boost the economy and recover from the COVID times, so we are here karon sa kani nga (now in this) forum and daghan ta ug na pick up nga (we have picked up a lot of) important information and opportunities.
Numerous important figures from the province attended the forum to discuss additional business opportunities and cooperative initiatives to promote inclusive and sustainable growth. (SMRN/PIA-10/Misamis Occidental)