By JASON B NEOLA
PILI, CamSur: The local government units of Pili and San Jose in this province were conferred the top honors in the recently concluded First LGU Tabang Sa Negosyo Awards launched by a provincial business organization here, which marked a first-ever attempt to bring down to the town level the search for business-friendly LGUs.
CamSur Gov Miguel Luis Villafuerte, who was guest speaker during the occasion, cited the towns of Pili and San Jose as “pioneering awardees” that will serve as models for all other LGUs in the province to emulate.
The awards program was initiated by the CamSur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CSCCI), under the leadership of Engr Solomon C Ngo, in cooperation with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
Pili Mayor Alexis San Luis received the award in behalf of his municipality which earned the highest number of points in Category I, which includes first to third class municipalities, in ceremonies held last Dec 3 at the Villa del Rey, at the Capitol Complex, here.
Mayor Antonio Chavez of San Jose town, meanwhile, took for his town a plaque and cash reward from the Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CSCCI) for topping Category II, or those belonging to 4th to 6th Class municipalities.
The cities of Naga and Iriga were also handed special citations as outstanding models for business-friendly practices.
The towns of Bato, Libmanan, and Tigaon received Silver awards for their efforts in initiating changes in the business-related procedures that cut down red tape and promoted local business growth.
Ngo, president of the province’s influential business organization, cited the support of its partners in the drive to build competitive enterprises in the countryside, particularly PAGCOR which donated P200,000 to the chamber.
He said he considered it his main mission to promote strong relationships with the local leadership through the LGU Tabang sa Negosyo Award.
“Boot ko pong ipasabot na pangenot sa sakuyang misyon iyo an magkaigwa nin toltol asin honestong pakikipagrelasyon sa mga local leadership kan LGUs,” Engr. Ngo said.
“Together with the new CSCCI Board, we will formulate a roadmap to institutionalize this award by giving incentives to local LGUs to become partners in facilitating and easing the procedures in doing business with the respective towns or municipalities,” Ngo stressed.
He said in his speech that the chamber will fasttrack micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) development through a well-defined strategy for business advocacy.
The chamber also plans to formulate a system in linkage building among business and the private sectors as well as LGUs, he explained.
The provincial government for its part, the young governor said, is committed to promoting a more welcoming environment where businesses will flourish, stressing that as an entrepreneur himself, he was aware of the difficulties startups face when doing business.
The CSCCI also disclosed it was planning to undertake trade missions and investment-tourism promotion activities to attract national and foreign investors.
The growth of business will come from a progressive, business-friendly environment, he explained.
That is why we are encouraging each municipality to form their own business councils so that the business sector and the local government units can become effective partners in strengthening local businesses in their respective areas, the governor added.
Meanwhile, in a related development, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur has approved a resolution crafted by Board Member Amador Simando authorizing the governor to enter into and sign for and in behalf of the province of Camarines Sur, a memorandum of agreement with the Technology Resource Center (TRC) for the establishment of the Technology and Livelihood Development Center (TLDC) in Camarines Sur.
Resolution 007, Series of 2013 was submitted to the provincial board on July 29, 2013, which is in accordance with Memorandum Circular No. 2007-67 dated June 25, 2007 issued by then Secretary Ronaldo V Puno of the DILG.
The lawyer-board member said the resolution brings him closer to his goal of helping solve local labor and employment problems here.
The TLDC aims to help produce more skilled workers who can be fielded for both local and international deployments. – Bicol Mail