ZCTIPC spearheads 1st Competitiveness Summit PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 October 2010 11:46

The Zamboanga City Tripartite Industrial Peace Council, headed by Department of Labor Assistant Regional Director Yahya Centi, formally launched the 1st Zamboanga Peninsula Competitiveness Summit aimed at promoting a collaborative effort among stakeholders in making Region 9 more competitive in terms of employment, working atmosphere, and economic activity in the whole country and abroad.

Director Centi, in a press conference, stressed the need for convergence of efforts from all sectors of the society to bring Region 9 at the top when it comes to competitiveness, both locally and abroad.

“It is very important that we work together as one if we are to achieve our aspirations. We have to come together because only then will we become much competitive and make our region be felt in the international level. We need the support of the government, the labor and private sectors, and equally important, is the support of the media in bringing out the good news and potentials of our region," Centi said.

Centi also emphasized on the important role of the private sector in the economy.

“Let me just inform you that the private sector is the engine of our economy. It’s not the government. The government is only there for regulatory works. It is in fact the private sector that boosts our economy," Centi stressed.

Centi also pointed that Zamboanga City is on the right track towards competitiveness.

“Zamboanga City was cited by the Asian Institute of Management as one of the most competitive cities in the country. We have a high employment rate here, and we have almost all industries here in Zamboanga," he said.

ZCTIPC vice Chair Jose Suan, representing the labor sector, affirmed Director Centi statement.

“Employment rate in Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Peninsula as a whole is very high. Our employment rate is around 90%. Among the cities and provinces in the region, Zamboanga City has the highest rate of employment because our city is an industrial city. Dapitan may be the tourism center of our region, Pagadian City, the regional center, but Zamboanga City is the center of industry in Region 9,”Suan said.

He also reported that soon, Zamboanga City will again cater to around 5,000 new jobs for jobs seekers in the region as four new big companies are about to open in the city’s west coast, two of those are a power companies, the Conal Holding Corporation and Infinity Solar Power.

Conal Holding Corp. is presently setting up its 100 megawatt coal-powered plant facilities in a 60 ha. space inside the Zamboanga City Economic Zone and Freeport Authority property that will address the city’s power woes. Infinity Solar Power is now applying for operation in the city.

Suan said the application was already endorsed by Mayor Celso Lobregat. The memorandum of agreement is now under review by the legal panel from the city government, Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO), Infinity Solar Power and Zamboanga City Economic Zone and Freeport Authority.

Two other companies are now processing their applications for operation in the city.

Director Centi said this new investments only reflect the city’s competitiveness. He again enjoined all stakeholders to give their share in propelling the region as one of the top regions in the country. -- PIA9-ZC