Villar cites Zambo’s bustling commerce PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:36

Former senate president and one of the country’s business tycoons Manny Villar couldn’t help but noticed yesterday Zamboanga city’s bustling economy, citing the heavy vehicular traffic, the booming construction industry and the lot of people going about their trades every day.

“I really feel that Zamboanga deserves a lot more of investments. Malaking kawalan sa mga investors na hindi alam kung gaano ka ganda dito sa Zamboanga. Talagang bustling ang commerce dito. Marami sa Manila ang hindi nakakita, hindi naka intindi at hindi na-appreciate ang ekomoniya ng Zamboanga,” Villar said during the signing of the P742-million water treatment facility deal between his son’s firm, the PrimeWater Infrastructure Corporation (PIC) and the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority at the Garden Orchid Hotel yesterday morning.

“For investors to skip Zamboanga is their loss. Their loss is my son’s gain,” added Villar, whose company is already operating a memorial park (Golden Haven) in Divisoria.

Villar was in the city to represent his son in the signing of a memorandum of agreement between PIC and Zamboecozone for the construction and management of a water treatment facility and bulk water supply project at the ecozone’s 50-hectare leased space at Sitio Anuling, Upper Pamucutan, west of this city.

Under the agreement, PIC will treat and supply 50,000 cubic meters a day of bulk water to the Zamboanga City Water District for distribution to the residences in the west coast, particularly in the Ayala District, and 15,000 cubic meters a day of bulk water to the ecozone.

For her part, Mayor Beng Climaco thanked the PIC and other Villar group of companies for investing in Zamboanga and for believing in the city’s business potentials.

“We would like to thank you for giving us an inspiration, most especially now that we are trying to rebuild the city that has been broken by the siege. Your presence here today, the first Easter Monday, gives us so much hope,” Climaco said of Villar and his family.

Congressman Celso Lobregat of District 1, meanwhile, expressed elation over the investment confidence that the Villar group of companies has given to Zamboanga.

He said to develop and progress any city needs the prime utilities like water and electricity, aside from peace and order concerns. “If we address these three concerns, I’m sure the city will develop.”

Both Climaco and Lobregat are members of the Board of Directors of the Zamboecozone, and together with Villar and ZCWD officials they witnessed the signing of the agreement. The project is an important component of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) Plan and the Build Back Better Zamboanga program of the city government.— Vic Larato