Ecozone execs impressed on Zambo City’s potentials PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2014 13:33

Members of the Philippine Investment Promotion Program Steering Committee (PIPP-SC) were impressed by Zamboanga City’s potentials as an investment hub.

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Clark Development Corporation Arturo Tugade expressed confidence in the city, saying Zamboanga is so rich in natural resources that would be useful to investors both in and outside the country.

“You have bountiful resources. Madaming pagkain, madaming natural resources na pwedeng pakinabangan ng ibang negosyo, ng ibang bansa at bayan. Kung potensyal lang, malaki ang potensyal ng Zamboanga,” he said.

He further added that city’s strength is its natural resources from its seas, mountains and even underground. What is needed, according to him, is the formulation of appropriate programs and regulations to make the city progressive.

“Ang kailangan lang dito, dapat na programa, dapat na panuntunan. Pag nagawa ito may progreso,” Tugade said.

President and Chief Executive Office of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and PIPP-SC Chairman Arnel Paciano Casanova was equally impressed by the city’s potentials and the people’s warm welcome.

“Our delegation was so excited because of the warm hospitality,” he enthused. “As we go around the city, you see the diversity of the culture, the hospitality and warmth of the people, and also the food.”

When asked what he thinks is the city’s strength and weakness as an investment hub, Casanova was quick to point out that Zamboanga has everything.

“Zamboanga is the center of trade in this area. In terms of people, tourism, location and resources, Zamboanga has everything,” he declared.

The only weakness, Casanova noted, is the problem on security. “Without that, Zamboanga will be one of the best cities in Southeast Asia. If only we are able to put stability and security in the city, Zamboanga will be one of the best cities in Southeast Asia.”

For his part, Tugade does not see a problem to the city’s peace and order.

“Sa mga nakita ko, maraming perceptions sa Zamboanga na dapat wala. Una na rito ang sa peace and order,” Tugade said.

The 18-member PIPP-SC contingent composed of heads of the country’s major investment promotion intermediaries (IPIs) is in the city for a three-day planning workshop which started on July 24. —Claudine Uniana