By CLAUDEN MAE GENANDA
SAN CARLOS CITY - Representatives from the ThomasLloyd Group were in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental yesterday as part of their project visits around the country.
ThomasLloyd is a leading European based asset management and project finance group dedicated to the clean and renewable energy sector in Asia. The group is composed of 36 people from Zurich, London, Prague and major cities all over Germany such as Stuttgart, Frankfurt and others. The investment symposium and project visits are being hosted by Bronzeoak Philippines, ThomasLloyd’s project development partner in the Philippines. Led by ThomasLloyd Group Chairman Michael Sieg, the group will also meet with business and government leaders both in Manila and in Negros.
Two biomass-fired power plants will be launched in San Carlos City on Oct. 9 and in La Carlota City on Oct. 10, while a commercial solar plant will break ground on Oct. 9.
The San Carlos BioPower Inc. will launch its biomass-fired power plant in San Carlos City at 9 a.m., which will be followed by the groundbreaking of the San Carlos Solar Energy’s first commercial solar plant, also in the same city.
The two projects cost about P6 billion, its chairman, Jose Maria Zabaleta, said. Both the biomass and solar plants are expected to produce 20 megawatts of power each.
Bacolod City Vice Mayor Greg G. Gasataya lauded the business sectors’ big contri-bution to the booming economy of the city.
"It really impact the city’s economy as more inves-tors are coming in espe-cially with the mushrooming-in fast growing I.T. industry in the city where many of our graduates, including those from the province, who could actually work for outsourcing-based jobs a very big help," Gasataya said.
BUSINESS. Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) president Frank Carbon, with I.T. professional & webmaster Jein Pabalinas to his right and mediamen Rey Siason to his left and William Henry Streegan (foreground) exchange ideas on gov’t-business sector cooperation.* (Arman Toga photo)
Spokespersons for the Defend the National Patrimony-Negros, have exposed the entry of a US-based and a Malaysian-based company in the island which intend to convert an estimated 600,000 hectares in the island’s hinterlands areas specifically in Central Negros, which could cover part of the two provinces once converted into a palm oil plantation.
Spokespersons of the Defend the Patrimony-Negros, included Philippine Independent Church (PIC) clergymen Fr. Lemuel Canja and Bobby Minguito and Raymund But-ay, a member of the Bukidnon-Magahat-Ituman indigenous tribes living in the hinterlands of four villages in Himamaylan City, parts of Negros Oriental and parts of Kabankalan City.
These are in the connecting villages of Biao in Binalbagan, Mahalang, Carabalan Villages and in Brgy. Buenavista which also straddles part of Kabankalan City, But-ay said in the NNF/NDB interview yesterday after their press conference at the NPC.
These also border and upper reaches which are adjacent to the Kabankalan and Ilog Hilabangan rivers, he said.
Secretary Gregory Domingo of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has requested President Benigno Aquino to proclaim the NEGROS FIRST Cyber Center as an IT (Information Technology) Center.
The request was made by Domingo through a memorandum to the President dated August 2, 2013, and coursed through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., a copy of which was furnished by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to the media last Thursday.
Domingo’s request was upon the recommendation of Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director-General Lilia de Lima, the governor said. "The request is now at the Office of the President awaiting (Aquino’s) signature," he said in the interview.
Marañon said the presidential proclamation will boost the investment capability of the Cyber Center as the IT center of the Visayas.
To convey its heartfelt thanksgiving for the P1,000,000.00 Performance Challenge Fund, the Municipality of Pulupandan named after former DILG Secretary, the late Jesse M. Robredo, the newly constructed 6-unit market foodstalls situated inside the vicinity of the Pulupandan public market. The said fund was awarded to the LGU-Pulupandan after it earned its first ever Seal of Good Housekeeping in 2012, then during the term of former mayor Magdaleno M. Peña. This incentive was given to best performing LGUs all over the country in terms of transparency and to towns or cities with sound financial management.
Puregold Price Club, Inc. is confident of its target market in Metro Bacolod, underscoring its unique offering as a hypermarket where consumers can enjoy a whole shopping experience.
YESTERDAY was the grand opening and blessing of Puregold Price Club in Brgy. Banago, Bacolod. Mayor Monico Puentevella, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya and Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr. joined Puregold director Vincent Go, Ray and Betty Moleño and Operations Head Antonio De los Santos during the opening.*
Antonio delos Santos, vice president for Operations of Puregold, said in a press briefing at the formal opening of the hypermarket yesterday, that their venture in Bacolod is a result of study of their marketability.
Bacolod is a very progressive city, Puregold fits the market as a very customer-oriented hypermarket committed to consumer and retail excellence, he said.
One of the fast growing chain of stores in the country - the PUREGOLD Price Club, Inc. will now serve the people of Bacolod City and Province of Negros Occidental as it opens today its 192nd branch in its huge store at Sto. Nino Stop, Barangay Banago, Bacolod City.
This new hypermarket in the City of Smiles is a testament of PUREGOLD’s unwavering commitment to uphold consumer and retail excellence.
PUREGOLD Vice President for Operations Tonio delos Santos is grateful for branching out in the city and commits to provide Bacolodnons and Negrenses a new shopping experience, a one-stop-shopping convenience to its valued customers with a wide array of goods from groceries, apparel, household accessories and appliances at a very affordable price. Delos Santos also said that PUREGOLD is very customer oriented. "It is in our heart to provide the best hypermarket shopping experience to our loyal customers. We want to make our customers here smile sweeter as they shop with us" he said. PUREGOLD Price Club, Inc. has considered Bacolod City as their new home and sees their potential to grow
with the happy and resilient people of Bacolod and Negros Occidental. It is also re assuring to invest and do business in a city which is scientifically proven as business friendly and the most livable city in the country today. "As we aim to grow here, we also want our employees to grow with us. We are here to help them earn and become responsible, industrious, hardworking and dependable workers by providing them the necessary training in handling customer relation and appropriate service orientation,"delos Santos said. Puregold has successfully established a well-trusted and respected reputation in the Philippines as a provider of the best hypermarket shopping experience for every
ILOILO CITY -- A three-day summit that aimed to spurge economic growth in Visayas region was held laste last week at Sarabia Manor Hotel here, attended by more than 300 businessmen from regions 6, 7 and 8.
The 22nd Visayas Business Conference with the theme "One Global Visayas: Unleashing the TIGER (Toward Integration, Growth and Economic Resiliency) Economy focused on how the Visayas chamber of commerce lead in pushing the economy in this part of the Philippines.
Joe Marie Agriam, president of the event’s host, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)-Iloilo City said that the event aimed to strengthen the capacity of businesses in the region to promote robust economic growth.
PHILIPPINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (PCCI) Regional Director for Region 6 Bobby Montelibabno and Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) President Frank Carbon at the Visayas conference.* (Arman Toga photo)
ILOILO CITY - Officers and members of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry with MBCCI president Frank Carbon further promoted yesterday Bacolod City’s and Negros Occidental’s investment attraction, at the 3-day 22nd Visayas Business Conference here at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center.
Ambassador Benedicto V. Yujuico, (left) keynote speaker of the 22nd Visayas Business Conference, presenting in a graph the growth of investment confidence in the Philippines, stressing the advantage of the Visayas region. At right, Bobby Montelibano welcoming participants.* (Arman Toga photos)
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog welcomed delegates who came from various provinces in the Visayas, to the conference hosted by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)-Iloilo headed by its president Joe Marie Agriam.
Others who welcomed guests were Regional PCCI Governor for Region 6, Roberto L. Montelibano, and conference Chairman and PCCI Vice President for Visayas, Francis Monera.