Sec. Del Rosario: Your Cooperation Shall Move Faster the Rehabilitation
BY: ABDUL HANNAN M. TAGO
MARAWI CITY: Big business groups jam-packed the First Marawi Business Consultative Forum held recently at Bagumbayan Hall, Islamic City of Marawi to interact with local business community from the most affected zone.
The event under directive of Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, head of the Task Force Bangon Marawi was attended by various top business community in the country including Makati Business Club (MBC) represented by Mindanao Business Council, Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industries Philippines (MCCI) and the Philippines Business for Social Progress (PBSP).
In his speech Sec. Del Rosario asked for the cooperation and understanding of the affected Maranaos. “This will help the authority fast track the rehabilitation implementation that expected to start in March next year by observing and cooperating with the Task Force” TFBM head told business community. Mayor Majul U. Gandamra gave the welcome address while BFBCI Chairman Sibanah “Ivan” Menor talked about the mission and vision of BFBCI.
Rolando Torres talked on joint proposal and recommendations of both MBC and Mindanao Business Council. Eric Camacho also shared PBSP’s projects and programs intended for Internal Displaced People (IDPs). MCCI represented by Ali Naga Garangan and Asec. Felix J. Castro, Field Office Manager of TFBM were also presents.
The Korean Multinational LG Group represented by Ji Hyuk Jang as corporate sponsor of the exclusive forum for Ground Zero affected businessmen. The group introduced its proposal to transform the city into a smart one to address security and connectivity. The event was organized jointly by BFBCI and LGU Marawi City upon the call of the TFBM Chairman Sec. Del Rosario.
“With your help, Marawi can have a robust, vibrant business climate conducive to sustainable development and economic progress. Its people will then break free from the poverty that has plagued them for a long time, and then the change that we have been all hoping for Marawi even before the siege could become a reality” said the city Mayor Gandamra in his welcome address..
He said, this was organized in order for the government, business people and civil society to meet and discuss opportunities for collaboration and business partnerships and other activities that would lead to expanded entrepreneurship, job generation, and a revitalized economy that will in turn help to improve the quality of life for those in Marawi City.
“I believe that in spite of what had happened, the positive is that the aftermath has actually opened many doors for Marawi. In fact, Marawi after the siege offers businesspeople many great opportunities for business, and provided that these opportunities takes into consideration the cultural and religious sensitivities of the Meranaos, we welcome these with open arms” Mayor Gandamra said.