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Make city the logistics hub, local businesses push

 

Successful entrepreneurs are behind “all the way” to the efforts of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas ll to establish Roxas City as the “Logistics Hub for Northern Panay” and promote it and the whole Province of Capiz as “preferred investment destination.”

 

Roxas, who met with the local businessmen last December 2012, noted that many multinational companies (of consumer goods) are locating their warehouses and depots in Capiz.

 

Northern Panay has a combined population of about 1.5 million and is composed of the provinces of Capiz and Aklan and northern parts of Iloilo and Antique.

 

Danilo So Chan, chair of the Capiz Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council ( MSMEDC), is closely working with the local business sector led by the Capiz Halaran Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Roxas City Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry to achieve Secretary Roxas’ latest vision for Capiz.

 

So Chan signed a Letter of Commitment dated March 7, 2013 with Roxas City Mayor Angel Alan B. Celino and Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco Sr. geared towards ensuring a vibrant economy in Northern Panay and the realization of the logistic hub in Northern Panay with Roxas City as the center.

 

The Letter of Commitment states that Roxas City plays an important role in the logistics of northern Panay and that cooperation among governments and private parties is a prerequisite to achieve this.

 

It said a logistics hub can create an important impulse for the economic development, improving the living standards and the environmental conditions for Panay Island.

 

Towards this end, Mayor Celino said he is intensifying efforts in the area of peace and order, infrastructure (like having good roads) and providing incentives to would-be investors.

 

So Chan, meanwhile, said that in order to create a coherent framework on March 1 2013, the three parties developed the first Masterplan on logistic development with a vision, goal and private projects.

 

He said that within the framework of this cooperation, a number of projects and activities canbe developed as part of the Masterplan on logistic development.

 

The three partners agree to cooperate in logistic development on aviation, land transport and maritime.

 

Source: Gerry T. Pagharion

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