A Virtual Business Mission for Negros Occidental, organized and implemented by the European Chamber of Commerce in the Phil. (ECCP) in partnership with the Local Government Integrity Circles (LoGIC) Network and the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental was held recently aimed at exploring business opportunities for supporting the business recovery of the LoGIC Network member LGUs and looking into possibilities for making investments and creating new jobs.

The meeting held via Zoom platform was participated in by the local government units, local economic and investment promotion officers, LoGIC ECCP representatives, private sector, and investors.

Specifically, it aims to introduce the Province as a LoGIC Project preferred investment destination; exchange information on business interests and investment requirement of localities; orient and match the business mission delegates on the business opportunities in the province; and strengthen the network between local stakeholders and potential investors for continuous consultations and dialog on business opportunities and exchange information on business interests and investment requirements of localities.

Gov. Bong Lacson was present in the meeting together with Economic Affairs Consultant Alfredo Benitez, ECCP Project Coordinator Gerry Constantino, KAS Project Director, Dr. Stefan Jost.

“Transparency, good governance, efficiency and accountability — all these must remain even in the haste and urgency to respond to COVID-19. Sound and sensible processes must be present to avoid corruption and even appearance and suspicions of corruption,” said Gov. Lacson.

“Crisis like this although unwelcome is a great window of opportunity to create and rebuild trust and solidarity between the government and the people,” he added.
He also said that today’s generation, both the public and private sectors will be judged on how they faced and handled the unprecedented challenge which encompasses both health and non health implications, and that cooperation and strategic partnerships need to be magnified to limit the health, social , economic and political impact.

Williard Gallo of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Reynaldo Bantug of Aton Land and Leisure, Inc., and Arthur Aguilar of Biopower Group of Companies gave their respective testimonials at the meeting.