Provincial Government of Bulacan

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Affected Bulakenyos due to MIA construction to receive resources and skills training

BULACAN INVESTORS FORUM. Governor Daniel R. Fernando discusses the readiness and action plans of the Provincial Government of Bulacan regarding the new Manila International Airport, which will soon rise on a 2,500-hectare property in the town of Bulakan, Bulacan. Also in the photo are (from L-R) Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) President Cristina C. Tuzon, Paombong Vice Mayor Cristina T. Gonzales who is representing the Fisherfolks’ Group/Island Dwellers, City of Malolos Mayor Gilbert Gatchalian, League of Municipalities of the Philippines –Bulacan Chapter President and Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio C. Cruz, Jr., BCCI Chairperson Wilhelmina I. Neis and Chief Hilton T. Hernando of Pampanga River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning Center PAGASA Regional Services Division-National Capital Region.

This was made clear during the forum dubbed as Bulacan Investment Forum with the theme ‘The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe Today’, which was organized by the Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and Provincial Government of Bulacan held at The Pavilion in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center here yesterday.

During the question and answer part of the forum, Chief Financial Officer and Treasury Head of San Miguel Holdings Corp Raoul Eduardo C. Romulo shared their company’s long-term plan to the residents of the communities that will be affected with the implementation of the project.

“Hindi lang kami naghahanap ng part-time workers. Kasama ‘yan sa plano, affected fishpond workers will be given resources and skills training and development para makapag hanapbuhay ang tao. Gaya ng sinabi ko, nasa DNA namin ang ‘malasakit’. So for the long term life of our company, hindi kami tatagal ng 108 years kung wala kaming malasakit sa komunidad,” he said.

Bulacan Gov. Daniel R. Fernando also said that economic growth will not only come from the economic activity of the airport itself but also from other parallel aspects such as tourism-related jobs and other indirect jobs in the first few years of operation.

“Ang progreso ay magmumula hindi lamang dahil sa economic activity ng mismong airport. Mas malaki pa ‘yung indirect economic benefits. An international airport generates economic growth, creates direct and indirect jobs, and facilitates international trade and tourism, which is expected to bring trillions of dollars and 35 million tourists annually,” the governor said.

According to San Miguel Holdings Corporation, one of the major investors of the USD 15-B New Manila International Airport in Bulacan, the project will set the standard for a modern and world class international gateway, which will also raise the country’s profile and image as an investment and tourist spot.

Also, during the investment opportunities part, representatives from Luzon Alliance Medical Center, Inc., Ace Malolos Doctors Medical Center and Alveo Land Corporation presented and discussed their investment plans and opportunities for prospective Bulakenyo investors.

Furthermore, Jacinto O. Polido, Division Chief of the Consumer Protection Division in the Department of Trade and Industry, also announced that Bulacan recently ranked number 9 in being the most competitive province in the country during the 7th edition of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) last month.