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Bicol biz month all set for Nov. 7 opening

By Jason B. Neola

RIDING high on the theme “Onward Powerhouse Bicolandia,” all is set for the final opening of Bicol Business Month 2016 on November 7 at SM City Naga and at various other venues for the succeeding events lined up for this year’s biggest trade and business event.

The Bicol Business Month is an annual activity spearheaded by the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the strong support of the City Government of Naga and various partner agencies from both the government and private sectors.

Joe Perez, this year’s BBM chair, said that an array of guests and speakers led by no less than Vice President Leni Robredo who will address the Women’s Congress slated on Nov. 26 will top bill the different seminars, forums and symposia to highlight Bicol’s coming of age as an emerging socio-economic powerhouse in this part of the Luzon south of Manila.

VCH New Wing

VILLA CACERES HOTEL. This is an artist’s perspective of the newest wing of Villa Caceres Hotel that is set to be formally opened on Sept. 4, 2016 to meet the discriminating taste of Naga City’s burgeoning tourism and entertainment industries. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

VILLA CACERES HOTEL. This is an artist’s perspective of the newest wing of Villa Caceres Hotel that is set to be formally opened on Sept. 4, 2016 to meet the discriminating taste of Naga City’s burgeoning tourism and entertainment industries. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

NAGA CITY — No less than Vice President Leni Robredo and a host of VIPs that include Ambassador James Dy will lead the formal launching of the newest wing of Villa Caceres Hotel in the morning of Sept. 4.

During the launching program and cutting of ribbon at 10:00 a.m. of said date, Naga businessman Robert Obiedo, owner of the hotel, said the following important persons will also be around to act as co-sponsors: Camarines Sur Gvo. Migz Villafuerte and Bicol Tourism Director Nini Ravanilla; Rep. Gabby Bordado and Fil-Am businesswoman Atty. Loida Nicolas Lewis; Mayor John G. Bongat and her First Lady Farah; Mr. Robert Yang and Chairwoman Andrea Domingo; and Mr. Dioceldo Sy and Atty. Maria Anthonette Velasco.

Most Reverend Archbishop Rolando Tria-Tirona will lead the blessings rites. At 12:00 noon, sumptuous lunch in the tradition of Villa Caceres Hotel’s excellent cuisine will be served at Dona Dolores Convention Center.

Naga’s economic power continues to soar

By Jose B. Perez, Editor

Business Partner

BUSINESS PARTNER. Underscoring effective partnership between the government and the private sector, Naga Mayor John Bongat told members of the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry that economic dynamism in the city continues to flourish with the entry of more investments, particularly on retail trade and the BPO sector, which provide additional jobs, income, and infrastructure for the city. LEANNE ZUNIGA MONTEMAYOR

NAGA CITY — Naga’s role as a roaring economic power in Bicol continues to soar with more investments and service locators coming into the city creating more jobs and providing more infrastructure and opportunities for both big business and small entrepreneurs.

This was stressed by Naga City Mayor John Bongat during the first quarter general assembly meeting, induction and business forum of the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) at La Piazza Ballroom of Avenue Plaza Hotel who said that soon a new 5-storey building near the JMR Coliseum will be completed to house an additional 3,000 more slots for IBM, a BPO service provider which now has its IT park in the city.

The mayor disclosed that that the three big call centers now operating in the city, namely: IBM, Concentrix and Stellar, employ approximately 3,000 young people, aside from the 1,500 or so who are working at Sutherland at the provincial capitol complex in Pili, Camarines Sur, but whose employees or call center agents are mostly based or are residents of the city.