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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.

At an average salary of P15,000 monthly for each call center agent, this results to P45M a month — an amount that gets added to and circulated in the local economy, consequently helping families send their children to school and benefiting local businesses with the increase in purchasing power.


3 GENTLEMEN AND A LADY. The guest of honor, Hon. Fernandino T. Lising (2nd from left) president of United Philippine Lines, Inc. and Honorary Consul of the Philippines to Poland, enjoy the fellowship night with (from left) event organizer Leanne Zuniga Montemayor, MNCCI EVP Carlos Buenaflor and Joe Perez, MNCCI VP for Chamber Management.

Our young graduates dosn’t have to be separated from their families by going to Manila to look for jobs because they can find them here, right in our city, Bongat said.

Mayor Bongat added that the ongoing construction of Robinsons Place Naga at Almeda bypass highway at corner Roxas Avenue (Maharlika Diversion Road) will feature a BPO Center with its own building adjacent to the mall.

Not to be left behind, SM City Naga is also expanding and according to Mayor Bongat will construct an additional 9-storey building at an adjacent lot where four of its floors will be allocated for BPO locators. With this, a boom in the call center industry of Naga will be felt in the next few months or one or two years, making the peso investment and job generation opportunity multiply ten-fold.

MNCCI Board 2016

MNCCI BOARD 2016. The newly inducted set Board of Directors led by MNCCI President Gilbert Albero (4th from right) beam with hope and pride, along with PCCI VP for South Luzon Jeremie Lo (3rd from left, backrow), and PCCI Bicol Governor Clarine Palomares-Tobias (2nd from right) for a posterity photo LEANNE ZUNIGA MONTEMAYOR

Naga businessman Magno Edilberto Rojas Conag III, also a member of MNCCI, remembers Mayor Bongat and the Naga City Investment Board (NCIB) talking about the possibility of BPO locators a few years ago as various stakeholders helped prepare the “pitch deck” for IBM. “Today, it’s now a reality,” he says.

The mayor said he needs everyone’s cooperation and help for the city to continue to grow.

One Response to Naga’s economic power continues to soar

  1. Bert Bulalacao says:

    Mayor John,

    Your work inspires and uplifts the human spirit. What’s good for our people is good for Bicol. Thank you.

    Bert Bulalacao