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PIA Press Release
2009/10/15

Leyte Gov bats for self-reliant economic development

Tacloban City (October 15) -- "Let us focus on local resources and potentials for furthering mutual cause of economic development," Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla exhorted the local business stakeholders.

In his message read for him by Board Member Evangeline Esperas, during the opening of the 3rd Leyte Business Month Fair at the People's Center on October 14, the honorable governor commended the invaluable support of the Leyte Chamber of commerce and Industry, the Bahandi Producers, and the national government offices.

He said that "we always have high hopes that local economic development will be ours despite the many challenges" because the stakeholders believe the province has the capacity for it and because they work hard together to build on the available resources.

Governor Petilla said that he will continue to sustain his advocacy, discussing with people behind the investment opportunities and making the steps towards pouring in of more investors and investments to the province especially with foreign dignitaries visiting the locality for the 65th Leyte Landing anniversary.

Governor Petilla disclosed that for this year, the Provincial Government of Leyte will continue to focus on priority investment areas such as Information and Communications Technology, Agriculture and Tourism as well as One Town One Product program.

He intimated that the Provincial Government of Leyte will continue its efforts in these areas until such time that it could truly be said that Leyte is the center of ICT, tourism and agriculture in the Region.

There is still a long way to reaching this goal, but to have come this far given limited resources, is already an achievement in itself, the good governor added.

The Province of Leyte has already been awarded as the country's Most Investment Friendly Province, but it will not rest on its laurels, instead, it will sustain the momentum of today's gains.

Governor Petilla called on the Leytenos must be grateful that it has been spared the damages of the recent typhoons that can set back years and years of work. While thanking the Good Lord for his blessings, Governor Petilla bid the Leytenos to expend help to "our fellow Filipinos" in Luzon.

The Province of Leyte is the first and only province in Eastern Visayas that holds an annual Business Month celebration. The celebration which is being spearheaded by the private sector, the Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is a tangible manifestation of the strong partnership Governor Petilla and the Provincial Government of Leyte has forged with the private sector.

The display of the OTOP Producers from many Leyte towns, the ICT displays, the tourism destinations which are uniquely Leyte, the agri-aqua products which are fruits of the Provincial Government's season-long training on high value crops, and the diskwento booths where basic commodities are sold at least P2.00 cheaper than suggested retail prices, the landscaping contest which showcases the talent of the Leytenos, the antique furniture, Christmas parapharnelia are awaiting the visit of the public even students and job-seekers.

Various lectures and seminars have also been lined up to help people on how to start a business, the orientation on the opportunities in medical transcription career, business forum, employer-employee forum, among others. (PIA 8) [top]

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