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Leyte stages 4th Business Month celebration in October

Tacloban City (October 1) -- After three successful years, the Province of Leyte is staging the 4th Leyte Business Month celebration this October, with its private sector partner, the Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry once again hosting and managing the month-long event.

Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla has always advocated government and private sector partnerships. He has always believed that the business sector is the engine of growth in a market based economy such as the province of Leyte and the Philippines as a whole. As it is the principal sector that produces the goods and services and creates employment and wealth of the province, the stronger the business sector becomes, the more developed and progressive the province would be, Governor Petilla said.

Businessman Willy Julio, the Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry president and this year's chairman of the Leyte Business Month celebration, informed that the 4th Leyte Business Month celebration promises to be marked with high impact activities which will revolve around the theme: Leyte Going Green: Together We Can."

The choice of the theme is very appropriate and timely. It would be recalled that for the maiden year of the celebration, the theme was "Together We Can." On the second year, the theme was "Enhancing and Sustaining Economic Growth and Development." Last year, the theme was "Harnessing Local Potentials for Economic Development."

The media launching for this year's business month celebration will be on October 11 at the Harampang Ha PIA media interaction at Gerry's Grill Tacloban.

The highlights of this year's Leyte business month celebration is the IT, Tourism and Agri-Aqua/SME Trade Fair and Exhibits at the People's Center and Library on October 18 to 22.

A motorcade at 9:00 o'clock in the morning will herald the opening of the Trade Fair and Exhibits. An opening program will be conducted after which a press conference will be conducted at the Main Hall of the People's Center.

Among the activities on October 18 at the People's Center are the Leyte Bayong Design Competition, IT Investment Forum, BIR Tax Forum and Raffle Draw. The Francis Kong Business Leadership Seminar will be conducted at 6:30 in the evening at Hotel Alejandro.

On October 19, the activities at the Trade Fair include Destination Showcase at the Main Hall, Forum on New Tourism Directories, Partnership for Tourism and RA 9593. In the afternoon, stories of successful tourism entrepreneurs, the Raphael Farm and the Ocho Seafoods and Grill, will be featured. At the SMED Center, a Leyte Green Business Forum will be conducted from 8:00 o'clock to 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon.

On October 20, the activities will include a Tourism Job Forum, Nature Talk and Trek: Paru-Parong Bukid with Heli Asoy and raffle draw.

The activities for October 21 are the Leyte Investment Forum at SMED Center, Reception and Protocol Workshop for SMEs, and Employers Forum for Contractors and Sub-Contractors at the People's Center.

On October 22, the TIF on Environmentally Sound Technologies: Iodized Salt Production, Biogas Technology and Engineered Bamboo Technology and the 5S workshop for SMEs will be conducted.

The closing program and the awarding of prizes will be conducted at 3:00 o'clock in the afternoon of October 22.

On October 4 to 6, a skills training on abaca slippers making will be conducted by FIDA at San Antonio, MacArthur, Leyte. On October 11 to 13, a skills upgrading on Abaca Slippers Production will be conducted at Sta. Cruz, Jaro, Leyte. On October 15, the establishment of Abaca Processing Plant at Santol, San Miguel, Leyte, will be launched by FIDA while on October 25 to 29, FIDA will conduct a training on operation and maintenance of Abaca Stripping and Drying Center cum entrepreneurship on Abaca at Kananga, Albuera and Ormoc City.

On October 9, at 6:00 o'clock in the evening, the Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industtry is sponsoring a Cascades Musical Concert at the Tacloban City Astrodome.

On October 27 to 28, LCC is spearheading a Governor Icot Petilla Golf Tournament at the San Juanico Golf and Country Club. (PIA 8) [top]

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