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Business leaders grace Bicol Business Week opening

NAGA CITY, June 28 — Fifty-eight Manila and local investors attended the formal opening of the 6th Bicol Business Week (BBW), in this city over the weekend.

Along with other business leaders led by Regional Governor Henry Buban of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Bicol, the investors vowed to support the event’s future expositions which seek to put the region in the country’s business map.

BBW is an investments promotion initiative which has been institutionalized as an annual event by the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the city government of Naga.

Bringing in state-of-the-art devices and technology innovations, the Manila-based and local investors occupied at least 74 display booths to showcase their products and services.

Carla V. Kim, sales manager of Hotel Venezia and Misibis Bay in Albay’s Cagraray Island, hailed the event as a “significant undertaking wherein modern services and products are unfolded before the eyes of consumers.”

Echoing the sentiments of the majority of the investors, Kim said having Naga City as the venue for the traditional exposition places the event in proper posturing since Naga is Bicol’s recognized center for business, education, and culture.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) elevated Naga City to the Hall of Fame as the Most Business Friendly City in the country.

In his opening rites message, Mayor Jesse M. Robredo said the annual event next year will find more appropriate venue to accommodate a bigger number of participants and exhibitors with the completion of the Naga City Coliseum.

The multimillion-peso facility is now 90 percent completed and will be inaugurated in September.

This year’s BBW exhibits and shows, which were formally opened to the public Sunday, include the information technology on agriculture and aquaculture, tourism and wellness, renewable energy, consumer goods, car and motor show.

A job fair is scheduled on Friday and Saturday, July 2-3, from 9-5 p.m. at the Activity Center of the SM City Naga.

Franchising seminars are to be held from June 28 to July 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CBD 2’s Activity Center. Regional tourism assembly catalyzing Bicol’s tourism growth through sectoral initiatives and coordinated leadership is also one of the complementing activities of this year’s BBW.

Seminars and trainings on mari-culture and seaweeds farming, food safety & quality, small enterprise, food safety and awareness, regional farmers’ forum are to start today until July 3.(PNA)

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