Bizmen excited and optimistic with new Cebu leaders, Capitol vows

As the new administration dawns at the Cebu Provincial Government, the business sector looks forward with “excitement” and “optimism.” For its part, the province assures the business sector of continued support especially in its tourism activities.

“Tourism in Cebu is really a private sector-driven. We in the public sector can only complement. And I am here again to pledge the support of the provincial government to the Tourism Congress,” said Acting Governor Vice Governor-elect Agnes Magpale on Tuesday’s (May 21) 888 News Forum at Marco Polo Plaza Hotel.

The officers of Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) were also in attendance. The organization will be celebrating its “Cebu Business Month (CBM) 2013 Excite Cebu Power Up Global Business!”

One of the highlights of the said event is the Tourism Congress, which brings local, national, and international speakers to share on the success of tourism industry in Singapore, China, and Canada.
Magpale, who had been working for tourism as a legislator at the provincial board, said she already told Governor-elect Hilario Davide III about her plan to dole out financial aid for the business month.

Melanie Ng, the over-all chairperson of CBM 2013 said they knew they were likewise “passionate” for the eventual progress of Cebu and in supporting the initiatives of the business community.

“We are looking forward for more exciting things to come to Cebu,” added CBM Tourism Committee Chairman Edwin Ortiz. Tourism Committee Consultant/Adviser Milagros Espina expects a bullish tourism industry in Cebu with the “honesty” and “integrity” of Davide and Magpale regime.

In the aftermath of the just concluded elections, there will be another political exercise at the provincial board for the committee chairmanships.

As a former chairperson of the committee on tourism for 18 years, Magpale told her audience at the forum that she will fight to get the committee back.

The partnership of CCCI and the provincial government has reaped good fruits in the past years. In 2005, CCCI introduced the Suroy Suroy Sugbo to bring the tourists to the countryside instead of just going around the metropolis.

The program was eventually adopted by the outgoing Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, who is currently serving her sixth-month suspension.

Magpale has extinguished doubt whether it will be continued or stopped stating Suroy Suroy Sugbo has been institutionalized by an ordinance. Davide, who will officially assume the governorship on June 30, will only have to appropriate funds for it.