Private sector-initiated Sulong recovery program first to launch in Pasay

(The Philippine Star) - June 13, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The private sector and the Pasay City government have partnered to work on long-term plans for economic recovery from the pandemic through the country’s first public-private partnership initiative, Sulong Pasay.

In its manifesto, Sulong Pasay said it aims to help attract more investors to Pasay to generate more jobs and revenues during this health crisis.

“To achieve these, we will assist the local government in developing long-term economic plans as well as help organize various sectors within the city such as those in business, the academe, the church, the workers, the women, the youth and the urban poor,” the manifesto read.

“This certainly gives a very strong signal that the city is ready to open further and move on to help restore lost opportunities, particularly employment and businesses,” Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) president Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. said during the launch last week.

He said the private sector remains a committed partner of the city government in achieving growth goals as it invites more investors to the city.

Ortiz-Luis said the exporters’ group has not only been a locator for at least 35 years in Pasay City, but is also a strong advocate and driver of business in the area.

He said the World Trade Center, which stands on land leased by the government to Philexport, has become a landmark of the booming trade activities in the country.

The city also serves as a “catalyst and harbinger” of an increasing number of major locators in the area, including five-star hotels, office buildings/condotels, as well as official quarters of business support organizations, such as the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said.

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) president Benedicto Yujuico is optimistic about the partnership of the private sector and the local government in creating a physical and economic transformation of Pasay City.

“The establishment of our PCCI’s Innovation Center is a testament to this belief and aspiration, and with the LGU’s help, we will make this center the front and center of the innovation ecosystem of our country,” he said.

Yujuico said the business organization would team up with technology giants and other key players to pursue a collective dream of making the Philippines the hub of the highest quality technological workers in the future.

Other proponents of Sulong Pasay include PCCI chairperson Alegria Limjoco, PCCI president emeritus and Philexport chairman George Barcelon, former tourism secretary and Philexport trustee Mina Gabor, Philippine Stock Exchange and PCCI Council of Elders chairman Jose Pardo, PCCI director Injap Sia and Hotel Owners Association of the Philippines president Arthur Lopez.

Sulong Pasay is a non-government organization composed of city-based industry leaders, workers, the youth, academe, church, and other civic leaders.

Pasay Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano has lauded the private sector for launching Sulong Pasay as she vowed full support for its initiatives and programs especially those aimed at helping the economy recover from the pandemic.

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