ORMOC CITY – Various businessmen, from a sarisari storeowner to giant corporations, were given citations on the evening of Tuesday, February 28, to recognize their being good taxpayers with winning visions and innovative mindsets.
The 2nd Business Awards is a project of the City Government to honor these entrepreneurs, in cooperation with the Ormoc Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OrCham). C i t e d u n d e r t h e
“Homegrown Micro Business Category”” were Dennis Barnaba, owner of Donden Store, a sarisari store (retail industry sector); Geronimo Cortes, proprietor of Edmoncor (service industry sector);
and Froilan and Juliet Celeste of Yoyi’s Homemade Products (manufacturing industry).
Emcee Maricel Ngo said Barnaba did not come because he was shy, while the Celestes also could not make it because the awards night was timed at the day when they were also opening up a Yoyi’s branch in Cebu. For the “Homegrown Small Business Category” with capitalization of P 3-million and above, cited were Dante S. Catingub of Advance Auto and Truck Parts (retail industry); Robert
B. Omega III for RB Omega III Logistics (service industry); Carmen M. Rodriguez and Lina Mejia of Quality Bakeshop (manufacturing industry).
For the “Large Business Branch/Franchise Category” with capitalizations of more than P 15-million, cited were Mercury Drug Corp. (retail); ThermaPrime Drilling Corp. (service) and Energy Development Corp. (manufacturing). Meanwhile, for the “Large Business Homegrown Category”, the awardees are Catalino Trading ( Retail); JFAP Construction (service) and Rodriguez Burger and Bread Corp. which is the mother company of Mayong’s Bakeshop and Snackhouse. The highlight of the awards were the Woman Enterpreneur of the Year which went to Carmen M. Rodriguez of Quality Bread Bakeshop and Enterpreneur of the Year which went to contractor Engr. Joseph Frederick Pepito. Councilor Bennet Pongos, who gave the welcome address during the 2016 Business Awards Night,
said the awardees were “good examples for other businessmen to emulate for demonstrating the winning vision, innovative mindset that will inspire other businessmen to be mindful in their role in city building, and ultimately, nation building.”
“Government alone could not create successful businesses. Success can only be achieved by the people who are here tonight, you, the noble and heroic businesspeople in Ormoc,” Pongos added, and in return “government must create that kind of environment that supports business, rewards them, and to put in place those ingredients and conditions that more businesses would enjoy the same successes being celebrated” that evening.
Mayor Richard Gomez, keynote speaker, highlighted his willingness to partner with the private sector. He also lauded the Ormoc Chamber for readily accepting his challenge to make sacrifices for the city.
He said that it had been a long day for him and other city officials, as they were having a 3-day workshop training to come up with Ormoc’s Comprehensive Development Plan “leading to our medium and long term plan that would last until 2015.” He noted it was important to plan even beyond his terms so that “plantsado na atong siyudad.”
“I am very grateful and happy to be working with the chamber and working with various groups,” he said, adding he does not have the monopoly of ideas. “What (changes) is happening in the city is because of you guys. I am the mayor but the decision, the problem solving, kita tanan ang magkauban,” Mayor Gomez said.
The mayor added that he is asking for the “patience” of the business groups as he tries to implement needed reforms. “As mayor, I have done a lot of unpopular moves,” he said, enumerating the new traffic scheme, the suspension of sand and gravel operations, market cleanup, street vendor relocations, and many more.
However, he said that it must be done and that it is the only way to do it. In parting, the mayor urged the businessmen, “Let’s make Ormoc a business friendly city and bring more money for Ormoc. It’s good for you and good for us.”