Group photo of the participants of Laguna Business Code Focus Group Discussion

The Provincial Government of Laguna (PGL), through the Local Economic Development and Investment Promotions Officers (LEDIPO), helps in boosting the local economy. The Laguna Business Code is being created as a result of this collaboration, and it is proposed to be linked with the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Local Investment Incentives Code (LIIC) among municipalities and component cities in Laguna. Thus, Cabuyao City joined the focus group discussion headed by Ms. Fatima Villaseor, Provincial LEDIPO, Johnny Boy Tizon, NU Laguna Program Chair, and Marcelina Alcantara, Division Chief of DTI-Laguna’s Business Development Division.

Major industries, investment priorities, and Cabuyao Laguna’s economic prospects were among the highlighted topics during the meeting. According to Engr. Myra Alcazar, Head of CIDA, one of Cabuyao’s key priority projects for economic development, is strengthening and enhancing the city’s infrastructure, which includes road and bridge construction and repair. The City Planning Officer, Ms. Deanna Ortiz stated that, because of Mayor Mel Gecolea’s strong leadership, they were able to collaborate easily with other departments to complete projects despite financial constraints. Meanwhile, NC Cabuyao and CCLDO/PESO Head Mr. Christian Benedict Bueno remarked that they strive to assist MSMEs in managing their enterprises by fostering and cooperating with other departments such as the livelihood and cooperative departments. As a result of the LGU’s collaboration on projects and works, they can say that “An Enterprising City” is the best branding that suits Cabuyao.

in photo: participants of Laguna Business Code in a group discussion

The strategies, programs, regulatory requirements, guidelines, current economic activity, and recommendations derived from this assessment and discussion will be used as a major contributor to the drafting of the Laguna Business Code, which is intended to help MSMEs attract more incentive to invest and continue to operate under more business-friendly policies and regulations, thereby boosting the local and provincial economies

Other key officials present in the meeting were Ms. Pauleen Caparas, Cooperative Officer, Ms. Irma Alegros, City Veterinarian Office, Mr. Ronnan Elomina, OIC of Office of the Building Officials, Ms. Julie Ann Ceraos, Senior Agriculturist, Ms. Luzviminda Edralino, Head of City Agriculture Office, Ms. Merlina Villaluna, City Assessor, Ms. Jean Resurreccion, Negosyo Center Business Counselor, Ms. Miriam Donna Sarsaba and Mr. Manolo Criscini, LGU counterpart of Negosyo Center. ♦

Date of Release: 2 March 2022