SEDC President assumes local chamber leadership
MANDAUE CITY (March 26, 2021) — Investors and business operators in San Fernando pledged unity and collaboration with the municipal leadership, especially in riding out the crisis brought by the coronavirus pandemic and growing as the economic hub of Cebu South.
They made the pledge in a ceremonial nurturing of the “Forward as One: An Emblematic Call for Unity,” pouring water into a symbolic plant, that high-lighted the 2021 Investors Forum tonight at Bai Hotel, this city.
Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) and Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) took part in the ceremony that Mayor Lakambini G. Reluya and Vice Mayor Ricci Regen Reluya led along with the municipality’s department heads.
Senior vice president for operations and plant manager Tatsushi Sasao and vice president for administration Takuya Nose represented TCPI, and senior technical adviser and director Motohiro Tonsho for SEDC.
Atty. Dennis Tenefrancia, SEDC president, also took the same pledge as he also formally assumed leadership of the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce and Industry from Engr. Alan Jesus Salmero.
He received a galleon, symbol of trade and economic lifeline between Spaniards and the Filipinos towards the 1800s, from Salmero who heads the town’s Economic and Investment Promotion Office.
With a theme “Forward as ONE to a Shining San Fernando,” Mayor Reluya acknowledged during the forum both the obstacles and accomplishments her administration encountered, and future ventures she looks forward to realizing.
She reiterated her 10-point-agenda that set the tone of the dynamic, transformational and bridging leadership she and her son provided San Fernando that grew from its slumber with the help of the business sector that found the town’s potential for economic development.
In his welcome message, Vice Mayor Ricci vowed to “reward all businessmen who have invested in San Fernando for their trust and their faith.”
Municipal administrator Neil L. Papas closed the forum pointing out the need for businesses to be socially conscious. “Being socially conscious helps build a lasting relationship with the community,” he pointed out.
“Stakeholders do not only expect companies to provide great products and services, but also to help the community in which they operate,” he added.
Both TCPI and SEDC have been undertaking programs for the town through their respective Social Development Management Programs (SDMP) and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (EPEP).