Moreno: Oro must maintain development hub status

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Thursday, February 13, 2014


MAKATI CITY – Cagayan de Oro must maintain itself as the hub of development in Northern Mindanao if it’s to expand and contribute to the growth of the whole island, mayor Oscar Moreno said Wednesday.

Speaking before the more than 300 businessmen, potential investors, government officials and partner agencies during the investment forum titled “Connect and Do Business in Cagayan de Oro” held at the Continental Hotel here, Moreno said the city must not just develop itself but Mindanao as well.

“Cagayan de Oro is not only a city by itself, but it’s a part of a bigger community,” Moreno added.

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But, he furthered, the city can’t grow by itself.

“We can’t develop Cagayan de Oro alone, we can’t do it alone,” he said adding that the growth of the city will also mean the growth of Mindanao.

Moreno has appealed to the business communities, both local and foreign, to give the city a chance considering that “investors are discriminating.”

“If you’re good they will look at you but you have to convince them that you deserve a second hard look,” he said.

Attendance exceeded

With the venue filled to the capacity, Moreno was impressed at the event’s turnout.

“This has exceeded far beyond my expectation, in attendance and reception,” he said.

Moreno added: “I didn’t expect what I saw. There was an outpouring of support. It was spontaneous and warm.”

Unfazed

Although the majority members of the City Council are perceived to be unsupportive of Moreno’s plans as evidenced by the slashing of the 2014 Executive Budget by as much as P330 million, the mayor said he has remained unfazed by the seeming political rift between the administration and the opposition bloc.

“We don’t have the majority of the council but this is just a transition,” he assured would-be investors.

Moreno said the culture of fear lingers in the city but he said this is only residual and will soon be a thing of the past.

“The only way to grow is for us to overcome that fear,” he added.

But in spite of what the city had gone through in the recent past, with tragedies such as Sendong still in the minds of the Kagay-anons, Moreno said he is confident that the people of the city are still optimistic.

“This is a community that wants to be a relevant player in nation building,” he said.

According to the National Competitiveness Council, Cagayan de Oro is ranked as the most competitive city, and thus, a strategic choice to do business.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 13, 2014.

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