“WE ARE steadfast, and we are committed.”
That is how Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA) president Joselito Go best describes the organization in its continuous mission to provide unparalleled service to its members inside the Clark Freeport.
“We continue to do our role as CILA, which is bridging the way between CDC and other government entities, to the locators and investors here in Clark. We reach out to them and give them voice as a whole. We see to it that they are satisfied in making business here inside the Freeport,” Go said in an interview with SunStar Pampanga.
In its more than two decades of existence, CILA – a non-profit organization representing the investors and locators in Clark – has been reaching out to trader-members to provide valuable information regarding the business community.
Founded in 1996, CILA is now has over 180 members, almost all of which are big local and international companies belonging to various sectors and industries.
Go highlighted that becoming a member of CILA gives traders access to information, as well as updates on various happenings and developments in Clark. It is duly recognized by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), owing to its membership base and its proven track record in helping its members generate productive economic activity inside the industrial hub.
“If there are differences and adjustments in terms of policies that need to be ironed out, we coordinate it with CDC and we do whatever we can to help. We have a very good and mutual relationship with CDC, and we go hand-in-hand in serving our locators and investors,” he added.
“One of the primary benefits is that you get to know what’s going on inside Clark—the developments, projects, and of course its new programs and policies. We’re always updating our members, and we also ask them if there are some enhancements and provisions they want to suggest, from their end,” he relayed.
The president furthered that CILA also has several initiatives that not only benefit its locators but also the surrounding communities in Clark.
“Two weeks ago, we had our annual CILA Golf Tournament which is a fundraising activity aimed to shell out funds for the benefit of the less privileged children in Clark Special Economic Zone and neighboring communities. This is only one of our many CSR programs which aim to help our needy and underserved kababayans,” he said.
“Another priority of CILA is our scholarship program for the children of employees whose company is a member of the organization. We’re in the process. We’re working out the procedure in terms of qualification. Hopefully, it will materialize this school year,” he continued.
Go added that another program lined-up by the organization is the upcoming CILA Bowling Tournament.
“If we have the golf tournament for the executives, we also thought of conducting a bowling tournament which is for all levels. This tournament will serve as a venue to strengthen bonds and camaraderie between every member of the organization, to further enhance business relationships towards an optimum future for Clark. We will be staging this tournament this coming June,” he said.
Go, who is now on his second term as president of CILA, is the plant manager of Viskase Asia Pacific Corporation. He had previously worked for Yokohama Tires in Clark as its department manager in the year 1996 to 2003.
The 48-year-old executive noted that representing his fellow locators and investors in Clark is a privilege for him and that he is happy to be of service.
“I admit, being president is not easy. This is a voluntary effort on our part, because we are not paid here. But I take pride in helping our members. I make time to attend to their needs, and I am committed to make sure that they have a conducive and sustainable business environment here in the Freeport,” he said.
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on May 29, 2017.
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