CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Tycoon Manuel Pangilinan is set to host a meeting with the business sector and local stakeholders in the province in a bid to possibly identify development projects and infrastructural developments here.
The business meeting is set on July 14. Details of which are being facilitated by the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), a non-government social service organization.
The KDF is chaired by Pangilinan.
KDF president Benigno Ricafort and KDF officers Sylvia Ordonez and Jose "Ping" De Jesus met with Governor Lilia Pineda to finalize details of the event that is expected to be held inside Clark Freeport.
Ordonez said that the event is a way of Pangilinan's giving back to his home province and contribute more to the overall development of Pampanga. She added that Pangilinan can help in vital social and economic issues in the province through his network of companies.
Pangilinan, chief executive officer of First Pacific Co. Ltd., is currently the chair of some of the most successful companies in the country including PLDT, Meralco, Smart Communications, Manila Metro Rail Transit System, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Associated Broadcasting Company (TV 5), Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Medical Doctors, Inc., Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Pilipino Telephone Corporation or Piltel (Talk ‘N Text), and Philex Mining.
Pangilinan also partly owns the Makati Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila North Harbor Management, Talk’ N Text Tropang Texters and Meralco Bolts of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He heads the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the governing body in amateur basketball.
"We would like to meet with local stakeholders, sit down with them and discuss possible areas of cooperation," Ordonez added.
Ordonez said that among the areas to be tackled in the event are agriculture, energy and infrastructure developments for Pampanga.
She added that KDF will play a vital role in the development programs here particularly on the agriculture sector.
KDF was established by Kapampangans living outside of Pampanga to provide development, medical, and social programs for Pampanga.
KDF, with its operations base at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center, has been able to facilitate the distribution of hundreds of leg prosthesis to amputees of Pampanga, provide dozens of reconstructive facial surgeries and cataract operations to indigents. The group is also doing livelihood-training programs in Pampanga.