Shop showcases Mandaue’s best

PRODUCTS manufactured in Mandaue City can all be featured in one place after the #iammandaue shop opened at the City Time Square Monday.

A collaboration involving the City Government of Mandaue, the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), and manufacturers, the shop occupies a 162-square-meter space at the second-level of City Time Square along Mantawi Ave.

The #iammandaue shop, according to Mayor Jonas Cortes, shows that Mandaue is the manufacturing and industrial hub of Central Philippines. Some 40 companies have displayed products inside the shop, ranging from furniture, accessories, décor, home products and food.

This project, according to the mayor, is part of the city’s #iammandaue transformation program under the Performance Governance System (PGS).

The city and MCCI entered into an agreement with City Time Square allowing the city to use the space for free for a period of six months and renewable thereafter.

u201cIt is a store so we have to manage it in such a way that it be sustained,” said Marlene Bedia, executive director of MCCI, adding that they can hike the factory prices to defray their expenses.

For city administrator James Abadia, pooling the Mandaue products in one place signals an opportunity to promote not just the products, but the city in general, to future investors.

Inside the shop, products that are gold-sealed are from Mandaue while silver-sealed are from the different parts of Cebu.

An IT Company has also piloted the text-alert application of the shop where an owner of an Android handset can receive an alert text message about the #iammandaue shop within a 500-meter radius from City Time Square and another alert message immediately upon arrival at the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

With the upcoming APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) meetings, those behind the shop hope delegates will get a chance to drop by and see what Mandaue City has to offer. Cortes said Mandaue City is ready for this international event. Road repairs will be halted. The official, however, cited problems with the city’s drainage that results in floods during heavy rains.

Cebu sixth district representative Luigi Quisimbing said road works in Mandaue City are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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