TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, 16March2017 (PIA)— The City of Tagum branded its first collective gathering of prime-movers in the business sector as “Tagumpay Business Conference” that was held yesterday (March 15)  at  Big 8 Corporate Hotel.
The first locally organized business conference featured plenary discussion that drew the participation of  prominent and key investors in the city particularly  the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hijo Resources, Rosanna Tuason-Fores;  CEO and President of JS Gaisano, John Gaisano; and Chairman of LYR Group of Companies, Larry Y. Rubinos, Sr.
Among  the tackled topics were “Building a Conducive and Sustainable Business Environment in Tagum”, “Improving Tagum's Investment Potential”, and “Tourism and ICT”.
Fores was particularly concerned about nurturing the environment and preserving it for the future generation.
“Let us follow Hijo's vision: let us nurture nature today to benefit the generations of tomorrow,” she said.
Among the properties of Hijo Resources is the Banana Beach which includes among its distinct features the 60-hectare forest with century old trees, coconut plantation, mangrove areas and small fishing ground that the Tuason Family has preserved at their natural states.
Tuason favours tourism as it “gives multiple benefits” including job generation but she pointed out during her talk the importance of tapping human capital  which she viewed as one of the assets of Tagum City.
Meanwhile,  Gaisano suggested some means of advancing the edge  of Tagum as an investment destination, pointing out  the crucial role of the local government unit (LGU) especially in putting at the right place  the needed infrastructure; setting a much affordable local taxes and business fees; providing clean and safe water supply;  and providing access to information on laws, rules and regulations to guide investors.
Gaisano also saw the need to stabilize energy supply at low cost, to establish fast means of cheap and convenient transportation, to ensure security for all whether rich or poor and to lower the cost of education to entice students from nearby towns to study in Tagum.
He included in his recommendations to use the internet as a means of enhancing Tagum’s potential for investment,  and to tap businesses that attract the interest of “millennials.”
Rising from the micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs),  Rubinos highlighted in his talk the importance of  creating opportunities for  the MSME sector in the City of  Tagum.  (PIA 11/ Jeanevive Duron Abangan with reports from CIO Tagum)