TACLOBAN CITY- Big business investors are coming to his city of Ormoc.
This was disclosed by Mayor Richard Gomez as the city will be hosting for the first time the 25th Visayas Business Area conference this month.
Gomez, an award-winning actor, said that among the big ticket investors that will do business in his city are SM, Ayala and the Gaisano companies.
The city, which has a population of more than 191,000, is soon to have its shopping mall as the construction of the Robinsons shopping mall is underway and is expected to be operational by October 2017.
“It will be a full shopping mall just like in Tacloban City with cinemas and a hotel,” Gomez said. The city’s Robinsons’ sits in a 11- hectare lot.
The mayor also said that he had already met with officials of the SM and Ayala companies who expressed their intention to put up investments in Ormoc.
Gomez said that for one, the SM will be putting its own hypermarket in the city.The planned hypermarket will sit at one hectare lot.
He, however, said that he has no idea when the construction of the SM hypermarket in Ormoc would start.
Meantime, Mayor Gomez also said that the Ayala group has also signified their desire to set foot in the city.
“But they are still scouting around for a location,” he said.
The Metro Gaisano, the mayor added, will also come in to the city.
“What I am doing is to make Ormoc a business-friendly city. We don’t demand anything from them. Wala kaming hinihingi na kutong. Ang sinasabi lang namin, pumasok kayo dito kasi this will be good for our people and anything good for our people will also be good for Ormoc City,” Gomez said.
He said that as part of his campaign to entice investors to come to Ormoc, he make sure that the city is not only clean but peaceful.
Meantime, Mayor Gomez said that he is excited with Ormoc hosting this year’s Visayas Business Area Conference slated next week.
The three-day conference will start on Sept.14 and will be attended by 2,500 businessmen from across Visayas.
He said that the conference will be a good event for businessmen to take a look on Ormoc’s potential as a business center.