Powerhouse cast for the 22nd MinBizCon in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 July)– At least a dozen Cabinet secretaries and business tycoons will be the key speakers during the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) that will have President Benigno Aquino III as the major guest.

This year’s theme is “Moving Towards ASEAN Business Integration.” It is slated on August 8 to 10 at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang.

Hosted this year by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII), MinBizCon is the largest annual gathering of top government and business leaders and members of chambers of commerce in the island.

President Aquino is set to deliver his message on August 10. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will deliver a welcome address during the event organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

Organizers said the senior government officials invited to present were Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles, Climate Change Commission Secretary Lucille Sering, Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority, Secretary Emmanuel Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon will also serve as resource speakers.

Prominent businessmen will also be speaking during the event. They include Lance Gokongwei Jr., JG Summit Holdings Incorporated president and chief operating officer; Manny V. Pangilinan, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company chair; Henry Sy Jr., SM Investments chief executive officer; Vicente Quimbo, Novellino Wines president; and Manuel Orig, Aboitiz Power Corporation first vice president for Mindanao affairs.

The event, according to the organizers, is a “platform for fostering competitiveness and accelerating growth in Mindanao”. It would allow the participants to network and exchange ideas on “improving business climate and competitiveness.”

MindaNews, the news service arm of the Mindanao News and Information Center Service Cooperative, is the official media partner of the 22nd MinBizCon. (Florienne Melendrez/MindaNews)