Koronadal gears for 12th charter anniversary

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/ 4 October)–Adjudged as the 2003 Most Competitive Small-Sized City and Most Business Friendly City in 2006, this city is gearing for its 12th charter anniversary on Monday, with focus on empowering the small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Mayor Peter Miguel said the local government unit (LGU) launched a “Negosyo Festival” as part also of the ongoing efforts to promote the business potentials of the locality.

“The LGU collaborated with our businessmen in commemorating the cityhood to give SMEs the opportunity to showcase their products and services,” Miguel said.

To boost networking opportunities for SMEs, he said the city government has spearheaded various trainings to help them learn new skills and develop ideas to increase productivity and sales.

Since Saturday, big department stores and SMEs have been offering a grand sale for various goods and services, giving discounts of up to 70 percent from their regular prices.

According to the Koronadal City website, activities in line with the cityhood anniversary celebration also include an Eco Industrial Tourism and Trade Expo.

Motorcycle and car dealers, appliance centers, airline/travel agencies, tourism, hotels, resorts and inns, and agri-products and machineries have been invited to join the trade fair at the Gaisano Grand Mall of Koronadal.

Miguel expressed optimism the Negosyo Festival will help build businesses and will facilitate trade and investments.

Vice Mayor Eliordo Ogena said the business sector is a vital component in the development thrusts of the city.

Meanwhile, Miguel said the city government has also lined up activities to attract consumers to buy goods at the Koronadal Public Market, which was hit by a series of bombing incidents several years ago.

Among the activities lined up for the Palengke Festival are the search for the cleanest and orderly stall, market association day, and “Search for Pogi and Byuti ng Mercado.”

Koronadal became a city on October 8, 2000. (AC/MindaNews)