Expo seen to spur franchise investment opportunities

BACOLOD. PCCI vice chairman Bing Sibal-Limjoco (center) with MBCCI president Roberto Montelibano (left) and Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (2nd from right) during the opening of the Agriculture and Livestock Expo at SM City Activity Center Thursday. (MBCCI)

THE Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) is optimistic that the just-opened franchise exposition in Bacolod City will spur franchise investment opportunities especially for food, retail and service sectors in Negros Occidental.

PFA officials headed by their founding president and chairman emeritus Samie Lim and vice chairman Bing Sibal-Limjoco led the opening of the two-day Franchise Expo at L’Fisher Hotel.

Dubbed “Franchise Negosyo para sa Bacolod,” it will run until today, August 31.

Participated by 18 exhibitors in the country, the activity is part of the ongoing 27th Visayas Area Business Conference and Agriculture and Livestock Expo hosted by the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) and the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental.

PFA president Richard Sanz, in a statement, said the expo forms part of the association’s Franchise Negosyo Roadshow that aims to contribute to the economic development by providing business opportunities to the people in the regional areas.

“We are excited with our franchise expo in Bacolod City because it is one of the most progressive cities in the country,” he added.

PFA cited that in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index 2018 recently released by the National Competitive Council, Bacolod ranked first among highly urbanized cities in the Visayas and number eight most competitive city nationwide.

It is also this year that the city was awarded as “Most Business-Friendly City” by The Manila Times, the association said.

“It is a perfect time for Bacoleños to ride on the growth momentum. It will impact not only to their local economy but to the entire nation as well,” Johnny Que, PFA director for Western Visayas, said.

For his part, Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who was also present during the opening rites, said the local government is optimistic that the expo will create new businesses and employment for the locals.

“This is a perfect timing since Bacolod is moving towards the direction of being the most competitive city in the country,” Familiaran said.

Also present during the opening ceremony were MBCCI president Roberto Montelibano, Department of Trade and Industry–Negros Occidental Director Lea Gonzales, Provincial Administrator Lucille Gelvolea and Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez.

Still part of the “Franchise Negosyo para sa Bacolod,” PFA and MBCCI also conducted a seminar of franchising on Wednesday.

At least 40 local enterprises were taught on how to franchise business and how to invest in the right franchise.

Sibal-Limjoco earlier said current opportunities in franchising industry are growing, which small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the province may take advantage of.

“The Philippines is now considered as the franchise hub in Asia,” she told SunStar Bacolod, adding that “Negrenses are really into entrepreneurship thus, franchising potentials are still huge here.”

Also part of the three-day 27th Visayas Area Business Conference and Agriculture and Livestock Expo running until today, MBCCI conducted the Aspire (Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Expositions) Forum and Business Matching still at L’Fisher Hotel yesterday.

Aspire is aimed at integrating marketing development support services to farmers, fisherfolk, micro-small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and other stakeholders.

National and local chamber officials also opened the two-day Agriculture and Livestock Expo at SM City Bacolod Activity Center yesterday.

The business conference proper is scheduled today at the said hotel, where Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. will be the keynote speaker during the opening rites.

Plenary session topics include Philippine Constitutional Review: Proposals Affecting Economy and the Federated Regions, Neda Briefs: Information Needed by Business and Government Planners, Tourism Sustainability: The Boracay Experience, and Investing in Sustainable Tourism.

Senate committee on agriculture and food chair Senator Cynthia Villar will talk on Food Security and Government Interventions in Agriculture this afternoon.

*this article was copied and originally published in SunStar Bacolod, last Aug. 31, 2018 and can also be found at https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1761983/Bacolod/Business/Expo-seen-to-spur-franchise-investment-opportunities

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