Regional Business Opportunities Forum Visayas

Negros First Hostel, Bacolod City

Membership Meeting & Forum

The Regional Business Opportunities Forum is a platform aimed at driving closer partnerships between business and the Local Government Units (LGUs) that are part of the Local Government Integrity Circles (LoGIC) Network. The LoGIC Network is a project co-funded by the European Union and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung that aims to introduce best practices in good governance (integrity building) and ease of doing business in LoGIC Network partner LGUs while promoting these localities as the preferred investment destinations.

The Forum brings together government, business and other stakeholders at a dialogue on their experiences with regard to enhancing global competitiveness through good governance and to discuss challenges and opportunities in doing business in the region as well as exchange views on how both parties can collaborate to improve the business climate and make it easy to do business in the region. Regional and sectoral business opportunities will be presented by both government and business representatives in order to identify priority areas for investment cooperation.

This 2019, with the theme, Promoting Business Partnerships and Good Governance in the Visayas Region, the forum will focus on the business and investment opportunities in Visayas. With the region’s booming economy, the Summit will navigate participants through the opportunities, potentials and challenges with the goal of building the foundation for an inclusive and sustainable economic growth.


Specifically, the Forum aims to:

  • Promote investment and business opportunities in the Visayas while highlighting the ease of doing and integrity building initiatives of the LGUs;
  • Provide a platform for networking and business matching;
  • Share best practices in improving the business climate and government efficiency;
  • Bring LGUs and the business sector closer to working together on mutually beneficial partnerships; and
  • Increase awareness on priority business and investment opportunities among the LGU and business sector

Program Format

The Morning Session will be a plenary session on national as well as regional initiatives and challenges with respect to enhancing the country’s business competitiveness and prospect for inclusive and sustainable growth. It will also highlight how good governance is key to securing the competitiveness of regions.

The Afternoon Session will highlight Investment opportunities in the Visayas Region. An update on regional and sectoral developments and opportunities will be provided by speakers from government. The business sector will also present their investment plans while others will share how they can help to make the region attract more investments or build its competitiveness.

Event Highlight

The RBO Forum Visayas highlights an "Integrity & Investments Booth Exhibition" to showcase local products, business opportunities, and integrity mechanisms of the participating Provinces. This year, participating provinces are Bohol, Cebu, Iloilo Guimaras and Negros Occidental.

Delegates Registration

The Regional Business Opportunities Forum Visayas is
accepting registrations and payments for those who want to participate as a delegates.

PHP 1,800

ECCP Members

PHP 2,000


PHP 1,500


PHP 2,200


PHP 15,000

Executive Table
(Good for 10 persons)

For registration and event details,
Nichole Raynera at

* Full payment is required three days prior to the day of the event. Unpaid attendees will not be granted access to the event.

** No shows will be billed at full cost. Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the event.

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8:00 am Registration
9:00 am Call to Order
National Anthem
Interfaith Invocation
Opening Session
9:10 am Welcome Remarks Mr. Gerry Constantino confirmed
Director for Projects & Events,
European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
Keynote Addresses
9:20 am Role of Local Governments in Building Business Competitiveness Hon. Eugenio Jose Lacson confirmed
Governor, Provincial Government of Negros Occidental
9:40 am Developing Countrywide a Culture of Integrity through Multi-Sectoral Local Government Integrity Circles Mr. Patrick Asiñero confirmed
Project Manager, LoGIC Network
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
10:00 am PNP Integrity Program Gen. Guillermo Eleazar confirmed
Regional Director
National Capital Region Police Officer (NCRPO), Philippine National Police
10:20 am Open Forum Moderator:

Ms. Amor Maclang confirmed
Geiser Maclang
Session 1: Good Governance: Building the Competitive Edge of LGUs
10:35am Seal of Good Local Governance Atty. Odilon L. Pasaraba, CESO III
Director - Bureau of Local Government
Supervision, Department of Interior and Local Government
10:50 am Ease of Doing Business Atty. Jeremiah B. Belgica, EnP
Director General, Anti-Red Tape
11:05 am Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index Dir. Lilian Salonga confirmed
Director – Competitiveness Bureau,
Department of Trade and Industry
11:20 am   Panay Electric Company confirmed
11:35 am Open Forum Moderator:

Ms. Marissa Lerias confirmed,
Project Coordinator, LoGIC Network
11:50 am Visit Integrity & Investment Booth & Business Matching Opportunities
12:00 nn LUNCH
Session 2: Update on Visayas Economic Development
1:00 pm Keynote Address Hon. Florencio T. Miraflores confirmed
Vice President for Visayas, League of Provinces of the Philippines Governor, Provincial Government of Aklan
1:10 pm Overview of Visayas Economic Trends Dir. Rebecca M. Rascon confirmed
Regional Director, Department of Trade and Industry VI
1:20 pm Department of Trade and Industry VII
1:30 pm Update on Infrastructure Development Engr. Severo Ruis confirmed
OIC - Plans and Designs Division,
Department of Public Works and Highways VI
1:40 pm Dir. Edgar B. Tabacon confirmed
Regional Director, Department of Public Works and Highways VII
1:50 pm Tourism Development Plans in the Visayas Atty. Helen J. Catalbas confirmed
Regional Director, Department of Tourism VI
2:00 pm Department of Tourism VII
2:10 pm Open Forum Moderator:

Mr. Jordan Jay Antolin confirmed
Executive Director, Centrist for Democracy Political Institute
Session 3: Update on Visayas Investment Opportunities
2:20 pm Keynote Address Hon. Michael Diño
Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas
2:35 pm Bohol Province Hon. Arthur Yap
Governor, Provincial Government of Bohol
2:50 pm Cebu Province Hon. Gwendolyn Garcia
Governor, Provincial Government of Cebu
3:05 pm Guimaras Province Hon. Samuel Gumarin, MD, MPH confirmed
Governor, Provincial Government of Guimaras
3:20 pm Iloilo Province Ms. Velma Jane Lao confirmed
LEIPO Officer
Provincial Government of Iloilo
3:35 pm Negros Occidental Province Hon. Eugenio Jose Lacson confirmed
Governor, Provincial Government of Negros Occidental
3:50 pm Open Forum Moderator: tba
Session 4: Business Opportunities from the Private Sector
4:00 pm PFAN: Providing Access to Financing for Clean Energy Projects Ms. Laurie Navarro confirmed
Country Representative, Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)
4:15 pm Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry
4:30 pm Open Forum Moderator: 

Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry
End of Program


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