Gumarin: Guimaras becoming ‘investment haven’

Governor Samuel Gumarin said the island province of Guimaras is now becoming an “investment haven.”

The province, known for its sweet mangoes and beautiful beaches, continues to attract investors.

“For the past four years, there is a consistent increase in the [number] of new businesses with an average of 68 percent,” Gumarin noted.

“This is a strong indication that investment potentials in Guimaras are maximized,” he said.

In June this year, the provincial government had a series of meetings with firms, University of the Philippines Association, and Filipino communities in New York.

Gumarin said after the meetings, they are expecting foreign direct investments for high value crops , eco-tourism, medium enterprises, utilities, and business process outsourcing (BPO).

The provincial government is also working on the Unified Licensing System in the issuance of business permits.

Diri madali na ang pagproseso sang gusto magnegosyo sa Guimaras sang ila permits,” the governor said.

Infrastructure development

Gumarin said they are ramping up their infrastructure spending to further spur investments in the province.

According to the governor, as of Sept. this year, 70.55 percent of their provincial roads or 85.23 kilometers have been paved through funds from the Conditional Matching Grant to Province (CMGP) under the DILG, DOT, and DPWH Convergence Program and other local funds.

“The remaining 35.6 kilometers is expected to be completed by year 2020. By then, our central spine will become more interconnected and our people will be more linked to paved progress,” Gumarin said.IMT