NO COM­PRO­MISE

Davao City In­vestors and Pro­mo­tion Cen­ter (DCIPC) head Le­muel Or­to­nio says city laws will never be com­pro­mised in at­tract­ing in­vestors

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP STORIES - BY LYKA AMETHYST H. CASAMAYOR / Re­porter

We al­ways em­pha­size [that the] laws and or­di­nances [we have] lo­cally, here in Davao City, will never be bent or com­pro­mised to in­vite a cer­tain type of in­vest­ments.

DCIPC head

LE­MUEL OR­TO­NIO

The laws and or­di­nances in Davao City will never be com­pro­mised just to at­tract more in­vestors and tourists to come to the city.

Davao City In­vestors and Pro­mo­tion Cen­ter (DCIPC) head Le­muel Or­to­nio, said dur­ing the i-Speak me­dia fo­rum yes­ter­day, Oc­to­ber 11, 2018, said that if the city will al­low even one ex­emp­tion for the sake of in­vest­ments and tourism, the or­di­nance will never be ef­fec­tive af­ter­wards.

“We al­ways em­pha­size [that the] laws and or­di­nances [we have] lo­cally, here in Davao City, will never be bent or com­pro­mised to in­vite a cer­tain type of in­vest­ments,” Or­to­nio said, per­tain­ing to some con­cerns raised by in­vestors specif­i­cally on tourism fa­cil­i­ties where some tourists may be smok­ers or if the fa­cil­ity will in­volve a lot of drink­ing.

The city has im­ple­mented an anti-smok­ing or­di­nance and DCIPC said that some in­vestors backed out be­cause of it.

“We still have to fol­low. Bisag unsa pa na kadako ang in­y­ong isu­lod sa city, we still have to fol­low (We still have to fol­low the laws and or­di­nances no mat­ter how big the in­vest­ments will be),” Or­to­nio said.

Or­to­nio said the ex­emp­tion, for in­stance on anti-smok­ing and liquor bans, may be a prece­dent for oth­ers to also vi­o­late the reg­u­la­tions in the city.

“Naa lang ta’y bisag isa kabuok na i-ex­emptt, the rest will fol­low (IF we ex­empt even just one, the rest will fol­low),” he said.

“It will then be very dif­fi­cult to im­ple­ment kung unsa tong mga na­sug­dan (It will then be very hard to the city to im­ple­ment those reg­u­la­tions we have),” he added.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.