Baybay City News – After its calm recovery from the effects of super typhoon Yolanda, Baybay city is growing economically.
‘Our agriculture sector is stable, the measures we instituted to help our farmers like the giving out of certified seeds contributed to the fast recovery of investments in this sector’, Mayor Carmen Loreto Cari told the Visayan Business Post in an exclusive interview.
The city government has recently developed and expanded its market facilities because of the continuous influx of agriculture and sea products being brought to the city’s public market for sale.
Baybay city is a leading destination for farm and sea products from nearby municipalities because of its easy accessibility and good road networks.
‘We have built strong concrete bridges where wide and rough rivers has earlier prevented our people from accessing basic services and bring out their farm products to the city center’, Mayor Cari said adding that after the latest calamities the people should ‘move on and look at a brighter future ahead’.
The mayor was referring to the newly completed Ciabu Bridge which now permanently connects ten of the city’s remote barangays to the city center.
‘Our thrust to develop basic infrastructure is connected with a desire to increase and maintain the city’s strong economic presence in the region’, said Cari.
Asked what this meant, the mayor clarified that investments is the result of key development requirements being present before interest can be shown by would-be locators. ‘Tax holidays and incentives also entices investors to come in’, Mayor Cari said.
Baybay is now home to large export factories like Specialty Pulp Manufacturing, Inc. which processes abaca fiber into paper raw material and SC Global Oil Corporation which manufactures virgin oil.
The city government is also currently continuing a land reclamation project intended to provide space for varied businesses that will generate more jobs and income for the city.
‘The local government are in talks with Gaisano Metro, and I can tell you at the moment that they are interested to put up a decent mall in the city but they need at least two hectares of land’, Cari told VBP’s News team.
VBP would later learn that mayor Carmen Cari and her two sons Baybay City Vice Mayor Michael Cari and 5th District Congressman Carlos ‘Boying’ Cari earlier arranged to help compensate landowners affected by the soon to be completed diversion road project of the national government through the Department of Public Works and Highways.
‘Mayor Carmen Cari is like a mother to us Baybayanos, she and her sons are helpful public servants’, says pedicab driver Ranulfo Avila, 43.
‘Here in Baybay, if you get sick and you really have no money for medicine you can go to Mayor Cari’s office with your ‘reseta’ (medical prescription) and Ma’am Carmen will help you get what you need’, vendor Alona Lumigid, a mother of three told the Visayan Business Post.