TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte—After Mayor Allan Rellon pronounced during his second State of the City Address his ambition for Tagum City to become the country’s next big center for MICE or Meetings, Investments, Conferences and Events, series of national events then transpired here, taking such ambition in prompt attainment.
On the recent observation of the Labor Day, The Philippine Association of Court Employees (PACE) Incorporated held their 2nd National Sportsfest and General Assembly here in Tagum City last May 1, 2017 at the Atrium of the City Hall of Tagum that was participated by thousands of court judges and employees from all over the Philippines.
Meanwhile, some 6,000 electric consumers also from various parts in the country trooped to the New City Hall Atrium last April 26, 2017 to join in the First National Assembly for Electric Consumers as organized by the National Center of Electric Cooperatives Consumers (NCECCO). The event aimed to inform the participants with the latest updates in the electric cooperative consumers-sector and to empower such sector in charting strategic position in the socio-economic-political development of the countryside through rural electrification.
The summit was the prelude to National Electrification Administration’s (NEA) Electric Cooperatives (EC) Consultative Conference and Recognition of Outstanding Electric Cooperatives last April 28, held at Big 8 Corporate Hotel, still in Tagum City.
Another groundbreaking event that the city hosted is the First Tagum-Liboganon River Basin (TLRB) Summit on April 28. The summit sought to promote the creation of an inter- Local Government Unit (LGU) alliance which will ensure the coordinated and rounded management of the said river basin through a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC), as conforming to the TLRB Master Plan. It was also held to address the predominating issues and challenges facing the river basin and collect inputs for that matter.
More than 600 participants including representatives from national government agencies, LGU officials, members of the academe, farmers, fisherfolks, and various civil society organizations took part in formalizing the TLRB Management Council — the body responsible in implementing conservation and development strategies for the river basin.
Notably, Mayor Rellon is vocal in his agenda of readying the city as the next ‘hotspot’ for investors, developers and other stakeholders to consider pouring their ventures into. Through his EAGLE WINGS development thrust, the local chief executive vowed to implement more programs and projects that will posit positive changes and will establish Tagum City as a highly recognized center of MICE.
He also revealed that the city is at full throttle in the preparation to host the upcoming 6th ASEAN Scout Jamboree on November 27 to December 02, 2017 to be participated by ten (10) countries from South East Asia and other nations in the Pacific. Roy Banias/CIO Tagum