Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bacolod City: The Work and Play Experience

Just like a kid, I love to capture God's wonderful creation. Looking at the sky, it was full of clouds, pure and white as cotton balls. Amazing! Shot like a pro! 

The City of Smiles- I had been to Bacolod City way back 2009 during one of the city department heads’ benchmarking activity. And I was given the opportunity again to go back to this city, this time with the proactive men and women of the Bataan ICT Development Council, together with the man behind the economic progress of the Province of Bataan, Governor Abet Garcia.  

The idea of visiting topnotch ICT councils like the Bacolod ICT council, or BNeFIT, is very relevant to Bataan ICT Development Council (BICTDC) as it can learn a lot from BNeFIT’s experiences. Since BICTDC aspires to put Bataan on the map to be among the best IT/BPM destinations in the country, such a goal can only be achieved with a strong, innovative and active council. 

Atty Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, the previous NICP Chairman and President of BNeFIT discussing how IT-BPM Industry craze started in Bacolod City on 2006. 
Bataan ICT Council Executive Committee Members with Bataan Governor Abet Garcia during welcome dinner with Bacolod Governor Alfredo G. Maranon at Enting's Restaurant, known for its local cuisine and exotic foods.

First BPO visit is at TRANSCOM, one of the leading outsourcing companies in Bacolod City. We were all so tired here as we had had no time to rest yet. BPO’s operate mostly in the evening so we had to observe the culture and operation of a call centre at that time of day.

Hand-over of tokens of appreciation by Governor Abet to Bacolod Mayor Monico O. Puentevella for a warm and generous welcome to our delegates.
This mask posted on the wall of the City Mayor's Office of Bacolod was used during the 115th Philippine Independence Day Commemoration held in New York, which won for the city the Bacolod Masskara New York Edition.
Welcome lunch by Mayor Puentevella for the group. Sumptuous seafoods again! 

  BagoSphere is a social enterprise founded to tackle rising youth unemployment in the world.
NOLITC-The Negros Occidental Language & Information Technology Center is a government initiative for talent development. We hope to establish this kind of training centre in Bataan for competitive advantage.

Souvenir photo at Bacolod's famous tourist landmark "The Ruins"!
From L-R: The three lovely and empowered women of Bataan--- the Provincial Directors of TESDA, DTI and DOST. It’s an honour to work with them!

My handsome and generous, yet equally moody photo bomber! hahaha (lagot!) :-) I have so much to learn from this man especially on the economic progress and development of the Province of Bataan. I go nuts whenever he is around discussing his bold dreams for our province. His brain overflows with so many ideas and investment strategies! I can't keep it all in just one sitting! Brain fatigue!! :-)
So he needs to relax and so do we! :-) 
So it’s trekking time for the not-so-young ladies. Ready your muscles! Hahaha

Dinner at one of the known fine dining restaurants of Bacolod City, 21 Restaurant. This coincided with the birthday celebration of one of our companions.
Breakfast at Bob’s Restaurant. Here food is so delicious, more so the pastries. This three- day vacation dented my 10-day wellness program. I can’t help but cheat. I gained weight :-( 

We take our late lunch at Pendy’s Snack Bar and Restaurant. There food is so delicious! 
Look at their famous napoleon’s sweets! Carbo overload! Argh!

What excited me about this trip is the fact that I still have so many things to learn about the economic development and investment opportunity of my own province. I live in Bataan, yet I am still unaware of all the potential business opportunities that my province can offer to potential investors and how our citizens can benefit from it. As a leader, we just have to dig all the possible resources that we could use for the continued progress of the province. I can extend a helping hand as I was given the chance to serve the public. Why am I getting interested to learn more about economy? Hhhmm.


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