Amid exposes of multi-billion scandals at the national level, a Cebu business leader has asked Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano to also look into corruption in local government unit as this hinders the growth in the different areas of our country.
Robert Go, CEO of Prince Warehouse Club (PWC) and director of the Philippine Retailers Association Cebu Chapter, posed the question even as Sen. Cayetano engaged members of the Cebu media during the PWC 8th Sari-Sari Store Festival press conference. Go is also the head of the economics committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC).
“This is a very big problem nationwide,” Go said adding that investors have to deal with corruption in the different localities “hindering development of the country.”
Senator Cayetano earlier pushed his anti-corruption campaign even as he unveiled plans to help owners and operators of sari-sari stores especially with a scholarship program.
Alluding to the several corruption controversies at the agriculture sector, Senator Cayetano said there is a correlation between corruption and levels of development. “Tingnan nyo, there is a direct relation yung corruption and underdevelopment.”
In a related development, the senator earlier announced plans to support 100 scholars of those who run their sari-sari stores well to serve as incentives and at the same time support micro-entrepreneurs. He was the keynote speaker of the day-long Sari-Sari Store Festival.
Senator Cayetano pointed out three possible reasons for the failure of sari-sari stores — “bisyo, mismanagement, at pamilya.”
The Prince Warehouse Club, he said, is doing its part in addressing mismanagement.He noted that among the topics for the day’s program was how to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to help micro-businesses.
Aside from existing business programs and incentives, government should also look into easing pressures on the family like tuition and medical emergencies, he said.
Also gracing the opening program were Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgar Labella, and Mandaue City Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede.