Despite the challenges and constraints, we were able to demonstrate the values of zealousness, resourcefulness, initiative, creativity, teammanship, and love to serve the reasons of our existence, our ultimate beneficiaries, being the department of the local government mandated to lead in investment generation, entrepreneurship advancement, cooperative development, and tourism promotion.
We are so much blessed that God protected us and our loved ones from COVID-19 and that He provided all our needs to execute our deliverables; He gave us development and event partners in ensuring productive results were achieved; and that in many special ways He fed us with love and support to sustain our enthusiasm and joy to do the tasks entrusted to us.
Maraming salamat po, 2020! Excited for 2021!
Pushing for economic growth is a serious herculean task that has to be properly addressed. The commitment of the government on one hand and the participation of private sectors on the other are crucial complementation in building an economically stable community that is resilient amidst different circumstances
. The importance of this complementation is recognized such that local framers institutionalized an economic office to provide a systematic mechanism in addressing present immediate issues and future societal goals.
At the outset, it must be emphasized that there are three technical divisions in the department which were purposely created to cater the needs unique to the demands of the city. These are investments, tourism, and cooperative and special projects divisions alongside an administrative unit ancillary to them. The divisions work under the precept of creative cooperation – to each division is its own function to deliver a department plan. In an aptly definitive approach, these divisions complement with each other, or synergize in theoretical contemplation, to achieve office mandate, that is, economic growth.
Attracting business is a constant duty implicit in Investments Division. This can be done by promoting the investment priority areas and other business opportunities like special economic zones and solicited project proposals for public-private partnerships. Before promoting however, are various activities happening on the ground, basically to set the playing field for investors. It is the business environment enhancement where private sectors are consulted for governmental decisions such as the streamlining of business processes and other economic issues to improve competitiveness. Once entrepreneurs are lured and decided to capitalize, the division facilitates for their investments. We are then gradually addressing employment and revenue generation brought about by the domino effect.
Primarily anchored on making General Santos City (Gensan) as a tourist destination, Tourism Division is one of the key players in building the image of the city and promoting the same by developing the resources innate to it – history, culture, heritage and destinations. As an indispensable element of local economy, it shall utilize the city’s advantages into creating an ecologically sustainable, participative and culturally sensitive tourism industry. In simple words, it will promote Gensan such that tourists will flock in the city. In this way, tourists will incur average daily expenditure while staying in Gensan. All said, these consumers who later became the market will find its haven and thus create the demand. This is where possibilities set in.
Economic development can be fully attained only if inclusive growth is felt by the people. Hence, investments will not have to be focused on the propriety of huge investors only but on the development of the the Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises. This division works to encourage entrepreneurship within the city and to further develop and sustain the existing MSMEs. By enrolling to various online trainings dubbed as the “Gen C”, GenSan MSMEs become confident that despite the pandemic, they can thrive and flourish.
Cooperatives which are membership of the people who have agreed to pool resources to undertake enterprise for mutual benefits are encouraged. In this way, the division gives assistance to the people especially those in the grassroots to improve their standards of living and quality of life. Other initiatives may be by way trainings or other special projects which the division found feasible to undertake.