The annual CREBA national convention is held in the month of October, declared by government as the “National Housing Month.” It serves as CREBA’s major year-end activity designed to foster fellowship and networking among members, generate business interaction among CREBAns and their business counterparts, as well as discuss workable measures to address the myriad housing concerns.
This year’s theme embodies CREBA’s relentless advocacy for the past four decades in ensuring that every Filipino is able to live a full and happy life in a home he can call his own.
Since its inception in 1973, the Chamber has taken up the cudgels for Philippine real estate and housing on the legislative and policy fronts to shape public and private programs in all income groups particularly for the millions who do not yet have a home of their own. To this day, CREBA unrelentingly aims for greater focus on housing concerns by government in accordance with a well-planned and holistic approach.
While the Chamber can take pride in what it has done for the past forty-two years, it continues to draw its attention to the challenges of the real estate and housing industry – pushing for reforms, drawing up significant proposals and mustering the strength to push our plans forward into veritable action.
Today, CREBA is at the crossroads of facing the challenges of the past, and the new ones as well, ever so vigilant in its dream to see the dawning of the age of shelter security for all Filipinos. Its initiatives and advocacies have been consistently focused not just on the interest of its members, but also on enabling the millions of homeless families to acquire decent, affordable homes.
The National Convention has always been known for its unprecedented initiatives in support of national housing and development goals. The event also beams with excellent opportunities in the framework of private sector and government cooperation.
All roads lead to this premiere event where industry players will converge to plan, work and collaborate on issues that directly and indirectly impact the real estate and housing development business.
It is my great pleasure to welcome everyone to the 24th CREBA National Convention with the theme, “A Home for Every Filipino: The Dream Goes On.”
The reason for CREBA’s existence is clearly etched in its By-Laws: “To instill, encourage and promote an awareness among its members that ownership, development, construction, conservation, management and disposition of real estate and buildings and all industries allied with the above-mentioned are clothed with public interest; that in all relations with the public, the members should at all times temper self-interest with general welfare.”
Hence, for the past forty years, CREBA strives to be at the forefront in aiming for greater government focus on housing concerns. The Chamber has forwarded to government key policy proposals to ensure that public and private initiatives support the need of every Filipino family to have not only a roof above their heads but a home they can truly call their own.
As most of the country’s major industry players come together for this premier real estate event, we aim to rally the industry with a strong, determined, well-planned and carefully thought-out call to action to secure continued industry growth and ensure the delivery of dignified housing for all Filipinos.
Charlie A. V. Gorayeb
The City of Bacolod is a major tourism destination in the Province of Negros Occidental in Western Visayas, a cluster of islands at the heart of the Philippine Archipelago. The biggest tourism asset of the city is her friendly and genuinely hospitable people, whose lilting Hiligaynon dialect and winsome smiles have made Bacolod famous as the CITY OF SMILES.
Bacolod City is located on the northwestern coast of the Province of Negros Occidental. It is bounded on the north by the City of Talisay; on the east by the town of Murcia; on the south by the City of Bago; and in the west by the Guimaras Strait.
Bacolod is famous for its MassKara Festival, a world-renown celebration the city holds every October. Dancers in bright, colorful costumes and dazzling smiling masks gyrate in the city’s major streets, giving life to a flamboyant tradition that every Bacoleño still manages to smile despite facing insurmountable adversities.
Bacolod is known as the “Most Livable City in the Philippines.” The city also flaunts good tourist accommodations, excellent professional service, gourmet food and modern facilities and each have contributed greatly to make tourism a dynamic industry in the city. There has been a rapid growth in visitors’ accommodation over the last 7 years: from 1,612 hotel rooms in 2004, it grew to 2,732 in 2011, including 106 hotel rooms and 58 room inns all over the metropolis.
As a perennial tourism hub, Bacolod attracts a multitude of tourists. From business arms and prospective investors to educational tour groups and local government units that come to observe and study the city’s practices in good governance, such advocacy has earned Bacolod major national, regional and international awards. All of its hotels are of the highest quality: satellite and cable TV, hot and cold shower, air-conditioning and 24/7 security will make your visit more memorable.
Every food lover needs to take advantage of the city’s diverse cuisine that is known worldwide. From native dishes to gourmet offerings, your gastronomic choices will be endless!
Stop by Manokan country and feast on our world famous chicken inasal or warm your paunches with cansi, a traditional Nengrense soup dish of boiled beef shanks and bone marrow.
End your culinary adventure with the sweetest desserts the country has to offer. Never miss our home-grown sweet shops that serve beautifully designed cakes and pastries that will surely make your sweet tooth happy!
But before you head home, take a piece of Bacolod with you: piaya, napoleones, barquillos and other native delicacies translates to us being the sugar capital of the country.
Bacolod is the Philippines’ third fastest growing economy in terms of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) activities. The city has been recommended by the Information and Communication Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) as the best location in the Visayas for BPO activities.
Bacolod ranked 3rd among the top ten “Next Wave Cities” of the Philippines for the best location for BPO and offshoring according to a 2010 report of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology. In 2013, the city was declared a “center of excellence” for IT-business process management operations by the DOST, joining the ranks of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Clark.
Along its highways, sugarcane plantations are a typical scene. As of 2003, 7,216 hectares of the city’s 8,560 hectares of agricultural land were still planted with sugarcane. Meanwhile, 915 hectares were devoted to rice, 120 hectares to assorted vegetables, 100 hectares to coconut, 43 hectares to banana and 34 hectares to corn.
According to the “Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project 2005” of Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Bacolod tops the list in terms of infrastructure, ahead of such other mid-size cities like Iligan, Calamba, and General Santos. Bacolod also tops the list in terms of quality of life, ahead of such other mid-size cities like San Fernando, Baguio, Iloilo and Lipa. AIM also recognized Bacolod as one of the Top Five most competitive mid-size cities together with Batangas, Iligan, Iloilo, and San Fernando.
Bacolod City Domestic Airport was the airport serving the general area of Bacolod. It was one of the busiest airports in the Western Visayas region, when Bacolod still part of it. This airport was replaced by the new Bacolod-Silay International Airport, located in nearby Silay City.
The Bacolod Investment Code, City Ordinance No. 323, was passed in 2002 to lay down the legal framework and mechanism for integrating the investment incentives laws of the national government with the local development initiative; spread development from the urban areas to undeveloped and underdeveloped areas of the city; promote the flow of investors both foreign and local, thus generating employment opportunities and providing backward and forward linkages among industries in the city, province and the rest of the country. The Code aims to transform selected areas of Bacolod into highly developed Agri-industrial, Industrial, Commercial, Tourist, Investment and Financial Centers in the province, the region and the country. Balanced development and the general welfare of the people through rationalized land use is also an objective of the Code.
To encourage local entrepreneurs and to attract outside investors, the City offers incentives for new investments and expansion and diversification projects. A qualified investor may enjoy up to five years of exemption from local business taxes and real property taxes on improvements. The number of years of exemption depends on the classification of the project, and the capital invested in relation to the number of employees hired or to be hired.
The Negros Island Region (NIR) – Region 18
On May 29, 2015, President Benigno Aquino III signed Executive Order 183 creating the Negros Island Region (NIR).
Negros Occidental was carved from Region VI (Western Visayas), and Negros Oriental from Region VII (Central Visayas) to form the new region. An idea 20 years in the making, the Negros Island Region was created “to further accelerate the social and economic development of the cities and municipalities comprising the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental and improve the delivery of public services in the aforementioned provinces.”