Whoever wins polls, it’ll be business as usual — traders
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 May) — It will be business as usual whoever
sits in office after the elections widely perceived as having been
marred by fraud and violence, said officials of business groups at the
Club 888 press conference Wednesday at The Marco Polo here.
Anthony Dizon, president of the Cold Chain Association of the
Philippines, said allegations of cheating is not making big “shock
waves” to their industry, adding that whether Team Unity or Genuince
Opposition wins, “businessmen will always be businessmen.”
“Concerns on food security transcends politics,” Dizon said, noting
that food-based industries will remain bullish as food is a basic
“As long as the industry’s policy needs are addressed, it will not
create so much shock waves,” he said. He added that many of the
winning candidates indicated they will back interests of the food
But Manny Solorio, president of the Mindanao Federation of Shippers
Association, told MindaNews that the mounting political tension
brought about by the May 14 polls caused some foreign businessmen to
delay investing until the situation has “cooled down”.He said the long time it takes to resolve election-related political
tension might drag some new investments to Mindanao.
But Solorio shared Dizon’s view that most businessmen do not let
politics intervene with their operations. Whoever will win, he said,
will only cause little effect on investors’ conduct.
Both groups are holding conferences in Mindanao in separate venues on
June 21 and 22, a week before newly elected officials take their oath.
The shippers will hold the conference in Davao City to firm up
industry agenda for global competitiveness.
Solorio said they are working to lower cost of transporting cargo from
Mindanao, both to other country and abroad. He expects around 150
participants from shipping companies, forwarders, trucking firms, and
The cold chain stakeholders will hold their conference in Cagayan de
Oro City, where Dizon said they are trying to help improve viability
of the vegetable industry and the growing integration of the livestock
industry in Northern Mindanao.
Dizon said among the intents of the conference is to be able to carry
out the message to the government to help investors flow in
investments in the cold chain industry to improve the operating
network of cold chain facilities.
Dizon said there are a number of investments in the food industry in
Mindanao, including the P200-million meat processing plant eyed to be
built in Davao City in the next six months. (Walter I. Balane /