Juliette Uy targets more investments for Misor
By GERRY LEE GORIT
MISAMIS Oriental––Incumbent Villanueva Mayor Juliette Uy said she would work for more investments to come in if she is elected congresswoman for the second district of Misamis Oriental in the coming elections.
Following the success of Villanueva in luring big companies, Uy said she will use the same formula of hard work and investor-friendly policies to entice more investments in the province.
In a radio interview yesterday, Uy said she has intensified her campaigns in all municipalities of the second congressional district of Misamis Oriental. She is running against three other candidates.
Uy said that in the nine years that she served as mayor of Villanueva, together with the previous term of her husband Julio Uy, they were able to develop Villanueva from a 6th class municipality to a 2nd class and now gaining to be a 1st class category. Julio Uy, who also served as a vice governor of the province, is running for the mayor’s seat of Villanueva this coming elections. Some of the big-time investments in the municipality are the Steag power plant, Coca Cola plant, a Limketkai-owned property, a mango exporter, banana exporter and feeds factory all worth in the billions of pesos.
Juliette Uy said that because of these investors the municipality was able to earn more in taxes and revenues thus they were able to improve infrastructure projects such as the town’s water system which now reaches faraway barangays, concreting and improvement of barangay roads, and street lighting.
She added that the town’s work force has also gained much in employment and that the farming sector has benefited from the new businesses in the area.
In addition, Uy said the municipality was able to pay its unpaid electricity bills amounting to some P12-million.
Uy cited the peace and order situation, as well as the favorable investment climate of the municipality, as to why big companies chose Villanueva over other municipalities.
“Of course, credibility, commitment, trust and confidence also come into play,” she added.
Another big investor, the DC Misamis Power Corporation, is set to groundbreak their coal power plant in Villanueva by July this year.
FDC is pouring in some P30-billion for the project.
Mayor Juliette Uy was at Malacanang last month to head the local government unit in the lease contract signing with FDC in the presence of President Benigno Aquino III.
Uy said that if she becomes the representative of the province’s second congressional district she will promote investments as a major component of her governance platform.