BUKIDNON VIEWS: Public Outlook: Malaybalay 2018

By Erlow Talatala

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/28 December 2017) In a couple of days, 2017 will come to an end and for me 2018 is not much of an exciting year.

However, we can still expect to see new things like new hotels and establishments, a new diversion road, a new city hall, extended Martial Law, new Tax Reform Bill, longer traffic especially at Impalambong juncture, more vehicles “displayed” at the yellow boxes, more barkers in every green box, more sidewalk vendors at Barangay 4, more peddlers in Plaza Rizal, more “sayaw” birds intruding our streets, more Chinese products, more depletion of agri-products, more flooding, more OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers), more superficial market and more enrollees in public schools and universities.

Actually, there’s really nothing very exciting since the city has no concrete urban development plan and Executive and Legislative Agenda and has no much preparation and appreciation about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Integration, Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Program. It doesn’t even have its own trade and investment facilitation program.

Perhaps, I could give you a business menu for potentials next year: agri-production, culture and research, tourism, consultancy, co-working spaces, tour guiding, accommodations, souvenir shops, resort parks, art galleries and creative industry.

We badly needed local government officials and legislators who are innovative, strategic, visionaries and responsive to the opportunities that require preparation in terms of aligning business atmosphere, infrastructure and human resources, so not to deceive investors with the superficial nature of Malaybalay’s market.

(Bukidnon Views is the opinion section of BukidnonNews.Net. Erlow Talatala, a visual artist, former banker, community organizer and visionary,   used to cover the Malaybalay City Council for BukidnonNews.Net before the 2013 local and national elections.)