No other than Mayor Jejomar S. Binay Jr. the city Mayor of Makati was the Guest Speaker who was introduced by Oroquieta City Mayor Jason P. Almonte. In his speech he relayed messages from his father VP Jejomar Binay Sr. who is supposed to deliver a keynote speech but prior scheduled speaking engagement with Filipino businessmen in Arizona made him decide to send his mayor son instead. In that message Mayor Binay said that the sisterhood pact between Makati and Oroquieta made Oroquieta City very special to him and his father. It can be recalled that during the incumbency of then Mayor Jorge T. Almonte and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay Sr. the sisterhood pact was sealed. In his keynote speech the younger Binay remarked, " Oroquieta has the potential aspects for development considering its location and being a capital city of Misamis Occidental. You have a seaport and a 45 minute drive airport necessary for tourists in coming here." He also said that as local executive in a prestigious and leading financial hub in the region he can highly recommend Oroquieta to foreign investors for them to invest here.
Meanwhile, 1st district congressman Atty. Jorge T. Almonte stressed, " We don't want an idle non-performing property just go to waste. We were able to transform this property into an income generating all in one leisure and business complex, the first of its kind in Misamis Occidental" referring to the site of the town center that was once vacated and left idle for a long span of time by SPDA-Bunotex. He also thanked the people and the LGU of Oroquieta led by his son Mayor Jason P. Almonte.
Another guest speaker Misamis Occidental Gov. Hermie Ramiro shared the same views with the congressman extolled the people to be thankful to have a project like the Oroquieta Town Center. She said that very soon the city will have another multimillion peso centerpiece project- the restoration of the Provincial Sports Complex or the MOPAC Grandstand. The sports complex is a priority flagship project of the Governor with a counterpart of the congressman's Development Fund. It can be remembered, that MOPAC Grandstand was host to regional and provincial athletic meets before it was razed by fire in 1996. (ocm-miso)