Mayor Junard Chan (left) accepted the computer donations from Lapulapu City Chinese Guild leader Shouqi Zhao for their e-library and call center academy

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- He loosened up his audience by joking that Jacky Chan is his uncle and when the signing agreement was finished Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan got more than the laughter from his visitors —- new investments from Jinjiang City, China.

Chan along with Vice Mayor Celedonio Sitoy welcomed the delegation led by Jinjiang Vice Mayor Wang Wenhui where the signing of the agreement was done in the Lapulapu City Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP)
session hall.

“Ang kasabutan is mu-invest sila ug negosyo sa atuang lugar unya kita mu-supply ta ug sa atua diri (the agreement is they will invest in business in our place and we will supply on what we have here),” Mayor Chan said in the press conference yesterday morning that followed the agreement signing.

Initially, the Chinese delegation showed interest in the business of shell craft and sea cucumber processing but Mayor Chan added that a lot of Jinjiang residents have already invested in the country, mentioning at least two taipans, the late Henry Sy and John Gokongwei, as among them.

Those who are in Cebu, Mayor Chan mentioned Justin Uy, the owner of Jpark Resort and the Gaisano family as among those whose roots are from Jinjiang City.

Another businessman whose name was not mentioned by the Mayor is the operator of Lapulapu City’s, “City Time Square.”

Because of the agreement, Mayor Chan also revealed that his administration is working to have a direct flight from Jinjiang City to Cebu as there are other interested investors from Jinjiang to put up businesses in Lapulapu City and other parts of Cebu.

“We are arranging that there would be a direct flight from Cebu to Jinjiang- Jinjiang Cebu. It’s being work out right now that it would be implemented next month because of the number of volumes, there are lots of Chinese from Jinjiang who want to have business here,” Mayor Chan said in a mix of English and Cebuano.

Meanwhile, Mayor Chan also revealed that beginning next month, an e-library which will be “free” to the public will open.

It will be in the Hoops Dome in Barangay Gun-ob where a call center academy will also be put up.

The Mayor said the call center academy will serve as a training center to those who wanted to work in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and afterward the same area will serve as the e-library from 5 pm till late evening.

The Mayor who led “Team Libre” in the May elections emphasized that the e-library is “libre (free)” for public use but only for research and library purposes, doing Facebook and gaming is not allowed.

“Libre ni siya sa tanan, libre ang pag-gamit sa computer, libre ang printing, libre ang bond paper, libre sab ang kinsa tung gusto mag research (its free for everybody, free in using the computer, free printing, the bond paper is free, it’s also free to those who want to do research),” Mayor Chan said as those who have laptops and other mobile gadgets could also avail of the free wifi connection.

The city government accepted yesterday 20 units of donated high tech computers from the Lapulapu City Chinese Guild headed by Shouqi Zhao which will form part of the computers that will be used for the e-library.

Zhao and his group are also putting up a new business in Lapulapu City. /AAJ



Mayor Junard Chan handed over a mini-guitar to Jinjiang City Vice Mayor Wang Wenhui as a token after their signing of a sisterhood agreement yesterday at the SP session hall