In a mailed letter addressed to GenSan City Mayor Jun Acharon, Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay congratulated him and the generals for the Tuna Capital’s inclusion as one of the Top Medium-Sized Cities in the Philippines, according to the Competitiveness Cities Ranking Project 2007 of the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center.
GenSan, together with six other mid-sized cities were accorded the honors in a simple award ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati on July 4, 2008. Makati, likewise, was one of the topnotchers at the metrolitan cities category.
Here is the letter of Mayor Binay to Mayor Acharon:
And here are the photos of Mayor Jun Acharon taken during the awarding and of the trophy which he received. (Thanks to Christine Omar of Ateneo de Davao for emailing to me the first picture below.)
MOST COMPETITIVE MID-SIZED CITY AWARDEE. Gen. Santos City Mayor Pedro Acharon, Jr. is flanked by AIM Policy Center Executive Director Dr. Federico M. Macaranas and AIM President Francis Estrada after receiving the plaque from them recognizing General Santos City for “being One of the Most Competitive Medium Sized Cities in the Philippine cities Competitiveness Ranking Project 2007” during the awarding ceremonies at the Grand Ballroom of Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City on July 4, 2008. It is the 3rd award for the city in the same category having earned it earlier in 2000 and 2002. This recognition coincides with Mayor Acharon’s proclaiming the year 2008 as “YEAR OF EXCELLENCE” in the Tuna Capital.
The Trophy from AIM Policy Center (photo by Leonard Pe)
What happened to the I.T. Park being proposed in Gensan?
SANA NEXT YEAR DOON N TYO S METRO CITY CATEGORY, LOL.
great site – on the new i.t. park in mabuhay… we hope the public and private sectors can reel in some investors to start up their businesses in the site… 🙂
Hi Ton! Regarding the metropolitan city ranking, it is a classification based on the population. We can only be considered as a metro city if our population is more than one million already.
We are still a medium-sized city since we only have half-a-million residents. And as a medium-sized city, we are ranked among the TOP in the Philippines according to the ASIAN INSTITUTE OF MGMT, thanks in part to the city government headed by Mayor Acharon and the private sector who have joined hands to make our city more livable and more competitive.
Lumipas na sa uso ang term na “boom city”. “Most competitive mid-sized city in the phils” na po ang tawag sa Tuna Capital ngayon. Di lang din yan puro publicity kundi dahil sa mga pagbabagong nakikita natin ngayon sa kapaligiran. I would advise that you go out more to see for yourself Ton.
Just the same, thanks for your comments and let’s just hope for the best. Balik-balik ha? 🙂
mas aasenso pa rin ang gensan kung hindi si acharon at mga antonino ang naghahari dito sa gensan.. metropolitan city na ang gensan if ang dating mayor ang naupo. boom city in reality hindi lng in publicity..
anyway congrats na rin! taga gensan..
You may check out their website for the answer to your query Aries at http://mabuhaytechnopark.com/ 🙂
Mabuhay Tuna City of Gensan! Hail Mga Taga Dadiangas!
Hope our mayor continue his excellent job as a mayor!
Let keep the city of general santos as a BOOM city!
Mabuhay Ka Mayor Acharon!
we were talking about more jobs from the I.T. and Telecommunications industry.
WHAT’S THE LATEST WITH MABUHAY I.T. PARK?
IS IT FUNCTIONAL BY NOW? IF NOT YET, WHEN?
Wow! What a volatile situation ha? Anyway, am sure, just like the Pinoys you will be able to hurdle this. Good luck Kim.
Aries, we were talking about more jobs from the I.T. and Telecommunications industry. Please don’t veer away from the original issues with your follow-up comments here. Thank you.
MORE JOBS? HMMMMNN, I DOUBT.
SA CITY HALL PA LANG KAPAMILYA CORPORATION EXIST, PLUS THE MBA (MAY BACKER AKO) FACTOR, AND NEPOTISM.
@bariles – tsk! tsk! not so good lah! everyone seems to be alert on what’s going to happen to Anwar…
very hot topic re: sodomy case again?!… always front page on the newspapers. In fact, his wife Azizah recently resigned from her parliamentary seat of Permatang Pauh as MP to give way for Anwar
to contest and to pave the way for by-election. Pag napasok si
Anwar sa Parliament… masaya to’! Malakas na ang opposition dito…
i won’t be surprised if one day… si Anwar na ang PM ng Malaysia!
Let’s wait and see…
Hello KIM! I couldn’t agree more. We should all be proud. By the way, how’s the political situation there in Kuala Lumpur? 🙂
Mayor Binay will make a good senator if he runs and wins. But I guess, he is not presidential material. Unless he does something out of the ordinary and prove himself worthy to lead the country. But as its, he has endeared himself to the “generals” for his touching gesture of congratulating us. Saludo ako sa kanya!”
Hi glen! The mayor is indeed doing a good job but he can only do it if his people also exert all efforts to excel in their fields. Just like what you did glen, when the Central Public Market won as one of the country’s FIVE “MODEL PUBLIC MARKETS” (HUWARANG PALENGKE) in the country in 2006!
You also made us proud! 🙂
political strategies… hehehe… sa makati man pud gi-held ang awarding… hehehe… 🙂
basi maka-receive pa si MAYOR JUN ug letters from other presidentiable in the coming weeks… 🙂
that’s right, gensanite! after all these should be more jobs, more income and better quality of lives for us generals. And yes, gensan to become the I.T. Hub of Region XII.
Congrats to all my kababayans…the ‘generals’!
This award is not only for Mayor Jun but for
all of us! Hope that everyone will continue to
support and help the city government with its
future endeavors for the betterment and economic
development of our beloved city General Santos.
Cheers to Mayor Jun for a job well done!
Cheers to all!!!
namumulitika na si idol jojo! well if he decides to run he gets my vote! it’s nice to get congratulatory messages from well-known personages! congrats uli sa gensan!
wow! thanks for the praise of presidentiable mayor jojo binay! mayor jun has indeed made our city worthy of all the awards we had and will have. saludo kaming lahat sa iyo sir! keep it up!
congratulations to all of us!!!
we’ve been garnering a lot of salutations this year…
we hope to have a lot of businesses in the next five years, especially in the field of information technology and telecommunications…