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Governor meets former mentor
Governor Carlos M. Padilla on February 21 was visited in his office by one of his professor in college at the Ateneo de Manila University, Dr. Rogelio N. Felix.
A native of Pampanga, Felix is now based in Chicago, USA and happened to be in the province for a speaking engagement focused on entrepreneurship at the Nueva Vizcaya State University, Bayombong.
Padilla and Felix had more than an hour of reminiscing the past and discussions on Padilla being the governor of the province.
“He is very humble,” Felix said to some people at the Governor’s Office at that time. “I met him (Padilla) several years back at a mall in Manila. I asked him how he is doing. He told me that he is doing some little businesses. Then on the second night, I was surprised to see him being on national TV interviewed. I did not know that he was a Congressman and now the Governor.” Felix added.
“Considering the kind of economy here wherein many are self-employed, the universities should develop small business programs like in the US that provide technical capital aid, forms and assistance, so that their capital will not be drained,” Felix said.
“You said it right. We have the Provincial Cooperative Affairs Office (PCAO) that assists businesses. We are in the process of changing the name of PCAO because the office does not only deal with the cooperatives but with entrepreneurs too. I instructed PCAO not to invite big investors to come here because we are not ready yet,” Padilla said.
People fail in business due to lack of expertise and unwise use of profits. “Let us develop local initiatives, local entrepreneurs first. Let us not think of the people coming from the outside. Let us develop our own people. Let them realize that there are opportunities here and we will start small. We should encourage our people and promote local enterprise. The entrepreneurs must be coming from within,” Padilla added.
Served with the local products like the Taro Chips from Solano and Tomato Chewy from Aritao with Buko Juice from Bagabag, Felix complimented that the food are excellent and exportable. #bg