ILOILO CITY --- Sen. Grace Poe commended the business community of Iloilo for their significant contribution to the local economy during the Philippine-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Panay Chapter Induction of Officers held in Mandurriao.

"We are grateful to all of you who have decided to invest and locate your businesses here in Iloilo and in the region. The income that you earn, the taxes that you pay government, and the employment that your businesses generate for our people have placed Iloilo as a main hub for our country's inclusive, sustained growth," she said.

As the sixth largest contributor to the country's gross domestic product (GDP), the Western Visayas region contributed four percent GDP from 2014 to 2016.

"By setting up your businesses here in Panay island, you create economic opportunities outside Manila, which can provide jobs to those who would otherwise not have access to new forms of employment," Poe said.

Poe also took the time to exemplify her kasimanwa, Allana Mae Babayen-on, a beauty queen who placed fourth in the recen

Source: Senate of the Philippines

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