BUSINESS AS USUAL. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar (2nd from right) and Vice Mayor Rommel Agan (2nd from left) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday (Oct. 10, 2020) that signals the entry of the MG Motors Philippines in Zamboanga City. The MG Motors-Zamboanga is the company’s third branch in Mindanao. (PNA photo by Teofilo P. Garcia Jr.)
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Local government officials are elated that despite the prevailing health pandemic, MG Motors-Philippines still pushed through with Saturday’s opening of its branch here.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, the event’s guest of honor, said the opening of the MG Motors-Zamboanga was “a blessing” since the city is celebrating the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival this year.
It also reflects, she said, that investor confidence remains high for the city and “there is hope and there are employment and business opportunities” even amid the pandemic.
The third branch in Mindanao, MG Motors-Zamboanga is a joint business venture of a group of local businessmen and from the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Davao.
Salazar said the opening of the new business “is a sign of inspiration. “They are sending an important message that investor confidence and the belief in the economy, things are possible.”
Vice Mayor Rommel Agan said the entry of MG Motors was an indication that the pandemic is not a hindrance to new investments.
“Despite the hardships we are experiencing, there are still businessmen who have confidence in investing in the city and this is a good sign,” Again said.
The vice mayor said it shows they have confidence in the business environment of the city.
Eugene Yap, MG Motors-Zamboanga president, said the city is the right market for quality cars at affordable prices.
Yap said they are initially introducing sports utility vehicles and cars and later this year they will bring in pick-ups and trucks.
MG Motor UK Limited (MG Motor) is a British automotive company headquartered in London, United Kingdom, and a subsidiary of SAIC Motor UK, which in turn is owned by the Shanghai-based Chinese state-owned automotive SAIC Motor. (PNA)