Article by Maria Paula Tolentino
with context and photos provided by Stephen Araneta
October 29, 2019 Tuesday, Makati City – OLLI Consulting Group Principal and President, Atty. Leo Dominguez, together with Government-Industry Alignment Consultant, Stephen Araneta, had the rare opportunity to meet and talk with the municipal Lady Mayor of Bacolod-Kalawi, Lanao Del Sur, Mayor Nora Lucan Dipatuan.
Politically subdivided into 26 barangays, the Municipality of Bacolod-Kalawi is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Lanao del Sur, Philippines. Formerly known as Bacolod Grande, it changed into its present name by virtue of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 32 in 1994. Based on its 2015 census, Bacolod-Kalawi has a population of 20,841, and an electorate of 6,873 voters as of 2019.
The objective of this meeting was to explore possibilities on how the Municipality of Bacolod-Kalawi and the OLLI Consulting Group can collaborate, with the hopes of a synergy between the public and private sector on furthering inclusive business across Mindanao. This meeting was also participated in by: Nordjiana L. Dipatuan-Ducol, General Manager of Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative and Kince Alhansah Panondiongan.
At the end of the meeting, OLLI’s Atty. Dominguez agreed to visit Bacolod-Kalawi in 2020. With this visit, he plans to introduce the Mayor to OLLI Consultant Joe Green and Harley Beltran, both social-entrepreneurs, to discuss examples of how the municipality of Bacolod-Kalawi can benefit from inclusive business.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maria Paula Tolentino is the Chief Content Officer of SEM Scribe Publishing House. A certified Safety Officer, she is an advocate of inclusive business, responsible mining, quarrying and mineral extractive practices with clear focus on the quadruple bottom line (people, planet, profit and purpose). She is also the Vice President for Programs under women-mining NGO, Diwata – Women in Resource Development, Inc. and a Consultant for the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc.
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