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One business in every province eyed

June 10, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 207 views

A neophyte lawmaker is proposing the establishment of one new business in every province of the country.

AGRI Party-list Rep. Wilbert T. Lee called this “ambitious objective” of new private-sector led initiative to be spearheaded by AGRI Party-list.

Lee announced the new program during the 36th Commencement Exercises of Sorsogon State University (SORSU).

The lawmaker and founder of the LKY Group of Companies told 1,289 SORSU graduates — inspired by the US TV show “Shark Tank” — that he would lead a group of investors that will be formed and will solicit business proposals from young entrepreneurs all over the country, including Sorsogon.

“Iikot ang ating team of investors sa buong bansa at pupuntahan natin lahat ng 82 probinsya, at makikinig sa iba’t ibang business ideas. Ang mga mapipili, tutulungan natin sa kapital at pagpapalago ng kanilang negosyo.

“Isa ito sa pagsisikap natin na bigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga kabataan, ang ating mga young entrepreneurs, na mapalago ang kanilang negosyo. Gusto natin na ma-engganyo silang gamitin ang kanilang husay at talino hindi lang para mapaunlad ang sarili, kundi para makatulong din sa ating mga kababayan,” the solon explained.

The legislator said this is a program that will benefit everyone, because each successful business will produce jobs and livelihood opportunities that can support Filipino families.

“Kapag nagtagumpay sila sa negosyo, lilikha din ito ng mga trabaho at serbisyo para sa iba pa nating mga kababayan, na mabibigyan din ng pag-asa na mapaunlad ang pamumuhay ng kanilang pamilya,” Lee added.

The self-made businessman whose family businesses employ over 3,000 Filipinos said one of his objectives is to convince young Filipinos that they need not look abroad for employment or livelihood opportunities.

“Gusto po natin na mabago ang mindset ng ating mga kabataan o ng marami nating mga kababayan ang kaisipan na walang pag-asang umasenso dito sa Pilipinas, kaya mas gugustuhin nilang makipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa kapalit ng pagkawalay sa kanilang pamilya.

“If change is to be, change is up to us. We cannot stop with just a dream. Hindi pwedeng hanggang panaginip lang, pangiti-ngiti sa imahinasyon. We have to finish it by making our dream come true. Kailangan natin tuparin ang ating mga pangarap, gaano man kahirap, mukha mang imposible, walang tigil ang laban ng buhay. If you believe you can, you can,” Lee said.

He is on his first term lawmaker representing the agriculture and fisheries sector and will fight for the interests and rights of the marginalized.

He has authored more than 121 bills.

From modest beginnings in Sorsogon, Bicol, where his father opened his first Goodluck Store 60 years ago, Lee grew his father’s business into the LKY Group of Companies, which has interests in the retail, food, construction, real estate and hospitality sectors.