Malacanang has confirmed the attendance of Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Keynote Speaker on the first day of the national convention of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations, Inc. (CREBA) slated on October 8-10, 2009, at the Grand Caprice Convention Hall in Cagayan de Oro City.

The President will also formally open the Housing and Trade Fair at the nearby Limketkai Center Atrium. The Fair is jointly sponsored by the CREBA-Cagayan de Oro Chapter and the Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The convention theme of “PINOY Economic Stimuli in a Global Recession – Mass Housing and World-Class Tourism” is expected to draw attendance from some 500 delegates. Members of some 40 CREBA chapters around the Philippines as well as  national associations in real estate, housing development, and tourism, and professionals and practitioners in allied businesses are registered for the event. Overseas Filipino Workers representatives are have also called in to make reservations.

President Arroyo is expected to highlight accomplishments and opportunities in mass housing projects and world-class tourism facilities and amenities that are helping the national economy weather the current global recession. Industry reports indicate unhampered production and marketing of low-cost housing and increased global interest in the tourism assets of the Philippines.

The convention will feature speakers from both public and private sectors on innovations and reforms aimed at stimulating greater investor interest in housing and tourism real estate development. Topics on best practices and success stories are also expected to be shared during the three-day confab.

Vice-President and Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Noli de Castro will head the group of key shelter agencies that have been invited to update the real estate and housing practitioners on recent initiatives of their respective institutions which have kept housing production on a steady keel despite adverse global conditions.

Tourism Secretary Ace Durano will, likewise, lead government and private tourism development leaders in briefing delegates on areas of opportunity around the country and current projects that are drawing heightened international interest.

CREBA is regarded as the umbrella organization in the Philippines for professionals and businessmen engaged in real estate development for housing, new towns and urban communities, tourism, business process outsourcing, and other industries.

Hosting this year’s national convention is the Creba-Cagayan de Oro chapter which promises a balanced program of learning and tourism delights for all the delegates.  

The Creba National Secretariat says that inquiries may be made at its national headquarters at A. Roces Avenue in Quezon City, with telephone numbers +632-373-2270 up to 75.

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