Mr. Jose D. Nery Ong, second from right, accepting his Distinguished Alumni Award from the UP Alumni Association

Mr. Jose D. Nery Ong, second from right, accepting his Distinguished Alumni Award from the UP Alumni Association

UP Diliman, Quezon City – Jose Nery D. Ong, CEO of Pueblo de Panay, Inc., was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Business & Countryside Development by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, here in UP Diliman, Quezon City, last August 19, 2017.

The UPAA has recognized the efforts of Mr. Jose Nery D. Ong in pushing for ICT investments in Roxas City. Under his leadership, Roxas City, through the Capiz ICT Council, has been identified as one of the 10 Emerging Locations in the 2015-2016 Awards Ceremonies on Center of Excellence, Top Next Wave Cities and Top 10 Emerging Next Wave Cities for IT-BPM Operations last March 30, 2016. It was the first time since the Next Wave Cities initiative started in 2009 that a city with a very young ICT council has secured a place in the Next Wave Cities ranking. The Capiz ICT Council, incorporated by the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 6, 2015, was less than a year old when the evaluation of the cities started. The Department of ICT recognizes this feat as a very significant step towards inclusive development in the countryside and job creation. Pueblo de Panay, Inc., the owner and developer of a 7-hectare PEZA-accredited IT Park (inside 500-hectare Pueblo de Panay Township) of which Mr. Jose Nery D. Ong is President and CEO, is projected to finish the construction of a 6-storey IT-BPM building by the end of 2017. This building is going to be the home of ePerformax Contact Centers and BPO, one of the leading IT-BPM companies in the country.

It doesn’t stop there. Together with Philippine Software Industry Association President Mr. Jonathan De Luzuriaga, Mr. Jose Nery D. Ong is building the Philippines’ version of Silicon Valley in Roxas City – Spring Valley Technology and Innovation Hub. Also located in Pueblo de Panay Township, Spring Valley is going to be the melting pot of all the talented technology experts and innovators in the region to design, develop, and deploy game-changing creations and inventions. Spring Valley’s mantra is “Tech for Good” – reflective of their desire to use technology to make the world a better place.

According to Mr. Jose Nery D. Ong, he is both humbled and honored to be recognized by the UPAA. He says, “It is a great honor to be recognized by my alma mater, UP, a consistent leader in academic excellence in the country. It is humbling to know that what started out as a small family business has now evolved into an enterprise that has led to this recognition for Business and Countryside Development.” Mr. Jose Nery D. Ong returned to his home province of Capiz fresh out of college in 1992 and started the family’s Real Estate venture which has become its flagship business. A daring entrepreneur, he transformed a simple, aquaculture-based family enterprise into an efficiently-run family corporation covering business interests in Real Estate, Aggregates, Construction, Trading and Agribusiness. Under his watch, this business has developed more than 2000 socialized housing lots for the marginalized constituents of Roxas City under the Community Mortgage Program (CMP), etc. The said projects have been designated as successful CMP & Socialized housing model projects, having been cited nationally for its innovativeness, quality development, and high loan repayment capacity. To date, it has sold more than 8,000 residential lots and housing units to the public. The family’s real estate and construction developments are considered the biggest in Northern Panay, and one of the biggest in Region 6.

The award came at a perfect time: the mother company of Pueblo de Panay, Inc., Sacred Heart of Jesus Prime Holdings, Inc., of which Mr. Jose Nery D. Ong is also the President, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this month, August 2017. Mr. Jose Nery D. Ong says, “Our mother company, SHJPHI, is celebrating its 25th year anniversary this month – 25 years of providing quality and affordable homes to people in the countryside; currently, we also have the opportunity to help bring in gainful local employment with our work in Pueblo de Panay Township. Our success in bringing investments to Capiz is proof of how much potential our talents in the countryside have. I humbly share this honor with my family, all our hard working employees, and the people who keep supporting our endeavors. More than anything else, I am extremely proud of how our community has cooperated and collaborated to make Roxas City an attractive destination for investors and locators.

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