Manila-based event organizers and team building facilitators are constantly pressured to find suitable out-of-town venues for teambuilding and other corporate or social events for their companies or clients. Holding events and functions out of town is becoming the norm rather than the exception for companies and social groups based in Manila. It seems that people want to get away from stress and pressure of living or working in a crowded city like Manila.
After the Davao bombing, selection criteria for event destinations and teambuilding venues all changed overnight especially for events that involve a large number of participants. To event organizers, the selection of teambuilding venues now all comes down to public safety. More about Davao Bombing…………
Nice public beaches in Batangas and other scenic areas in the south have lost some of their attractiveness when safety factors are taken into consideration. Corporate event organizers as well as wedding planners looking for an out-of-town venue are also weary of long travel time especially if the journey involves less-than-secured roads other than expressways.
Highly secured destinations such as Clark Freeport in Pampanga quickly made it to the top of the shortlists. Some resorts in Clark, Pampanga offer vast outdoor venues suitable for team building events. The journey from Manila to Clark is not only short but it is entirely on expressways (NLEX and SCTex), further adding to the level of safety that is already very high in a tightly secured Freeport zone.
Those who are charged with bringing a group of people to a venue outside of Manila for team building or simply a corporate outing will have to pay special attention about public safety and security. It pays to pick a less prominent venue also.