The educational tour of Dumaguete city and barangay officials in China recently could help the master plan of Dumaguete by balancing modernization or development without sacrificing the rich heritage and love for nature of the city, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said.
Balancing modernization with the need to preserve heritage, culture and the environment is still possible, he said.
Despite China’s rapid modernization, he said, the government makes certain that it preserves its heritage, that is one of the oldest on earth, and cultivate the environment to ensure a sustainable future for the next generation consistent with the country's own master plan.
The city and barangay officials, led by Remollo, toured Huaji and Guangzhou cities including the Xiaohuafang Study established in the Qing Dynasty that ruled China from 1644 to 1912.
But the influence of Chinese culture in the Philippines cannot be missed; In particular, both the Philippines and China share a passion for "jianzi," or "sipa" in the Philippines, or "takyan" in Cebuano. The delegation saw Chinese women playing "jianzi" or takyan on the street, he said.
Remollo personally paid for the expenses incurred by the trip of the officials and did not use public funds. All the barangay officials who joined the trip took leaves of absence and designated officers-in-charge for their respective barangays.
Remollo said it is his intention that both city and barangay officials learn in person by seeing first hand how Chinese cities grew into being among the biggest economies in the country and the world, through careful planning and determined implementation while protecting their proud heritage and the environment.*
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