Twenty-seven of the 30 punong barangays of Dumaguete City will join Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and other city officials in a trip to China today.
They will join Remollo, Vice Mayor Franklin Esmeña Jr., councilors Lilani Ramon, Michael Bandal, Manuel Arbon and Joe Kenneth Arbas, Sangguniang Kabataan Federation kagawad Isangani Bana, SK VP Renz Macion, and other city officials for a trip to two of China’s mega cities, Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, and Shenzen, the first Special Economic Zone of the country.
They are Liga ng mga Barangay president Dione Amores, Glenn Noay of Brgy. Balugo, Ma. Isabel Sagarbarria - Calindagan, Ramel Tayko - Mangnao, Roger Bohol - Taclobo, Gina Ablay - Bunao, Nelson Ablir - Poblacion 5, Harryson Gonzales of Poblacion 1 Tinago, Pedro Suniega - Poblacon 2, Anthony Ozoa - Poblacion 3, Peter Calumpang - Poblacion 4, Gerardo Balog - Poblacion 6;
Reynaldo Caballes of Poblacion 7, Maelyne Rose Mariano - Poblacion 8, Crispin Patrimonio of Bajumpandan, Nerio Grapa - Bantayan, Frankie Credo - Batinguel, Jimmy Tabada - Cadawinonan, Virginia Alcancia - Camanjac, Gregorio Oira of Candau-ay, Jovencio Tan Jr. - Daro, Maximino Umbac Jr. - Junob, Angelita Ragay - Looc, Charlemagne Bantilan of Piapi, Ricardo Patula - Pulantubig, Randy Fausto of Tabuc-tubig, and Lilia Batalan of Talay.
Businessmen from the People’s Republic of China invited the officials from Dumaguete to visit the two major cities that are centers for trade, commerce and tourism as part of their free educational tour at no cost to the local or Philippine governments, the mayor said.
In a letter to Remollo, the Chinese businessmen lauded the mayor for his hospitality in hosting them during their visit last year and are determined to provide a warm reception for this reciprocal visit.
The Chinese investors said they believe the Dumaguete officials will appreciate and help promote cooperation in trade and commerce, cultural exchange, education, agriculture, and sports tourism as well as learn the latest advances in information technology and infrastructure engineering.
The visit reciprocates the earlier trip of some Chinese businessmen who are eyeing investments in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental.
It is expected that the delegation from Dumaguete will explore the possibility of forging a sisterhood agreement between the two cities for mutual benefits.
Remollo said the cost of the travel is not charged to the Philippine government and all the officials have taken their leaves of absence and have designated officers-in-charge for the entire duration of the trip.
The delegation from Dumaguete is expected to be back on Tuesday.*
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