Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ilocos Norte gets additional P700K to complete Chinese garden

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Completing the third and final tranche of a PHP4 million for a Chinese garden in this city, the People’s Republic of China turned over on August 22, 2018 a total of Php777,000 to the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte.

Represented by Wang Jianqun, consul and head of post of the Chinese Consulate in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, she handed the check to provincial officials of the province led by Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Eugenio Angelo M. Barba in a simple turnover ceremony held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session hall.

The establishment of a Chinese garden near the Malacañang of the North is just one of the special cooperation projects between the Chinese government and Ilocos Norte.

The Chinese garden installation in Laoag began in January 2017 with the Provincial Engineering Office here implementing it.

The development of a Chinese garden is in preparation for tourism cooperation between two provinces.

Aianree Raquel, head of the Provincial Tourism Office reported they particularly requested for Chinese-speaking tour guides in preparation for the arrival of thousands of Chinese tourists in Ilocos Norte.

Mr. Raquel said they need 30-80 Chinese-speaking tour guides to undergo a training program.

Meanwhile, the Shandong tourism representatives also invited the media and tourism office to visit Shandong province and make video promotions to encourage tourism.

For his part, Mr. Barba said the “continuing dialogue and friendly cooperation will foster closer ties” between the Chinese and Ilocanos in this part of Luzon particularly in terms of technology transfer in common areas of interests such as agriculture, infrastructure, business, fisheries, trade and tourism among others.”

The Chinese government also offered a language scholarship to Ilocos Norte meant to provide better understanding of what China is and its partnership to its sister-province of Ilocos Norte.

On the same day, a group of 19 Chinese nationals composed of Shandong government officials led by Wu Cuiyun, Vice Chairman of the Shandong committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and eight big business groups are visiting the province today to strengthen cooperation on agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure construction and business sectors.

With the aid of an interpreter, both officials and business representatives from Shandong and Ilocos Norte were grouped according to their respective business interests as they discussed further the key areas of cooperation previously identified during their second meeting in November 6, 2017.

The Shandong-Ilocos Norte Action Plan guided the dialogues and discussions which they plan to push forward during their third meeting.

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