Negros farmers, coops on educ’l tour in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 June 2011 17:06

Officials and members of the Bayawan City (Negros Oriental) Agriculture and Fishery Council are in Zamboanga for an educational tour intended to learn about the city’s good practices in the agri-fishery industry.

Specifically, local fishery facilities and the Zamboanga Economic Zone and Freeport Authority are the focus of the three-day study tour of the 13-man delegation headed by Rafael Lazaro Jr.

Accompanied by City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, the group yesterday afternoon paid a courtesy visit on Mayor Celso Lobregat in City Hall where the members expressed elation over the potentials of Zamboanga and the things they can learn and implement in their area.

“Zamboanga City is very nice. The people are so hospitable and friendly”, Ms. Jennilyn Norico, Bayawan City Planning and Development Coordinator’s office staff and Council member, said. She related to Mayor Lobregat the group’s experience with a kind-hearted Zamboangueño who, according to her, assisted them to reach a certain fast food chain in the City.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat welcomed the visitors to Zamboanga, as he thanked them for choosing the city as the venue for their educational tour. “Zamboanga City is not a dangerous place as what other people wrongfully perceive.”

The mayor took the opportunity, as he always does whenever visitors come to his office, to clarify misperceptions about the city’s peace and order as he presented the city’s tourism and investment potentials through a brief power point presentation.

He stressed that one way to correct the misperceptions is for people to come to Zamboanga to personally experience and see the place for themselves.
The delegation from Bayawan City is composed of farmers, NGO representatives, chairpersons of People’s organizations and cooperatives and some city officials and staff.
The group arrived May 31 and will leave Friday, June 3. — Richard Aliangan