Climaco returns from China trade, tourism campaign blitz PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:14

by Vic Larato

Mayor Beng Climaco arrived here Monday night from China’s major port city of Nanning where she led an 82-man delegation tasked to promote Zamboanga City’s trade and tourism potentials to the rest of the Southeast Asian countries.

After a weeklong absence, Climaco immediately buckled down to work in City Hall yesterday morning as she met with Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officials from Manila relative to the fate of a Zamboangueno couple facing drug charge in Malaysia.

In the afternoon, the chief executive met with top police and military officers together with other city officials and other stakeholders as they discussed the safety and security plan for the upcoming grand Zamboanga Hermosa Festival and Fiesta Pilar in October, and the updates of Friday’s bus bombing from Task Group Biel.

Recalled, Climaco and the city’s delegation of select local government officials, businessmen and community-based entrepreneurs left Sept 15 for Nanning City, where they showcased Zamboanga City at the 12th China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Exposition from Sept. 17-20.

While in Nanning, Climaco took the center stage at the 12th CAEXPO and rolled out the city’s trade, tourism and investment potentials.

She also charmed the Chinese officials and other Asian delegates about Zamboanga’s exotic beauty, its colorful history, unique heritage and diverse cultures.

To cap her trade and tourism campaign blitz in China, Climaco forged two twinning agreements with her Chinese counterparts, making Zamboanga City a sister of Zhoushan City in Zhejiang Province and Guigang City in Guangxi Province.

Both twinning agreements have had prior approval of the DFA in compliance with the requirements of the Bureau of Local Government Supervision of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Climaco was highly optimistic that the city’s participation in the just concluded 12th CAEXPO, where Zamboanga was chosen as the “City of Charm” to represent the Philippines, will reap positive developments for the city in all aspects, owing to the event’s global fame and primary mission to strengthen cooperation among major cities in China and the rest of Southeast Asia, the Philippines included.

She pointed out that Zamboanga City cannot remain in isolation, especially nowadays when the rest of the world is forging alliances and integration for economic growth and development.

She said the 2013 siege in Zamboanga and the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China should not hinder cooperation among cities, let alone the city’s aspiration for ASEAN trade integration.— Vic Larato