Friday, March 11, 2016

Albay, Japanese city ink sisterhood pact

LEGAZPI CITY, March 10 (PNA) -- The Provincial Government of Albay and the City of Fuefuki in Japan on Tuesday signed a sisterhood agreement at the Japanese city in Yamanashi Prefecture, a report from the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) said Thursday.

Albay was represented by a delegation headed by PTO head Dorothy Colle, Department of Tourism Bicol Regional Director Maria "Nini" Ravanilla, Senior Board Member Glenda Ong-Bongao -- the committee on tourism chair of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay (SPA), board members Neil L. Montallana, Joseph Phillip Lee and Job Belen and SPA secretary Grace Magdamit.

Majiddo Komiyama, Fuefuki City mayor and tourism officer, led the group of the Japanese counterpart.

The agreement aims to strengthen the relationship between Albay province and Fuefuki City, which had a population of 69,037 as of November 2015 and a total area of 201.92 square kilometers.

Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda said the tourism industry is one way for the government to attain inclusive growth.

Salceda explained that every tourist coming to a place translates to employment of five individuals in the locality.

Colle and her fellow representatives thanked the governor for the trust he put in them to make the sisterhood agreement a success.

She said the host officials toured them around the beautiful city, known for the blue-and-white flycatcher bird.

The Albay tourism office head said she expects Fuefuki City officials to come to Albay soon for a reciprocal visit. (PNA) FFC/FGS/NIM/CBD