Germany keen on partnership with Bohol
So, the saying is true: You could never put a good man down. And Gov. Edgar M. Chatto would ALWAYS BE THE MAN.
A very prominent delegation from Germany came to Bohol all the way from Europe just to make known their ardent desire to enter into a partnership with the Boholanos, a people they highly respect; and with the man who has their utmost admiration and whom they hold in high esteem, Gov. Chatto.
Philippine Ambassador to Germany, Her Excellency Maria Cleofe R. Natividad, led a group of prominent German citizens to Bohol to personally meet with the governor and expressed their keen interest to establish a rock-solid partnership in every linkage they could find, especially in the field of environmental conservation.
Her group was warmly welcomed by Gov. Chatto, lovely and ever-supportive wife Pureza, Bohol Tourism Office Head Josephine Cabarrus, Bohol Placement and Employment Office Head Romy Tagaan, Liza Flores of Special Projects, Cong. Art Yap of the Third District and other officials of the Provincial Government.
Having visited and toured Palawan four years ago, the Team has now chosen the Province of Bohol as the highlighting destination for this visit and is so grateful for the assistance and support of Emma Gomez of the Ananyana Beach Resort and Spa for their arrangements.
The party was treated to welcome cocktails and dinner at Dauis Church and Gov. Chatto did a video and powerpoint presentation of the latest and future development projects and programs of the Province of Bohol.
Just last February 20 of this year, Marie Venus Tan, the Tourism Attache of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Frankfurt, sent a letter to the governor expressing their intent to visit Bohol not only to provide their foreign Diplomat representatives an assessment of our political diplomacy initiatives and update of our economic policies, but importantly, to appreciate Bohol as a viable tourism product worthy of representation in Germany.
Amb. Natividad said that in Berlin last week, they launched the “More Fun in the Philippines” tagline of the DOT and Bohol was prominently featured in said event.
Called Team Philippines-Germany, Natividad’s delegation has a marching order from Pres. Benigno Aquino III to come over to Bohol to promote economic diplomacy and look for linkages between the national and local government and Germany.
“Germany has a lot to offer in terms of technology, funding and GOs foundation,” Natividad said, “and we would strongly welcome partnerships. We have only one goal: to forward our national agenda for the good of our people,” she added.
Having been given the privilege to market and promote the Philippines in Europe to mainstream leisure travelers as mandated by the Department of Tourism, Team Philippines-Germany is not restricted to exercising creativity with out-of-the-box initiatives to be able to interest a wider spectrum of potential visitors to our country; it is thereby synergizing its efforts with the Philippine Embassies within its area of coverage for a more holistic approach in marketing the Philippines overseas.
Amb. Natividad escorted some of the more respected and prominent German Honorary Consuls of the Philippines; their Vice-Consuls and German economic advisers to a 7-day visit to the country. The team had an audience with Pres. Aquino and Vice-Pres. Jejomar Binay and had meetings and presentations with the Department of Foreign of Affairs (DFA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the DOT.
A year ago, a group of European volunteers came over to Bohol and conducted studies on the coastal and environmental preservation of Bohol’s marine life and concluded that the province has one of the world’s most concentrated marine triangle areas and biggest bio-diversities.
“We want to promote Bohol to the rest of the world and preserve its beauty so it could remain at par with other world-renowned tourist destinations of other countries,” Natividad assured Chatto. (jlv/EDCom)