By ROSALITA B MANLANGIT
DAET, CamNorte: The municipal government here has gained economic growth and tourism development opportunities following the trip of Mayor Tito Sarion to the United States with the prospect of investment and tourism activities.
Sarion attended the Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala celebrating the inauguration of US President Barack Obama on Jan 15 at the US Chamber of Commerce, Washington DC and met with state officials for the implementation of programs and activities among the sister cities.
Sarion said one prospective investor, a native of this town, has confirmed his investment in a call center venture here, citing expensive operational expenses of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the US.
He also met with Mayor Michael Gray of Washington DD, strengthening the ties of Daet with its international networks in the sister cities in US.
Sarion also met with leaders of Filipino-American communities, including Loida Nicolas Lewis, a Sorsogon province native and a distinguished businesswoman.
He extended an invitation to the Bicolano National Association of America (BNAA), the largest network of Bicolanos in the US, to visit this town for tourism activities in time for the membership convention slated on July 23 this year in Legazpi City.
Sarion also joined Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia and international media persons Lily Chen of Asian Fortune, Daeteña Czarina Fernandez Jackson of Washington Post and Kitty Wang, senior reporter of NTDTV Washington D.C. where the latter interviewed him.
He said in a global perspective, Filipinos have to be vigilant so they can compete with other towns in international countries since the Philippines is a small country.
Sarion added that the US trip served as a venue to encourage would-be-investors and tourists to invest and visit here, bringing economic development in Daet.
The trip was approved by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), provided that no expenses will be paid by the municipal government of Daet. – PIACamNorte