Albay LGUs declare support on the 2017 ASEAN

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LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) – Showing unity with the administration’s actions in promoting the country’s hosting of the 2017 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the provincial government of Albay and the city government of Legazpi declared their full support on the ASEAN during the Philippine Information Agency’s (PIA) ASEAN events last April 20 and 21 in Legazpi City.

Last April 20, PIA launched the 2017 ASEAN Information Kiosk at Legazpi City Domestic Airport for the purpose of raising awareness and drawing public support on the country’s hosting of the 2017 ASEAN. During the launching ceremony of the kiosk, leaders from the city government of Legazpi and provincial government of Albay were present and gave their respective message of support.

For the provincial government, Governor Al Francis Bichara was represented by Dorothy Colle of the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) on the launching event. According to Colle, the provincial government of Albay, namely the Office of the Governor and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay headed by Vice-Governor Harold Imperial, expressed their appreciation and full support for the PIA’S initiatives on the ASEAN promotion.

“This laudable project would surely help the Filipinos in general, and the Bicolanos in particular, appreciate the benefits of being a member of the ASEAN. Thus, this would pave the way for all the Filipinos contribute and do their best to make the chairmanship of the 2017 ASEAN a success,” said Colle.

Mayor Noel Rosal of Legazpi City was also present of the kiosk launching event and gave his blessing and support on the initiative. The mayor stated that it is the city’s proud privilege to stand behind such programs as it would benefit not only the Legazpi City but the entire Bicol region.

“Today, we are launching a very important endeavor for almost every sector of society. This is about the perception of our strength, and the perception of welcoming all for the common good,” said Mayor Rosal.

For the mayor, the ASEAN initiatives are a welcomed opportunity for every city and municipality in the region. In Legazpi City, for instance, which was recently recognized as one of the most competitive and well-traveled city in the country, being integrated with the ASEAN would be a moving force particularly in the field of tourism.

On the following day, Mayor Rosal also attended PIA’s Regional Multi-Sectoral Forum at Holtel St. Ellis in Legazpi City, where he reiterated his support for the 2017 ASEAN.

“We commend the PIA, and all the present government agencies here today, for creating this forum as a platform for leveling up our action to be recognized globally. With this, rest assured that the city government of Legazpi will always be here to support these efforts as we are sure that this is directed for the development of our communities,” stressed the mayor.(MAL/JBE-PIA5/Albay)
Source: Philippine Information Agency (Bicol)

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