QUEZON CITY, July 8 (PIA) — Japan Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Koji Haneda on Monday met with Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado and a small contingent of provincial mayors from their region in a courtesy call at the Japan Embassy in Manila.
During their courtesy call, Mercado said he invited the Japanese diplomat to visit their province as guest of honor.
“The purpose of my visit is to inform His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan Koji Haneda to experience ‘what is there’ in Southern Leyte, what the province has to offer in terms of its natural wonders, rich culture, and tradition and I will personally bring him to our most celebrated tourist destinations and events,” Mercado said.
“I told the ambassador that we have one of the best and beautiful dive sites in the country located in Southern Leyte,” he added. A post in the Southern Leyte’s official website, http://southernleyte.gov.ph said the province is one of three places in the country where whalesharks are known to congregate in large numbers, it has also identified at least 18 surfing spots, sheltered beaches and coves, and idyllic getaways that “offer nature at its best,” Mercado added.
“The Japanese ambassador is willing and told me, ok governor, I will accept your invitation but I will have to check my schedule,” Mercado added.
Mercado further said this would be the first time a foreign dignitary will visit their province during his term. “Rest assured Mr. Ambassador, our province is one of the most peaceful provinces in the Philippines,” he said.
He said he would also extend his invitation to Japanese businessmen and entrepreneurs who may want to explore investment opportunities in Southern Leyte.
“The ambassador told me to coordinate with the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry here in Manila and he said that he will support our invitation,” he added.
The provincial executive said he sees Japan as an enabling partner in the promotion of their province’s continuing economic and social development.
“We have an abundance of coconuts in the province and we would want to develop this industry, we have these a large supply of these raw materials for the manufacture of virgin coconut oil, among others,” he said.
For the local officials’ part, he said they are ready to provide world-class services and strategic support to investors. (PIA InfoComm)
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