By Erma Edera
Panama’s envoy to the Philippines has offered to engage the city of Manila in a cultural exchange, Manila Mayor Francisco Isko Moreno Domagoso bared.
Panamanian Ambassador to the Philippines Rolando Guevara Alvarado said his country could help bolster efforts to preserve and protect cultural heritage in Manila during his courtesy visit to Domagoso at the Manila City Hall on Friday.
“Cultural exchange, gusto niyang (Alvarado) i-engage ang City Hall. Second, yung kinuwento niya satin kung gaano karami…about 120 seamen are applying every day,” Domagoso said.
According to Domagoso, the diplomat told him Filipino seafarers were considered world-class workers who are preferred by maritime firms in Panama.
“We’re happy because most of these people are from Manila. So, it’s a job generating situation,” he added.
Alvarado also wished Domagoso “all the best for all his good endeavor” in Manila.
“People are aware of the job you are doing. That’s something important to take into consideration. I know you have more chances ahead, you have the energy and the team,” the diplomat said.
Alvarado was the third ambassador to meet with Moreno after US Ambassador Sung Kim and British Ambassador Daniel Pruce.
The diplomat also lauded the new mayor’s leadership style.
Alvarado also recognized Domagoso’s effort to clean up the city’s parks, particularly the Bonifacio Shrine, which the mayor showed the enjoy from his office window.
Meanwhile, Domagoso said the successive meetings he had with different envoys just three weeks into his term could be considered as a “good sign” for the city.
“I’m happy that the members of the diplomatic corps and the consular’s office keep coming back or visiting Manila. We’re honored, of course,” he said.
“It’s a good sign that they’re hopeful, hopeful about the city government, where the city’s going in the next. It’s the pride of the city of Manila, and the people of Manila, it’s not for me,” he added.
Moreno is set to meet with Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda on July 22, Monday.