MinDa seeking to promote Davao as agricultural, tourist spot for Californians

Published January 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Armando Fenequito 

DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is partnering with Davao Association USA (DAUSA) and Filipino-American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) to promote and market agricultural and tourist spots of Mindanao in California, United States.

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is partnering with Davao Association USA (DAUSA) and Filipino-American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) to promote and market agricultural and tourist spots of Mindanao in California, United States. (MinDa / Facebook / MANIAL BULLETIN)
The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is partnering with Davao Association USA (DAUSA) and Filipino-American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) to promote and market agricultural and tourist spots of Mindanao in California, United States. (MinDa / Facebook / MANIAL BULLETIN)

In a statement, MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the president of DAUSA and FACLA Fernandico Gonong, Jr., and his colleagues met the private sectors and City Government officials of Davao to discuss the results and details sending Mindanao products to the US.

“California has the largest concentration of Filipinos in US and we must bring to this potential market abroad our Mindanao products,” Piñol said .

Piñol said MinDA’s Investment Promotion Division facilitated series of development discussions for the group.

Last Friday, January 17, the Fil-Am group met with Benjamin Lao of Lao’s Integrated Farm in Bansalan, Davao del Sur for the marketing and export of coconut-based products to Los Angeles, California.

The group also met with Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (DCCCII) President John Carlo Tria who presented the possibility of conducting a “Durian Business Opportunity Tour in the US.”

“We foresee that this product will soon become a potential export asset of Davao City,” said Tria.

Tria also said there should be more tourism packages that target foreigners to promote Davao City’s tourism and other destinations in Mindanao.

Outgoing DAUSA President Jane Tesoro added that various initiatives should promote a better image of Mindanao abroad, particularly for Filipino-Americans.

“It is now a place to be proud of because we have so many positive things to offer. And want to bring this experience back to US for our families and friends,” Teneroso said.

The group also met with Davao City Investment Promotion Center’s Officer-in-Charge April Marie Dayap for the City’s investment and international relations efforts.

Dayap said they were finalizing the list of international roadshows to promote Davao City as an investment hub.

She said they were eyeing to join the Rose Parade in Pasadena in California to showcase local products to the Fil-Am communities.

 
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