DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The Department of Foreign Affairs-Regional Consular Office (DFA-RCO) in Dumaguete celebrated recently its first anniversary.
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo and former Ambassador MacActhur Corsino graced the occasion at Robinsons-Dumaguete.
In line with the government’s Private-Public Partnership (PPP) Agenda and with a view to make consular services more accessible and convenient to the public, DFA-RCO Dumaguete formally opened in October last year at Robinson mall here.
In his remarks, Mayor Remollo cited that under his administration, DFA will be expecting significant number of clients for passport processing due to more private companies and foreign investors who signified to invest in the city.
In a strategic alliance with Chinese investor, the city government sealed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese firm Changzhou Xintian Rail Transit Technology Co. Ltd. for the possible construction of a monorail transit and electric tricycles.
“The Chinese monorail will bring in the first of the national factory in Dumaguete, we need electric tricycles and commit themselves to establish international headquarters in the city,” Remollo said.
Under Dumaguete’s masterplan to connect neighboring provinces in the Visayas, Remollo said he may present to President Rodrigo Duterte the proposal to construct a highway from Bayawan City, Negros Oriental to Cadiz City, Negros Occidental which is only 104 kms long so that to go down to Bacolod City it will be shorter trip with less than two hours.
Likewise, the mayor disclosed that a group of Malaysian-Chinese investors are offering a PPP to build three major bridges from Sibulan, Negros Oriental to Santander, Cebu; from Mactan to Bohol; then Bohol to Maasin, Leyte.
In his video greetings, DFA Asst. Sec. Frank Cimafranca thanked RCO Dumaguete for making the faster processing easier and more convenient to the people in Dumaguete as well as the surrounding cities and municipalities in Negros Oriental.
“We would like also to thank the city of Dumaguete for its hospitality and continued support to the effort of the DFA to bring consular services to serve to the people especially of this country. Likewise we thank Robinsons Land for providing the DFA the space to deliver passport service in Dumaguete,” Cimafranca said. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Oct. 25, 2016)