By Janice Hidalgo
Governor Amado T.Espino Jr. has made his first well done impression to the newly-designated Chinese Consul Tian Qixiang, together with Vice-consul Lu Pinrou who also acted as his interpreter and photographer, during his courtesy call to the Governor last June 3rd at the Capitol.
The Chinese Consul has assured Espino, that the Chinese consulate based in Laoag will do its best to help the province strengthen its ties with China.
Espino said that Pangasinan and China have mutual interest of having sisterhood-province ties with Sichuan, China.
The Governor explained very well the importance of this sisterhood that would support his program in improving facilities needed in the field of health, agriculture, industry and sports program.
According to the consul, they are looking for common areas and interest where they can invest.
Noting that it is only four weeks since assuming the consulate post, Qixiang said that the two parties can know each other better especially now that they are promoting the visit of the governor and other officials to Sichuan province in China.
The consul also said that Pangasinan has a very good agricultural land while China has a very good technology in this field and this is one area where they could cooperate and will benefit each other.
“We should tell them what we need, what we want from them, and they will be the ones who will find out how they could help us. Their technology in agriculture, mining, fisheries and sports, yun ang mahihiling ko sa kanila,” Gov Espino added.
On another note, the consul remarked, “I have seen the big transformation of your province under the leadership of your honorable governor in a very short period and I think that is the reason why the people in Pangasinan love the governor, and I believe that in the future, Pangasinan will achieve greater under his leadership.
The consulate officials were accompanied to the capitol by Engr. Rosendo So, president of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce in eastern Pangasinan; and 5th district Provincial Board Member Danilo Uy
Thanking the provincial officials for their warm welcome, The Chinese consuls invited officials and businessmen of Pangasinan to visit China at any convenient time for them sometime soon for them to learn more on Chinese agriculture, culture and way of life.
Espino said the visit of the Chinese consuls to Pangasinan was part of their familiarization tour of the province.