Calamba welcomes delegation from sister city in Korea

January 25, 2013 10:57 pm 

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna Jan. 25 –- Calamba City hosted the week-long goodwill visit that capped Friday of the 16-man official delegation from its sister city of Guri, South Korea.

The South Korean city delegation conducted a series of medical missions and project visits early this week to the city’s barangays, historical shrines, city college, solid waste management projects and industrial zones.

Calamba City Mayor Joaquin Chipeco Jr. led city hall officials and employees during the red-carpet welcome for the Korean Guri City top-level delegation at the cavernous city hall foyer.

The mayor said the city will always welcome the New Year with renewed excitement to honor the yearly visits of Guri City officials and their entourage every January.

“We welcome you with open arms and be our guests in furtherance of our close sisterhood relations as we seek to know more about each other and pursue common bonds of interest,” Chipeco remarked.

Guri City deputy mayor Kim Tae Han and his official delegation’s visit this week is the fourth since the Sister City agreement with Calamba was forged in January 2010.

Chipeco lauded the Guri City delegation for their medical services and free medicines including their support to the city’s environmental projects.

Guri City ranks among the world’s best “Green Cities” and its “green” partnership with Calamba has inspired city projects on the Adopt-a-River program, Mini Forest Parks, Bio Waste for Compost and the Eco-Centers and other ecological undertakings with the private sector support.

Chipeco also thanked Guri City Mayor Park who hosted the Calamba delegation visit to Korea from January 9 to 13 this year to explore how the Korean city has poised to become the design capital of the world through its “Nature Culture and Design” multi-billion dollar development complex.

The Korean delegation conducted their site visitations and medical missions in about 19 villages in the Calamba Upper Barangay Association (CUBA) and the PALISAM which stands for Barangays Palingon, Lingga and Sampiruhan in coordination with the barangay leaders and health workers.

They also held meetings with the city’s solid waste management board through the city environment and natural resources office (CENRO).

Calamba’s cultural affairs, sports, tourism development department facilitated their city tour and plant visits to the San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation, Samsung Electro Mechanics Philippines and the city’s industrial and economic zones.

The Korean delegation also toured the Calamba Rizal ancestral house and shrine where they offered wreath and dropped by the city’s largest earthen jar “Banga” landmark.

A festive atmosphere and fiesta-inspired welcome dinner at the Mayor’s Residence also greeted the South Korean top-level delegation.

The delegation’s itinerary embarked on their side trips to the Manila Hotel, National Museum, Fort Santiago, Intramuros, the Harbor View and Manila Ocean Park.

On the last leg of their visit, the Guri City delegation sailed to Corregidor Island and later toured the Makati City’s famed Ayala Museum before returning to Korea.

The Korean city deputy mayor’s entourage included Guri City Councilors Jin Hoa-Ja and Min Gyung-Ja; Director-General for Environmental Management Kim Jung-Kum; Director for Local Social Services Department Park Han-Gyum; Director of Health Office Choi Ae-Gyeong; International Exchange Team Manager Gang Dong Ho;

Preventive Medicine Team Manager Dr. Peom Jae-Wu was joined by his medical team Dr. Yoo Kyo Sang, Korea Medical Association; Dr. Jung Suk Oon, dentist and member of the Korean Dental Association; Dr. Lee Yoon Sei, Oriental doctor specialist and member of the Association of Korean Oriental Medicine;

The delegation also included Kim Tae-Young, local health assistant junior official; nursing assistant officials Mun Bok Hyoung and Kim Jung Eun and interpreter Kim Hae Min. (PNA)

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