Unilever hails upcoming Dagupan island Tours

November 14, 2014 11:38 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, Nov. 13 –Officials of multi-national company Unilever Philippines were all-praise over the upcoming Dagupan Island Tours when they came to visit Dagupan City last Nov. 12 to help launch the Pasiglahin ang Estudyanteng Pilipino (PEP), a supplementary feeding program for school kids.

Led by Chito Macapagal, vice president for corporate affairs of Unilever, the group boarded one of the flat boats built for the Island Tours, which was bankrolled by the company as its donation to the city government, responding to the request of Mayor Belen Fernandez.

Fernandez and City Engineer Virginia Rosario accompanied them in this very maiden voyage by the boat, where they observed clean and impressive view of the Calmay river, beautiful sunset and serene environment.

Procter and Gamble as well as Kraft Philippines were the other donors of two other flat boats, one of which is now complete while the other is still being completed in time for the launching of the Island Tours during the city fiesta coinciding with the yuletide season in December.

The Unilver visitors included Carl Cruz, vice president for customer development, and Joy Isla, the company's project director for corporate affairs who both hailed the tourism potentials of the Island Tours.

Fernandez said the docking area of the flat boats along the Pantal River near the Star Plaza Hotel is now being rushed in time for the launching of the project, sometime in December, during the city fiesta in honor of Saint John the Evangelist, the patron saint of Dagupan.

She said that she was working a project with Archbishop Socrates Villegas for the construction of a statue of Saint John the Evangelist along the route of the Island Tours in the Calmay River.

Saint John the Evangelist is also the patron saint of the fishermen.

The Dagupan Island Tours will replace the short-lived Dagupan River Cruise along the Dawel River, which grounded to a halt in June 2013 after three flat boats were allegedly unceremoniously towed away by men of then Mayor Benjamin Lim claiming these were owned by the former, shortly after losing the election.

The Dagupan island Tours is tied up with the "One Fish, One Barangay Program" in the island villages of Pugaro, Salapingao, and Lomboy and in Calmay, Carael and Lucao and the Dagupan Product Center beside the city hall.(PNA)

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