Palawan businesses bullish on EAGA tourism meet

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Palawan’s business sector is hoping to clinch deals with their BIMP-EAGA counterparts when the Palawan Economic Development Council (PEDCO) holds its 1st Southern Palawan Business Tourism Forum and Business Matching and Expo in Brooke’s Point on July 26-28.

Benedicto M. Guaño, PEDCO president and BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC) Palawan alternate country director, told Palawan News next week’s business matching will showcase Palawan products and business opportunities that will attract the region’s investors.

“Some companies will be showcasing their virgin coconut oil, some will be showcasing their handicrafts, ‘yong iba naman they have sea products like balatan, and other products from municipalities,” Guaño said.

Guaño added that while the town of Brooke’s Point that will host the event has the room capacity to accommodate all arriving local and international visitors, they are at the same time promoting a “homestay” program to showcase the local culture and hospitality.

“That is the thrust of the provincial government na i-assist natin ‘yong home-stay program, para makita rin ng mga foreigners how we live and how we express our hospitality to our foreign visitors,” she said.

Guaño said the board of directors of PEDCO chose Brooke’s Point as the venue of the event considering its close distance to the Port of Buliluyan which will be the main trading ports between Philippines and BIMP-EAGA nations.

“It is the decision of the board to hold it there. Number one, kasi we would like to showcase ‘yong magiging trade natin between Palawan and Malaysia. The trade will happen from Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia to Port Buliluyan. Since doon sa Bataraza ang Port Buliluyan, ‘yong port din ng Brooke’s Point, so we decided to hold the forum at Brooke’s Point Convention Center,” he said.

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