LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The over-all package of the Pangasinan Capitol has once again captured the eyes of a foreign dignitary – this time a consul of the People’s Republic of China (PDC).
“This is the biggest Capitol I’ve ever seen. It really brightened my eyes. It’s a beautiful place. And most important, you have a wonderful team here that I am so much honored to meet,” said Consul and Head of Post Wang Jianqun of the PDC Consulate to Laoag in her visit at the Pangasinan Capitol on February 19.
Consul Jianqun, who was with former Chinese Ambassador to Malta Cai Jinbiao, was received by a team led by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. and Provincial Administrator Nimrod S. Camba at the Governor’s Office prior to their short tour within the Capitol Complex.
Vice Gov. Calimlim told the Chinese dignitaries that the warm hospitality of the provincial government to them is significant — much that Pangasinan takes pride of its rich Chinese ancestry and heritage.
Stating the purpose of her visit in Pangasinan which is to “promote friendship and cooperation between China and the province of Pangasinan,” Jianqun underscored the strong diplomatic ties of the Philippines and China in the past few years.
“For the past years, the bilateral relations of the Philippines and China under the capable leadership of our respective Presidents has been successful,” the Chinese consul said.
Evidence of this, she noted, is the bilateral trade of the two countries which has reached to over 50 billion US dollars. For this, China, which imports hundreds of tons of tropical fruits from the Philippines, has become the latter’s biggest trading partner.
Cooperation between the two countries, she added, also encompasses fishery and infrastructure and other areas.
The province of Pangasinan is among the 15 provinces and key central cities which are under the consular jurisdiction of consul Jianqun.
Also present during the China consul’s courtesy call at the Pangasinan Capitol were: Sangguniang Panlalawigan members Rosary Chinky Perez-Tababa, Liberato Z. Villegas, Noel Bince, Jeanne Jinky Zaplan, Jeremy Agerico Rosario, Generoso Tulagan, and Raul Sison, and several department and office heads of the province.
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CHINESE CONSUL VISITS PANGASINAN Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. (left, upper photo), on behalf of Governor Amado I. Espino, III, welcomes Chinese Consul Wang Jianqun (right, upper photo), Head of Post of the People’s Republic of China Consulate in Laoag City, on her visit to Pangasinan Capitol on February 19. Consul Jianqun, along with her husband, former Chinese Ambassador to Malta Cai Jinbiao (6th from right, lower photo) visited Pangasinan to promote friendship and cooperation between China and the province of Pangasinan. Presenting a token of appreciation to the Chinese dignitaries during their visit at the Capitol were: Vice Governor Calimlim and Sangguniang Panlalawigan members Rosary Chinky Perez-Tababa, Liberato Z. Villegas, Noel Bince, Jeanne Jinky Zaplan, Jeremy Agerico Rosario, Generoso Tulagan, and Raul Sison, and Provincial Administrator Nimrod Camba (lower photo). Pangasinan is among the 15 provinces and key central cities which are under the consular jurisdiction of Jianqun. /Photo by MVS/MGNO