Cotabato officials off to China for food expo

The delegation includes 10 provincial board members, four mayors, two media practitioners, 15 personnel from the provincial investment desk and four businessmen coming from various towns of the province.

The businessmen will exhibit their products in China for possible markets and tie-ups with Chinese businessmen and other exhibitors.

Provincial investment and promotion officer Pinky Mellomida said some 100 exhibitors from all over the world are participating in the event.

Ramon Floresta, owner of the RNF Summit in the town of Makilala, will bring to China wood carvings and furniture from his own wood processing business.

Ronilo Ordenario will display his muscovado cane sugar, while Tin Kho Lu will advertise his state-of-the-art Grand Ficus Resort and Hotel here.

Dr. Alfredo Villarico, a physician and scientist, will showcase his locally made mangosteen tea during the three-day expo.

Aside from four local exhibitors, the promotion and investment desk of North Cotabato will also bring tropical fruits including durian, marang (milkfruit), rambutan and banana.

Piñol said products from the province will soon be seen in China and other parts of the world due to the efforts exerted by provincial officials to look for markets.

The governor was optimistic that the business meetings in Shanghai would help convince Chinese businessmen to pour investments in Cotabato.

The governor was also preparing a proposal for Chinese businessmen for possible product exchange effective next year. (Williamor A. Magbanua/MindaNews)