By lovely a. carillo
A Kyoto-based chocolate company is eyeing the possibility of investing in the city, with particular interest in its cacao industry.
“There was high interest in the chocolate products of Davao City and we are happy that one of emerging products of the Dabawenyos is getting noticed around the world,” Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) Head Lemuel Ortonio said through a press release issued by the City Information Office.
Davao City’s cacao was among the products discussed Tuesday during the Kyoto leg of the Investment and Tourism Roadshow in Japan which kicked off Monday.
Ortonio, who presented the economic profile and the Preferred Investment Areas of Davao City, also discussed with the Japanese officials the various opportunities for Agribusiness and Light Manufacturing.
The Davao City delegation met with Japanese officials at the Kyoto City Hall where they exchanged insights about possible cooperation in the fields of agriculture and tourism, among others.
It can be recalled that Mayor Sara Duterte has confirmed the allocation of P2 million to support the city’s cacao industry. This is intended to help the city achieve its goal of becoming the country’s Chocolate Capital.
Just recently, the city also officially launched Cacao City, envisioned to be a venue for cacao buyers and sellers.
Investments on the historical, cultural, and heritage facilities was also specially highlighted, considering Kyoto is known for preserving its cultural heritage sites.
City Tourism Operations Officer Generose Tecson, on the other hand, promoted the different tourism activities available for the Japanese visitors in the city, specifically on golf courses and wellness facilities.
“Historically, Japan and Davao City are connected — and we hope that we are able to renew this friendship and strengthen it that it may result in actual agreements,” said delegation head Zuleika Lopez, Davao City administrator.
Davao City has a strong historical connection with Japan. Kyoto City has a large number of Filipinos and has an active Filipino community.
Kyoto City International Affairs Office Senior Director Keiji Maki and Industry and Tourism Bureau Senior Director Masatoshi Moringa welcomed the Davao City government officials.