Governor Lacson eyes Japan collaboration

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (left) in a meeting with Philippine Embassy officials in Tokyo. Capitol PIO photo.

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD CITY – Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is optimistic about forging increased collaboration for more programs with the Japanese government and organizations.

Lacson is in Japan on an official visit with key provincial officials.

The governor, as posted on the official Facebook page of the provincial government on Thursday, discussed possible collaborations in increasing silk worm production, technology transfer for rice and sugar, and human resource development with embassy officials led by Dita Angara-Mathay, Special Trade Representative for the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Tokyo, Japan.

Lacson met with officials of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss the programs of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental in partnership with the Japanese government and various Japanese organizations.

Rep. Mathay assured Lacson that the Philippine Embassy will support the ongoing programs of the province in Japan, including new engagements in Toyama Prefecture.

Earlier, the governor and the Negros Occidental delegation received a warm welcome from OISCA officers and members of the Toyama Chapter in Toyama Prefecture, Japan.

In his message, Lacson said that OISCA has been at the forefront of promoting international cooperation since its inception in 1961.

These principles have guided the organization’s efforts in enhancing knowledge, technical and managerial skills, fostering a sense of gratitude and spiritual depth, and respecting cultural diversity globally.

“Our province, Negros Occidental, has been fortunate to be part of OISCA’s inspiring journey since 1996, and OISCA’s projects have profoundly impacted the province’s local communities by empowering individuals and fostering resilience,” he stressed.

Lacson also highlighted that silk production in Negros Occidental has gained significant attention, making the OISCA Silk Farm a popular destination for educational visits. Its silk products have gained international acclaim.

The governor said he looks forward to a new chapter in the partnership with OISCA and Toyama Prefecture, which will create a bridge between communities, open new doors of opportunities for citizens, and contribute to the growth of both provinces.

“I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to OISCA International for the unwavering commitment to promoting international cooperation and development,” he added.

Accompanying the governor are Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz II, DILG Provincial Director Teodora Sumagaysay, Executive Assistant to the Governor and PIO Charina Magallanes-Tan, Negros Occ. Scholarship Program Head Karen Dinsay, NOLITC Administrator Dr. Ma. Cristina Orbecido, and Ms. April Duran.

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