Pangasinan set to host national mango congress
By Danny O Sagun
Dagupan City (12 February) -- Pangasinan is now ready to host the 12th National Mango Congress on February 24-26 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center gym, according to organizers.
Patricio Evangelista, president of the Federation of Mango Growers and Handlers Association of Pangasinan, Inc. said that preparations for the event, the first mango congress to be hosted by Pangasinan, are going well with various agencies finalizing their respective plans. The organizers met again last Tuesday at the PDCC function room for the purpose.
Some 500 delegates are expected to join the national event, some of whom are coming from the South, he disclosed.
Virginia dela Fuente, president of the Philippine Mango Industry Foundation, Inc. again joined the meeting last Tuesday to help in the preparations although she came all the way from Cebu. The group met a week earlier.
She urged the members of the various working committees to play their respective roles well to make the congress a big even not in Pangasinan but also in the entire country. She said the mango industry needs all the help for the sake of the country's economic progress.
Pangasinan tourism officer Ma. Luisa Elduayan said that she had already contacted hotel operators in Dagupan City and nearby areas for the billeting of the participants.
Board Member Danilo Uy, who chairs the agriculture committee, asked those concerned with billeting and transportation to coordinate their efforts to avoid any miscommunication and throwing of blame afterwards. "Iwasan natin yong mga posiblleng aberya, mamaya magtuturuan na lang tayo," he told the group.
Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap was invited to give the keynote address. A motorcade around the Capitol complex will start the program on February 24.
Several lectures will be conducted on topics affecting the mango industry. On February 26, the delegates will be treated to a tour to various destinations in the province including Hundred Islands and Manaoag Shrine. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]