The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), thus, congratulated the province for the “most successful hosting” of the ACD Conference Towards Energy Security, Sustainability and Resiliency.
The conference also had two important associated meetings—the 2nd ACD Energy Working Group Meeting and the 1st East Asia Energy Forum, which next and second so far will be in Abu Dhabi in 2019.
The delegates did experience the “utmost warmth and professional care” during the four-day event at the Be Grand Hotel in Panglao island on August 7-10, DFA Usec. Manuel A. J. Teehankee wrote to Gov. Edgar Chatto.
Teehankee and Department of Energy (DOE) Sec. Alfonso Cusi were the top Philippine officials who spoke in the opening ceremonies, with Chatto delivering the welcome address.
Cusi’s department was the Philippine agency hosting the conference, which was the maiden ACD meeting in the Philippines with Bohol as the specific venue.
Cusi, Teehankee and other Philippine national officials, who were themselves delegates, stayed from start to finish of the conference.
“We have never felt more cared for and secure,” Teehankee said in his letter to Chatto.
“The Governor’s Dinner was an unforgettable night filled with performances of Bohol’s musically- and artistically-gifted youth. Their incredible performances and joy-filled interaction with the audience will forever be in everyone’s memory,” Teeehankee said.
Also, Teehankee cited the province’s liaison-protocol corpse led by Liza Flores and the security officers who “welcomed and guided us” since “we set foot in Bohol until our departure back home.”
In his letter, Teehankee asked Chatto to “convey our deepest appreciation to all of them who did well and beyond expectations.”
Most especially, the DFA “thanks your able leadership, with unparalleled generosity and warmth which all participants were able to experience at every moment of our stay,” Teehankee said to Chatto.
The country’s foreign affairs agency expects to again having the “good fortune of holding other international fora in Bohol.”
Chatto has himself expected much bigger international or global conferences in Bohol when the new airport in Panglao will start operational in mid-2018.
The airport runway, terminal building, control tower and other facilities are fast taking concrete forms as construction works keep progressing.
Meanwhile, the Philippines AirAsia has taken cognizant of this development that its chief executive officer, Capt. Dexter Comendador, foresees Bohol as an air travel hub and a Central Philippines gateway.
He asked for a meeting with the governor on the establishment of a dedicated low-cost carrier terminal in Panglao and the granting of incentives.
AirAsia shares the vision of the government to develop tourism hubs and spur economic growth beyond the capital.
The airline company currently serves the Manila-Tagbilaran route with three daily return flights using an aircraft that offers a seat capacity for close to 3,800 tourists and other travelers to Bohol weekly.
Since its launching in the 2012, the AirAsia now has a network of destinations linking Philippine cities and connecting the Philippines to various points in Asia like Incheon in South Korea.
Bohol is now connected to South Korea thru daily Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights from Incheon to Tagbilaran City and then Cebu, vice versa.
In his letter, the AirAsia executive congratulated the governor on Bohol’s successful campaign to improve tourism, which registered a 39.7% year-on-year tourist arrival growth in 2016. (Ven rebo Arigo)