Davao chocolate highlighted in Kyoto meeting

October 19, 2017 By

KYOTO — Davao City’s cacao was among the products discussed during the Kyoto leg of the Investment and Tourism Roadshow in Japan on Tuesday.

The Davao City delegation met with Japanese officials at the Kyoto City Hall — exchanging insights about possible cooperation in the fields of agriculture and tourism, among others.

Kyoto City International Affairs Office Senior Director Keiji Maki and Industry and Tourism Bureau Senior Director Masatoshi Moringa welcomed the Davao City government officials.

DCIPC Head Lemuel G. Ortonio presented the economic profile and the Preferred Investment Areas of Davao City.

Opportunities for Agribusiness and Light Manufacturing was also discussed as areas of investments.

DCIPC also mentioned the possible investment of a Kyoto-based chocolate company to do business in Davao City.

“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,” he said.

Mayor Sara Duterte has recently announced the allocation of P2 million as support for the city’s cacao industry.

The city is gearing up to become the country’s Chocolate Capital.

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.

Davao City’s ‘historical connection’ with Japan was also emphasized.

“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.

Kyoto City has a large number of Filipinos and has an active Filipino community. CIO