Candon City officials headed by City Mayor Ericson Singson provided warm welcome to the delegates of the 26th Philippine Trade Mission composed mostly officials and members of Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii led by its President Bernadette Dario Fajardo and Honolulu Consul General Gina Jamoralin and her party.

This year’s trade mission theme was “Catch the wave”.

The main activity which was the business forum was held at the Candon City Center for Culture and Arts with representatives from business, hotels, inns, restaurants, banks, small and medium enterprise, Non-governmental organizations and city department heads joining them.

Outside the center was a mini trade initiated by the office of Deputy Speaker Eric Singson.

“It is always a golden opportunity for us to market Candon as investment haven,” City Mayor Singson said.

He pointed out that the city has close ties with the chamber and the key places of Hawaii because of the presence of many Ilocanos particularly Candonians in the said areas.

More so, Candon is a sister city of the city and county of Honolulu Hawaii.

In the FCCH website, the chamber provides leadership in promoting Hawaii’s business community through its programs and activities by broadening opportunities for Filipino entrepreneurs and member businesses, strengthening business links between Hawaii and the Philippines.

It is also assisting in the professional growth of its members and supporting the well-being of the community.

The 10-day trade mission got major boost with no less than Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. who stopped by at the Honolulu International Airport on February 16 to send off the 32-member delegation.

Aside from Candon, the delegation visited other cities and provinces like Manila,  Davao,  Vigan, Baguio, and Marilao to find business and investment opportunities.

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