October 24 - October 30, 2005
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The ‘flowerization’ of the city
LC to adopt China’s beautification program

During the signing of the sister-city agreement between officials of the Laoag City government and the Laibin City government, Laoag City Mayor Michael V. Fariñas noted the use of indigenous plants to decorate the surroundings of the Chinese city.

In view of this, the mayor has decided to adopt the said beautification program for the city as he said this would help in strengthening the position of the city as one of the top tourist destinations in the country.

Upon arrival from the signing in Laibin, Fariñas has instructed Ms Marlyn Martin, assistant city agriculturist, to study the Chinese beautification model. In effect, the mayor has designated Martin to become the project director.

The indigenous plants that had been used in the Chinese model include yellow bell, santan, buenavista, cutcucharita, gumamela, and bougainvillea—plants that are all also available in the city.

All that it would take, the mayor said, was to arrange these plants in an orderly manner to become very attractive to the eyes not only of tourists but also city residents.

The rearranging of plants, Fariñas suggested, would be done in the approach of the Gilbert Bridge, in Fonacier Park and in front of the City Hall.

However in order for this program to become successful, Fariñas said he would also need the help of all the city’s barangay chairmen for them to also adopt the beautification program in their respective barangays.

Martin also added that the program would need a rigid planning to be able to come up with the appropriate plants suited for the area it would be put.

Meanwhile, Ms Chevylle V. Fariñas, city tourism and social concerns chair, said she would also help in the planning aspect for the program as she added that the redecoration of the city would result in a more attractive surrounding.

Fariñas was accompanied by Laoag City Councilors Yvonne B. Ranada, Christian Rafael F. Peralta, Modesto Melvin M. dela Cuesta, and Benjamin Cabacungan during the signing in China.

The mayor considers the new relationship formed between the two cities as different compared to other sister-city agreements of other cities as he said: “The signing was not only to foster goodwill and friendship as what other sisterhood [agreements had been] but it goes beyond [simply opening] business, trade, and education.”

Dominic B. dela Cruz

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