Mayor eyes foreign consular offices in Iloilo-A A +A
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is eyeing the establishment of foreign consular offices in the city to serve the needs of travelers and students flying directly from the Iloilo International Airport to other countries.
The idea was vouched to Ambassador Akinyemi Faroundi of Nigeria and Ambassador Leeh Yuk of South Korea who showed enthusiasm and acceptance of a consular office with issuing visas function in Iloilo City as the regional capital of Western Visayas.
Mabilog said the Nigerian and Korean ambassadors were impressed by the Dinagyang Festival and saw that several Nigerian and Korean nationals are studying and residing in the city.
The newly crowned Miss Dinagyang 2013, Ma. Victoria Oke, is a Filipino-Nigerian student of Central Philippine University in Jaro district.
During the Dinagyang, numerous Korean students and their families were seen dancing and enjoying in the festivities.
Mabilog said the city has 10 universities and colleges and currently stands as the education center in the Visayas and Mindano.
He said foreign students found out that Iloilo City schools have good educational standards aside from cheaper food and good housing facilities as compared to the cities of Cebu, Davao and Metro Manila.
The international airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo was opened to direct international flights last November 2012 with initial three times a week flights to Hong Kong and four times a week flights to Singapore.
Hopefully, direct flights from Iloilo to South Korea and China will be realized within 2013 as the Department of Tourism favorably endorsed the direct flights to Incheon, South Korea and China.