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Mayor described as city’s top tourist attraction

Posted by Michille on July 31st, 2006

Mayor described as city’s top tourist attraction – Sun.Star Davao!

CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is currently Davao City’s number one tourist attraction, aside from his being a strong magnet to investors.

This was Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan’s frank description of the mayor, saying he doesn’t mind being called the mayor’s number one fan.

Bonguyan described his boss in glowing terms in a speech he delivered before some 50 businessmen attending the 6th Davao City Business Conference Annual Policy Forum at Davao City Convention and Trade Center last week.

The vice mayor was, delivering for Duterte, the mayor’s response to the resolutions of the Davao City business sector at the end of the annual business conference.

He also mentioned Duterte being chosen as the 2005 Pinoy of the Year by a national daily tabloid publication.

“Many of our visitors, especially those from Luzon who have heard so much about the exploits and controversial statements of Mayor Duterte, admit that they came here primarily to see the mayor in person,” Bonguyan bared.

City Tourism Officer Edmundo “Id” Acaylar confirmed the vice mayor’s statement.

“During the Asean Tourism Forum, other conventions and the Lakbay Aral trips of local government officials here, most of the delegates would want to meet and have pictures taken with the mayor,” he said.

In his speech with the businessmen, Bonguyan relayed Duterte’s appreciation to the support of the business sector, led by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for his administration’s programs and projects.

“We truly value your partnership especially in the areas of tourism and investment promotion, environment, transparency and public accountability, youth development and gender mainstreaming,” Bonguyan quoted Duterte as saying.

“Indeed, Davao City is now poised to sustain the gains we have made in our local economy. When the rest of the country is in bad financial shape, our city continues to post a positive balance of trade, sound fiscal administration, and increased private and public investments,” he said.

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