VMA inks MOA in ceremony with Japan-based foundation

The Visayan Maritime Global College together with the City Government of Bago signed a Memorandum of Agreement yesterday with Asunaro Foundation for the construction of a 125-square- meter playground inside the Bantayan Park, a public place developed by the city for its tourism promotion.
 
Atty. John Orola, Jr., the college president, Mayor Ramon Torres, and architect Yuusuke Karasawa signed the said MOA followed with the groundbreaking ceremony and laying of capsule for the Bantayan Park Center ( BPC) the newest tourist destination for local tourists in Negros Island. City officials led by Vice Mayor Nicholas Yulo, and the various sectors witnessed the ceremony.
 
A resident of Tokyo, architect Karasawa designed the entire P 2-million worth playground facility which the foundation and the Tokyo University of Science & Saga University have donated.
 
For its part, the VMA has recommended Bago as the ideal site for the project thus will exercise its Corporate Social Responsibility and in promoting BPC as tourist destination for Bago City. The city is tagged as the ‘Home of Historical and Natural Treasures’.
 
The park’s innovation will result to influx of the tourists as it will spark economic growth and boosts the tourism potentials of the city and for Negros Island, said Orola who himself formerly was Tourism Attache of the Philippines to Japan. With its Bantayan gift, the area is also potential to host the River Safari as another sports tourist attraction which is also attractive for port development to pump prime local maritime industry, said Orola.
 
The project will be the city’s newest attraction and pride for the Bagoenos, Torres said.
 
Meanwhile, Asunaro’s president Sadayuki Yoshida is slated to grace a groundbreaking rites as another project of the foundation which is the Day Care Center Project in Barangay Punta-taytay, Bacolod City which the VMA also had facilitated. *

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