BY ASANGAN T. MADALE
Iligan city mayor Frederick W. said the recent developments sparks optimism about the prospects of improved economic linkages between the Philippines and Taipei is seen to boosts tourism growth in Northern Mindanao. I hope the City of Iligan can work out with the Department of Transportation and the civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines the path forward to direct flights from Taipei.
I know this path could take several years, but it would be for the good of Iligan City and the rest of Northern Mindanao. Flights will be at Laguindingan airport, the airport shared by Cagayan De Oro, Iligan, and Northern Mindanao.
There are no direct flights yet between Taipei and here in Northern Mindanao, but there are direct flights between Taipei and Davao City and between Taipei and Metro Cebu., Siao said
We hope Iligan City will entice the Taiwanese to visit our city and tourist destinations around Iligan, including our Instagram-worthy waterfalls. If just some of those 200 thousand Taiwan tourists would be able to see this peaceful part of Mindanao would be a significant boost to the local economy.
Taiwan would be glad to discover a significant, active, civic-oriented Filipino-Chinese community in Iligan City and Northern Mindanao.
Taiwan would also see how Iligan City is becoming the technological hub of Northern Mindanao. When there are direct flights between Iligan and Taipei, we can dovetail that with the ecozone and industrial estate development plans we have for Iligan.
We have the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology. Knowing that Taiwan is a leader in technology and the environmental sciences, we hope for linkages and joint undertakings between the higher education and business sectors of Iligan and Northern Mindanao with their counterparts in Taiwan.
Meanwhile, a recent letter from Taiwan’s President to Pope Francis shows encouraging signs about Taiwan’s relations with the rest of the world.
“Armed confrontation is absolutely not an option,” President Tsai Ing-wen wrote, according to the Associated Press.
“Only by respecting the commitment of the Taiwanese people to our sovereignty, democracy, and freedom can there be a foundation for resuming constructive interaction across the Taiwan Strait,” Tsai’s letter said, the AP reported.