Tuesday, October 16, 2007

PGMA to visit Cebu Friday

Cebu City (11 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is scheduled in Cebu late tomorrow morning, Friday, to grace three significant events after attending to an inauguration of the Bayongan Dam Irrigation Project Phase II in San Miguel, Bohol.

The President is expected to fly around 11:00 a.m. directly to her first engagement in Balamban, Cebu from Bohol. At 11:30 a.m., she is expected to arrive at the Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, Inc. (THI) landing zone and will immediately proceed to the Pier 4 of the THI Shipyard for the naming ceremony of the Hoegh Manila vessel.

On hand to receive President Arroyo are Hoegh Autoliners Chairman Leif Hoegh, President Thor Jorgen Guttormsen, Norway Ambassador to the Philippines Stale Torstein Risa, THI Chairman Kenji Kawalno, Cebu 3rd District Rep. John Paul Garcia and Balamban Mayor Alex Binghay.

Upon arrival at the Pier 4 of the THI Shipyard, President Arroyo shall be ushered to the platform for the naming ceremony to christen the vessel by saying the words: "I name this ship Hoegh Manila. May God bless her and all her crew and everybody sailing on her."

The President will then cut the cord that will trigger the breaking of the traditional bottle of champagne on the ship's bow, release the confetti and unveil the name of the vessel etched at the starboard side.

Hoegh Autoliner Chairman Leif Hoegh will give a short message after the christening ceremeony.

Around 300 guests have been invited to attend while the President is expected to stay for only an hour.

The second event will be at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall at 1:00 p.m. where the President will administer the oath taking of Gov. Gwen Garcia as the Regional Development Council (RDC) - Central Visayas Chair and her Co-Chair Norris Oculam.

President Arroyo will also witness the distribution of original certificates of title under the 'Titulo Project' of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-7) and the Department of Agriculture (DA-7) to 13 town beneficiaries.

Four Memorandum of Agreement will likewise be signed under the presence of the President that includes the relocation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command to Lapulapu City.

About 300 Cebu mayors, vice mayors, Provincial Government officials and members of the RDC-7 and other guests have been invited for the occasion which is also Gov. Garcia's 52nd birthday celebration. A video presentation featuring the physical fitness demonstration of the inmates of the Cebu Provincial Rehabilitation Center will be shown during lunch.

Mrs. Arroyo's last event will be the inauguration of the Teletech Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Center in Mandaue City where she will lead in the ribbon cutting and unveiling of the marker around 2:30 p.m.

Teletech Vice President and General Manager - Asia Maulik Parekh and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes will be present to receive the President at the site.

The President will proceed to the training room after the inaugural activities for a short tour and to observe the on-going training of new hires.

Teletech has 10 large BPO centers in the country with a total of 12T employees. The Teletech Cebu branch has 1,100 employees.

The President is expected to fly back to Manila at 4:30 p.m. (PIA-Cebu/FCR)

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