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Mayor Bihasa of Baler, Aurora receives token of appreciation from Japan

Nov 12, 2018 @ 6:40

Mayor Nelianto “Pilot” Bihasa of Baler, Aurora has received a token of appreciation from a local government unit in Japan for his municipality’s participation at the 9th East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress in Nara, Japan.

According to a post on Monday of the Baler municipal government’s Facebook page, the City Government of Nara, located in Japan’s Kansai region, gave Bihasa the token of appreciation for sending Baler officials, representing the entire Philippine government, to the international event held on Nov. 1-5, 2018.

The Philippine delegation consists of Baler municipal councilors Reynaldo Mapindan and Gina Ritual, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Head Gabriel Llave, and Glenda Dumapay.

During the trip, the Baler officials also exchanged information with Shizuoka officials on best practices in disaster risk reduction and management.

They also held meetings with Nara officials for the establishment of sisterhood relations between the two local government units, focusing on the improvement of health services in Baler.

The Baler officials also got the chance to visit sacred sites in Nara, enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine as well as Nara’s persimmon, had close encounters with Nara’s famous deers, and go sightseeing at the Nara Palace Site and the Nara National Park, among others.

Mapindan, for his part, led the promotion of famous Baler delicacies during the East Asian Food Fair on Nov. 2.(END)

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