San Francisco, California – The San Francisco based United Pangasinanes of America, Inc. led by President Mario C. Panoringan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dagupan City for the establishment of partnership between the two parties that aims to further advocate tourism and trade missions.
Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez expressed her gratitude to the association on behalf of the city government for initiating the partnership. “To our dear kabaleyans (townmates) living in California, thank you very much for doing this. I trust that there will be more trade and tourism missions in our great city, Mayor Fernandez said.
Mario Cendana-Panoringan, UPAI 16th President stressed that this project aims to further boost the trade and tourism in Dagupan City. “We are signing the Memorandum of Understanding, hereby promoting Dagupan City as a trade and tourist destination,” Panoringan stated adding his vigorous aspirations as the current president of the organization.
“It’s a blessing that we, as an organization, are doing this,”Panoringan added, as he professed that this partnership also targets to backstop business ventures of Pangasinenses here and those who are settled in California. ”
Mayor Fernandez and Panoringan led the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding wishing to strengthen cultural, trade and tourism ties between the City of Dagupan and the State of California through the San Francisco based United Pangasinanes of America Incorporated.
The MOU stipulated that both parties shall take all the opportunities within their competence to promote, strengthen, and expand cultural, trade and tourism and other business relations between concerned organizations and firms of both parties.
Also present to witness the contract-signing were UPAI members led by President Panoringan together with, “2018 Pawil Pangasinan Trade, Tourism & Medical Mission” Co-Chairs, Bernard and Arsie Valdez, Chairman of the Board Caridad O. Aquino, while the Office of the Mayor were represented by City Administrator and lawyer Farah Decano and Executive Assistant Cristina Sinlao.