Ilocos coffee town represents PHL in agri value-chain workshop in Taiwan


LAOAG CITY -— Piddig, the country’s host of the first and largest national convergence program for coffee, joins 19 other participants to a value-added agriculture products workshop being held in Taiwan starting today, June 8 to 21.

Exclusive for members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and South Asian countries, Engineer Eduardo Guillen, former Piddig town mayor and current consultant to the Office of the Mayor, represents the Philippines in the 14-day workshop courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Looking forward to a productive engagement with other participating countries, Guillen said he is very eager to learn and share whatever new knowledge and innovative strategies he may gain from the international workshop which focuses primarily on policy issues in order to assist ASEAN and South Asian countries in dealing with the development of value-added agricultural products.

Composed of indoor lectures, field visits and interactive discussions with agricultural product processing manufacturers and other stakeholders, the Taiwan government allows participating countries to fully internalize its “new south bound policy” and complement each other towards economic growth.

Working for “a better world and brighter future,” the lectures will cover various topics including the situation of value-added agriculture in Taiwan, the utilization of value-added agricultural products in Taiwan, the experience in “industry-university cooperative” and “operation of value-added agricultural products”, key points and development goals of the agricultural biotechnology in Taiwan, and market analysis of agricultural machinery industry.

There will also be field trips at the Taiwan lettuce village that is engaged in import and export of agricultural products, Taiwan Banana Research Institute, shipping point, Solar Farm in Yunlin, Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park, and agricultural machinery manufacturers.

On March 6, this year, Taiwan’s Representative to the Philippines Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin and party personally visited Piddig town to strengthen friendly ties and bilateral relations in the country.

Under its new southbound policy, Taiwan focuses on the Asia-Pacific region, expressing interest for a long-term and comprehensive relations with 18 countries in areas of economic and trade cooperation, personal exchanges, resource sharing and regional linkages.

Based on the 2015 to 2016 Global Competitiveness report, Taiwan was named the 27th largest economy in the world in 2015, 15th most competitive economy among the 140 economies and fourth in Asia behind Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. LGA/