By Mar Supnad
CLARK FREEPORT – Clark Development Corporation (CDC) officers and front-line staff will receive free basic Mandarin language and culture training to further boost services amid the growing number of Chinese investors and tourists here.
CDC recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of the Philippines Diliman – Confucius Institute (UPD-CI) here.
The MOU was signed by CDC president and CEO Noel F. Manankil UPD-CI Chancellor Michael L. Tan.
Recognizing China as one of its major markets for tourism and business-related pursuits, CDC entered in an MOU to give a more improved services by fully understanding Mandarin language and culture.
The MOU was also a result of the influx of Chinese investments, tourists and guests in this Freeport and the country.
Accordingly, Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Administrator Atty. Wilma Eisma also signed up and partnered with UPD-CI.
Meanwhile, CDC Chairman Jose De Jesus, Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, Confucius Institute – Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Director Lourdes Nepomuceno, Mark Nepomuceno, CDC Tourism Promotions Manager Noemi B. Julian and other officials from Xiamen University and Mabalacat City College were also present to witness the MOU signing.
In a report by CDC – Tourism and Promotions Division, it was mentioned that in June and September of this year, around 4,000 Chinese cruise ship passengers who visted Subic also visited Clark.
There are also a number of Chinese investments in Clark which cater to mainland Chinese and Taiwanese markets.