Januario John Rivas, honorary consul general to Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia, said he met with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. at the Capitol yesterday to discuss the continuation of economic diplomacy programs of his office with the Negros Occidental provincial government, which have so far been successful.
Rivas also discussed a plan to bring an Australian medical mission to Negros Occidental, and said he visited his feeding program in Kabankalan City to aid children in poor rural schools.
Rivas was accompanied by Ralph Lante, Information Technology Adviser for the National Economic and Development Authority as part of the AusAid Program, and Lisa Manuel.
Rivas said Manuel collected boxes with stuffed and educational toys that were given to children in Kabankalan City.
Lante, on the other hand, is exploring how to assist Negros Occidental with aerial topographic maps to help in the fight against disasters through AusAid, Rivas said.*CPG