Tirol Governor Günther Platter visits the Philippines

During his recent visit to the Philippines Governor Günther Platter reopened the Herman-Gmeiner-Schule in the SOS children village in TACLOBAN, which was heavily destroyed by typhoon Yolanda in 2013. More than 1000 children can go to school there now and more than 100 children found a new home in the renovated houses of the children village. The key of the new school was handed over by Gov.Platter to the Hon.President of SOS CV Helmut Kutin in presence of the Secretary of DILG Hon.Mel Sarmiento and HC Traweger, VP Gottein, Mag.Schett, Dr.Schranz and Ms.Lisa Koscak – Austrian Trade comissioner in Manila. On day 2 of his visit, the Austrian delegation (Gov.Platter, Honorary Consul Dr.Traweger, Mag.Schett, Mag.Gottein -Vice-President of ECCP in Manila and Dr.Luis Schranz from Medalp-Imst) paid a visit to the DOT together with the Austrian Ambassador Dr.Müllner and the Austrian Trade Comissioner Mag.Lisa Koscak, where an intense discussion with USec.Hon.Bong Bengzon on Tirol´s competence on tourism (Gov.Platter), Academic programs (Dr.Traweger), business oportunities (Mag.Gottein) and health tourism (Dr.Schranz) led to the signing of an LOI (Letter of intent) regarding future cooperation on tourism and more scholarship and OJT´s to the respective countries Tirol and the Philippines. A reception was hosted by Ambassador Dr.Müllner, where Gov.Platter met among others the oldest Austrian Honorary Consul and Icon of the Philippine economy Hon.Washington Sycip from SGV and the former secretary of the DFA Hon.Delia Albert. A city tour – with a focus on the National hero Dr.Jose Rizal and his best friend Ferdinand Blumentritt organised by HC Traweger and VP Gottein concluded the visit to the Philippines. A special Thanks to Governor Platter for visitng the Philippines and the state of Tirol for the continous support and also to the DOT and his team for providing a courtesy car and hosting lunch in Intramuros. Maraming Maraming Salamat!!!

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