TARLAC CITY, March 17 (PIA) -- Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo graced the inauguration of the Ylang-ylang Center in Anao town, which was among the highlights of the municipality’s 147th founding anniversary.
Also in attendance was former President Benigno S. Aquino III.
The Korean government funded-processing center features a nursery and laboratory that extracts essential oils from the Ylang Ylang flower.
The oil is used in creating local products such as soap, perfume, massage oil, repellent, and other hygienic products.
In her message, Robredo extended her gratitude to the Korean government for its continuous support in production technology emphasizing that effective local governance transcends differences.
“We can see the center’s potential. I hope that this industry will be loved by the people,” she said.
For her part, Governor Susan Yap lauded the municipality’s effort in continuing the two-decade-old industry that harnessed the economic potential of Ylang-ylang as one of the most expensive essential oils in the world.
“It took decades for this project to come to fruition. We are very grateful for our Korean counterparts…what is most important is the transfer of technology and capability building in Anao,” Yap added. (CLJD/TJBM-PIA 3)