Gwen takes a quick break from Capitol to travel abroad with family
MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is taking a leave of absence from September 9 to 19, 2023 to travel abroad and spend time with her family.
This was going to be her first “break” since she was elected back to the Capitol in 2019, she said.
“Dili gyud unta ko molarga, apan mangluod na ang anak nako, si Paolo,” Garcia said in a press conference that was held on Friday, Sept. 8, a live video of which was shared by Sugbo News, Capitol’s media arm.
(I really do not want to travel, but my son, Paolo, will really feel bad if I won’t.)
Governor Gwen Garcia said her son, Paolo, would be competing in Ironman in Italy, and she wanted to be there for him.
Vice Governor Hilario Davide III will assume her responsibilities at the Capitol on an acting capacity while she is away and until she returns for work on Sept. 20.
During the interview, Garcia made the assurance that public funds would not be spent for her travel.
Her trip will be funded from her own funds, she said.
“This is again, akong usbon, personal ni (I repeat, personal). No government funds will be spent for this because this is a personal trip. It is actually a break for me,” she said.
Garcia said that when she was still a congresswoman, she used to take a one month or one month and a half break at the end of 100 regular session days to especially travel with Paolo.
But they haven’t been able to resume their trips since 2019 because of the many responsibilities that she had to assume at the Capitol.
Meanwhile, Garcia said she would also be taking an official travel to Gangwon Province in South Korea to attend the 18th East Asia Tourism Forum (EATOF) scheduled from September 21 to 24.
EATOF Secretary General Jun Tae Hyeon personally invited the governor to the event during his visit at the Capitol on August 30.
The three -day event will be participated by Cebu; Gangwon, S. Korea; Jilin, China; Sarawak, Malaysia; Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Tottori, Japan; Luang Prabang, Laos; Tuv, Mongolia; Siem Reap, Cambodia; and Quang Ninh, Vietnam.
Participants will discuss the different issues and challenges of the tourism sector in the region.
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