Baguio inks ties with more cities

BAGUIO CITY – the city government will establish sisterhood ties with four more cities paving the way for stronger regional exchanges here.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan signed four separate resolutions previously introduced by Councilors Betty Lourdes Tabanda and Elmer Datuin which was unanimously approved by the body warmly accepting the Municipality of Dalaguete, Province of Cebu, Municipality of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Municipality of Libon, Albay and Municipality of Pudtol, Apayao as the newest sister cities of Baguio.

Domogan said, 'forging sister city ties with these municipalities will ensure stronger cooperation and enhance better exchanges'.

The agreement is expected to further enhance ties in the field of tourism promotion, improving community partnerships and fostering bilateral development in areas of parallel interest.

'Cooperative effort to push investments, commerce and trade, tourism, culture and social exchanges between LGU's will be beneficial to all', Domogan said.

Forging sister city ties has been emphasized during the Philippine Sisterhood and Twinning Association-Baguio Chapter (PHISTA-BCC)meetings seen to boost friendship and cooperation among LGU's.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed to formalize the friendship ties.

Meantime, a resolution to forge sisterhood ties with Mission Viejo, California by Councilor Philian Louise Weygan-Allan is also in line.

Other LGU's who have forged sister city ties with Baguio are Calbayog, Samar; Daet, Camarines Norte; Munoz, Nueva Ecija; Zamboanga; Dipaculao, Aurora; Alaminos, Pangasinan; Bacolod; Daet, Camarines Norte; Davao; Lucena; Lopez, Quezon; Ormoc; Pavia, Iloilo among others.

The city also enjoys sister city relations with Vallejo, California, Hanyu and Wakkanai, japan,Hangzou, China, Taebek, South Korea, Vaughan, Canada, Guam, Taxco, Mexico; Shepparton, Australia; Staffanstorp, Sweden; Palmerston, New Zealand; Mt. Hagen, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea, Cusco, Peru and many more.

The city has assigned a portion of Botanical Park named 'Sister-City Gardens' to highlight this friendship. ***paul rillorta

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