MANILA -- Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio have renewed their sister-cities agreements on Monday at the Quezon City Hall.
The cooperation between the two cities aims to further promote mutual development on environment, human resources and community development, advancement in science and technology, education, sports, tourism, trade and disaster risk reduction.
Duterte-Carpio said she is looking forward to the exchange of best leadership practices with Quezon City.
“We are happy to be here to strengthen our cities’ sisterhood agreement that started 24 years ago in our pursuit for progress and development as this partnership opens a lot of opportunities to learn from each other,” she said.
“We must collaborate our initiatives to help uplift the lives of our constituents towards great peace and prosperity,” she added.
Bautista, for his part, said he looked back at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of Sister Cities Cooperation between Quezon City and Davao City that was forged in 1994, with the late Mayor Ismael Mathay, Jr. and then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte representing their respective cities.
“We are firming up and strengthening even more the sisterhood ties between Davao City and Quezon City which was formed through the signing 24 years ago of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City and Mayor Ismael Mathay, Jr. of Quezon City of the MOU, which we are now renewing to strengthen even more the relationship between Davao City and Quezon City, which is also being pushed by our guest of honor Mayor Sara Duterte,” Bautista said in Filipino.
The renewal of the twinning agreement has also been witnessed and signed by Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and her counterpart, Davao City Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag on June 27, 2018.
“We are truly happy that Quezon City accepted the renewal of sisterhood cities agreement with Davao City. We look up to Quezon City because of us in Davao City, we look at the best practices in other cities that we can emulate to improve our public service,” Duterte-Carpio said. (PNA)