Zambo, Makati enter into sisterhood pact PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:21

Zamboanga City gains a new sister city as the local government forged a sisterhood pact with Makati, the country’s business and commerce capital, and corporate center.

This, after City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, Jr. formally signed the agreement yesterday morning at the Makati City Hall.

Members of both city councils as well as other stakeholders were present to witness the ceremony.

The twinning was initiated by the local government by virtue of Resolution No. 214, authored by Councilor Rommel Agan, expressing the city’s desire to establish a sisterhood relationship with the City of Makati.

Under the said agreement, both local government units could promote exchange of ideas and experience in the fields of science and technology, culture and arts, tourism, urban planning and development, commerce/trade and industry, education and health, sports development, and social services among others.

Article III, Section 33 of the Local Government Code of 1991 provides that local government units may, through appropriate ordinances, group themselves, consolidate, or coordinate their efforts, services, and resources for purposes commonly beneficial to them.

Sisterhood pacts among cities and towns are seen as a diplomatic measure in the spirit of goodwill, peace and development. It not only strengthen friendship ties but more importantly institute a working avenue of communication in facilitating exchange of information and technology, urban planning policies and development, socio-cultural activities, income generation strategy and fiscal management, health care facilitation and public education intensification, and other important aspects of  local governance that are beneficial to the local government units involved, thus, leading to its growth and advancement and eventually self-sustainability. — Claudine Uniana