Lamitan, Batac sign sisterhood agreement PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 February 2016 13:55

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

Officials of Lamitan City in Basilan and Batac City in Ilocos Norte on Wednesday signed a sisterhood agreement.

The signing ceremony was held at the Datu Dizal Cultural Center in Lamitan.

Vice Mayor Roderick H. Furigay welcomed the guests and visitors from Batac City led by Mayor Jeffrey Jubal C. Nalupta.

Councilor Florencio P. Laud of Batac City introduced the officials of his city.

Mayor Nalupta said the sisterhood agreement was a long time dream come true after the Supreme Court gave its final verdict in favor of  Republic Act  9393 declaring Batac and Lamitan as new cities in year 2007.

“This is our victory. Three years na po kaming nag-uusap in Mayor Furigay para matuloy ang ating sisterhood. Na finalized po ito noong nagkita po kami sa Tagaytay City. We call it women empowerment. Five minutes lang tuloy po kaagad ang schedule ng sisterhood,” Nalupta said.

According to  Nalupta, Batac City is very interested to interchange with Lamitan tourism, agricultural business, skills technology, cultural arts and education, economy and trade and commerce.

He said Batac’s population city is more than 60,000. Its annual income is more than P100 million.

“You have your Datu Kalun.We are proud of our heroes. The greatest President of Republic of the Philippines the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Armed Forces of the Philippines 1st Chief of Staff Gen. Artemio Ricarte, Founder of Aglipay (catholic sect) and the most humble Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr.. They are sons of Batac.” Nalupta said.

Mayor Rose Furigay said: “The establishment of our sisterhood will indeed build a foundation of a stronger kinship between our cities wherein a citizen of Batac is always welcome in Lamitan, and a citizen of Lamitan is always welcome in Batac. We the Lamiteños hope that more of your constituents will come to our city to experience our rich history, culture and progress, as much as we will invite Lamiteños to visit Batac City and have a worthwhile stay. After all, being sister cities, this can be the beginning of our advancement as growing cities of the north and the south. We sustain our friendship and mutual understanding through the good and challenging times of our cities. Sisterhood is not just a destination but a journey,” Furigay said.

Aside from Nalupta, other officials of Batac City were Vice Mayor Ronald Allan M. Nalupta; Councilors Gwyneth S. Quidang, Eugenia Violeta D. Nalupta, Medeldorf M. Gaoat, Macarthur A. Aguinaldo, Florencio P. Laud, Avelard F. Crisostomo, Lucky Rene G. Bunye, Elmer D. Pungtilan, Orlando C. Mangapit, Amaryllis S. Abellon and Johann C. Nalutpa as well as diferent  Department Heads of the city and some barangay officials.

Mayor Rose U. Furigay and Vice Mayor Roderick H. Furigay were with Councilors Arlyn J. Jamao-as,  Rima H. Hassan, Mayra L. Kallahal, Jessica E. Flores, Sali A. Polo, Roy M. Mateo, Clarito San Juan, Malik A. Uyag, Tito Q. Ramos , Manny Sumampil and Noel Baul.

Guests included leaders of the the Pamaran-Cuevas clan led by Virgilio Pamaran, Special Forces Commander Col. Glen Villaflor, Basilan PPO Director Sr. Supt. Oscar Nantes, Lamitan City CPO Sr. Inspector Gean Gallardo, Philippine Army Brigade Commander Col. Bautista, former councilor Joaquin Puri Jr., Philippine Coast Guard District Commander Capt. Gonzales, PNP Special Action Force, Mrs. Myra Sakkalahul, TV11’s  Jimmy Villaflores, Atty. Quirino Esguerra Jr., Richard Falcatan, and others. — Allen Abastillas