Zambo, Isabela Cities forge sisterhood pact Print
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:29

Security, peace and order, and trade and industry are among the points of collaboration that is expected to arise following the twinning agreement between Zamboanga City and Isabela City, formalized Wednesday morning at the City Hall conference room.

Mayor Beng Climaco said the sisterhood agreement with Isabela City will serve to nourish the ties and the relationship between the two cities as well as encourage collaboration in matters of safety and security, peace and order, social collaboration, and trade and products.

“I believe that in order for Zamboanga City to progress, progress must also reach Isabela, to Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi,” Climaco declared as she welcomed the establishment of the formal sisterhood ties.

“I always believed that, even without the sisterhood agreement, you are really our sister city,” she added.

Climaco, together with members of the City Council and local government officials, received the delegation from Isabela City led by Mayor Al-Qaid Akbar for the signing of the sisterhood agreement.

Present to witness the momentous event were Philippine Councilors League (PCL) National Executive Vice President and Lucena City Councilor Benito Brizuela and PCL Executive Director Wilson Paclibar

The signing of the agreement coincided with the birthday of Nicasio S. Valderrosa, the first mayor of Zamboanga City who also served as mayor of Basilan, and who is known as the builder of cities. According to Climaco, this demonstrates the close ties of Zamboanga City and Isabela City in culture and history.

For his part, Mayor Akbar expressed his gratitude to the City’s warm reception and support for Isabela, and promised to do everything in their power their power to help both cities in all forms of development.

“We really appreciate what you have done for Isabela City,” Akbar said.

Earlier this year, Climaco led a delegation to Isabela City to turnover the city’s assistance for the victims of a fire incident in Sitio Diki, Malamawi Island.

Climaco has expressed her support for stronger and closer ties to improve cross-strait cooperation between the cities of Zamboanga and Isabela. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)