A sisterhood agreement between Dumaguete and Mandaue cities is in the offing next month.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Mayor Jonas Cortes of Mandaue, recently agreed on this in a meeting arranged by Philippine Sports Commissioner Mon Fernandez and his wife entrepreneur, Karla Kintanar-Fernandez in Cebu City.
Both officials expressed commitment to accelerate the talks for a sisterhood agreement that will allow both cities to share their best practices in governance and disaster management.
A group of Mandaue City officials will embark on a study tour in Dumaguete in the weeks to come.
Present during the meeting were Central Visayas PNP regional director, Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon, Dumaguete City Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, Mandaue City Vice-Mayor Glenn Bercede and councilors and department heads of the two cities.
Remollo said the story of Mandaue, a first class highly urbanized city despite its very small land area of 34.87 square kilometer, that is slightly bigger than Dumaguete’s 33.62 km2, will inspire the city to capitalize on its natural advantages and resources to create a vibrant local economy capable of uplifting the quality of life of the residents.
Mandaue is considered a major industrial hub in the Visayas Region while Dumaguete is an emerging sports tourism destination in the country as well as the center for trade and commerce in Negros Oriental.
Remollo said he is optimistic that both cities can share and learn the best practices in peace and security, disaster preparedness and response, sports tourism, education, information and communication technology among other areas of cooperation that will create positive impact in the lives of their peoples.*
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