Mayor re­ports on sis­ter-city tours

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Aileen Re­fuerzo

MAYOR Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan on Wed­nes­day re­ported on the out­come of the three sis­ter city events abroad which he at­tended from Oc­to­ber 18 to Novem­ber 6.

Do­mo­gan said he and the del­e­ga­tions from the city were able to firm up ex­change pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties with of­fi­cials of Hangzhou, Baguio’s sis­ter city in China, Vaughan in On­tario, Canada and Vallejo in Cal­i­for­nia USA dur­ing the three-leg trip.

In Hangzhou, the mayor said they were able to par­tic­i­pate in brain­storm­ing, dia­logue and co­op­er­a­tive ac­tiv­i­ties with Hangzhou Mayor Xu Liyi and other lead­ers dur­ing the Hangzhou In­ter­na­tional Sis­ter City May­ors’ Con­fer­ence on City and In­no­va­tion 2017

The con­fer­ence which ran from Oct. 18-22 fea­tured a fo­rum on city and in­no­va­tion and sign­ing cer­e­monies on in­no­va­tion ini­tia­tive, friend­ship city agree­ment and sis­ter city for­est plant­ing with panel dis­cus­sions on elec­tronic com­merce, smart city and cul­ture and brand­ing.

Apart from this, the mayor said he was able to ne­go­ti­ate with Hangzhou of­fi­cials the pos­si­bil­ity of send­ing med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers to train and learn the lat­est tech­niques on acupunc­ture for adop­tion at the city health and ser­vices of­fice.

In Vaughan, Baguio’s sis­ter city in On­tario, Canada, the del­e­ga­tion at­tended the 20th an­niver­sary pro­gram and ac­tiv­i­ties of twin­ning of the two ci­ties from Oct. 24-29 spear­headed by the Filipino-Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Vaughan un­der Er­linda In­signe.

The mayor said they ex­changed up­dates with the Vaughan city of­fi­cials led by Mayor Mau­r­izio Bevilac­qua on the cur­rent state of af­fairs of Baguio and Vaughan with the lo­cal del­e­ga­tion be­ing ap­prised of the ad­vances in Vaughan’s in­no­va­tive pur­suits.

They were also able to have fel­low­ship with the BIBAK-Toronto chap­ter mem­bers where the mayor had the op­por­tu­nity to talk about up­dates on is­sues such as au­ton­omy and fed­er­al­ism.

In Vallejo, the mayor

said they par­tic­i­pated in the fi­nal­iza­tion of the plans for the 25th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the sis­ter­hood in 2018 with the Vallejo Sis­ter Ci­ties As­so­ci­a­tion Inc. and Vallejo-Baguio Sis­ter Ci­ties Com­mit­tee chaired by Di­nah Vil­lanueva-Ryan.

The mayor said there is a pos­si­bil­ity that the twin­ning an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion will be held in Baguio with the at­ten­dance of Vallejo mayor Bob Sam­payan, its first Filipino mayor who hails from Bi­nalo­nan, Pan­gasi­nan and for­mer mayor An­thony Intin­toli, the mayor at the time the sis­ter­hood was es­tab­lished.

Do­mo­gan said the del­e­ga­tion was able to work out the do­na­tion of 70 com­put­ers to the city’s schools and ex­plored the pos­si­bil­ity of a stu­dent ex­change pro­gram.

The mayor ar­rived from the tour last Nov. 8.

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