Ch ex­ecs dis­cuss priorities for sis­ter-city pro­gram

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Jean marvette a. De­me­cillo/KBQ

Aim­ing to en­hance Cebu City’s part­ner­ship with its sis­ter cities, the mem­bers of the Sis­ter Cities Com­mis­sion dis­cussed their pri­or­ity pro­grams and projects yes­ter­day.

For­mer city coun­cilor Alvin Di­zon, who was ap­pointed as chair­man of the com­mis­sion, said they want to im­prove the city’s col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween its 15 sis­ter cities from Europe, Canada, China, South Korea, and Aus­tralia.

“Our plan in the Sis­ter City Com­mis­sion is to en­hance our col­lab­o­ra­tion in or­der to im­ple­ment con­crete projects in the area of cli­mate change, ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture and arts, youth ex­change and other pro­grams,” he said.

The com­mis­sion, Di­zon said, will also eval­u­ate and as­sess the city’s ex­ist­ing lo­cal “Big Brother” cities in the coun­try.

The com­mis­sion will meet next week for its strate­gic plan­ning, he added.

Yes­ter­day, the mem­bers of the com­mis­sion took their oath of of­fice be­fore Mayor To­mas Os­meña.

The com­mis­sion was en­acted through Cebu City Or­di­nance No. 2391.

Di­zon said the com­mis­sion is man­dated to lead in the es­tab­lish­ment, man­age­ment, strength­en­ing and mon­i­tor­ing of all sis­ter cities of the City of Cebu.

The mayor’s wife, Coun­cilor Mar­garita Os­meña, is the vice-chair of the com­mis­sion and the mem­bers in­clude: DFA Re­gional Di­rec­tor Em­manuel Espineli; CCCI President Me­lanie Ng; Hon­orary Con­sul to Spain An­ton Mari Perdices; Pri­vate sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives- Jef­fer­son Yu and Cather­ine Melody Ruiz; Ex Of­fi­cio Mem­berNagiel Bana­cia (Pro­to­col Of­fice); and City Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tiveRay­mond Gar­cia (North) and Jo­ce­lyn Pes­quera (South).

Gar­cia of Barug Team Rama shook hands with Os­meña, the founder of the Bando Os­meña Pun­dok Kauswa­gan (BOPK), af­ter the cer­e­mony.

“We’re elected by the peo­ple of Cebu to serve the city and to serve the Ce­buanos. So, when it comes to the best in­ter­est of the city, we al­ways cross party lines,” Gar­cia said.

Gar­cia said he is happy that he is now part of one of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tees.

“When I was sit­ting down gan­ina, it’s im­por­tant to have a mem­ber of the op­po­si­tion bloc to be in this ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee kay we can see a bet­ter pic­ture of what the ex­ec­u­tive is ac­tu­ally do­ing. Maka­ex­plain pod ko sa akong col­leagues para smooth sail­ing na ang projects that are good for the city,” he added.

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