Ch execs discuss priorities for sister-city program
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.