QC, Davao City to re­new sis­ter­hood pact

The Philippine Star - - NATION -

Que­zon City Vice Mayor Joy Bel­monte is spear­head­ing efforts to re­new the city’s sis­ter­hood ties with Davao City.

Bel­monte said Coun­cilor Gian Carlo Sotto re­cently filed a res­o­lu­tion which aims to ex­pand the co­op­er­a­tive agree­ments of the two highly ur­ban­ized cities.

“I be­lieve the reestab­lish­ment of our sis­ter city part­ner­ship with Davao City will boost our pro­mo­tion of so­cio-cul­tural, trade and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,” Bel­monte said yes­ter­day af­ter her visit to Davao City.

She said Que­zon City would learn a lot from Davao City in terms of gover­nance, dis­as­ter man­age­ment, trans­porta­tion, tourism, ed­u­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy, among oth­ers.

A mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) es­tab­lish­ing the two cities’ twin­ning re­la­tion­ships was signed by for­mer mayor Is­mael Mathay and Pres­i­dent Duterte when he was mayor of Davao in 1995.

Bel­monte said the MOU was signed with­out ”in­sti­tu­tion­al­iza­tion” of the Que­zon City Coun­cil.

“Mayor Sara Duterte will be in Que­zon City next month to sign the new agree­ment with Mayor HB (Her­bert Bautista),” Bel­monte said.

Que­zon City has signed 21 sis­ter city agree­ments with var­i­ous cities in Myan­mar, China, the US, Tai­wan, Canada and Ja­pan.

Que­zon City Vice Mayor Joy Bel­monte do­nates to the Davao City gov­ern­ment on be­half of her fa­ther for­mer Que­zon City mayor Feli­ciano Bel­monte Jr. a paint­ing of na­tional artist Ang Kiu Kok dur­ing a cour­tesy call on Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Car­pio on...

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