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City eyes sisterhood pact with town in Bulacan

A sisterhood agreement is being proposed between the city and Pandi, a town in Bulacan.

In Tuesday’s session, Councilor Javi Campos, committee chair on international relation, filed an ordinance under suspended rules that would grant the city mayor to sign a Memorandum of Agreement of the sister city agreement between the two local government units.

The sisterhood agreement has been eyed for some time now, the councilor said, as he hoped that the agreement will soon materialize.

Campos said Pandi, a second class municipality, is best known for its expertise in textiles and fashion. He said that Pandi is famous for embroidery and creation of native attires as embroidery and garments,
agriculture and furniture-making are among its top economic activities.

“Pandi hopes to have (an) exchange of goods and services with us,” he said.

“If we can link with our designers to theirs, we can hope to improve both our fashion industries,” he added.

He said the goal of the city is to partner with local artisans and the indigenous people in the municipality finding innovative ways to improve fashion garment industry by using their expertise.

The Davao City International Relations Board (DCIRB) already conducted a meeting that discussed the proposed sisterhood agreement and that City Legal Office stated that the proposed sisterhood agreement is fair and free from any legal infirmity.

Among the “local sisters” of the city are the cities of Quezon, Dapitan, San Juan, Angeles, San Jose Del Monte, Marikina, the municipalities of Basud and Liloan.

Its “international” sisters include the cities of Manado and Bitung in Indonesia; Tacoma City in Seattle, United States; Koror, Palau; Nanning City and Jinjiang in the People’s Republic of China; Kitakyushu City, Japan; and the county of Kaua’i, Hawaii.

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