FRIENDS WITH EVERYONE: Davao City inks friendship deals with Jinjiang, Kaua’i
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte yesterday sought to improve Davao City’s international relations by signing friendship agreements with Jinjiang City of China and Kaua’i of Hawaii.
“The agreements we entered today show that Davao City is friends with everyone,” Mayor Inday said after the signing of the sister city agreement with the Kaua’i Country on Monday.
It was the first sisterhood agreement entered into by Davao City and a US city.
Mayor Inday thanked Kaua’i Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. for visiting the city last year and initiating the friendship certificate, which paved the way for the signing of the sisterhood agreement.
“Davao City always welcomes opportunities to establish and push linkages that would strengthen our relations with different cities. It is our responsibility to make sure we become open to different cultures so we have a wider perspective on how we can improve our services to the community,” she said.
She said both cities can benefit from each other’s agriculture, tourism, culture, trade, and commerce.
“I believe these are areas where both Davao and Kaua’i can mutually benefit since both parties take pride in these fields,” Mayor Inday added.
Mayor Carvalho said tourism and agriculture, particularly coffee and cacao farming and production, could be just two of the areas where Davao and Kaua’i could work together.
“I think agriculture is a big, big connection to how we look forward,” he said. “The other part of its is tourism. Just seeing the layout of Davao and, of course, Kaua’i, the source of opportunities for us visitors is for our families to visit here and stay with our families here. Those are two from me.”
Mayor Inday also separately signed a Letter of Intent with Jinjiang City of China for the establishment of a friendly relationship. The LOI is expected to serve as a testament that will further cement the likelihood of establishing a sisterhood agreement between the two cities in the future.
“The city welcomes the creation of a new tie with Jinjiang City, which will hopefully pave the way for an exchange in various fields mutually beneficial to both our cities,” she said in a statement made at the presence of the Chinese delegation, headed by Jinjiang City Deputy Mayor Li Zili.
Mayor Inday said the signing of the LOI for the establishment of a friendly relationship between Davao and Jinjiang city also showed that distance and difference in culture and language are not obstacles to attain unity in diversity. CIO