Council Inks Sisterhood MOA with Municipality of Bani

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By Brix Domondon

The Council Reports

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


IN another milestone to the twinning and sisterhood ties program of the city government the city council Monday entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Municipality of Bani, Pangasinan for the establishment of sisterhood ties with the latter.

The MOA was the culmination of almost a year of preparation for the forging of sisterhood ties between the two local government units jumpstarted by the passage of municipal resolution no. 33 series of 2013 adopted by the Sangguniang Bayan of Bani entitled “Expressing and affirming the intention of the Municipality of Bani, Pangasinan”. This became the basis for the city of Baguio to adopt its own resolution, thru the city council, establishing a twinning/sisterhood ties between the city of Baguio and the municipality of Bani, Pangasinan.

As explained in the whereas portions of the MOA, both the local government units seek to build ties and to create an atmosphere where economic development, trade and tourism between both parties can further be developed, implemented and strengthened. Also it was determined that similar qualities and opportunities as to trade and commerce and environment preservation endeavors exist in both parties and thus a sisterhood tie-up between them paves the way for the exploration of innovative avenues through the sharing of technological, legislative, executive, administrative, and economic developments unique to both and geared towards their mutual growth.

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The MOA thereby provides the framework of sharing and exchanging of knowledge and expertise to keep the lines of communication open between the local government units concerned.

Both parties in the said MOA agreed that, on the part of the City of Baguio, to provide technical expertise and assistance in the area of promotion and development of the tourism industry of the municipality of Bani as well as the exchange of culture and education through student exchange programs and/or education tours. On the part of the municipality of Bani it shall endeavor to provide information, knowledge and research on the promotion and development of the tourism industry of the City of Baguio, the enhancement of trade relations on agricultural products and livestock, as well as strengthening educational and cultural relations with the City of Baguio. The MOA also provides that both parties shall strive to keep an open communication line for the possibility of forging joint ventures and that both parties shall give the widest dissemination to the sister-city/municipality relationship between the said local government units.

For the City of Baguio the MOA was signed by the Honorable City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and Honorable City Vice Mayor Edison R. Bilog as well as Honorable City Councilors Betty Lourdes F. Tabanda, Isabelo B. Cosalan Jr., Leandro B. Yangot Jr., Elmer O. Datuin, Richard A. Carino, Faustino A. Olowan, Elaine D. Sembrano, Peter C. Fianza, Fred L. Bagbagen, and Michael L. Lawana. For the Municipality of Bani, Pangasinan the MOA was signed by Honorable Municipal Mayor Gwen Palafox-Yamamoto and Honorable Vice Municipal Mayor Filipina C. Rivera as well as Honorable Municipal Councilors Wilhelm C. Aquino, Hannibal S. Olores, Emmanuela N. Abelon, Noel N. Botardo, Richard N. Camba, Rosalinda T. Arcenas and Elmer N. Ocampo.

In the message of commitment by both chief executives, Honorable Municipal Mayor Gwen Palafox-Yamamoto cited the efforts made by Municipal councilor Richard Camba who was instrumental in making the suggestion that the municipality of Bani enter into sisterhood ties with the city of Baguio. Camba, as revealed by councilor Datuin who gave a backgrounder on the relationship, was a former policeman in the city of Baguio prior to becoming a municipal councilor in Bani.

Mayor Domogan on the other hand cited a passage in the Bible which mentioned loving your neighbors as you love yourself and that the MOA and the established sisterhood ties is proof that the city of Baguio practices this tenet.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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