Iloilo, San Juan City sign sisterhood agreement-A A +A
Friday, August 16, 2013
THE mayors of Iloilo and San Juan City signed Thursday a sisterhood agreement to exchange skills and knowledge on good governance, environmental protection, and tourism, among others.
San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez, along with son Senator JV Ejercito and 80 officials, visited Iloilo for a two-day orientation (August 15-16) about the city and how to win awards like Galing Pook, Seal of Good Housekeeping and National Competiveness.
Gomez said her own officials can learn from the best practices, including the effective cleanup drive in Iloilo River and preservation of old heritage and houses of the people in Iloilo City.
In return, Iloilo City officials can learn from San Juan how to increase revenues and effect a solid fiscal management on resources.
She said that as Iloilo recaptures the title as Queen City of the South, San Juan, under her term, will become the Queen City of the National Capital Region (NCR).
She challenged her officials to replicate Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival after a special performance was presented for them. The mayor said she has “no words” to describe it.
She later invited the entertainers to perform during San Juan’s Wata-Wata Festival every June 24.
Gomez, speaking in fluent Hiligaynon, the dialect of the Ilonggos, said she is closely related to the people of Iloilo because her own mother and grandmother are natives of Molo district in Iloilo province.
Meanwhile, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog was elated when he learned that other cities and local officials look up to his city as an effective training laboratory to study good governance and win awards.
He said the Dinagyang Festival is a clear example of an effective public-private partnership (PPP) in showcasing a local best practice that wins recognitions in the national and international levels.
Iloilo City is the fourth area visited by the San Juan City officials. Already visited are the cities of Cebu, Davao and Bacolod.