Investment generation highlights sisterhood pact

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Thursday, January 26, 2012


ANGELES CITY -- An exchange of best practices in investments generation and industrialization will be the highlights of the Angeles City-Valenzuela sisterhood agreement.

These were disclosed on Wednesday by Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian after inking the memorandum of agreement at the City Council session hall here as was witnessed by their respective city councils.

The two outstanding mayors said the agreement includes the benchmarking of best practices in governance, development programs and legislative measures which teams from Angeles City -- the fourth best in the League of Cities of the Philippines in governance -- and Valenzuela City, named best performing city by the Department of Interior and Local Government, will look into and adopt.

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Gatchalian said City Government of Valenzuela was very pleased and happy with the sisterhood pact.

"We are very happy to be sisters with Angeles City. Very soon our teams will exchange visits and study tours to benchmark our best practices. For us in Valenzuela, we are looking at adopting models of Angeles City in business and investments. It's a wonder how they could invite and generate so much investment here. Another aspect we will benchmark will be tourism, culture and heritage preservation" Gatchalian said.

Pamintuan, meanwhile, expressed similar appreciation on the sisterhood agreement.

"The fact that Valenzuela is one the best cities in the country will make a very good sister in governance. It is very near Angeles City and San Fernando and would open up avenues of cooperation. We would take their models for industry since this will be a big boost to us. Aside from that, we are looking at the metropolis concept and urban sprawl which they have and what we want Angeles City to be," shared Pamintuan.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 27, 2012.

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