Exec eyes benefits on sisterhood pact

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin on Monday said that the sisterhood understanding between the City Government and the County of Honolulu in Hawaii will usher in possibilities for economic investment and cascading of best practices in government.

The city and the County of Honolulu in Hawaii signed a sisterhood agreement over the weekend. Pampanga's capital city also conferred upon Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Philippine Consul General Julius Torres the title "Distinguished Adopted Son" of the city.

"Mayor Caldwell has shown sincere gesture of friendship, respect, cooperation and appreciation to us [San Fernando City Officials] during our cultural and trade mission in Honolulu last year," City Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin said.

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Torres, Consul General of the Philippines to Hawaii, was recognized for his support to the Annual Parol Festival in Hawaii that features the "Parul Sampernandu" for two consecutive years.

Lazatin said that they have been actively promoting the Lantern "Parol" Festival event at the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu, Hawaii. The sisterhood pact aims to undertake the development of programs and activities promoting goodwill and cooperation among the stakeholders.

The cooperation revolves around, but not limited to, the Parol Festival, annual trade missions, exchange of business and industry and joint conferences and seminars.

The MOU shall have a period of five years. Lazatin said that they hope to strengthen their cooperation with the Filipino business sector in Hawaii and cascade best practices in business and local governance into the city.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 19, 2014.

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