Zambo City, San Mateo ink sisterhood pact

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Saturday, June 23, 2012


THE City of Zamboanga and the municipality of San Mateo, Rizal province on Saturday forged a sisterhood agreement.

The formal signing took place at 11 a.m. at the City Hall conference room with Mayor Celso Lobregat and San Mateo Mayor Jose Rafael Diaz leading the signing rite.

The sisterhood pact -- supported by an approved resolution authored by Zamboanga City Councilor Rodolfo Lim and San Mateo Municipal Council Resolution 50 sponsored by Councilor Mark Ian Buenviaje -- is aimed to encourage and develop various fields of endeavor that are beneficial to both parties, promote mutual understanding and ultimately enhancing socio-cultural growth among its people.

Zamboanga City, San Mateo ink sisterhood pact
ZAMBOANGA. San Mateo, Rizal Mayor Jose Rafael Diaz (left) and Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat (right) exchange documents and shake hands after signing on Saturday a sisterhood pact. (Bong Garcia)

City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and San Mateo Vice Mayor Bartolomeo Rivera Jr. and the members of their respective Councils stood as witnesses during the signing ceremony.

Zamboanga City and San Mateo “agree to collaborate for the mutual benefit of their communities by exploring, educational, economic and cultural opportunities and by sharing technology in the fields of commerce and industry” based on the sisterhood agreement.

Both parties likewise agree to “support and encourage opportunities for mutually beneficial and practical exchanges in the fields of business, arts and culture, health, science, education, sports, tourism and local governance; agree to exchange constructive ideas and best practices in local governance to increase both Local Government Unit’s (LGUs) knowledge and understanding in effectively managing various facets of city governance” and “agree to encourage and foster goodwill and friendship, inter-LGU visits of city officials and executives, associations and residents of the City of Zamboanga and Municipality of San Mateo.”

The signing of the sisterhood agreement highlights the celebration of Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano which marks the day of the laying of the cornerstone of Fuerza de San Jose on June 23, 1635, which was renamed to Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragozza (Fort Pilar) in 1719.

San Mateo is a first class urban municipality of Rizal Province.

The municipality is approximately 24 kilometers from Manila and 11 kilometers south of Pasig City and has a total land area of 4,825 hectares broken down into 15 villages. (Bong Garcia)

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