SECURITY, peace and order, and trade and industry are among the points of collaboration that is expected to arise following the twinning agreement between Zamboanga City and Isabela City, formalized on Wednesday, October 11.
Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the sisterhood agreement with Isabela City will serve to nourish the ties and the relationship between the two cities as well as encourage collaboration in matters of safety and security, peace and order, social collaboration, and trade and products.
“I believe that in order for Zamboanga City to progress, progress must also reach Isabela, to Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi,” Salazar declared as she welcomed the establishment of the formal sisterhood ties.
“I always believed that, even without the sisterhood agreement, you are really our sister city,” she added.
Salazar, together with members of the City Council and local government officials, received the delegation from Isabela City led by Akbar for the signing of the sisterhood agreement.
The signing of the sisterhood pact is backed by resolutions approved by the city councils.
The signing of the sisterhood pact is considered as historic since Zamboanga City is commemorating on Wednesday the birth anniversary of Nicasio Valderoza, the first mayor of Zamboanga City.
Valderoza was also the first appointed mayor of Basilan when it became a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act. No. 288, separating it from Zamboanga City.
Basilan is part of Zamboanga City since 1937 until R.A. 288 was approved on July 1, 1948. The law was authored by then Congressman Juan S. Alano.
Valderoza has served as Basilan City mayor until December 31, 1953.
Basilan City was converted into province in 1973 with Isabela as the capital town.