City strengthens partnership with Kaua’i

Mayor Sara Duterte has signified commitment to the city partnership with the county of Kaua’i, Hawaii with a visit to the U.S. county on Monday.

In a video posted on social media, Duterte said her visit is to officially strengthen the relationship between the two cities.

“As the world continues to evolve, the challenges we face become increasingly complex. Now, more than ever, there is value in learning continuously and in collaborating others to find innovative solutions to address concerns that we may face,” the Mayor said in her speech.

Duterte said Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho visited Davao sometime in February of 2017 to extend a friendship certificate signifying the interest of the county to establish a sister-city relationship.

A year later, in February 2018, the agreement was signed in Davao City.

“Today, we are finally here to reciprocate the kind gesture of the good mayor and signed agreement in Kaua’i shores as a sign of goodwill and friendship and to show the people of the county our commitment to this partnership,” said Duterte.

Duterte also added that the similarities of Kaua’i and Davao are essential in building strengthened partnership.

“This visit is an affirmation of the City Government of Davao of our mutual cooperation on matters of tourism and culture, agriculture, and trade and commerce,” Mayor Duterte said in her address.

The similarities, transcending distance, include the “diversity of population and stand on development vis-à-vis the preservation of the gifts of nature and our quest for modernization without sacrificing our identities, and the tradition bequeathed to us by our forbearers,” Duterte added.

Duterte also expressed that the open linkages will bring people of Davao City and the county of Kaua’i closer.

Meanwhile, Mayor Carvalho also declared the strong and powerful relationship between the Philippines and the state of Hawaii.

He also agreed to “induce a heightened exchange of ideas particularly in tourism and culture, agriculture, and trade and commerce that will strengthen the bond with the visitors and enhance the life of the communities.”

Located in the northern portion of Hawaii, Kauaʻi has a population of 67,091 in its four islands with tourism as it major industry.