City, U.S. county ink sisterhood deal

MAYOR Sara Duterte and a U.S. mayor yesterday signed a sisterhood agreement aiming to bolster exchanges between the city of Davao and the County of Kaua’i, Hawaii.

Kaua’i County Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. said in his speech during the signing ceremony at Marco Polo Davao Hotel that they target to help the city especially in the field of agriculture when they can explore venturing in crops like cacao and coffee.

The two crops, he said, are their top priorities. Apart from agriculture, he said they are also bent on promoting and pursuing cultural and student exchanges to boost the tourism industry.

“Being the first county to be here in Davao is a big impact,” Carvalho said, adding that the sisterhood agreement “will open more doors” of opportunities.

The signing of agreement came almost a year after a group of government officials and community leaders from Kaua’i visited the city.

On Feb. 18 last year, the delegates from Kaua’i, during their visit in the city extended a friendship certificate to signify their interest in establishing a sisterhood agreement with the city. Their proposal was submitted to the city government on Nov.1.

Mayor Duterte accepted the county’s proposal on Nov. 9 last year. On Jan. 16, the Davao City International Relations Board approved the recommendation to pursue the signing of the pact.

The city council’s committee on international relations also granted legislative authority for Duterte to sign the agreement on Jan. 23.

Under the sister city agreement, “Davao City and the County of Kaua’i intend to create and fortify an open communicative atmosphere to induce a heightened exchange of ideas, particularly in the following fields (such as) tourism and culture, agriculture and trade and commerce.”

Duterte said the city can learn on the best practices of the County of Kaua’i especially in the field of agriculture that have implemented programs that bolstered their agriculture industry. She said the city can also gain knowledge on the culture of the county.

The county and the city, Carvalho said, would exchange ideas on machines, crops and products in agriculture.

“We look forward in working together with Kaua’i in the fields of agriculture, tourism, trade and commerce,” Duterte said.

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