Gensan and Lucena Cities sign sisterhood agreement

Lucena City, August 23 -- A sisterhood agreement between the cities of General Santos and Lucena was formally signed by Mayors Lorelie Geronimo Pacquiao of General Santos City and Mark Don Victor B. Alcala of Lucena City on Tuesday, August 23 marking a long-term partnership and collaboration.

Signed at the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Lucena City, the sisterhood pact was a result of a “bilateral pledge” forged between the two local chief executives (LCE) who found their cities' commonalities and potentials that could further be developed and nurtured to benefit both the local government units.

Both LCEs agreed to expand and broaden Gensan and Lucena's alliances and partnership to strengthen new economic and cultural connections, local governance, product promotion, environmental concerns, education, cultural heritage, and the arts.

“We would like to acknowledge General Santos City's coming here and becoming our sister city. The people of Lucena and this representation are very excited about the partnership that we have forged this morning. Rest assured that we will journey all together for better and greater governance for the people,” Mayor Alcala said.

Mayor Pacquiao in her speech was very thankful for the just-inked partnership with the City of Lucena and she was very hopeful for the fruitful collaboration that will bring mutual benefits to the constituents of both cities.

Pacquiao further said that the event also manifests the local government’s continuing efforts to look beyond its existing resources and introduce new developments as it pushes to bring the city to “greater heights.”

Senior Tourism Operations Officer Maria Cora Senas Tito also said: “General Santos City recognizes the need to establish linkages and build better connections with other cities, especially where we can share the same issues, best practices, and challenges. Because it is only when we commit to work together and learn from one another that we can better serve our respective constituents anytime, help contribute to the growth of our cities the Lucena and Gensan.”

The Gensan delegation was amazed by the warm reception bestowed on them by the Lucena City Government, the home of the best Chami and Tinapa.

Also present in the event as witnesses were Gensan's first gentleman Alberto Pacquiao, Economist Officer Ellorence Cruz, Supervising Cooperative Development Specialist Maria Lessa Barcelona, City Public Information Officer Rombel S. Catolico, and Executive Assistant Johnrex B. Galdo together with Lucena City Vice Mayor Roderick A. Alcala and City Administrator Anacleto C. Alcala Jr. , all the members of Lucena Sangguniang Panlungsod and some department heads.(CPIO/RSC)

Photos by: Russell Delvo

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