Gensan-Bataan sisterhood seen to boost economic development

The General Santos City and the Province of Bataan are set to mutually benefit from public and private sector partnerships pursuing the expansion of investments, trade, and tourism in both areas.

These partnerships were made official during the sisterhood signing ceremony today, August 25 at the Bunker, Capitol Compound City of Balanga, Bataan, Philippines.

The General Santos City government represented by Mayor Lorelie Geronimo Pacquiao led the signing ceremonies and forged sisterhood agreements with the Provincial Government of Bataan to expand partnerships and linkages.

Bataan Governor Jose Enrique S. Garcia, III expressed his profound gratitude to the General Santos City delegation headed by Mayor Lorelie Geronimo-Pacquiao for accepting their invitation to enter into Sisterhood Signing Agreement. He said, "May this MOA signing that we have today will mutually help us to move forward from the challenges ahead of us and thus we will journey together to sharing the best in us."

Among the provisions in the MOA are: The exchanges of best practices in Social Services, Economic Enterprise Development, Public-Private Partnerships, Investment promotions, barter of trade and commerce through advertising, patronizing each local government unit's assets with the assistance of the private sector, MSMEs promotion and development, and promotion and development of cultural heritage, and arts.

Likewise included are sharing of best practices on ICT, local government administration, revenue generation, resource management, Halal industry, environmental protection, and other innovative programs and projects.

Stipulated in the pact are the exchanges of school students, teachers, workers, correspondence, sports, cross visits of government officials, employees, and public and private organizations to learn about effective governance and efficient public service practices.

“We are excited to commence these new partnerships with the public and private sectors of Bataan. These will truly empower and benefit our constituents which will support new developments and sustainable growth in our city,” said Mayor Pacquiao.

Other priority areas of cooperation include the organization of trade and business missions for tourism and investments and other programs which will surely impact the economic boost between Gensan and Bataan.

The Local Government Unit of the Province of Bataan hosted the signing event headed by their governor together with Vice Governor Ma. Christina M. Garcia, and Balanga City Mayor Francis G.Garcia.

First gentleman Alberto Pacquiao, CEMCDO Head , Dr. Leonard Flores, CESE , EA Johnrex Galdo, CPIO Rombel Catolico, Senior Tourism Officer Maria Cora S. Tito, Economist Officer Ellorence Cruz, Supervising Cooperative Development Specialist Maria Lessa Barcelona and some department heads, national government agencies and private sectors in the Province of Bataan graced the occasion with their presence. (CPIO/RSC)

Photos by: Russell Delvo

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