Mayor Allan L. Rellon and Malaybalay City Mayor Ignacio Zubiri shake hands after signing the documents formalizing the sisterhood ties between the Cities of Tagum and Malaybalay last November 21, 2014 at Big 8 Corporate Hotel. Said agreement will establish a strong partnership in all areas of development between the two Mindanao cities. Photo by Leo Timogan of CIO Tagum
TAGUM CITY—Extending both hands of friendship and convergence, the City Governments of Tagum and Malaybalay, Bukidnon signed a sisterhood agreement that is expected to foster sharing of good governance practices and to establish a strong partnership in all areas of development between the two Mindanao cities.
Mayors Allan L. Rellon and Ignacio W. Zubiri signed the sisterhood agreement last November 21, 2014 at Big 8 Corporate Hotel, with city officials and department heads from both cities standing as witnesses.
Aside from the two local chief executives, Vice Mayors Geterito T. Gementiza of Tagum and Roland F. Deticio of Malaybalay also affixed their signatures in the said agreement.
Under the agreement, both cities commit themselves to develop cooperative projects and programs that are specifically directed but not limited to economy, commerce, investment, business, culture and the arts, industry and other areas of cooperation that both parties may agree upon.
Respective City Councils of both cities passed resolutions signifying intentions to establish mutual cooperation that provided legal basis for the sisterhood agreement, along with the Local Government Code, which authorizes groupings of LGUs to share good practices in local governance.
Tagum and Malaybalay’s partnership will be carried out through promotion and collaboration; exchange of information, documents and materials; development of research, projects and studies, human resources training and cultural, sports, academic, arts and social exchange.
“This coming-together is just the beginning of a more active and close collaboration that would ensure our cities’ progress and success and will be made possible by our staying and working together,” Mayor Rellon said.
On the other hand, Mayor Zubiri acknowledged that the sisterhood agreement will benefit both cities in terms of development and advancing the interests of its people. Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum