Mayor Sara Z. Duterte underscored the sisterhood pact between Davao City and Jinjiang City of the People’s Republic of China as key to better and closer relations between the two cities and their people.
“Fostering an exchange of ideas on identified fields will bring the people of our two cities closer, strengthening the bilateral ties between our two nations even further,” said Mayor Sara, who signed the agreement with Jinjiang Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Committee Chair Liu Wenru in Fliport Hotel, Jinjiang on Tuesday.
The signing of the sisterhood pact was a result of the visit of the representatives of the Municipal Government of Jinjiang in February 2017, when the officials presented their interest to establish friendly ties with Davao City.
Sara said sister city relations between the two localities seek to establish cooperation in the fields of tourism and culture, trade and commerce, health and wellness, and education, science, and technology.
“On its own, Davao City stands as a strong community. But with partner communities and sister cities like Jinjiang, we stand stronger,” she said in a press statement on Thursday.
Jinjiang is Davao City’s second sister city in the People’s Republic of China and eighth international sister city.
Chief Information Officer Jefry Tupas said Mayor Sara and Jinjiang officials also witnessed the signing of the four Memorandum of Understanding documents between businessmen of Davao City and Jinjiang City that included the Tourism Exchange Agreement to support the Davao City-Jinjiang direct flight, and the establishment of a Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Davao University.
The Davao City-Jinjiang direct flight will be launched on December 18.
Tourism stakeholders have been looking forward to the Davao-Jinjiang direct flight to boost further the tourism industry, said City Tourism Officer Generose Tecson, saying the route will be another addition to the direct international flights to Davao.
On October, the Cathay Pacific Group’s regional airline Cathay Dragon launched its Davao-Hong Kong four-times-weekly service to Davao City. (Lilian C Mellejor/PNA)