By Yas Ocampo
DAVAO CITY – Tagum city has partnered with the Chinese city of Haikou in the Hainan province.
Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon formally signed a sisterhood agreement between his city and Haikou City of the Hainan Province, People’s Republic of China in ceremonies held last July 21 at a hotel in Makati, the city’s information office said.
Tagum City dubs itself the Palm City of the Philippines, while Haikou is known as the Coconut City of China.
The cities sealed the deal of mutual understanding and friendship between Filipinos and Chinese people and to develop friendly exchanges and cooperation between Tagum City and Haikou City.
This is in accordance with the principles of the joint communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China.
The two sides concurred to exert efforts on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, to promote exchanges and cooperation in the fields of commerce, education, culture and tourism.
The agreement is expected to boost the mutual understanding and economic prosperity of both sides.
During the bilateral meeting prior to the signing ceremony, Mayor Rellon shared Tagum’s achievements following the 10-point agenda of the city government.
He also stated that while Tagum is still young, it is one of country’s the most competitive cities.
In reply, Haikou Mayor Ni Qiang invited the city’s delegates to visit Haikou City as soon as possible and discuss further the details of the said agreement. He expressed his delight in their friendly relationship and is hoping to visit Tagum City as well.
Haikou City is located at the northern part of the Hainan province which is the second largest island in China.
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