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Puerto signs sisterhood MOU with Wuxi City PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 March 2007

IN A BID to strengthen its relationship and solidify the development of the City of Puerto Princesa with other neighboring Asian cities, Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn signed recently a sisterhood memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mayor Mao Xiao Ping of Wuxi Municipal People’s Government of China.

The signing of the MOU was held on February 5, 2007 during the resumption of the 11th regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. It was witnessed by the members of the body led by Vice-mayor Lucilo R. Bayron together with Li Groshong, Sun Jingxin, and Deng Xijun, who headed the Chinese Embassy mission.

The event officially formalized the efforts of both local government units (LGUs) to promote socio-economic development programs, tourism, environmental protection, food, and agriculture in Puerto Princesa and Wuxi cities.

The MOU was also in consonance with a city resolution last June 13, 2006, seeking to establish a sisterhood relationship between the City, the province of Palawan and Wuxi City.

Mayor Hagedorn said the sisterhood relation with Wuxi is “a welcome development in the exchange of ideas, manpower resources, and development programs” of the City of Puerto Princesa.

“We hope that the signing of this MOU will start a long and lasting friendship between our two cities, and eventually bring in development to both our economies,” he stated.

Mayor Xiao Ping also expressed his delight in the signing of the MOU. “We thank the City of Puerto Princesa and Mayor Hagedorn, and the members of the City Council for making this sisterhood relationship a reality. We hope that in the near future, our cities can work together for development for our people,” he stated in response to the City’s willingness in fostering the relationship.

The MOU, according to Mayor Hagedorn, will have Puerto Princesa and Wuxi commonly promote friendly reciprocal visit, economic and trade industry exchanges, actively carry out relations in various fields, such as trade and commerce, science and technology, culture, sports, public works, education, and eco-tourism.

Based on its web site, Wuxi City is located in the Jiangsu Province, on the southeast coast. It is among the oldest cities in China, with origins dating back to the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220). The dynamic place combines natural landscapes and age-old culture with plenty of urban attractions.

The city is an industrial and resort one on the north bank of Lake Tai (Tai Hu), one of China’s five largest lakes. Wuxi has an area of 4,664 square kilometres with a population of 4.33 million. 

By Cheryl A. Galili, Palawan Times



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