Manila and Lipa City in Batangas province will enter into a sister city pact in order to expand and strengthen the local government units’ relationship.
A sister city pact or twin town relationship is a form of legal or social agreement between two geographically and politically distinct localities aimed at promoting cultural and commercial ties.
Among the benefits of such a deal is the expansion of business relations and social ties, and the promotion of cultural understanding.
It will also enable the exchange of knowledge and expertise on areas of mutual interest.
Through the pact, an influx of business, tourism and trade activities are expected, as well as the sharing of valuable resources and approaches in business, education, culture, and technologies.
Lipa’s legislative council had adopted a separate resolution authorizing Mayor Eric Africa to enter into a sister city relationship with Manila, through Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
“The City of Lipa shall learn from the best practices of the City of Manila, which has been recognized for implementing innovative, proactive, and effective policies that greatly improved local governance and the delivery of services,” the resolution read.
Domagoso received a copy of the resolution from Africa at the Claro M. Recto Events Center in Lipa on Friday.
Manila was among the first to send help to Batangas during the Taal Volcano eruption in January 2020.
Manila also offered its facilities to Batangueños who will be infected with Covid-19 and opened vaccination to non-residents.