The municipal government of Camalig, Albay, and the city government of San Pedro, Laguna, have made history by formally sealing their sisterhood agreement, fostering collaboration and friendship that vow to yield mutual growth and exchange of replicable practices.
Bounding themselves to greater heights, Mayor Carlos “Caloy” Irwin G. Baldo Jr. of Camalig and Mayor Art Joseph Francis Mercado of San Pedro City, signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of their sisterhood partnership, attested by City Vice Mayor Divina Olivarez and Municipal Vice Mayor Maria Ahrdail Baldo, during the simple rites held today, March 1, 2024 at the Pavillon Hall of the New City Building of San Pedro, Laguna.
“We are here to learn from you… It is truly inspiring to learn about San Pedro City’s transformation” said Mayor Caloy in his message, expressing his excitement towards embarking on this journey considering this a significant step into reaping his aspirations for a “leveled-up” economy and a bright future for Camalig.
“Let’s make Camalig the leading town in Albay” San Pedro City Mayor Art Mercado said in his speech, emphasizing that the exchange of replicable practices focused on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and promotion of tourism and cultural profile would benefit both the government units that face comparable strengths and challenges.
Forging towards sisterhood ties, LGU-Camalig works to realize innovative pathways for economic cooperation, particularly employment excchange, trade and investment facilitation, as well as cultural and tourism promotion, transportation system development, disaster relief and emergency response, and health service delivery.
This significant event was also graced by officials and members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod of San Pedro and Sangguniang Bayan of Camalig, department heads, and employees.
Camalig, known for its rich cultural heritage and emerging tourist destinations, took inspiration from San Pedro City’s significant transformation from being a municipality into a bustling city in Laguna, thriving how the sealed partnership can prosper both the government units by learning from each other.
First with Daraga, Albay, this has so far been the 2nd sisterhood ties of Camalig, forging close collaboration and mutual understandings with government units that share a common goal- to improve the quality of life of its constituents.
Article by: Mr. Tim L. Florece, PIO