Guam, Olongapo now ‘sisters’
Monday, 16 November 2009 04:27
Varitey[sic] News Staff
(Legislature)-- Guam and the City of Olongapo now have a strategic and official relationship. Guam Speaker Judith T. Won Pat, and Olongapo City Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. signed the memorandum of understanding establishing the relationship last Friday.
“I am so excited about the future we have with Olongapo City,” said Sen. Eddie Calvo, author of Resolution 170, which allowed Guam to enter the sister-city relationship.
“Not only do we have so much in common with Olongapo City, but many of our people can trace their ancestry there and to the Zambales province. This is a remarkable partnership, and one that will only strengthen our sisterhood with the Philippines.”
Our two communities will use the relationship to enhance Guam’s workforce, sustain economic development and promote trade. The resolution stressed the Guam military buildup and how Guam and Olongapo can help each other to maximize opportunities presented by the buildup.
Calvo presented to Gordon the symbolic key to the island of Guam shortly after the signing of the memorandum, which marked the first time the legislature has entered the island into a sister-city relationship.