DAGUPAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) passed a resolution on Oct. 3 expressing the city’s profound appreciation to Mayor Jose S. Esteves of the City of Milpitas, California, USA for his enduring commitment to the aims and goals of the sister city relations between the cities of Milpitas and Dagupan through positive engagements in education, cultural and business exchanges.
The two cities have jointly and voluntarily entered into a mutual and beneficial partnership on April of 2003 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding which was subsequently renewed last October 7, 2014 to last until October 2019.
For more than 13 years, there has been a concomitant increase in the city officials’ knowledge and understanding of effective management of different facets of city government operations, continuing exchange of information and ideas to improve existing delivery systems used by both cities, encouraged and fostered goodwill and friendship visits of city officials and residents of both cities, including holding of cultural and student exchanges.
“Under the esteemed leadership of Mayor Esteves, wehave pursued and forged the most admired child-friendly initiatives with the student exchange program for our "Manlingkor ya Kalangweran" which aids them in the appreciation and understanding of culture, education and way of life through positive engagements,” said Councilor Jose Netu M. Tamayo who authored the resolution.
With the renewed commitment, the city continues to benefit from the partnership as Milpitas continue to open its doors for the city government functionaries to learn on how to manage its peace and order and public safety, financial concerns and social services, disaster and traffic control, waste management, as well as urban planning.
Esteves was in Dagupan recently for a short visit.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and the "Manlingkor ya Kalangweran" will also be travelling to Milpitas this October for the exchange students program. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Oct. 4, 2016)