Candon City formalized its sisterhood ties with the summer capital, Baguio City after signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Center of the Culture and Arts on june 24, 2016.
Candon City Mayor Ericson Singson led the city officials while Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan headed the Baguio City contingents.
Congressman Eric Singson was on hand to witness the sealing of the MOU.
Other notable officials present were former Congresswoman and City Administrator Grace Singson and city department heads.
Candon City first made its part by City Council Resolution Numbered 057 Series of 2014 “ Resolution Establishing Sisterhood Relationship Between the City of Candon, Ilocos Sur and the City of Baguio”.
Baguio City responded with its City Council Resolution Numbered 297 series of 2016 “Declaring a twinning/Sisterhood Ties between the City of Baguio and City of Candon, Province of Ilocos Sur.”
In the MOU signed, both cities underscored the importance of the tie
“Similar qualities and opportunities as to environment protection endeavors and tourism can be found in two places, and as thus, a sisterhood tie between the City of Baguio and City of Candon shall realize the exploration of creative avenues through the sharing of executive, legislative, administrative, technological, and economic developments, unique to each LGU, geared towards their mutual growth.”
City Mayor Singson echoed the importance of the tie thus “Our Memorandum of Understanding is another huge step towards the fulfillment of our biggest tie, our public service tie with our people, the tie that is locked by deep commitment to work together for the best interest of our people.”
In the MOU, they bind themselves for better cooperation realizing the two objectives.
First is to reciprocally plan and sanction programs geared towards the development/ improvement/enhancement of government administration, tourism, cultural preservation, environmental protection, education, technology, arts and the holding of various endeavors mutually beneficial to both parties.
The other is to promote each other’s assets by reciprocal exchange of brochures and other tourism collaterals in each other’s locality and promotion tours for each other’s places of interest.
He said that Candon City has long history, economic and educational alliances with Baguio.
City Mayor Singson said that Candon rely much its vegetable supplies from Baguio City and many of young Candonians go to the summer capital for their college education.
No less than City Mayor Domogan traced his roots in Ilocos Sur particularly the town of Quirino where he proudly related his frequent trips to Candon to buy his family needs during his younger days as a teenager.
City Mayor Domogan further detailed his journeys to Candon even revealing road short cuts to reach Candon as he and his companies had to hike for hours to get to the center of trade and commerce of Southern Ilocos Sur.
He also took the opportunities to appreciate the works done in the city and the whole district by Congressman Singson to improve his native town’s condition including the peoples’ lives.
City Mayor Domogan considers Congressman Singson as a close friend having been a colleague in his previous stint as Baguio solon.