TACLOBAN CITY – The municipalities of Matag-ob, Palompon, and Isabel, all in Leyte signed a twinning agreement with the city of Manila on November 18.

The twinning agreement, held at the Manila City Hall, was signed by Manila Mayor Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna and Mayors Bernandino Tacoy of Matag-ob; Ramon Oňate of Palompon; and Edgardo Cordaňo of Isabel.

The agreement was forged to stimulate opportunities in various fields like tourism, education, economy, trade, and others that can be benefited by the four local government units and also to promote understanding and goodwill.

This will also serve as an opportunity in benchmarking projects which they can implement and applicable in their own locality.

“We hope that this exchange of best practices will be used in giving better services and help each other for the benefit of our people,” Mayor Lacuna said in her message.

Lacuna was joined by other city officials of Manila lead by Vice-Mayor John Marvil “Yul” Nieto.

In his message, Mayor Tacoy said that he is excited to the opportunities that the twinning agreement with Manila.

“With one of the leading LGUs of the country, I hope that this twinning will also allow us to help you in any way,” he said.

Mayor Cordaňo, for his part, said that partnering with other LGUs is beneficial for the survival of any locality.

“This agreement is a welcome development raising the profile of each other in showcasing local governance, sharing approaches in business, education, culture and others,” Cordaňo added.(ROEL T. AMAZONA)