Thursday, September 29, 2016

Legazpi City inks sisterhood pact with Castilla town in Sorsogon
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 28 (PNA) -- Mayor Noel E. Rosal of this city and Mayor Joan Aquende of Castilla, Sorsogon on Tuesday signed a sisterhood agreement to foster a strong partnership that would be mutually beneficial for the two localities.

The agreement, which was signed on September 27 at the session hall of the Sangguniang Bayan (Municipal Council) of Castilla, resulted from the council’s Resolution 046-2016 “expressing willingness for a sisterhood relationship” with the Legazpi City government.

Legazpi City also passed a resolution recognizing the importance of fostering friendship and understanding between the two localities.

Rosal said the sisterhood agreement will help the two local governments improve their initiatives in the areas of science and technology, culture and arts, education and sports development, environmental protection, public health and social services, tourism development and in planning and urban development.

He said he will encourage other investors to put up businesses in Castilla to improve the economic activities in the place and give employment to the people.

Aquende said the pact is only the start of the sharing of best practices between the two localities that will benefit the constituents of two parties.

She expressed optimism that Legazpi City’s contributions in the areas of good governance and tourism development will help Castilla a lot.

Legazpi City, capital of Albay, was recently declared by the National Competitive Council (NCC) as the third most competitive component city in the country.

It obtained high scores from the NCC in terms of government efficiency, economic dynamism and infrastructure development. NCC is a public-private sector partnership created during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

Legazpi City is one of the leading tourist destinations in the country. It posted an increase of 45 percent in tourist arrivals, or from 666,210 visitors in 2014 to 967,396 in 2015.

Castilla, on the other hand, is a third classmunicipality which has 34 barangays, 13 of which are coastal areas dependent mostly on fishing and farming for livelihood.

The municipality has a total land area of 18,620 hectares with a total population 52,903 based on the 2010 census of the Philippine Statistical Authority. (PNA) LAP/GVR/EPS/CBD