By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – City officials here are set to sign a sisterhood agreement with their counterparts from Honolulu, Hawaii next month, an official of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) said.
Newly-elected DCCCII president Arturo Milan told reporters on Wednesday that the representatives from the city government and the DCCCII met with officials from Honolulu who wanted the signing of the agreement to take place next month.
“The sisterhood agreement is just a memorandum of agreement that we are open to exploration of opportunities. It’s just a statement that both cities are open for exploration,” he added.
Milan said he was not aware what interests the Honolulu officials had in the city, but can only surmise that they wanted to forge cooperation in the areas of tourism and food.
“I want to understand first what area they want cooperation. It can be tourism, I suppose. Hawaii is a tourist destination probably in those areas and probably in food because being tourism area they get most of their food requirement from the mainland US,” he said.
Milan added the Hawaiians may be looking to the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) for agreements to cover the trade of agricultural products.
He underscored that, with this development, Davao City and Mindanao were “now in the global scene,” and are generating a lot of interests because of former mayor and now President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
“We are in a very exciting times. Davao, I hope, can take advantage of this,” he said.
Milan hoped that Mindanao could get all its stakeholders to unite and get the “most out of (Duterte’s) Presidency because we may not get this kind of attraction we are getting right now” once the Mindanawon president steps down by 2022.