Tacurong City Mayor Lina O. Montilla and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog sealed the two cities’ twin sisterhood through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on September 17, 2014 in the LGU-Tacurong Legislative Building.
“With this milestone, we affirm our support to Tacurong City as a big brother. We will share our talents, skills, resources, and best practices to add boost to this rising city,” said Mayor Mabilog in his solidarity message. He also said that he is willing to learn from Tacurong as well. He even admitted taking down notes during Mayor Montilla’s State of the City Address or SOCA. “I’ve already noted some of your best practices that we can replicate in Iloilo,” said Mabilog.
The signing of the city-twinning MOA was done during the regular session of the 6th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tacurong. Mayor Montilla delivered the SOCA before the MOA signing ceremony. These activities were in tune with the celebration of Tacurong’s 14th Cityhood Foundation Anniversary.
A sister or twin relation between and among local government units is said to be the highest form of international, national, intra and inter-regional cooperation. To add, twinning offers a unique and rewarding exchange of ideas and best practices in various development areas and other areas of mutual interest; all this, in the spirit of friendship and understanding.
Through the MOA, the two cities agreed to jointly explore opportunities on development capability, urban planning, land use, solid waste management, infrastructure and utilities, and economic enterprise. Other areas include investment and tourism, social welfare, gender and youth, and education, sports & cultural affairs.
“Iloilo is close to our hearts. I cannot express how happy I am now that, together with Iloilo, we will be able to work for the common good of our people,” said Mayor Montilla. The mayor also thanked City Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito for being one of the strong forces that led to the twinning of Tacurong and Iloilo. Lechonsito and Mabilog had been friends since their college days.
Majority of the people of Tacurong speak Hiligaynon, Iloilo’s native tongue. Most Tacurongnons belong to migrant-families from Iloilo.
Aside from the city-twinning agreement, the 6th SP executed Resolution Nos. 177 and 178 declaring Mayor Mabilog and Senate President Franklin M. Drilon as adopted sons of the city of Tacurong, respectively.
Senator Drilon, also an Ilonggo, graced Talakuong Festival on September 18 expressing his support to the programs of the city. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)