THE City of Davao and the City of Uijeongbu, South Korea have agreed to forge a sister-city pact to be held in South Korea this year.
In a Letter of Intent signing ceremony at the Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City on Wednesday, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Uijeongbu Mayior Kim Moon Won said the forging of a sister-city pact between the two Asian cities would be beneficial to both signatories.
For Davao City, Duterte said the Korean population in the city is growing, thus there is a need to forge an agreement with a Korean city so as to protect and safeguard the Korean nationals here.
Duterte said they also expect huge investments from Korea once the sister-city pact is sealed, especially on the culture and education sectors.
It was learned that Davao City is host to about 3,000 Korean nationals, and they expect the population to grow to 7,000 by next year.
Mayor Won, on the other hand, said they chose Davao City to forge a pact with because the city has great potentials. The Korean mayor even dubbed Davao City as the city of the future.
Won also said the popularity of Mayor Duterte is very strong in Korea as many perceive Duterte as a strong leader.
The sister-city agreement signing is expected to be held in Uijeongbu by September or October of this year. Uijeongbu is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It is located just north of Seoul and is host to US and Korean military bases for the defense of the Korean capital. (Ben O. Tesiorna)