13/07/2012: QUEZON CITY RENEWS SISTER-CITY AGREEMENT WITH GUAM
Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina "Joy" Belmonte-Alimurung of Quezon City (center) and Governor Eddie Baza Calvo signs the Sister City Agreement between the Quezon City Government and the island of Guam. Also in the photo is Councilor Jesus Manuel "Bong" Suntay, from the 4th District of Quezon City.
The Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila that the Quezon City Government recently renewed its Sister City Agreement with the Government of Guam.
In a signing ceremony held at the Guam Government House on 12 July 2012, QC Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina "Joy" Belmonte-Alimurung and Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo signed the Memorandum of Agreement that reignites the close relations between both local governments. In 2000, Governor Carl Gutierrez signed a similar agreement with then QC Mayor Ismael Mathay, Jr.
In his brief statement before the signing, Gov. Calvo underscored the close friendship between the people of Guam and of the Philippines and the fact that Filipinos helped rebuild the island after the second world war. He recounted that his ancestors went to the Philippines and settled in Ermita and only came back to Guam after his father's great grandfather died there. He also proudly mentioned that his own wife has roots in Ilocos Norte. Aside from having ties with the Philippines, Gov. Calvo also mentioned that a lot of Guamanians now are going to the Philippines for medical treatment, particularly at St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City.
Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, for her part, thanked the Governor for the opportunity to renew Quezon City's ties with Guam. She also stated that the QC Government is willing to explore more ways to further promote Philippine medical tourism on Guam and to assist in improving further the medical services being availed of in the Philippines by Guam's residents.
The ceremony was witnessed by members of the 18th City Council of Quezon City and by the various mayors of the villages on Guam, which comprise the Mayors' Council of Guam. Also present during the ceremony were Mayors' Council Executive Director Angel Sablan, Director Alfredo Antolin of the Agency for Human Resource Development, Metro Manila Association of Guam president Emelio Uy and officers of the Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Consul Edgar Tomas Auxilian and Vice Consul Maria Paz Cortes.END
(Front row, L-R) Councilor Alex Herrera, Agat Mayor Carol Tayama, Councilor Eufemio Lagumbay, Councilor Jesus Manuel "Bong" Suntay, Councilor Raquel Malañgen, Consul Edgar Tomas Auxilian, Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina "Joy" Belmonte, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Councilor Candy Medina, Councilor Dorothy Delarmente-Bagting, Vice Consul Maria Paz Cortes, Councilor Roderick Paulate, Councilor Marvin Rillo, Mr. Willy Onglao of Goodwind Development Corporation, and Executive Director Angel Sablan of the Mayors' Council of Guam.
(Back row, L-R) Vice Mayor Robert Hoffman of Sinajana, Mayor Dale Alvarez of Sta. Rita, Director Alfredo Antolin of the Agency for Human Resource Development, Councilor Allan Reyes, Mr. Ranulfo Zabala Ludovica, Councilor Gian Sotto, Councilor Joseph Juico, Councilor Julian Coseteng, Councilor Vincent Belmonte, Councilor Don Del Leon, Councilor Godofredo Liban III, Metro Manila Association of Guam president Emelio Uy, and (partly hidden) Mayor Paul MacDonald of Agana.