The subject of sister city agreements has been brought up here in GenSan Magazine two years ago, when the city entered into such an agreement with Jersey City, New Jersey last August 2018. Sister city status between two communities usually entails friendly cultural exchanges at least. At the next level they may encourage tourism and business deals. And finally, really close sister cities might end up helping each other out in times of crisis. Right now there is no greater crisis than the COVID pandemic, and Davao City has been a hot spot for new cases popping up. But now their sister cities from China have extended a helping hand.

As the Philippine News Agency tells us, the cities of Jinjiang and Nanning in the People’s Republic of China have sent some welcome medical supplies and equipment to the aid of Davao City, with which they have partnered in sister city status. This bit of news was shared on Monday, January 25, by the Davao City Investment and Promotion chief, April Marie Dayap. Jinjiang is a county-level city in Fujian province, while Nanning is the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China, near the border with Vietnam.

According to Dayap, the two cities actually sent their material aid to Davao City over the course of the previous year. In April 2020 groups from Jinjiang, from the municipal government to the PanPan Food Company and the local Fil-Chinese Multi-sectoral Association sent over a thousand boxes of medical supplies containing facemasks, infrared thermometers and PPE suits. Nanning for its part sent 8,000 facemasks later on October. Further donations from the Chinese Ambassador included septic suits, face shields, protective goggles, sterile medical gloves, N95 masks and even 20 respiratory machines. Around 19 individual medical and emergency facilities in Davao City benefited handsomely from the generosity shown by Jinjiang and Nanning.

“Due to the strong ties forged between Davao City and its sister cities, and we have greatly benefitted, especially during the early stage of the pandemic,” says April Dayap of the good turns by the sister cities from China. “Their thoughtful gesture has truly reaffirmed our mutual commitment, which is to boost cooperation in all possible areas, especially when assistance is badly needed.” Aside from Jinjiang and Nanning, Davao City is “twinned” internationally with two cities each from Indonesia and the US, two from Latin America, and one apiece from Japan, Russia and Koror, Palau.Image from The Straits Times

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