By RONNEL YU
DAET, Camarines Norte – Mayor Tito Sarion’s official trip to United States of America from July 29 to Aug. 14,2010 is considered a success by by the mayor who brought home significant outputs for the benefit of the his town.
Sarion’s attendance to Sister Cities International’s 54th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (July 29-31) had encouraged the municipality, as part of the Sister Cities, to participate in the End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign’s “Stand Up Take Action, Make Noise for the MDGs” on Sept. 17-19, 2010 by making noise in this Unified Day of Global Action to demand the heads of state to keep their commitments they made in 2000 to eradicate extreme poverty and its root causes by the year 2015.
A related activity on said dates will be prepared by the local government unit of Daet through the Daet Sister Cities Council created by the local chief executive.
Daet also became the newest sister city of College Park, Maryland, USA last Aug. 4, 2010 by entering into a MOA between the municipality and the City of College Park, Maryland. The municipality now was able to establish close relationship with the said international community wherein their partnership will allow them to creatively learn, work, and solve problems through cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional, and technical exchanges and projects.
In related development, Sarion’s attendance to the oath taking ceremony of the new set of officers of Daet USA Association last Aug. 7, provided opportunities for Daet to enter into various projects as well as receive various assistance, such as: Alternative Source of Energy through Rural WSW Energy Services, Inc. (Washington, D.C.), disaster relief assistance, tourism promotion and strategies, and medical/surgical mission.
Sarion also visited Bay Area Camarines Norte of San Francisco Aug. 8 and received pledges of support from its members for various local developmental undertakings. In California, he was also recognized as honorary citizen of the Davis City by the city government through its Mayor Ruth Uy Asmundson.
“This representation further enhanced its personal and technical capabilities along governance and local administration as well as able to have various international linkages for the general welfare of the constituents of the municipality of Daet,” Sarion mentioned in his travel report submitted to DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo few days after his return to the Philippines.