September 11, 2018 at 09:30 pm
F. Pearl A. Gajunera
Davao City—Mayor Sara Duterte on Monday visited Kauai County in Hawaii to sign a Friendship Certificate with the American city and show her commitment to the partnership.
“This visit is an affirmation of the City Government of Davao of our mutual cooperation on matters of tourism and culture, agriculture, and trade and commerce,” Duterte said in her address.
The mayor also underlined the deepening sisterhood relationship with Kauai because of shared similarities “that transcends boundaries, diversity of the population and stand on development vis-à-vis the preservation of the gifts of nature.”
Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., meanwhile, declared Davao and Kauai’s sisterhood agreement “is strong and powerful” with common denominators on sense of family, dedication to build the youth and connection to their respective culture and heritage, and dedication to agriculture, tourism and other business and economic ventures.
Carvalho came to Davao early in 2017 to establish a sister-city relationship. A year later, Carvalho returned and signed the agreement with Duterte, with an invitation for her to reciprocate the visit to Kauai, Hawaii.
According to US Census, Hawaii has an estimated population of 1.4 million this year. It has eight major islands and Kauai ranks fourth in terms of population.
In an earlier census, Filipinos and Hawaiians of Filipino descent are found to be the second largest racial group in Hawaii.