PANGLAO, Bohol – Mayor Nila Montero bared that twinning between this premier tourist town and Matsusima city in Japan through legal and diplomacy is in progress. In fact, Montero said she and her official delegation will fly to Japan sometime this month as they’re invited by the city of Matsusima to discuss about sisterhood act. “City diplomacy” or sisterhood act has gained increased acceptance in different countries, including the Philippines, for various purposes. But this particular twinning, Montero said, is to focus on tourism.
She said that the move to link arms with a Japanese city is welcomed by her “bosses” (Panglaoanons) and officials. Asked when and where the formal signing of the agreement would take place, Montero said that it’ll probably be in this town but no date has been set yet. Meanwhile, the mayor told DyTR last night that she’s still actively campaigning to get rid of the concrete/permanent structures that become eyesores within the 20-meter salvage zone especially along Alona beach stretch. She even invited the media to see the progress for themselves.
Montero and Vice-Mayor Pedro Fuertes personally manned their team to campaign for clearing the said zone recnetly. And the Montero-Fuertes tandem’s efforts bear fruition as the resort operators are slowly heeding her call to clear the way along the prohibited 20-m salvage zone. The resort owners may still be allowed to set “make shift” structures but only during night time but not during the day.