The Quezon City Government and the City Government of Davao signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on June 27, 2018, renewing the partnership that the two cities had established 24 years ago.
The first MOU was signed by then QC Mayor Ismael Mathay Jr and Mayor (now President) Rodrigo R. Duterte in 1994.
Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio was represented by Davao City vice mayor Bernard E. Al-Ag who signed the Sister City Agreement with QC Mayor Herbert M. Bautista at Carlos Albert Hall, Quezon City Hall.
The other signatories include QC Vice Mayor Josefina "Joy" Belmonte, QC Administrator Aldrin C. Cuña, Davao City Administrator Atty. Zuleika T. Lopez, QC Councilor Gian Carlo G. Sotto and Davao City Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre. Mayor Bautista and Vice Mayor Al-Ag exchange gifts and token. Mayor Bautista also presented the Davao vice mayor with the key to the city.
The new agreement is expected to extend and continue the sister city partnership as well as further enhance the existing mutual cooperation between the two cities.
The renewal of the city-to-city partnership came as the old MOU is set to expire next year. The MOU came into force from the date of signing and effective for 25 years.
Under the MOU, the two cities have agreed to promote and expand mutual cooperation in the sectors of environment, human resources and community development, science and technology, education and sports, tourism development and trade, among others.
As agreed, the two cities also established a Joint Policy Committee, composed of three representatives from both cities, assisted by a Technical Working Group, to oversee the implementation of the MOU.