Quezon City and Chiba
City, Japan strengthen ties, cooperation
QUEZON CITY, Oct. 10 (PIA)--Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Mayor
Toshihito Kumagai, of Chiba City, Japan recently signed a Reaffirmation of
Friendship to strengthen their ties as sister cities.
Mayor Kumagai, who led the 28-man delegation composed of city officials and
representatives from Chiba, expressed his pleasure in visiting Quezon City.
“I am happy to come here in time for Quezon City’s celebration of its
Diamond Jubilee year,” he said.
The 37-year old Chiba mayor also expressed hope that the visit would promote
deeper exchange between the two cities as he welcomed future cooperation
with Quezon City.
During the welcome banquet, Mayor Kumagai presented the current development
projects and the future plans of Chiba city government. He also discussed
the various attractions of Chiba as well as the local products and the
culture and life in Chiba.
Toshiaki Deyama, chief of Chiba’s Sewerage Planning Division, presented
Chiba’s flood mitigation initiatives and discussed the various measures
implemented by the city government that included rainwater storage and
Quezon City Mayor Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte for their part
presented Kumagai with the key to the city, as well as other tokens that
included the Diamond Jubilee coffee table book and the Jubilee commemorative
Bautista praised the enduring relationship between the two cities as he
noted that Quezon City can benefit from Chiba’s knowledge and technology on
monorail technologies as well as take lessons from its successful flood
The Chiba delegation later visited the Quezon Shrine and the Quezon Heritage
House at the Quezon Memorial Circle and the Bistekville housing project at
Barangay Kaligayahan. They also observed legislative proceedings of the QC
Council at Albert Hall.
The relationship between the Quezon City and Chiba City dates back to 1972,
when Mayors Norberto Amoranto and Kazushige Araki entered into a sister city
agreement, aimed at promoting exchanges and active partnership. (QC PAISO/RJB/sdl/PIA-NCR)