I am proud to announce that Kalibo Mayor William Lachica and a delegation from the Municipality of Kalibo are in Juneau to formalize the Sister City relationship between our two communities. Many of Juneau’s Filipino community members come from the Province of Aklan and have family members living in or near Kalibo.
In 2012, at the invitation of Vice Governor Billie Calizo-Quimpo, I was a part of Alaska’s first official trade visit to the Philippines. As a result of that trade mission there were three desired goals; to establish a Sister City relationship between Juneau and Kalibo, increase the Alaska seafood export markets in the Philippines, and create ties between the University of Alaska –Southeast and Aklan State University – Kalibo.
The community of Juneau is invited to help us welcome the delegation for the official signing ceremony tomorrow Saturday, November 1, at 3:30pm in the Juneau Assembly Chambers. Please join us in formalizing this Sister City relationship.