The Capitol wants to attract Spanish investors and tourists after it established Cebu province's presence in Spain through a sisterhood pact signed by officials of both Cebu and Barcelona.
Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Barcelona Provincial Council chairman Antoni Fogue Moya signed the agreement on Feb. 22 in Barcelona.
In a statement, Garcia said the agreement also ?rekindled? the relationship and close ties of the Philippines and Spain which started four centuries ago.
Among the objectives of the agreement is the active fostering of friendly exchanges to improve understanding between Cebuanos and residents of Barcelona in terms of ?exchange visits fostering commerce, industry, agriculture, science, technology and sports for the mutual benefit, prosperity and the development of citizens.?
Under the framework, specific agreements containing joint programs between the province and Barcelona may be established.
Garcia was in Spain last week for a seven-day official trip joined by Provincial Board Members Peter John Calderon, Wilfredo Caminero, Jose Ma. Gastardo, Agnes Magpale and Teresita Celis.
Elizabeth Francia, the governor?s chief of staff, said that it was the government of Barcelona that sought out a sisterhood agreement with Cebu.
?The two provinces are the heirs to a period of history common to both Filipinos and Spaniards and the institutions have common and complementary objectives to consolidate local development and the management capacity of the local governments of their territories,? part of the sisterhood agreement reads.
During the signing ceremonies, Moya was quoted by the Provincial Information Office as saying ?even if Cebu and Barcelona are miles away, there are many things that both provinces can cooperate and work on.?
A monitoring commission is also created parallel to the sisterhood pact to monitor whether both parties comply with the agreements.
The commission will meet once a year for planning among others.
On the day of signing, Barcelona is also hosting a summit of local government units attended by several local government units from Europe and Asia.
Barcelona is the 13th sister province of Cebu, according to the PIO.
Other special agreements were made with Gangwon, South Korea; Guam, USA; St. Petersburg, Russia; Sichuan, Guangdong and Guangxi Zhuang of China ang Ljubljana, Slovenia.