Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Olongapo City to forge sisterhood with Guam

OLONGAPO City and Guam are set to forge sister city ties to further enhance goodwill and trade relations between the two communities which share a history of hosting America’s Asia-Pacific naval facilities.

Olongapo Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. and Guam Sen. Eddie Calvo have started talks on possible areas of mutual cooperation.

“Subic is a community that once had a strong US military presence. We can learn from their experience and share in the prosperity ahead,” said Calvo.

Gordon was in Guam recently along with a contingent of Philippine officials for the Guam Industry Forum that provided updates for thousands of local, national and regional businesses interested in providing products, services and skills for the US military buildup in the area.

Guam officials and the US navy have expressed their preference to hire former Filipino base workers from Olongapo for their training and experience during years of employment under the US Navy in the erstwhile Subic naval base.

Gordon said that aside from opportunities for workers, the people of Olongapo are also interested in investments.

--People’s Journal

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