JERSEY CITY, NJ — Though 9,000 miles apart, Jersey City in New Jersey and General Santos City in the Philippines have forged a sister city relationship.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Gensan Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles signed a formal sisterhood agreement at Jersey City hall on Tuesday.
It’s the first sister city relationship in Mayor Fulop’s 5 years in office.
“This is something that doesn’t happen every day, it’s significant that we chose the first one to be a Filipino city, because of that partnership with the Filipino community in Jersey City, so it’s exciting,” said Fulop.
“This is the start of building and deepening the relationship between the two cities,” said council president Rolando Lavarro.
Bañas-Nograles says this sisterhood agreement aims to create opportunities for learning, partnership and sharing experiences that are mutually beneficial to the two cities and their constituents.