The municipality of Bustos is eager to experience the innovative programs from Valenzuela City after signing an agreement that made both local government units “sister cities” in a formal ceremonies held in Bulacan province last week.
During the signing of the sisterhood agreement, Bustos Mayor Arnel Mendoza asked Valenzuela City Congressman Win Gatchalian to help their town to harness the potential of technology in delivering effective public service and good governance.
Mendoza noted, in particular, Valenzuela City’s “Simple Speed and Service Excellence in Public Service” or “3S+ Program”, which uses high-tech and innovative means in collecting government revenue.
“It’s such a great opportunity to have a twinning agreement with the City of Valenzuela. We are looking forward to more projects (with Valenzuela City) that would help our town,” Mendoza said.
“We all know that when we incorporate technology in the local government, like the ‘3S Plus’ of Valenzuela City, we could generate a higher income. And a higher income will generate better services to the people,” he added.
Mendoza issued the statement after thanking Gatchalian for bringing his “Nanay-Teacher Parenting Camp”, which taught over 60,000 parents in Valenzuela City, to the gymnasium of Dr. Pablito Mendoza Sr. High School in Bustos last November 30
Around 350 parents from Bustos attended the seven-hour lecture and workshop under the guidance of parenting specialist and radio broadcaster Dr. Blesilda “Mommy Bessie” Rios and Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) members from Valenzuela City.
The mayor of Bustos expressed belief that the “Nanay-Teacher Parenting Camp” can help improve the quality of education in their locality.
“So far, this ‘Nanay-Teacher Parenting Camp’ is a great start as this would help us to improve the quality of our education,” Mendoza said.
For his part, Mendoza vowed to propagate the parenting program to other cities and municipalities in Bulacan. (Camille Nepomuceno)