SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga: The Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (FCCH) on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with this city at the Heroes Hall here.
The city was represented Mayor Edwin Santiago while FCCH was represented by FCCH President Maria Etrata.
Both parties agreed to promote goodwill and cooperation through the Parul Festival, annual trade missions, exchange of business and industry and joint conferences, seminars, workshops and training sessions for workers. The FCCH, established in 1954 and based in Honolulu, was on its 24th trade mission in the Philippines.
Santiago said his government has been promoting the lantern festival in Hawaii.
Etrata said they wanted to strengthen business links between Hawaii and the Philippines and explore investment opportunities and cultural exchanges.
The MOU will be effective for five years and can be extended for another five years.
The signing was witnessed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell of Honolulu, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin of San Fernando, members of the Sangguniang Panglunsod, Marco Antonio Jimenez, president of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and some delegates of FCCH.