Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has expressed his willingness to revive a sister-city agreement between Manila and Moscow.
Domagoso issued the remark during a meeting with Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Marat Pavlov on Thursday.
Domagoso said the agreement will help boost the tourism, culture, arts, and investments in the nation’s capital.
“This is good for us, for tourism, arts, culture, and investment. I’ll be happy to sign and exchange things and we always welcome things that we can learn and duplicate as what we are trying to do nowadays,” he said.
“The only thing needed here is the signature of the mayor of Moscow, and the Mayor of Manila,” he added.
In response, Pavlov said Moscow could not wait to open its doors once again after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is true that Moscow can really share these many things to you, but due to the pandemic, I understand that we can’t open our museums, open our theaters to our citizens,” Palvov said.
Department of Tourism, Culture, and Arts of Manila Director Charlie Dungo said the last time the agreement was signed was still in 1997 or 24 years ago.