Tuesday, July 3, 2012

US Ambassador graces launch of USAID project in CdeO

By Jorie C. Valcorza


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental -- United States Ambassador Harry K. Thomas graced the launch of US Agency for International Development (USAID) Cities Development Initiative (CDI) on June 29, Friday in Cagayan de Oro City. 

USAID Mission Director for the Philippines Gloria D. Steele and City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano forged a memorandum of understanding, witnessed by the Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya and Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Austere Padadero.

In his remarks, Ambassador Thomas stressed on the US government's commitment to the Philippines.

“This occasion shows not only our commitment to you, but also the potential, that we believe that you have the transparency and honesty to undertake the program,” he said.

He also said that the Philippines is among four countries in the world which the US government, through the partnership for growth (PGF), brings 15 federal agencies to provide assistance that will advance the country’s economic development.

“We have recognized your tremendous efforts to rehabilitate and reconstruct your city from terrible devastation by tropical Sendong, last year. We know that CDI will prosper here, continuing the construction and development, as well as, in increasing the dynamism of the city,” he added.

He likewise commended the leadership of Emano and the people for maintaining the city’s long term economic growth.

Cagayan de Oro City is among the three CDI pilot areas in the country. The other two cities participating in the initiative are Batangas City and Iloilo City. This initiative according to USAID Mission Director Gloria D. Steele is piloting on something that none of any USAID offices around the world has done, that is, for cities to act as engines of economic growth. It is built on the premise that economic growth and job creation are closely linked to urban development. (PIA10)

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