US, Zambo forge pact on CDI PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 November 2014 14:38

United States Ambassador Phillip Goldberg and Mayor Beng Climaco will lead the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation of the Cities Development Initiative (CDI) program in Zamboanga City.

This, after the city has been selected by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the CDI program that seeks to develop cities as engines of growth that is inclusive and environmentally sustainable and resilient.

The CDI takes a unique and cross-cutting approach to promoting inclusive growth through collaboration between the USAID and the city of Zamboanga in the areas of education and health, energy, power and environment, governance and socio-economic development and investment growth.

The signing is set at 9am today at Yakan 1, Garden Orchid Hotel.

To be present also during the signing ceremonies are USAID Mission Director for the Philippines Ms. Gloria Steele.

Mayor Climaco said the city is very fortunate to have been chosen by the USAID as part of the CDI program emphasizing that the assistance is expected to help accelerate growth and development of Zamboanga in the next 5 years.

She said the USAID assistance also comes in a very opportune time considering the recent challenges faced by the city.

The USAID last November 8 organized a day-long needs assessment workshop participated by players and stakeholders in the business/investment sector with the primary intention of identifying crucial needs and development challenges of the city vis-à-vis existing programs and projects of development partners and national government agencies. —Sheila Covarrubias