City, USAID partner for SURGE project PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 11:11

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Zamboanga City is set to benefit under a five-year development program spearheaded by the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID).

This, after the City was chosen to be one of the beneficiaries of the Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project, the $49 million flagship project of the USAID’s Cities Development Initiative (CDI), of which the City is part of.

One of the biggest undertakings of USAID to date, the SURGE project was officially launched last Friday, August 14 at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel.

Gracing the launch were US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, USAID Mission Director Gloria D. Steele, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, and the chief executives of the beneficiary cities which include Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Batangas, Tagbilaran, and Puerto Princesa.

With its focus on urban development and planning, sustainable development, local development, and social inclusion, Climaco expects the project to put about development in the City in terms of capacity building, income generation, and other ventures.

Through the SURGE Project, the US Government will provide tailored assistance to the CDI beneficiaries to improve urban development and planning, support sustainable development and reduce disaster risks, promote local economic development, facilitate greater connectivity and access between urban and rural areas, and promote social inclusion. — Jasmine Mohammadsali