Lobregat shares Zambo City’s anti-HIV-AIDS practice to LGUs PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 November 2011 15:28

Zamboanga City’s initiatives in addressing, mitigating and reducing the impacts of HIV-AIDS were among the good urban governance practices showcased during the 3rd Philippine Cities Global Convention and Exposition held in Manila from November 17-19.

Mayor Celso Lobregat made a remarkable presentation in his briefing entitled “Investing on Human Capital: the Zamboanga City Governance to Mitigate Impacts of HIV-AIDS” in session 6 attended by over 200 city mayors and other LGU officials from different cities in the country.

The session used the lens of performance management as the key to how local governments make governance work across various themes at its optimum level.

Mayor Lobregat expounded on the problem of HIV-AIDS, how the city confronts it by presenting the various innovations used and also presented various recommendations.

The mayor’s 15-minute presentation centered on the activities of the city government-created ZC multi-sectoral AIDS council which functions as the policy making body and as program implementor. The council is chaired by the mayor with the City Health Officer as chief executive officer with members coming from various sectors both from the LGU and NGO which include the Sangguniang Panlungsod, medical group, civic clubs, education, media, youth, business and labor,religious and gay sectors.

The mayor stressed that involvement or participation of multi-sectoral stakeholders is a key to the program’s success.

The convention articulated the commitment of the Philippine cities to be more proactive in the pursuit of sustainable development. It also served as an avenue for city officials to discuss urban issues and concerns, consult with the national government, seek new partnerships with development agencies and formultate policy agenda for the cities.

The League of Cities, headed by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of San Fernando City, Pampanga, believes that aside from human and financial resources, materials for production and infrastructure support, good urban governance is recognized as an essential ingreditent to achieving and sustaining urban development.

Accompanying Mayor Lobregat to the convention were Councilor Nonong Guingona and City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos.

Other topics presented during the session on good governance: key to sustainable urban development November 18 at the Resorts World in Pasay City were the state of performance and development of cities by Local Government Undersecretary Austere Panadero,  the Local Governance Performance Management of Valenzuela City by Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian; the Public Governance System Scorecard: the case of the City of San Fernando Pampanga by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez; Building Synergies Through Inter-local Cooperation: Alaminos City Initiatives by Mayor Hernani Braganza; Performance Challenges and Opportunities of CSO Engagement in Participatory Local Governnance by Sixto Donato Macasaet, executive director, CODE-NGO and Investing on Human Capital: Urban Challenges in Reproductive Health by Dr. Esperansa Cabral, former Health secretary. — Sheila Covarrubias

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