The congress which
started October 28 aims to exchange experience of City Development
Strategies (CDS), challenging the delegates on the role of cities in a
global context to promote effective economic growth and poverty
reduction. It will also offer concrete experiences and evidence based
With its title:
“Cities without slums- Strategic Responses in Fast Growing Cities,”
the session focus on local governments’ experiences of using CDS and
slum upgrading tools in cities where Cities Alliance members have
financed interventions and promote cities as partners of international
The CDS process is a
tool helping to create a well-governed, sustainable, productive and
social inclusive city. In Calbayog, the activities are monitored and
documented by the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO).
Merla A. Rosalado, the
Chief of Staff and Documentor on Special Projects of the city mayor’s
office informed the media that the city mayor had a 10-minute
presentation on the topic, “Scaling up City Development Strategies in
the Philippines “ last Oct 31.
“An presentation ni
mayor is a combination of the macro-level how is cities in the
Philippines and micro-level how is Calbayog City development strategy
in Calbayog City,” she said adding that a 25-minute open forum
followed after the presentation.
Mayor Sarmiento’s co-presentors
were representatives from Vietnam, Egypt, Argentina and the officials
of the Cities Alliance who sponsored the congress and financed the
CDS. He is the only city mayor who attended the activity as the
presentor from the Philippines along with World Bank representatives
based in the country.
The Cities Alliance is
a global coalition of cities and their development partners committed
to scaling up successful approaches to poverty reduction.
Aside from South
Korea, Rosalado revealed that the city mayor is also invited to attend
the Public Policy Forum sponsored by the Cities Alliance with Housing
and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), League of Cities
of the Philippines, Asian Development Bank, World Bank and the UN
Habitat on November 5 and 6.
“Although it is being
held in Manila, this is also an international event. There are many
countries that are included in here. Two presentors…one coming from
and one from the countrysides…Mayor Sarmiento will once again make a
presentation with Marikina mayor Marides Fernando,” Rosalado added.
disclosed that on November 8 and 9, Mayor Sarmiento will also make a
presentation in the Eastern Visayas Local Peace and Security Assembly
sponsored by the National Security Council at the Leyte Park Hotel in
Tacloban. No less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will grace