Manila Bulletin

UN ci­ta­tion boosts Iloilo’s im­age

- By TARA YAP

ILOILO CITY – The Iloilo Busi­ness Club wel­comed the in­clu­sion of Metro Iloilo as one of the two sites for model metropoli­tan gov­er­nance by the United Na­tions (UN).

“This reaf­firms the ef­forts of the city and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments of Iloilo,” said Lea Lara, busi­ness club ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

Ear­lier this week, mem­bers of Metro Cebu Devel­op­ment Co­or­di­nat­ing Board (MCDCB) dis­closed that Metro Cebu and Metro Iloilo were cho­sen dur­ing an in­vest­ment sem­i­nar spon­sored by World Bank in New York, United States last month.

Lara re­it­er­ated that the UN ci­ta­tion bol­sters the im­age of Metro Iloilo in both gov­er­nance and eco­nomic in­vest­ments.

The ad­min­is­tra­tions of Iloilo Gov­er­nor Arthur De­fen­sor Sr. and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Pa­trick Ma­bilog have adapted nec­es­sary poli­cies in en­tic­ing in­vestors as well as grad­u­ally ad­dress­ing is­sues of ur­ban­iza­tion.

Since 2010, the city of Iloilo and cer­tain towns in Iloilo have wel­comed multi-bil­lion in­vest­ments that were never seen in a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

Lara told Manila Bul­letin the lo­cal gov­ern­ments have set up pro­cesses that not only ben­e­fited the busi­ness sec­tor, but lo­cal res­i­dents as well.

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