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Metro Iloilo is one of the two metropolitan areas in the Philippines chosen by the United nations as models for Metropolitan governance.
According to the report of Iloilotoday.com, Evelyn Nacario Castro, one the official of the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) confirmed that Metro Iloilo was selected together with Metro Cebu by the United Nations.
Metro Cebu and Metro Iloilo were chosen by the UN as models for metropolitan governance like Tokyo in Japan, New York in the United States, Paris in France, and Seoul in Korea.
Castro said that the Philippines was among the seven countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe were selected.
“In our case, the identified city-regions are Metro Cebu and Metro Iloilo. So this gives you an overview of the attention that the Metro Cebu is getting, particularly in terms of both the challenges that it is facing in relation to urbanization and, of course, the necessary solutions that need to be put in place,” Castro said.
In a press conference by Naga City Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong, Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado, National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7 Assistant Director Dionisio Ledres Jr. and Evelyn Nacario Castro, they revealed that they participated in the “Technical Deep Dive on Metropolitan Governance and Quality Infrastructure Investment “ in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Seoul last Month sponsored by World Bank.
Of the seven countries all over the world, eight cities were selected with three in Asia, two metropolitan areas in the Philippines, Colombo Sri Lanka, and Pnom Penh in Cambodia.
Ledres said that they will apply to MCDCB all the learnings that they have learned in seminars in the four successful metropolis in the world.
He is also hoping that all the 13 LGUs in Metro Cebu will cooperate.