CdeO Pilot City for USAID Dev’t Project – Emano
The USAID is implenting a host of projects jointly with a few chosen cities in the Philippines which aims to “help promote investments and economic growth in the cities to generate employment and increase incomes for populations“.
According to Gloria D. Steele, mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the cities were selected according to the following criteria:
- strong potential for growth
- a local government that’s committed to economic reforms and good governance
- a big and strong human resource base
With these factors in consideration, the USAID finally came up with the following pilot cities that made the cut for the five-year Cities Development Initiatives (CDI) project:
- Cagayan de Oro City
“The development premise here is if we find and strengthen cities with huge potentials, then they grow and the areas around them will also grow just like Metro Manila.”
CDI will work with the local government by providing technical and funding assistanceas soon as viable projects, e.g. development of renewable energy, are identified and lined up for implementation.
To facilitate investments and increase investors’ confidence, Ms. Steele said they “will require the local goverment to reduce red tape, come up with policies that will be conducive to businesses“, among other things.