City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano signs, in the presence of US Ambassador to the Philippines Hon. Harry K. Thomas, Jr. (right) and USAID/Philippines Mission Director Hon. Gloria D. Steele (seated left), the Memorandum of Understanding between USAID/Philippines and the City Government of Cagayan de Oro launching the Cities Development Initiative which aims to promote investments and economic growth in the city. Of the several cities in the Philippines, only Batangas City, Ilo-ilo City and Cagayan de Oro City made the cut for CDI.
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas, Jr. (left), who came with USAID-Philippines Mission Director Gloria D. Steele, chats with Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano at the Mallbery Suites Business Hotel during the ambassador’s visit where the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between USAID/Philippines and the City Government of CdeO for the launching of the City Development Initiative (CDI) was held. CdeO, together with Batangas & Ilo-ilo, passed USAID’s criteria of “strong growth potential, commitment to economic reforms & good governance, and strong human resource base” for inclusion in the 5-year CDI project