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LGU Gensan signs MOU with USAID 

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was inked between the city and the United States Agency for International Development or USAID for partnership under the Cities Development Initiative (CDI) program.

The CDI is an activity of the Partnership for Growth with Equity between the U.S. Government and the Government of the Philippines, which seeks to advance the development of cities outside Metro Manila.

City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera said that USAID is not a new partner of General Santos City since for decades it has supported the city’s infrastructure and local economic development with its various projects.

“We affirm our commitment to work hand in hand with this flagship program and we express our gratitude for the gesture of adding the city to the list of cities which have been the recipients of CDI,” he said.

Responding to the Mayor, USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II said that along with the cities of Batangas, Legaspi, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Iloilo, Cagayan De Oro and Zamboanga which benefitted from CDI, he congratulated the city of General Santos City for its inclusion in the program.

“We can now work together to develop solutions to challenges faced by the city in economic growth, environmental resilience, education and health,” he said.

The MOU signing was witnessed by Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles and the city councilors, together with representatives from the academe, NGOs and the business sector.

USAID intends to furnish the city technical assistance, training and commodities to further its development objectives, while the city will provide logistics support, designate project counterparts; and support training missions and activities, among others as stipulated in the agreement.

The signing of the pledge of support was also initiated by Mayor Rivera and Director Hardy together with the representatives from the local business chamber societies, the academe and the civil society.

With the pledge are their commitments to support the activities that will generate new opportunities, improve quality of life, and promote a sustainable environment for everyone in General Santos City. (CPIO/C.Sulit/RSC/datb)

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