USAID, Cagayan de Oro sign MOU; launch Cities Development Initiative

During his recent visit to Cagayan de Oro, US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. led the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cagayan de Oro City LGU. The MOU was for the launch of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Cities Development Initiative.

Ambassador Thomas, USAID Mission Director Gloria D. Steele and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano all signed the MOU last Friday, June 29, 2012 at a local hotel in Cagayan de Oro.

The launch of the Cities Development Initiative in CDO is seen to be very beneficial to the LGU. The Cities Development Initiative is an integral part of the U.S.-Philippines Partnership for Growth (PFG). Launched in November 2011, PFG is helping the Philippines achieve its high growth potential by creating a more transparent, predictable, and consistent legal and regulatory regime; fostering a more open and competitive business environment; strengthening the rule of law; and supporting fiscal stability.

“The Cities Development Initiative is our contribution to Cagayan de Oro’s commitment to grow its economy so that more people can benefit from education, from health, and from business opportunities while still taking care of the environment. We will partner with government, the private sector and civil society to ensure our programs have a positive impact,” Ambassador Thomas said.

Cagayan de Oro is the third Cities Development Initiative grantee in the Philippines. It is also the only Mindanao city to be a partner of the said initiative.

Here are some of the photos I took during the event:

Beside US Ambassador Harry Thomas, Jr. is Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano

US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas, Jr.

I was able to attend the event because I was a part of the US Ambassador’s party 🙂 I accompanied the American Ambassador for 2 days.

Read more about my special 2-day task.

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Mindanaoan Irene

Mindanaoan is a multi-awarded blogger, social media strategist, publicist, Google Business Group - Women lead organizer, avid traveler and a proud relief operations volunteer. She is also a regular resource person for social media and blogging related conferences/workshops here and abroad. In 2012, Mindanaoan also completed a US Gov't. Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program for emerging global leaders. She toured the U.S. for about a month for her IVLP experience. She is the founder of a bloggers group and social media club. She is also an active member of several online media, bloggers and social media enthusiasts groups all over the world. Mindanaoan is available for work and travel. Contact Mindanaoan at

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