San Fernando City (LU) awarded as a “Dream City”
By Henry S. Lagasca
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union (12 August) -- San Fernando City in La Union was recognized as one of the promising cities in the country during the presentation and recognition ceremony held last Wednesday, August 10, at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La.
Mayor MaryJane C. Ortega, in her presentation in a high-tech simulated hopping trip around the country’s “dream cities”, said that the city government under her stewardship has inched closer to goals they aimed to accomplish between five to 10 years from now based on the vision and mission as well as the city’s development strategy.
The first lady city mayor said that she aims to develop both the environment and the people focusing on the 20-hectare botanical garden and providing livelihood skills training to her constituents and promoting vibrant business opportunities to make for a more economically viable city.
Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA), which is the principal sponsor of the project, said that the selection process was based on realistic goals in terms of local management, delivery of basic services, education and infrastructure, among others.
ISA is an international organization crusading for the adoption of the Public governance System (PGS) for local government units (LGUs) similar to the “balanced scorecard principle” used by private corporations and multinational firms to determine achievement of set goals within a given time frame.
The project is being supported by a grant from the USAID, the Asia Foundation and the Center for International Private Enterprise in Washington, D.C.
Other cities selected as “dream cities” include Tagbilaran in Bohol, Calbayog, Samar, Iloilo in the Visayas, Naga in Bicol, Samal Island City, Cebu City and Marikina in Metro Manila.
The respective mayors namely MaryJane C.Ortega, Dan Neri Lim, Mel Sarmiento, Trenas, Jesse Robredo, Rogelio Antalan, Tomas Osmena and Fernando were also recognized as the first batch of ISA fellows committing themselves to pursue the plans they have laid out for their cities. (PIA Ilocos) [top]