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06/03/2012: PHL League of Cities Officials Forge Partnership with State of Hawaii and D.C.

Shown above are officers of the Philippine Embassy led by Minister Maria Austria (second from left), Charge d’Affaires a.i., in a meeting with Mayor Hernani Braganza (second from right), Secretary General of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), and other LCP officials.

06 March 2012, Washington DC. Mayor Hernani Braganza of Alaminos City, in his capacity as Secretary General of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), led a delegation of LCP officials in a meeting yesterday with officers of the Philippine Embassy during their visit to Washington, D.C. on March 5 and 6, 2012.  The group’s two-day visit also involved meetings with legislative officials, corporate executives, as well as representatives from their counterpart, the United States Conference of Mayors.

Minister Austria welcomed the delegation and offered the Embassy’s assistance in contributing to the work of the local government units.  She also provided an overview of Philippine-U.S. relations and briefed them of the Embassy’s priority issues.

Mayor Braganza cited the important role of the LCP in promoting international friendship and in seeking opportunities for cooperation.  He added that the visit provides them with the opportunity to share and exchange information on matters of mutual interest between the LCP and their host, with the end view of forging closer partnership and encouraging trade and investment in the Philippines, particularly in Philippine municipalities.

The delegation of city mayors, led by its President, Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of San Fernando, Pampanga, were in Honolulu, Hawaii from February 25 to March 2, where a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation was signed formally establishing a relationship between the State of Hawaii and the one hundred twenty-two cities that compose the LCP.  In Hawaii, the delegation members also participated in forums that dealt with disaster preparedness and risk management, tourism, human services and juvenile justice, and met with officials of the state and city government, Civil Defense Center, and Foundation on Culture and the Arts.  END