US, 6 LGUs to implement Engage project

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Friday, January 17, 2014


AMERICA through the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) is set to implement Enhancing Governance, Accountability and Engagement (Engage) project in partnership with six local government units (LGUs) here in Western Mindanao.

Engage is a five-year project that seeks, among others, to address governance challenges that permit continued social and economic instabilities and marginalization, and promote community empowerment as a foundation for inclusive local governance in targeted conflict-affected areas of Mindanao.

The US Embassy in a statement Friday said a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and officials of the six LGUs to strengthen the partnership for the implementation of Engage.

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The MOU signing is set to be held Thursday, January 23, in one of the hotels in this city.

The six LGU signatories are the following: Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar; Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II; Jolo Municipal Mayor Hussin Amin; Isabela City Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar; Maimbung Municipal Mayor Samier Tan; and Lamitan City Mayor Rosita Furigay.

Also expected to grace the event is USAID Philippines Mission Director Gloria Steele, Mindanao Development Authority Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino and representatives from the academe. (Bong Garcia)

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