THE CITY Government of Cagayan de Oro and Xavier University have signed two memorandum of understandings (MOUs) last Friday, January 24 that aim to promote renewable and sustainable energy and sharing of transport study software.
City Mayor Oscar Moreno and Reverend Father Roberto Yap signed the MOU on the sharing of transport study software.
Under the memorandum, the City Government and the academe will be sharing resources including a transport planning software, expertise, and capacity building for the development and the crafting of a Transport Master Plan for the city and its environs.
Meanwhile, another MOU was signed to promote awareness and knowledge on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The memorandum was signed by Moreno, Yap, and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives-Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Inc. (ICLEI-SEAS) regional director Victorino Aquintania to exchange knowledge, technology transfer, capacity building, and data exchange towards renewable energy.
According to the MOU, the three institutions are expected to generate a data base either through data mining and data development relative to energy access and renewable energy, conduct capacity enhancement activities on renewable energy, energy access and rural electrification.
Through their collaborative work, national energy policies and plans will be mainstreamed in local planning and development processes in the City Government and the whole Cagayan de Oro.
"In 2013, when mayor Moreno started his term and launched his agenda, it was very clear that programs and projects in his agendas will really be needing the partnership," City Investments and Promotions officer Eileen San Juan said.
"On his agenda on teamwork, it really meant the collaboration with the different sectors of the community and most especially the academe," she added.
The partnership of the City Government with Xavier University and ICLEI-SEAS is expected to lead towards the development of the CDO Local Energy Plan.