ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is currently attending and participating in the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum 2014 (WCSMF), an invitation-only event running from June 1 to 4 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore.

Pamintuan is one of 12 Filipino mayors attending the assembly, which is an interactive and enriching forum meant to facilitate ideas to create better cities.

The WCSMF has become one of the largest and most important gatherings of the world's city leaders, where real solutions to pressing urban challenges are exchanged.

This exclusive event for mayors, jointly organized by Singapore's Centre for Liveable Cities an Urban Redevelopment Authority, is also a key highlight of the biennial World Cities Summit.

For continuity of discussion, the forum will explore the theme "Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Common Challenges, Shared Solutions", which was also the theme in last year's summit held in Bilbao, Spain.

Topics to be discussed by the participants include "High Quality of Life: A Vibrant City Life", "Sustainable Environment: Water & Waste Management", "Competitive Economy: Driving Investments", "Integrated Long-term Planning: Balancing Stakeholder Interests", and "Dynamic Urban Governance: Fostering Good Governance and Intelligent Cities".

Pamintuan said that he is overwhelmed by the invitation and grateful that he is given the chance to share his insights with other chief executives.

"The World Cities Summit Mayors Forum is a gathering for knowledge sharing and information exchange to stimulate ideas in tackling common urban challenges. Thus, we are truly honored for them for inviting us in this remarkable gathering,” said the mayor, who also expects to learn several practices in good governance that the international community will convey.

The participants in the forum include 124 city leaders of international organizations, captains of industry and other thought leaders. Everyone is invited to share on the urban topic that is most relevant with their respective cities. Each city leader will speak in their respective roundtables for approximately four minutes, sharing one of their city’s best case studies.

The Angeles city mayor’s topic will fall under “High Quality of Life: A Vibrant City Life” and will share his experiences in establishing the City College of Angeles, an institution of hope for the youth which provides opportunities and access to quality & affordable education. (AC-CIO)