Handpicking of Oro as ‘emerging city’ lauded-A A +A
By Riz P. Sunio
Friday, May 16, 2014
LOCAL leaders praised Cagayan de Oro for being handpicked as one of the nine emerging cities of tomorrow in the world.
The honor was given by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) as among the nine global intermediate cities during World Urban Forum (WUF) in Medellin, Colombia, organized by the United Nations (UN). UN-Habitat organizes the world’s premiere conference on cities, according to a published report.
Size, fast growth, significance as part of an urban cluster linked to cross-border exchange and geographical variety were the criteria regarded for choosing the cities.
The city was also the site of one of the pilot projects of UN-Habitat’s Urban Planning and Design Lab.
The other eight cities of tomorrow are Hunchun in Jilin province of northeast China; Tetouan in northern Morocco; Uberlandia in the state of Minas Gerais of Brazil; Malmo, part of the Oresund region in the south of Sweden; Santa Marta in the northern Colombian department of Magdalena; Johor Bahru on the straits of Johor; Onitsha on the eastern bank of Niger River in Nigeria; Nampula, and the third-largest city in Mozambique.
In an e-mailed statement sent to this paper, Cagayan de Oro second district Representative Rufus Rodriguez lauded Mayor Oscar Moreno, local officials and the people of the city for the recognition, especially that parts of the city was damaged by Typhoon Sendong in 2011.
“The fact that we were able to rise up quickly and recover is a true indication that the leadership and people of Cagayan de Oro are very strong, dedicated and resilient. It is also a testament to the many different infrastructure projects that are being undertaken in the city which greatly contribute to the fast emergence and development of Cagayan de Oro City,” Rodriguez said.
He said that one of the highlighted projects in the report was the scenic drive at the city’s coastal by-pass road which has been a pet project of the legislator.
For his part, Efren Uy, president of Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber), said he optimistic that the city will get the recognition it deserves.
“As one of the nominee, we are very positive and hoping that CDO will be awarded as an emerging city,” Uy told Sun*Star through text message.
“In fact, it has been considered one of the top emerging cities for years now and was voted as the most competitive city in the year 2013. According to studies, all the indicators are there, this is why Cagayan de Oro has been chosen by USAID, along with Ilo-ilo and Batangas as beneficiary of its various development program,” he added.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 16, 2014.