Mayors, Capitol, Rafi sign MOA

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Monday, March 30, 2015


TOWN and city mayors under the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB) yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Capitol and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) for its road map projects.

National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7 Director Efren Carreon said they have two options for funding assistance: development assistance from foreign agencies and the National Government.

Carreon said foreign- and national-funded projects must get an endorsement from the Regional Development Council (RDC) and must pass through the Neda Board in Manila.

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Carreon is the vice chair of RDC and Bohol Gov. Edgar Chato is the chairman.

Before reaching RDC, the road map projects will have to be approved by the MCDCB steering committee on April 8, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said.

From the steering committee, they will have to get the approval of the full membership council of the governor, 13 mayors, the president of League of Municipalities, 19 heads of government line agencies, seven presidents of civil society and private sector organizations before reaching RDC, Carreon said.

The MOA signed yesterday will establish the composition of MCDCB. MCDCB is a platform that is relatively new in the political scene, said Rafi President Roberto E Aboitiz.

The MOA also specifies areas of cooperation among its member LGUs in 10 areas: urban and land use planning; transport and traffic management; pollution control and solid waste management; flood control, drainage and sewerage; public safety and security; road improvement and infrastructure; urban renewal center; coastal resources and watershed management; health, sanitation and environmental management; and climate change adaptation.

Davide led the signing of the MOA. Among the signatories were Teresa Alegado (Consolacion); Joel Quiño (Compostela), Antonio Canoy (San Fernando), Duke Frasco (Liloan); and Adelino Sitoy (Cordova).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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