Mabilog sees tourism chances from ‘World Mayor’

BY FREDA MAE SORSANO

ILOILO City – Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said his being a finalist for the World Mayor Award would mean major advantages for the tourism climate of the city.

He said he would like to take the opportunity to improve Iloilo’s economy by encouraging officials of other local government units to visit the city.

“‘Go and see Iloilo and vote for its mayor’ is our slogan for the contest,” he said. “Our agenda is to maximize visitors to the city so they would see what we have here in Iloilo City. Kon makita nila ang improvements, they would be inspired to make a testimonial for us,” he said.

Mabilog is the only mayor in the Philippines, and one of the two in Southeast Asia, to be included in the top 25 finalists of the worldwide awards.

He said one of his major achievements in his four years of service which led to his inclusion in the top 25 is the “professionalization of city hall employees.”

He extended his gratitude to those who sent in testimonials in his favor.

The World Mayor project aims to raise the profile of mayors worldwide and honor those who have served their communities well and who have made contributions to the well-being of cities.

It also aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles.

The organizers are looking for city leaders who excel in qualities like leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds.

The winner will receive a trophy while the runner-up will be given commendation.

The award is organized by the City Mayors Foundation, an international think tank for urban affairs, consisting of professionals working together to promote strong and prosperous cities as well as good local government.

Established in 2003, it encourages city leaders from across the world to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to long-standing urban problems such as housing, transport, education and employment./PN