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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Olongapo hosts ESEA confab for local governments

Olongapo City, in coordination with the Local Government Development Foundation and the Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung Foundation, will play host to the 16th East & Southeast Asia Network (ESEA NET) for Better Local Governments Conference from November 19 to 21 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.

With the theme, “Cities in Search for Ideal Communities”, the event will see participation from ESEA member countries and non-governmental organizations in Southeast Asia, with Olongapo as the lone member-city in the Philippines.

Other member cities are Battambang, Cambodia; Phitsanulok, Thailand; Gumi, South Korea; Ha Long, Vietnam; Kuantan, Malaysia and Semarang, Indonesia.

More than 200 delegates are expected to attend, including representatives form the Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), Khmer Helping Education National Governance, Advisory Council on Urban Development of Indonesia, and the United Cities and Local Governments Asia and the Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC),

Also represented are the Indonesia Municipal Association, University of Malaysia, Thailand Environmental Institute, Vietnam Alliance Minerals, Ltd., Haiphong Administration of Tourism (Vietnam), as well as municipal and city mayors of the Philippines.

It will be the 6th time that the Philippines is hosting the ESEA Conference, the last of which was in 2003 at the Hyatt Regency in Manila.

Olongapo Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. said the conference would be another opportunity for the city to put its best foot forward and showcase the best practices his administration has been implementing.

“It will be a productive occasion as it would allow network member-cities to exchange information in local government management,” Gordon said.

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