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Due to the recent achievement of Dipolog City named as among the Philippines’ first Islands of Good Governance together with the Cities of Balanga, Butuan, Mandaue and Talisay, Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, as the Local Chief Executive of Dipolog is fortunate to be invited by Dr. Francisco T. Duque III, current Chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA), to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) luncheon hosted by the chairpersons of the APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). This APEC Meeting showcases the city’s breakthroughs and transformations, which inspired many from both the public and private sectors to dream of better future led by Philippine Institutions such as the LGU of Dipolog.

During the initial APEC luncheon meeting which was held at Fairmont Hotel in Makati last November 13 this year, Mayor Uy along with City Councilors Atty. James Verduguez and Atty. Jasmin Pinsoy, Mayor Joet Garcia of Balanga, Dr. Ferdinance Amante Jr. of Butuan , Mayor Jonas Cortes of Mandaue and Mayor Johnny de los Reyes of Talisay were privileged to meet and exchange pleasantries with Chairman Doris Ho of ABAC, DFA Undersecretary Laura del Rosario who is also SOM Chair, APEC 2015, Mr. Hans Sicat, President and CEO of the Philippine Stock Exchange, Dr. Jesus Estanislao, Chairman Emeritus of the ISA, Chairman Anthony Nightingale of the ABAC Connectivity Working Group, Mr. Tan Cak Tiong, founder, Chairman and CEO of Jollibee Foods Corporation and Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation.

According to Mayor Uy, she was overwhelmed by the development citing the announcement made by ISA that Dipolog City is among the first five LGUs to have advanced significantly along the Performance Governance System pathway, promoting high standards of governance and initiating the fight against corruption. Furthermore, Uy is optimistic that sooner or later, said APEC Luncheon Meeting will bear good results that will redound to further develop Dipolog, not only as the Center for Outdoor Sports of the South, but also achieve its Swigapore vision. (CIO-prr)

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