As part of the Philippine delegation headed by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and by the invitation of the China-ASEAN Mayors’ Forum (CAMF) organizing committee, mayors of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) attended the 4th CAMF on September 8-9, 2018 to witness first-hand how local governments can greatly benefit from a strategic partnership between China and the ASEAN.
The forum took place in Nanning, Guangxi, China and focused on urban and local government cooperation towards the implementation of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area—strategic frameworks that aim to enhance China’s connection with the rest of the ASEAN market.
The event consisted of four plenary sessions that discussed financing for city infrastructure; technological innovations for smart cities; city inter-connectivity, transportation, and logistics; and innovations related to the cooperation of cross-border cities.
LCP National President and Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan was one of the resource persons invited to deliver a speech at the session on financing urban infrastructure which was held on the first day of the event.
In his speech, Mayor Pamintuan emphasized the need to mobilize resources to strengthen local infrastructure in the Philippines in light of cities’ vulnerability to climate change.
"Being the engines of national growth and home to most of our peoples, I am positive that we will suffer the hardest blow if we fail to act immediately on making our cities more prepared to the inevitable impacts of global warming. Philippine cities are especially exposed to such threats considering the geographic location of the country," said Pamintuan.
On the second day, attendees witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the LCP and the Guangxi Association of Mayors.
Under the said agreement, both parties aim to promote inter-city partnerships by engaging in "various forms of communication" and other means of cooperation towards the realization of the BRI; fostering mutual development especially in the development of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road; and regularly attending the CAMF to promote the event as a platform for inter-city cooperation.