Mayor Belmonte vows to apply knowledge gained from IVLP to serve QC better

To serve her constituents better, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has vowed to apply her learnings from the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the premier professional exchange program of the United States (US) Department of States.

“It is an honor to be selected as one of the delegates to this prestigious exchange program. I consider this as recognition of the outstanding work that the city government has done to advance the welfare of our city and our QCitizens,” Belmonte said.

The mayor joins seven other top local government unit officials from around the world in the international leadership program which runs from July 11 to 21 in Washington, DC.

The program will allow the delegates to engage on the pillars of the “Summit’s 2022 Year of Action,” which include strengthening democracy, advancing respect for human rights, and fighting corruption.

It will also let them share ideas with organizations, technical specialists, and peers in cities in the US and raise the democratic innovation at home and abroad.

“The learnings that we will gain from this event would certainly be put to good use. We will fully utilize them for the betterment of our city and of our constituents,” Belmonte said.

She has also committed to continue her good governance initiatives in her second term as mayor after the city government was cited by the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The local government received a second straight “unqualified opinion” from the COA for its annual audit report for the year 2021.

An “unqualified opinion” is issued by the COA when the auditor concludes that all financial statements are prepared, in accordance with the applicable financial reporting framework.

It also bagged the top spot in the “Most Competitive in Highly Urbanized City” category of DTI’s 2021 Cities and Municipality Competitiveness (CMC) lndex Summit and four other awards.

The CMC is an annual ranking that allows local government units to identify their strengths and weaknesses, as well as to improve their efforts on the city's economy.

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