By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — Mayor Joy Belmonte will do everything to better serve her constituents as she vowed to apply in Quezon City the learnings from her stint in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), an international leadership program sponsored by the US State Department.
The second-termer local chief executive joins seven other top LGU officials from around the world in the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program running from July 11 to July 21 in Washington, DC.
The program will engage delegates on the principal pillars of the Summit’s 2022 Year of Action, including strengthening democracy, advancing respect for human rights around the world, and fighting global corruption.
Delegates will have a chance to share ideas with peers, organizations, and technical specialists in US cities and raise the public profile of democratic innovation at home and abroad.
“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,” said Belmonte.
“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,” she added.
Belmonte has committed to continue her good governance initiatives in her second term after receiving various recognitions from the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
In the past, mayors from the Philippines who have joined this by-invitation-only premiere exchange program include Vice President and former Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and former Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.