In a noteworthy development, Iligan City’s Mayor Freddie Siao, in a statement to the community, expressed his elation at the privilege of attending and graduating from the Asia-Pacific Mayors Academy during the 8th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum. This unique experience has equipped the mayor with essential knowledge and skills in the domains of urban planning, resilience, technology, smart cities, and urban finance.

Sustainable urbanization stands as a critical goal for our city, and the knowledge acquired at the academy is poised to contribute significantly to steering Iligan City towards a more prosperous and sustainable future. This marks a significant step towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. The city aims to set a shining example of responsible and forward-thinking urban development.

The mayor expressed deep gratitude for the opportunity to learn and grow alongside fellow mayors and professionals who shared their dedication to creating better cities. He extended his thanks to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) for their support and guidance.

Mayor Freddie Siao concluded by emphasizing the importance of continued collaboration to transform Iligan City into a beacon of sustainable urbanization, noting that the journey has just begun. He encouraged the people of Iligan to persist in their pursuit of progress and prosperity.