Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, chair of City Council committee on planning and development, reported this week about his official travel to Japan two weeks ago.
During the regular session, the councilor said he is grateful for being the city’s representative to the 8th Asia Smart City Conference (ASCC) Global Smart Cities Alliance and the Asean-Japan Smart Cities Network (ASCN) High Level Meeting in Japan.
“It has brought me to a higher understanding of the endeavours reached by many cities in various channels of public governance through the latest technologies in administering the affairs of the government,” he cited.
“The event has surpassed all my expectations and it brewed our craving to become part of the ranks of Smart Cities whilst we are still developing responsive systems and structures that will provide platforms for the future Smart Cagayan de Oro City,” he added.
During the event, leaders from the different Asean Member States (AMS) Central and ASCN local governments shared their knowledge, technologies and modern application of tools in advancing into the new era of dispensing services such as waste-based and hydro power generation, health, environment, infrastructure, electric transportation, traffic and public safety and connectivity of private/commercial establishments, malls and industrial plants within a complex of infrastructure, he reported.
Noting that there are only three cities: Manila, Cebu and Davao, that are part of the collaborative network of 26 cities from the AMS, Nacaya requested the National Economic Development Authority to favorably endorse the city as a member of the Asean Smart Cities.
He likewise recommended that the city joins the CityNet, a wide network of local authorities in the Asia Pacific Region, which promotes knowledge exchange, capacity-building and city-to-city cooperation focusing on climate change, disaster, infrastructure and Sustainable Development Goals.
Lastly, the councilor proposed the creation of a body composed of representatives from the public and private sector to plan and design a smart and sustainable urban development plan.
The special report was referred to the committee on planning and development for further study. (sp)