Noli Caps off Political Career with Urban Forum

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Noli Caps off Political Career with Urban Forum


Vice President Manuel “Noli” De Castro has capped off his career in politics by addressing the Plenary Session of the 5th World Urban Forum (WUF) in the South American city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and hobnobbing with several heads of states, foreign ministers and academicians.This is De Castro’s third and last time as Vice President of the country and head of the government housing sector to address the prestigious forum as he is expected to step down from his post as Vice President and chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) June 30 of this year.Speaking before delegates which include Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifah of Bahrain, Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, Brazilian President Lula da Silva and US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, De Castro boasted about the key urban development strategies and measures the Arroyo government has taken to help bridge the urban divide in the Philippines.“At the policy level, we have put in place our National Urban Development and Housing Framework or NUDHF which provided us with the template for slum upgrading solutions and urban development.”“At the policy level, we have put in place our National Urban Development and Housing Framework or NUDHF which provided us with the template for slum upgrading solutions and urban development.”According to De Castro, under the NUDHF, the government envisions an urban system that will improve economic growth, develops and strengthens local advantages, and improves the quality of life of its residents.“This strategic approach to urban and housing development allowed us to focus our efforts on five basic themes: Urban competitiveness, poverty reduction, housing affordability and delivery, sustainable communities, and performance-oriented governance,” he said.Specifically, De Castro cited the Sorsogon Climate Change Project that he mentioned last year in Nanjing, China which raised awareness of informal settlers in coastal communities on climate change and its impact on their lives. …

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