The last quarter of the year has so far engaged the full attention of Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia as he embarked on two study trips necessary to move the city closer to the realization of its vision.
On October 2 to 13, he attended the four on-site courses of the Global Tobacco-Control Certificate Program at the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
The program is a rigorous, formal, academic undertaking that encourages tobacco control professionals, epidemiologists, behavioral scientists, government officials, and others involved in tobacco control to apply so that they may be equipped with the technical skills necessary to play key roles in tobacco control efforts.
Courses he completed include: Quantitative Methods for Tobacco Control; Implementation and Evaluation for Tobacco Control; Tobacco Control Leadership; and Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Tobacco Control. For a participant to complete the entire Certificate Program, he/ she must also take two on-line courses spanning eight weeks.
After a brief hiatus, Mayor Garcia once again embarked on another learning program — the 6th Temasek Foundation International Leadership in Urban Governance (TFILUG) — in Singapore on November 6 to 10.
The program, organized by the Centre for Livable Cities (CLC) and Temasek Foundation International, is an exclusive five-day mayoral program that highlights Singapore’s journey towards becoming a highly dense, yet highly livable city.
Among the topics covered were: urban governance, integrated master planning and development, land management, urban water management, sustainable environment, and financing a city.
The two programs observe strict eligibility requirements for acceptance. Getting accepted is already an indication that a local government unit’s efforts have earned international recognition, and that it is on the right track towards achieving its goals. By Jose Dizon Cabrera