Posts By Maria Belen Bonoan

Notes from the Field

Zamboanga City Reaps Gains of Better Business Environment

January 12, 2011

Zamboanga City is one of the oldest cities in the Philippines, with a rich history and distinct culture. It is the third largest city in the country in terms of land area, and sixth in terms of population. The city is also a center of economic activities in Mindanao, with a modern seaport and airport […]

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Two Decades of Journey to Local Autonomy in the Philippines

September 1, 2010

The 1991 Local Government Code, which initiated the decentralization process in the Philippines by empowering local governments to more effectively respond to their community needs, has always been referred to as radical and revolutionary. It now serves as an example for other countries on how local governments have accepted, adjusted, and adapted to this development […]

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In the Philippines: Mindanao Local Governments Gearing up to Become Truly Self Reliant

March 11, 2009

On February 25 – 26, 2009, participants from 11 municipalities in Mindanao gathered to share their different initiatives in making local resources work for effective governance. One of the basic challenges to good governance in the Philippines is the ability of local governments to mobilize and manage local resources effectively to deliver quality services. Local […]

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