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    Davao’s young mayor nominated for the 2012 World Mayor award


    By Ben O. Tesiorna


    Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is nominated to the prestigious World Mayor Award along with two other Philippine mayors and 85 others from the rest of the world. The longlist will however be trimmed down to 25 by June afterwhich the winner will be announced by December 2012.


    Aside from the young Duterte, other Philippine mayors nominated are Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles City and Mayor Alfredo S. Lim of Manila.


    Among the 88 official candidates are 16 mayors from North America, 13 mayors from Latin America, 30 mayors from Europe, 19 mayors from Asia, three mayors from Australasia and seven mayors from Africa.


    Based on the World Mayor website www.worldmayor.com, they will still be receiving nominations from individuals and organizations until middle of May 2012.


    When contemplating the shortlist for the 2012 World Mayor Prize, the City Mayors Foundation said they will take into account the number of nominations a mayor has received from separate individuals and organisations and, more importantly, the persuasiveness of supporting statements.


    There is a possibility though for Mayor Duterte not to qualify as according to the foundation, they are seeking candidates who “are at least in their second term of office”. The young mayor is only in her first term of office as mayor. She was however a vice mayor before becoming the mayor.


    In a text message, Mayor Duterte could not believe on her nomination.


    “Serious ba na? Kaulaw ana oi. Kinsa nagnominate?,” was Duterte’s reaction.


    The City Mayors Foundation, the international think tank on urban affairs, organised the World Mayor Project and awards the World Mayor Prize. The Prize, which has been given since 2004, honours mayors with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally.


    The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for city leaders who excel in qualities like: leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. The winner receives the artistically acclaimed World Mayor trophy, while the runner-up is given the World Mayor Commendation.


    Since the establishment of the awards in 2004, five nominated city mayors from the Philippines made it among the finalists, with three of them ranking among the top 10:


    2005: Oscar Rodriguez of San Fernando, Pampanga (still incumbent mayor) - ranked 4th
    2006: Jejomar Binay of Makati City (now Philippine vice president) - ranked 4th
    2006: Carmelo Lazatin of Angeles City, Pampanga (now Pampanga representative) - finalist
    2008: Marides Fernando of Marikina City (former mayor) - ranked 7th
    2010: Jesse Robredo of Naga City, Camarines Sur (now Interior and Local Government secretary) - finalist


    Previous World Mayor awardees are:


    2004: Edi Rama (Tirana, Albania)
    2005: Dora Bakoyannis (Athens, Greece)
    2006: John So (Melbourne, Australia)
    2008: Helen Zille (Cape Town, South Africa)
    2010: Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City, Mexico)

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