Puerto Princesa City has been included among the secondary cities in the country that will receive funding assistance from the United States Aid for International Development (USAID) to help propel local economic growth.
The program, dubbed Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth and Equity (SURGE), has a funding facility of $478 million to assist the selected secondary cities develop their economic potentials, according to SURGE city program coordinator Cecilia Isubal.
She said that the program aims to develop and provide conditions for broad-based, inclusive and resilient economic growth for cities outside Manila, Cebu, and Davao.
She added that the funding facility will support projects that address local economic growth, environment, energy and climate change, health, and education.
She also said that SURGE is focusing on on expanding economic connectivity, access between urban and rural areas, and strengthening multi-sectoral capacity.