British envoy offers Mayor Isko help in Manila urban planning

Michael Joe Delizo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2019 08:08 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso meets British Ambassador to the Philippines, Daniel Pruce at the Manila City Hall on July 17, 2019. Moments before their meeting, the British diplomat expressed his interest in making London and Manila sister cities. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News


MANILA – British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce on Wednesday offered to help the administration of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno in urban planning. 

“[There’s] so much history, so much beauty,” the envoy said of the capital city during his courtesy visit on Moreno at the city hall, as quoted by the mayor's chief of staff Cesar Chavez.

According to Chavez, Pruce presented a traffic-oriented technology for consideration of the city government. 

The ambassador also invited Moreno to visit The University of Oxford in England to discuss Manila's city plans to British businessmen. 

Since starting his term this month, Moreno, who grew up in poverty and made a living out of garbage as a boy, has been aggressively pursuing a cleanup of long neglected areas of the city, earning praises from the public and fellow government officials. 

Earlier, US Ambassador to Manila Sung Kim and Moreno met at the US Embassy in Manila to talk about the latter’s policy direction, plans for the city, and the values that influence his mindset and leadership style. 

Kim had nothing but praises for Moreno when they met. 

“You are a total rockstar,” Kim said. “You bring new dynamism and energies to your position.”