Zamboanga City – top 4 finalists in the Philippines Liveable Cities Design Challenge 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

Zamboangueños should be mighty proud – Zamboanga City was among the top 4 of the tough competition of the 1st Philippines Liveable Cities Design Challenge 2014 in the Government and Evacuation Center Category (Best in Developing a Disaster Resistant Government Center). This assures us that our city is prepared when disaster strikes. The formal awarding ceremony was held at the PICC (Philippine International Convention Center) last Wednesday, October 15.

The Liveable City Design Challenge is a planning and design competition with the objective of having city planners across the Philippines better plan their respective cities and municipalities for a climate-defined future by being more aware and better prepared for disaster-risk reduction.

At the same time, city planners are encouraged to design Liveable Cities that offer safety, convenience, livelihood, lifestyle, and sustainability that attract people to live, work, and play so their cities can be competitive.

Launched last August 7, 2014 at the Regional Competitiveness Summit, the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) measures competitiveness at the local government level using 28 indicators grouped into three equally-weighted pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure. Scores on each pillar were combined to form the overall score used to rank cities and municipalities.

“By launching this Design Challenge, we hope to start a movement for better urban planning across the country to make our cities fun, vibrant, and safe places to live, work, invest in, and visit. In order to build a competitive country, we need to build competitive cities,” National Competitiveness Council Chair Guillermo Luz said.

19 cities and municipalities joined in the competition. Cities included those hosting APEC Meetings in 2015 and others that are vulnerable or have been affected by disasters in the past. Cities or municipalities have committed to undergoing orientation and participating in planned workshops.

Aside from Zamboanga City, Angeles, Bacolod, Baguio, Baybay (Leyte), Butuan, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iloilo, La Union (San Fernando), Legazpi City, Marikina, Olongapo, Ormoc (Leyte), Pasay City, Surigao, Tacloban, and Valenzuela participated.

The team participants were asked to come up with a Strategic Vision and Plan for a Resilient and Liveable City and select one of two competition categories: 1) Developing a Disaster-Resilient Government Center or 2) Developing an APEC Meeting Venue.

Zamboanga City joined in the Developing a Disaster-Resilient Government Center wherein the first place went to Cagayan de Oro City. The other two finalists are Valenzuela City and Roxas City.

Zamboanga City’s preparedness position was articulated by Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco before the panel of judges who reviewed each of the 19 participant's conceptual designs, architectural perspectives and site plans before giving the final verdict.

Iloilo City won in the APEC Meeting Venue Category (Best in Developing an APEC Meeting Venue with Cebu City and Legazpi City as finalists.

The organizers of this event are APEC National Organizing Council (APEC NOC), National Competitiveness Council (NCC), Asia Society , Urban Land Institute (ULI), World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Philippines, and Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Reconstruction (ASSURE). Major sponsors are the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Microsoft.

(Photo credits to Liveable Cities Design Challenge and Beng Climaco Facebook Page)

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By: Dante Corteza