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Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:15

Zamboanga City was chosen as one of the 20 emerging ASEAN secondary cities to be granted technical assistance by the Lee Kwan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy in Singapore on building a disaster resilient city.

In line with this, Mayor Beng Climaco participated in the two-day conference on “Asia Development Dialogue: Building Resilience and Effective Governance of Emerging Cities in ASEAN” at the LKY School of Public Policy along with the mayors of Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Iloilo and Naga from March 31-April 1. The confab was jointly organized by the LKY and Oxfam International.

The selection came about after the September siege experience and with Oxfam’s presence in Zamboanga City helping the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Based on the selection process, Zamboanga City is categorized as “vulnerable due to the many political, economic as well as environmental and socio-cultural challenges.”

“On the political fronts, separatist movements are still very active in the region, causing some serious economic and social impacts. Moreover, as part of the Philippine archipelago, the City is also potentially vulnerable to many natural disasters,” Mc Rhonald Banderlipe I, Senior Executive, LKY School of Public Policy said in the rationale for the selection of Zamboanga City to be represented in the conference.

As building resiliency is an important activity to ensure emerging cities to become livable and sustainable, Banderlipe said it is important to share the City’s best practices, as well as learn from the other cities.

“The basis for selecting Zamboanga City, and its mayor to participate in the conference include the large population profile of the city (being one of the largest in the Philippines), geographical presentation (to ensure that emerging cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are represented), economic activities (Zamboanga City is home to one of the largest Freeport zones outside Metro Manila and can become a key driving force for the economic development of the country) and proximity to ASEAN neighbours (as it is a member of the BIMP-EAGA, Zamboanga is well positioned to maximize regional and economic cooperation initiatives, this will ensure best practices on economy, resiliency and good governance are shared among neighboring provinces as well as nearby countries. — Sheila Covarrubias

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:22