City forms TWG on planned cities extension lays foundation for ASUD PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 August 2015 15:06

Mayor BengClimaco has created a technical working group (TWG) to lay down the groundwork for the implementation of the Planned Cities Extension (PCE) program facilitated by the UN Habitat through its Achieving Sustainable Urban Development (ASUD) project.

Dubbed as the ASUD City TWG, the group underwent a PCE Workshop Planning Design August 18-20 organized by the UN Habitat primarily to update the data and plan for the Zamboanga proposed PCE site, to facilitate planning workshops on analyzing the urbanization trends of the city with particular attention on growth trend scenarios (blue-green framework) and resiliency, economy, population, housing, infrastructure and services, to utilize such analyses in improving the PCE conceptual plan and design such as street connectivity, blood designs, open/public spaces, institutional and public facilities, density, housing typologies, commercial areas, clustering and development phasing and to integrate financial and local economic development plan in the preparation of PCE.

Mayor Climaco has issued Executive Order BC-99-2015 stating the overall planning strategy.

Participants to the 3-day workshop also included other relevant agencies and groups such as the academe, local United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) chapter, private sector and representatives from the civil society groups.

Recall that Mayor Climaco together with UN Habitat Country Representative Chris Rollo last May 31 spearheaded in Manila the signing of a memorandum of agreement for sustainable and conflict-sensitive city development program dubbed as ASUD.

ASUD promotes planned city extensions (PCE) as a proactive response to urban growthand an alternative to fringe expansion characterized by sprawling, segregated, and poorly connected developments.

Portions of Barangay Mercedes and Zambowood (approximately 600 hectares) have been identified by local government as the extension site as well as the location for Zamboanga’s new airport.

With financial support from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), UN-Habitat will be working closely with Zamboanga’s city planning office and other concerned government agencies and stakeholders in developing a mixed-use plan for the Mercedes-Zambowood PCE area, which is adjacent to the site of the proposed new airport. The plan aims to include socialized housing, which should be able to help address the projected population growth and the current housing backlog due to internal displacement and vulnerability to environmental hazards, and create connectivity, not just spatially but also in terms of economic opportunities and social integratio

Zamboanga City joins Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo and Silay cities in tapping UN Habitat support in developing a city plan that significantly factors peace building and the resettlement of people displaced by conflict. —Sheila Covarrubias