Beng presents liveable cities design plan in mayors’ confab PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:04

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco presented Zamboanga City’s Liveable Cities Design Plan proposing the construction of a government evacuation center with 3 sites during the 49th National Executive Board meeting of the League of Cities held in Manila, July 23.

The plan was Zamboanga City’s entry in the Liveable Cities Design Challenge (LCDC), a planning design competition aimed to get city planners to better plan their respective cities for a climate-defined future, organized by the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines, USAID and other agencies last October 2014.

Zamboanga’s entry which gained recognition, is a proposed Government/Evacuation Center with three (3) sites. The first site will be located in Barangay Cabatangan as the Central Government/Evacuation Center because of its strategic location. The second will be located in the west coast at Barangay Tulungatung, while the third will be located in the east coast at Barangay Arena Blanco. The Tulungatung Evacuation Center will accommodate the land-based evacuees of the city while Arena Blanco will accommodate the sea-based evacuees, specifically, the Badjaos, Samals, and others. The Cabatangan Site will serve mostly the barangays within the Central Business District and the built-up areas of the city, and at the same time shall serve as the Government Center.

Climaco along with two other mayors was tasked by the League of Cities to present their respective entries in the 2014 Liveable Cities Design Challenge.

Meanwhile, Climaco, who was the National Treasurer for the 2013-2016 term, turned over to the new board some P55million funding representing the board’s savings.

The League of Cities President, which is composed of all chief executives from all over the country was led by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista in the 2-13-2016 term. — Sheila Covarrubias