Cities that are liveable, sustainable and competitive attract people to live, work and do business or invest in. The Liveable Cities Challenge 2016 focuses on four areas that are critical for liveability: Resilience, Mobility, eGovernment, and Basic Services. 

The Challenge

To open the opportunity to 145 Philippine cities, to enhance their capabilities to design, finance and implement projects in the four areas towards liveability, sustainability and competitiveness. Cities can compete in their own class under the following categories: (1) highly urbanized; (2) component; and (3) clusters for secondary cities and contiguous municipalities.

The Liveable Cities Challenge

LCC is a medium term program launched in the second half of 2016 to 2019. Workshops called Liveable Cities Labs will rotate in host cities on the four areas of focus and approaches in design, financing and implementation culminating in a challenge at the end of each year, acknowledging best designs, funding models and partnerships and innovative mobilization and implementation, all within a city executive’s term.

The Consortium

A consortium comprised of 24 members who have interest in urban issues and in developing and supporting a program for urban planning have committed support to LCC. A core group of 12 from the 24 members serves as SteerCom, with the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), National Competitiveness Council (NCC) and Ayala Corporation (AC) spearheading operations in collaborative roles.

The Consortium members are: Asian Development Bank, ASSURE/PIEP, Ateneo School of Government , Ayala Corporation, Embassies of Australia, Canada, France and Great Britain, HP Enterprise, IFC, LCP, Microsoft, NCC, PwC, RAFI, Rappler, Shell, SURGE/USAID, ULI/Phil Green Bldg Council, UN Habitat, UP Mass Com, Waste2Worth Alliance, WWF, and World Bank. Twelve out of the 24 members act as SteerCom and advises LCC Challenge.

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4 Focus Areas

The definitions of the four areas of resilience, Mobility, eGovernment and Basic Services are shown in the matrix below:

Defintion Criteria and Indices


Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulty and adverse situations. It is the “ability of people, communities, and institutions to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from acute shocks and chronic stresses” (Judith Rodin, The Resilience Dividend). Resilience Dividend is the benefit derived from building up resilience even when a disaster does not occur.
Community resilience is the capability to anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly through survival, adaptability, evolution, and growth in the face of turbulent change. (Community & Regional Resilience Institute)
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction’s (UNISDR) global campaign for making cities resilient focuses on reducing urban risks from disasters.
Cities need resilience against natural disasters and man­made hazards. They require the necessary infrastructure, facilities, and services to prevent severe damage during disasters and to sufficiently manage the aftermath. While natural calamities such as typhoons or earthquakes cannot be avoided, the degree of damage and human suffering can be reduced through advanced planning and robust recovery and backup systems. A resilient city needs less time to recover and return to pre-disaster conditions.
A resilient city develops competitive advantages in:
  • Infrastructure investments
  • Capacity building
  • Disaster-safe structures and procedures
  • Cooperation of the people and their commitment to proper resilience management.


The purpose of mobility is to gain access to destinations, activities, services and goods hence urban planning should be resident centered, in effect, reducing distances and transportation needs.
Urban mobility provides convenient, affordable and efficient transport systems to enable commuting and economic activity – important characteristics of a liveable city. (UN Habitat).
Smart mobility for Shell Philippines is the movement of people and goods safely, cost-effectively, and with reduced impact on the environment.
A city transport system customized to its needs that is:
  • Convenient
  • Affordable
  • Efficient
  • Accessible for PWDs and senior citizens who have special needs
  • Enabling residents and business to move around a city on foot, bicycle, private vehicle, and mass transit with the least impact on the environment


E-Government is the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for governments to effectively manage data and information, enhance public service delivery, and establish additional communication channels for engagement with citizens. Integrating ICT infrastructure in various units and departments will help them process, use and publish data, and produce valuable information. A structured data recording and disclosure policy increases the transparency and accountability since transactions, activities and resources are publicly accessible.
A city’s e-government system that:
  • Provide services for citizens to use and get reliable information and feedback
  • Encourage residents to use, share feedback and provide opinions
  • Enhance citizen participation
  • Accessible for PWDs and senior citizens who have special needs
  • Where possible, use of sensors and cameras to help plan and monitor developments from traffic, law enforcement and emergence services


Basic services such as electricity and energy, water and sanitation, refuse and waste removal are critical services for a city.
A city’s basic services that provide:
  • Quality and reliable service
  • Affordable
  • Sustainable