In mid-March, the country was put into an Enhanced Community quarantine (ECQ). Over time, different parts of the country were declared under Modified Community Quarantine (MECQ) or General Community Quarantine (GCQ). By June 1st, most of the country shifted to GCQ. The shift to GCQ, however, doesn’t mean that the danger of infection has passed. We still need to remain vigilant.
As Metro Manila goes into General Community Quarantine starting June 1, the key question will be “will there be enough transportation or mobility options”? As people return to work, will there be enough public transport?
Granted while not everybody will be returning to work – only certain industries and essential services will be allowed to re-start – the answer will nonetheless be No.
University and college students are invited to participate in the Liveable Cities Challenge by joining cities that have signed up for the design challenge and competition. In order to enable the cities in planning and designing their solutions for the Liveable Cities Challenge, Dassault Systemes will be providing design and project management software to students who agree to join city teams.
'INVESTMENT opportunities linked to the SDGs are predicted to grow exponentially ahead of other sectors. In the Philippines, the size of the prize is at least $82 billion and 4.4 million jobs by 2030,' Systemiq senior advisor Gail Klintworth said during the "Sustainable Cities Summit: Building Liveable Cities
The importance of technology in improving governance and bringing officials closer to their constituents were underscored by Makati City Mayor Abigail “Abby” during a forum, Thursday. “I believe that leaders should adapt to the digital age and conceptualize innovative ways to make public services more accessible to our people,” she said in her..
We are pleased to announce the launching of the Liveable Cities Challenge. The Challenge is a series of competitions among cities to see who can design the best solutions to address a specific problem or "pain point" of their city. This first Challenge is a design competition covering four selected aspects essential to building sustainable, resilient, and competitive cities: Mobility, Resilience, GovTech, and Basic Services.
The Liveable Cities Challenge is open to all 145 Highly-Urbanized and Component Cities in the Philippines. Cities may choose to compete in more than one category by submitting different entries.
The Philippines has had a spotty record of urban planning. What started out as beautifully master-planned cities generations ago have ended up as cities characterized by congestion and traffic, little or poor access to mass transit, few open spaces, parks and public spaces, and many blighted and derelict sections. And yet we’ve also seen some areas beautifully planned and built out in different parts of the country. Whether by design or accident, the parts that have become “liveable” are thriving, booming and driving growth.
Building local competitiveness is essential to enhance long-term national competitiveness. Last July, we re-launched the Liveable Cities Challenge (LCC) with the goal to help cities develop comprehensive, replicable, and implementable solutions to improve their liveability while strengthening local communities in the process.