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.
Today, the Liveable Cities Challenge (LCC) was launched at the League of Cities’ 63rd General Assembly at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas. The challenge was opened to all cities in the country.
Last October 15, 2014 at the Philippine International Convention Center, the Liveable Cities Design Challenge held its Final Conference and Awards Ceremony.
Today’s City is facing a new challenge. Aside from rapid urbanization, congestion, the need for mass transit, water resources, power, better law enforcement and public services, the City now faces the challenge of a climate-defined future. In recent years, climate change and natural disasters have become the one, unpredictable variable which has affected cities. From climate events such as typhoons, monsoon rains, and floods to natural calamities like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, cities across the Philippines have fallen under greater risk and disruption.