Earlier this week, the World Bank-IFC released its 14th edition of the annual Ease of Doing Business Report. This report compares business regulations and processes in 190 economies around the world and measures 10 basic steps involved in a typical life cycle of a business enterprise. Data is collected every first half of the year with a data cut-off date of May 31.
Last October 15, 2014 at the Philippine International Convention Center, the Liveable Cities Design Challenge held its Final Conference and Awards Ceremony. Attended by approximately 160 local government officials, national government representatives, officials of international development institutions, civil society, the academe, and the private sector, the Final Conference and Awards Ceremony celebrated the efforts of the 15 participating cities in the inaugural competition, particularly their design proposals that sought to mainstream liveability and resilience in land use planning and architectural design. Iloilo City was declared the winner of the APEC Meeting Venue category, among a list of finalists that included Legazpi City and Cebu City.
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.