About the Project

The Need for Liveable Cities

Building local competitiveness is essential in boosting long-term national competitiveness. Cities are the primary movers of economic growth and innovation. They are hubs of consumption, resource use, and waste. They are also as generators of wealth, production, and development. However, in this increasingly urban world, today’s cities are facing new challenges. They have become the center of society’s most pressing economic, social, and environmental issues. They face issues on disaster preparedness, traffic congestion, lack of mobility and logistics options, delivery of public goods and services, and low global competitiveness.

For these reasons, we need to plan them better. The Philippines, which is a nation of islands, needs to establish multiple economic hubs—the cities—spread throughout the regions so that we can disperse inclusive growth, opportunities, and development.


The Challenge

Great cities are not built overnight. But we can get started. The Liveable Cities Challenge started as a design competition back in 2014, but we have now revamped the LCC as a medium-term program to help mayors and key local officials develop comprehensive, replicable, and implementable solutions to improve the liveability of their cities. The Challenge’s vision is an accelerated trend towards designing, building, and developing competitive, sustainable, and resilient Philippine cities.

The program will be a three-phased challenge: design, financing, and implementation of projects focusing on four major (4) key issues in urban development that are critical for liveability: GovTech (E-Government), or technologically-enabled government systems; Resilience of the city from natural and man-made disasters; Mobility and accessible transportation for goods and people; and Basic Services.

Dashboard

In order for cities to improve, they must be able to measure themselves. With this in mind, we created the Liveable Cities Dashboard. The dashboard tracks and consolidates city data from multiple sources and visually displays data to show insights, trends, and performance of a city.

Through the Liveable Cities Dashboard Local chief executives can now better assess their city and identify areas for improvement. For citizens and the private sector, it serves as a guide on where to locate and identify innovative ways of using public data to engage with their locality.

Through open data, the Liveable Cities Dashboard sets the groundwork in promoting transparency in local governments.

The Challenge

Great cities are not built overnight. But we can get started. Through the Liveable Cities Challenge, we help mayors and key local officials develop comprehensive, replicable, and implementable solutions to improve the liveability of their cities while strengthening local communities in the process. The Challenge’s vision is an accelerated trend towards designing, building, and developing competitive, sustainable, and resilient Philippine cities.

The Liveable Cities Challenge aims promote and enable better urban planning and implementation for cities in the Philippines. The Challenge will be focusing on four major (4) key issues in urban development that are critical for liveability: Govtech (EGovernment), or technologically-enabled government systems; Resilience of the city from natural and man-made disasters; Mobility and accessible transportation for goods and people; and Basic Services.

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