Liveable Cities Challenge Philippines congratulates Butuan City for making it to the top 15 grand prize winners for this year’s Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge - becoming the only Southeast Asian city to earn a spot in the global 15.
Liveable Cities Philippines celebrates World Cities Day. This year’s theme is “Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience” and focuses on innovation, best practices, and solutions to build urban climate resilience. It’s an important theme for countries like the Philippines which is vulnerable to natural disasters and weather-related disturbances. The vast majority of our natural calamities are typhoons, some of which have grown more severe as a result of climate change.
Liveable Cities Challenge congratulates the City of Manila for being selected as one of two cities in the Philippines and Southeast Asia (the other city is Butuan) by Bloomberg Philanthropies in the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge.
Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno '' Domagoso's GO Manila initiative, a city-wide and data-driven digital infrastructure, has been recognized by Bloomberg as one of the top 50 urban transformative innovations for the Mayors’ Challenge — making the nation’s capital a finalist for the Championship phase in this year’s competition.
Liveable Cities Challenge congratulates Butuan City for being selected as one of two cities in the Philippines and Southeast Asia (the other city is Manila) by Bloomberg Philanthropies in the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge.
Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada’s digital and data-driven approach in transforming the city’s agricultural ecosystem represents one of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ leading top 50 innovative solutions in the 2021 Mayors Challenge.
LGUs and EMOBILITY
Dr. Manny Biona highlighted why there is a need to push for e-jeepneys and how it greatly helps reduce pollution and helps the environment in the long-run. In a study conducted for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, it was noted that the full replacement of jeepneys by e-jeepneys in Metro Manila alone would provide an additional P1.5 billion in health savings annually compared to the use of Euro 4-compliant PUVs. In addition, EVs in the country are expected to cut down life cycle GHG emissions by at least 30% relative to Euro 4 diesels. This is despite the fact that a big part of the grid mix is fossil based. Integrating renewables in the charging system will further enhance these benefits.
PH TOWARDS AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRIFICATION
The Board of Investments (BOI) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) see electric vehicles as a key technology to contribute to sustainable development with lower greenhouse gas emissions, less air pollution for citizens, and new job opportunities with positive social impact. Aside from environmental benefits, corresponding health benefits of e-vehicles to the Filipino population are seen, thus the journey to automotive electrification as one of the government’s mitigating measures to climate change and its impacts to the country.
IT TAKES A COUNTRY TO BUILD AN EV ECOSYSTEM
The African proverb which goes, “It takes a village to raise a child”, could not be truer as it applies to building an electric vehicle ecosystem. As Art Tan, CEO of AC Industrials and Integrated Micro-electronics Inc. said during the Liveable Cities Challenge webinar, “The EV revolution, or just the ability to be able to put electric vehicles on the road, is (such that) the vehicle itself is just one part of the ecosystem, and what we need to do is to understand how this entire ecosystem is going to be put in place.” To build a thriving, technically feasible, and commercially viable EV transport system, we will need a ‘village’, composed of the electricity grid, battery systems, charging infrastructure, cleaner energy sources like renewables, and even an EV manufacturing industry.
ACCELERATING E-VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT
Alan Pilz, Business Consultant for the Transportation and Mobility Industry of Dassault Systèmes, is involved in providing innovative software solutions to help industries optimize their customer experiences. Dassault partners with innovation leaders across various industries to address new challenges of mobility.
Pilz identified the top challenges shaping the future of mobility: (1) connected and electro mobility, (2) personalization and differentiation, (3) new regulations (emission, safety), (4) new mobility business models, and (5) quality and reliability. He noted that these global developments relate directly to the