October 31, 2021

World Cities Day

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.

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October 29, 2021

Go Manila: Building the City’s First Data Digital Infrastructure

Early this year, Liveable Cities partnered with the Bloomberg Global Mayors Challenge to encourage Philippine cities to participate in this competition. Fifty-two Philippine cities submitted entries and two -- Manila and Butuan -- were eventually selected as Top 50 cities and eligible for the final round where 15 winners will be selected. 

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.

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October 29, 2021

Butuan’s Data-Driven Initiative to Empower Local Farmers

Early this year, Liveable Cities partnered with the Bloomberg Global Mayors Challenge to encourage Philippine cities to participate in this competition. Fifty-two Philippine cities submitted entries and two -- Manila and Butuan -- were eventually selected as Top 50 cities and eligible for the final round where 15 winners will be selected. 

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.

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September 8, 2021

Building an E-Vehicle Ecosystem: Art Tan

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.

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September 8, 2021

Building an E-Vehicle Ecosystem: Corazon Dichosa

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.

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September 8, 2021

Building an E-Vehicle Ecosystem: Dr. Manuel Biona

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.

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September 8, 2021

Building an E-Vehicle Ecosystem: Freddie Tinga

MOVING PEOPLE TO A BETTER TOMORROW

Freddie Tinga posed two critical challenges experienced by developing cities: traffic congestion and air pollution. The latest figures suggest that traffic congestion alone cost the global economy more than a trillion dollars last year while air pollution, on the other hand, caused seven million deaths a year. In the Philippines, there are over 200,000 jeepneys nationwide with 80,000 in Metro Manila - accounting for 40% of public transport and 30% of air pollution. To solve this, Mr. Tinga emphasized the need for creating a smart and efficient transport system in the country. 

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September 8, 2021

Building an E-Vehicle Ecosystem: Alan Pilz

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

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