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.
TOWARDS GREEN AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
ASSURE President Nathaniel “Dinky” von Einsiedel’s presentation centers on the spatial implications of the pandemic and the necessary urban developments that can mitigate the spread of future contagions and reduce adverse social, economic, and environmental impacts on cities. All these as we build greener and healthier communities.
GREEN BUILDINGS IN LIVEABLE CITIES
Architect Cathy Saldana outlined the criteria for the liveability of cities as: stability, healthcare, education, culture, and environment. These correlate with the standard of environmental and social components, which look into: employment and economic opportunities, education and skills development, health and safety, equality, and community engagement and benefit.
PARTNERSHIPS FOR A LIVEABLE ILOILO CITY
Situated in the heart of the Philippine archipelago, Iloilo is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. However, it is also home to the Ilonggos who face the risks brought by natural and human-induced hazards.
To address this, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas shared their collective efforts in creating a resilient and sustainable city amidst the socio-economic challenges brought about by the pandemic. With rapid urbanization, Iloilo continues to embark on a massive tree planting and environment-friendly activities.
FROM GREY TO GREEN
The World Health Organization recommends a minimum provision for nine square meters of public park and open space (PPOS) for every city resident. Unfortunately, for a person living in Metro Manila, reports say they only have one square meter of PPOS.
According to Architect Paulo Alcazaren, this really seems a daunting task. Besides very few parks and open spaces, which have been built in the past 60 years, cities in the Philippines also need to allocate land area for three: (1) affordable public housing (with a backlog of 5-6 million housing units nationwide), (2) hospitals (very important now, more than ever), and (3) mobility infrastructure.
Liveable Cities Challenge Philippines congratulates the City of Manila and Butuan City for making it to the top 50 cities that will advance to the Championship phase of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2021 Mayors Challenge. Manila and Butuan were among the eight cities in Asia-Pacific which made it to the global 50 and the only two cities in Southeast Asia.
Other Asia-Pacific cities in the top 50 included Auckland (New Zealand), Daegu (South Korea), Pune (India), Rourkela (India), Taipei (Taiwan), and Wellington (New Zealand).
A few months ago, Liveable Cities Challenge organized the submission of entries of Philippine cities in the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Mayors Challenge. Cities were required to submit tightly-written applications covering any or all four themes in the competition: Health and Wellbeing, Climate and Environment, Economic Recovery and Inclusive Growth, and Good Governance and Equality.
From all entries worldwide, 50 cities will be chosen for further review before a final list of 15 finalists will be selected by a jury of experts. The top 15 will each receive US$1 million and technical assistance and consultancy services to implement their proposal.