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.
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.
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.
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.
GovTech can be a powerful tool for cities to improve their overall governance. It is an enabler of reforms from improving service systems, purchasing and payment arrangements, sharing of information, and doing business. It is critical to make the delivery of government services more effective. By improving cities’ capacity to provide services, achieve policy goals, and increase efﬁciency and transparency, GovTech encourages greater trust, participation, and engagement of citizens.
A city’s Govtech system that: Provide services for citizens to use and get reliable information and feedback Encourage residents to use, share feedback and provide opinions Enhance citizen participation Where possible, use of sensors and cameras to help plan and monitor developments from trafﬁc, law enforcement and emergency services
Located in the Paciﬁc Ring of Fire and the typhoon belt, the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable and disaster-prone countries in the world which demands the cities to be resilient against natural disasters and man-made hazards. Hence, the necessary infrastructure, facilities, and services are crucial to prevent severe damage during disasters and to sufﬁciently manage the aftermath. While natural calamities such as typhoons or earthquakes cannot be avoided, the degree of damage and human suffering can be reduced through advanced planning and robust recovery and backup systems.
A resilient city develops competitive advantages in: Infrastructure investments Capacity building Disaster-safe structures and procedures Cooperation of the people and their commitment to proper resilience management.
The rapid urban growth in the Philippines is an indicator of economic growth. However, urban expansion has brought a number of challenges for city leaders, many of them related to increasing fuel prices, increasing trafﬁc congestion, escalating sprawl and crowded slums. With this, cities have become more congested, less-productive, and unhealthy.
Long-term strategic planning in this area should organize the day-to-day mobility needs of citizens, the logistics of businesses, and trafﬁc ﬂows in a way that values accessibility. Cities should match their mobility concept with their long-term development plan to enable and support desired strategic social, economic, and physical targets.
A city transport system customized to its needs that is:
Basic services are the building blocks for human development and an integral component of poverty reduction since it addresses the basic needs which are primary requirements that makes a city liveable. These involve services such as electricity and energy, water and sanitation, refuse and waste removal.
A city’s basic services that provide: