City Mayors and Private Sector representatives took part in the "Sustainable Cities Summit: Building Liveable Cities" in October 17, 2019, at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
The Sustainable Cities Summit brought together the mayors of the 145 cities in the Philippines with private sector professionals and practitioners to discuss major issues in developing LIveable Cities - Basic Services, Mobility, Resilience, and GovTech. Local and International experts were invited to share ideas and best practice around these key challenges and share how current digital trends and emerging technologies can bring about innovation in cities and communities.
The Summit also served as the launch and starting point for the Dashboard and Liveable Cities Design Challenge. The Dashboard is a visual database of key indicators of all the cities in the Philippines, which will be useful for local chief executives, investors, and residents in assessing the competitiveness and liveability of the cities. Meanwhile, the challenge is a 90-day design competition where cities will have the opportunity to meet mentors and compete to pitch their design solutions to a panel of experts in early 2020.
The summit was hosted by the United States Agency for International Development together with the Liveable Cities Philippines and the League of Cities of the Philippines. Groups such as Globe Telecom, Shell Philippines, Dassault Systemes, Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Mynt (GCash), ABS-CBN News Channel, and BusinessMirror also expressed their support for the Summit and Challenge.