May­ors, pri­vate sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives gather to­gether to make PH cities live­able

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'IN­VEST­MENT op­por­tu­ni­ties linked to the SDGs are pre­dicted to grow ex­po­nen­tially ahead of other sec­tors. In the Philip­pines, the size of the prize is at least $82 bil­lion and 4.4 mil­lion jobs by 2030,' Sys­temiq se­nior ad­vi­sor Gail Klint­worth said dur­ing the “Sus­tain­able Cities Sum­mit: Build­ing Live­able Cities” held in Oc­to­ber 17 at the Sof­i­tel Philip­pine Plaza.

Klint­worth refers to the United Na­tions’ Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) as the "blue­print" to achieve a bet­ter and more sus­tain­able fu­ture for all by 2030 en­cour­ag­ing the pri­vate sec­tor to do busi­ness around the SDGs and seize the great op­por­tu­nity there.

City may­ors and pri­vate sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives took part in the Sum­mit to dis­cuss how to im­prove the state of lo­cal cities and make them more live­able. May­ors of the 145 cities in the Philip­pines to­gether with pri­vate sec­tor pro­fes­sion­als and prac­ti­tion­ers dis­cussed ma­jor is­sues in de­vel­op­ing live­able cities – ba­sic ser­vices, mo­bil­ity, re­silience, and GovTech.

Aside from Klint­worth, 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.

Launched at the Sum­mit is the Dash­board and Live­able Cities 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 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 en­tries will be judged by a panel com­posed of ex­perts in the fields of ur­ban plan­ning, de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, among oth­ers. Com­pe­ti­tion en­tries will be posted on­line on a com­pe­ti­tion web­site (live­ablecities.ph), Face­book ac­count (fb.co/live­ablecities­ph), and through news me­dia out­lets. Win­ners will be an­nounced at the end of the cy­cle. While no for­mal cash award is planned, all en­tries are en­cour­aged to pre­pare de­tailed fund­ing pro­pos­als for projects to be funded ei­ther by the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, or through the pri­vate sec­tor in a Pub­lic-Pri­vate Part­ner­ship project. Win­ning can­di­dates may also at­tract at­ten­tion from var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional agen­cies to

“Cities are the cen­ters of eco­nomic growth and in­no­va­tion, but the rate of ur­ban­iza­tion and in­ter­nal mi­gra­tion has cre­ated new chal­lenges in­volv­ing dis­as­ter re­silience, mo­bil­ity, and the de­liv­ery of ba­sic ser­vices,” said Live­able Cities Chal­lenge Chair­man Guillermo M. Luz. “The Live­able Cities Chal­lenge can help lo­cal of­fi­cials de­velop com­pre­hen­sive, repli­ca­ble, and im­ple­mentable so­lu­tions to im­prove the live­abil­ity of our me­trop­o­lises, while strength­en­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in the process.”

“Our goal is to build up aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing in these ar­eas so that lo­cal ex­ec­u­tives can plan and de­velop more com­pet­i­tive, sus­tain­able, re­silient, and live­able cities for all,” said Luz. “Great cities are not built overnight, so let us start now.”

The Sum­mit is hosted by the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment to­gether with the Live­able Cities Chal­lenge and the League of Cities of the Philip­pines. Groups such as Globe Tele­com, Shell Philip­pines, Das­sault Sys­tèmes, Bases Con­ver­sion and Devel­op­ment Author­ity, Mynt (GCash), ABS-CBN News Chan­nel and Busi­nessMir­ror also ex­pressed their sup­port for the Sum­mit and the Chal­lenge.

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