IT has been a “very tumultuous” year for Makati City but Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said despite the “political persecution,” the city government earned a number of significant awards recognizing its outstanding performance as a local government.
Binay noted that the city government focused on the task of improving the lives of constituents, firmly refusing to be sidetracked by the underhanded tactics of known political opponents.
“The year 2014 has been a tumultuous period for us. Yet, it has become one of the most rewarding periods of my term as Mayor of Makati because of the many noteworthy awards and recognitions we have received from reputable authorities on governance and its essential aspects,” Binay said.
Makati this year was named the country’s most competitive city, ranked among major cities of the world for sustainability, tagged as the most earthquake-ready among Metro cities, highly accredited by the Ombudsman for its business process system, earned ISO recertification for its frontline offices, city-run university and hospital, won the e-Readiness Leadership Award, and bested 16 other localities in Metro Manila in the 2012 Local Governance Performance Management System.
Makati was also named the country’s most competitive city and was subsequently ranked highly alongside major cities of the world like London, Boston, Toronto and Rotterdam in the new ISO 37120 standards for sustainable development of communities launched recently by the World Council on City Data.
Among the first 20 cities in the world to earn ISO 37120 certification, Makati was one of only nine cities that achieved the Platinum level after completing 98 out of 100 indicators for city services and quality of life.
According to Binay, the city government has adopted risk-sensitive policies and crafted the country’s first risk-sensitive Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which mainstream disaster risk reduction and management and climate change adaptation.
“The city’s urban planners have really worked hard to craft these vital policies aimed to enable property owners to better plan and build structures that will be resilient to particular hazards in the area,” the mayor said.
Recently, Director Renato Solidum Jr. of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology cited Makati as the most prepared city in Metro Manila against geological hazards including an earthquake. He also praised the city for being the first to adopt earthquake resiliency measures in its structures and establishments.