ILOILO and Cagayan de Oro topped the Liveable Cities Design Challenge, a planning and design competition to encourage city planners to design places that offer safety, convenience, livelihood, lifestyle, and sustainability that attract people to live, work, and play so their cities can be competitive.
A total of 15 cities—including those hosting the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit and others that are vulnerable or have been affected by disasters in the past—joined the competition organized by the National Competitiveness Council, United States Agency for International Development, the 2015 Apec National Organizing Council, World Wildlife Fund, and the Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Reconstruction with Asia Society and the Urban Land Institute.
During the awarding ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City (Metro Manila) on Wednesday, Iloilo was declared winner in the Apec Meeting category while Cagayan de Oro won the Government/Evacuation Center category.
Under the Apec Meeting Category, a city plan must at least cover an area surrounding an Apec meeting venue such as hotel and convention facility and access and routes to other events and functions and to the airport.
The plan must include amenities which make attendance at an Apec meeting enjoyable for both delegate and city residents, without causing inconvenience to local residents. It should capture the soul and spirit of a city and be designed to be a permanent fixture of the city, thus creating a core and start of a liveable city capable of transforming that city into a Livable City in the next three to five years.
Also, the design must encompass disaster-risk reduction principles as well as an effective disaster evacuation plan for those working in that area during an Apec meeting. The designs should be aligned with the city’s strategic vision and plan, especially those that address how they should be attractive for people to live, work, and play.
The Government/Evacuation Center category requires designing a complex of government buildings designed to be disaster-resistant such as earthquakes, floods and can withstand designated limits of wind velocity. These buildings must be located in a complex that is hazard-free and must be designed to serve the public and pre- and post-disaster phases.
The 13 other cities reviewed were Angeles, Bacolod, Baybay, Legazpi, Marikina Olongapo, Ormoc, San Fernando, La Union, Tacloban, Valenzuela, Roxas, Cebu and Zamboanga.