Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo top first Liveable Cities Design Challenge Philippines

Oct 15, 2014

by Mike Baños, Editor-at-Large

 

After being adjudged the Philippines second most competitive city barely two months ago, Cagayan de Oro City has done it again.

 

Cagayan de Oro City Local Economic Investment Promotion Officer Eileen E. San Juan is joined by organizers and LGU heads who joined the inaugural Liveable Cities Design Challenge Philippines awarding ceremonies held 15 October at the PICC. Cagayan de Oro topped the Best in Developing a Disaster Resistant Government Center category while Iloilo was adjudged best in developing an APEC Meeting Venue. (photo courtesy of the Liveable Cities Design Challege PH FB page)

 

Cagayan de Oro with Iloilo topped the inaugural edition of the Liveable Cities Design Challenge Philippines.

 

Cagayan de Oro was adjudged the grand winner in the City Government/Evacuation Center Category for its entry dubbed “ORO CENTRAL” while Iloilo topped the APEC Meeting Venue Category in awarding ceremonies held 15 October at the Philippine International Convention Center.

 

The CDO team was composed of experts from the Mindanao University of Science & Technology (MUST), Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (XU), United Architects of the Philippines-CDO Chapter (students & graduate auxilliary), private sector and the CDO LGU team led by LEIPO Eileen San Juan. (photo courtesy of Teddy Sabuga-a)

 

Cagayan de Oro bested three other finalists (Zamboanga, Valenzuela and Roxas) from the field of 16 entries.

 

 In a text message to NCC private sector co-chairman Guillermo M. Luz from Bangkok where he was attending USAID’s Asia Urban Futures Workshop, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno said: “We would like to thank you and the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) for this very challenging, yet absolutely necessary, program. “For Cagayan de Oro, it opened doors for higher ground collaboration between the city, the academe and professionals. Certainly, a growth accelerator.”

 

“Congrats CDO for being the grand winner in the Livable Cities Design Challenge under the Government Evacuation Center category,” posted City Information Officer Maricel Casiño in her Facebook page. “Kudos to the team of architects from the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST),  Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (XU), the United Architects of the Phils- CDO chapter (student & graduate auxiliary), the private sector and the entire CdO team led by Eileen San Juan.”

 

Cagayan de Oro City Local Economic Investment Promotion Officer Eileen E. San Juan receives the award in behalf of Cagayan de Oro City at the Liveable Cities Design Challenge Philippines for Best in Developing a Disaster Resistant Government Center in rites held 15 October a the PICC. Also in photo are NCC Co-Chair Bill Luz, USAID Phils. Mission Dir. Gloria D. Steele and Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco, one of the 3 other finalists in the category. (photo courtesy of the Liveable Cities Design Challege PH FB page)

 

The Liveable City Design Challenge is a planning and design competition aimed at capacitating city planners across the Philippines to better plan their respective cities and municipalities for a climate-defined future by being more aware and better prepared for disaster-risk reduction.

 

At the same time, city planners are encouraged to design Liveable Cities that offer safety, convenience, livelihood, lifestyle, and sustainability that attract people to live, work, and play so their cities can be competitive.

 

 “By launching this Design Challenge, we hope to start a movement for better urban planning across the country to make our cities fun, vibrant, and safe places to live, work, invest in, and visit. In order to build a competitive country, we need to build competitive cities,” Mr. Luz said.

  

The CDO team was composed of experts from the Mindanao University of Science & Technology (MUST), Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (XU), United Architects of the Philippines-CDO Chapter (students & graduate auxilliary), private sector and the CDO LGU team led by LEIPO Eileen San Juan. (photo courtesy of Teddy Sabuga-a)

 

Twenty cities and municipalities accepted invitations to join the competition –  Angeles, Bacolod, Baguio, Baybay (Leyte), Butuan, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iloilo, La Union (San Fernando), Legazpi City, Marikina, Olongapo, Ormoc (Leyte), Pasay City, Surigao, Tacloban, Valenzuela and Zamboanga City. Cities will include those hosting APEC Meetings in 2015 and others that are vulnerable or have been affected by disasters in the past.

 

Competition teams representing these cities were asked to come up with a Strategic Vision and Plan for a Resilient and Liveable City and select one of two competition categories: 1) Developing a Disaster-Resilient Government Center or 2) Developing an APEC Meeting Venue.

 

Earlier this year, the NCC ranked Cagayan de Oro as the second most competitive city in the Philippines after Makati City, the country’s premier financial district.

 

Launched last 07 August 2014 at the Regional Competitiveness Summit, the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) measures competitiveness at the local government level using 28 indicators grouped into three equally-weighted pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure. Scores on each pillar were combined to form the overall score used to rank cities and municipalities.

 

Cagayan de Oro also ranked second in infrastructure, fifth in government efficiency, and ninth in economic dynamism. (Photo credits to Liveable Cities Design Challenge Facebook Page)

 

 

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