Pasig, Makati and San Carlos to be part of WWF’s One Planet City Challenge

Image by Make it Makati, Pasig City Natin, Joel Tabuada Photography via San Carlos City Negros' Facebook post, WWF
  • Three Philippine cities were chosen to participate in a global City Challenge
  • The challenge promotes solutions for a climate-resilient future
  • Other Philippine cities also joined but the three topped and was chosen for the global finals

Three cities in the Philippines — Pasig, Makati, and San Carlos (Negros Occidental) — have been selected as finalists for the 2017-2018 World Wide Fund (WWF) One Planet City Challenge (OPCC).

The three cities have been chosen to be among the 40 cities in 25 participating countries that will join the global challenge which “recognizes cities for developing infrastructure, housing, transport, and mobility solutions to power the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.”

Philippine cities that participated this 2017-2018 include Batangas, Catbalogan, Makati, Naga, Paranaque, Pasig, San Carlos, Tagum and Zamboanga.

Pasig, Makati and San Carlos will move on to the next round.

The 25 participating countries are:

  1. Philippines
  2. U.S.A.
  3. Canada
  4. Mexico
  5. Guatemala
  6. Colombia
  7. Ecuador
  8. Peru
  9. Brazil
  10. Chile
  11. Norway
  12. Sweden
  13. South Africa
  14. Zambia
  15. Rwanda
  16. Uganda
  17. Tanzania
  18. Turkey
  19. Pakistan
  20. India
  21. Vietnam
  22. Thailand
  23. Indonesia
  24. Malaysia
  25. Japan

“Cities must cultivate their potential to directly improve the quality of life of their citizens while simultaneously reducing environmental impact. Offering smarter alternatives for energy, transportation, and building standards that affect a significant number of people is key in ensuring that we all thrive without pushing limits of our shared home,” said WWF-Philippines president Joel Palma on a Wednesday press release.

National and Global winners will be announced in June or July 2018.

2015-2016 marked the first time the Philippines joined the OPCC with a total of seven cities participating from an initial target of three. Cities of San Carlos in Negros Island, Santa Rosa in Laguna and Makati in Metro Manila moved up as finalists competing against 47 cities from 21 countries.

Through the program, it is hoped that more cities around the world will become proactive in showcasing their unique and ambitious environment-friendly actions while also helping build cities’ capacities to better respond to the adverse impacts brought by climate change.