- 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:
- South Africa
“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.