Three Philippine Cities Receive Recognition for Sustainable Practices
by Inside Manila Team, May 01, 2020 10:11am
Photos courtesy of City Information Offices of Muntinlupa, Batangas, and Sta. Rosa
We continue to strive for sustainability as we try to protect Mother Earth. In the Philippines, three of our cities have already made their mark in terms of sustainability—and they’ve been recognized by an environmental organization.
The cities of Batangas, Muntinlupa, and Santa Rosa have been selected as national finalists in this year’s World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) One Planet City Challenge (OPCC). Over 250 cities from around the globe, including 13 from the Philippines, joined the OPCC’s 2020 leg.
Originally known as the Earth Hour Challenge, the OPCC is a friendly competition which started in 2011. It allows participating cities to share best practices in climate mitigation and develop adaptation plans anchored in their crucial role towards building a sustainable and climate-safe future.
All finalists are set for evaluation by the OPCC jury—a jury composed of urban sustainability experts from across the globe. A national winner per country, as well as a global winner, will be recognized and awarded in a ceremony set to take place in mid-2020.
The cities’ political and economic power are considered instrumental in the transition to a more stable climate. With cities in 53 countries participating, approximately 66% of the global population is represented in this year’s run.
WWF-Philippines Executive Director Jose Angelito Palma expressed his appreciation for the Philippine cities that participated in this call for transformational governance.
“In these trying times, being business-as-usual in the way we do things is no more sufficient to secure a safe and sustainable future. I would like to acknowledge the cities who participated in this initiative for pursuing innovative ways towards sustainable and healthy cities for the current and future generations,” he said.
Meanwhile, Atty. Angela Ibay, Head of the Climate and Energy Program of WWF-Philippines, noted the role of citizens in building a climate-safe future.
The three Philippine finalists, along with those from other countries, have also qualified to participate in the OPCC’s We Love Cities campaign, which aims to bridge better communication between city officials and the citizens they represent on climate and sustainability issues.
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