PHL sweeps International Livcom awards in South Korea

November 3, 2011 9:45 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 3 — The Philippines took home several awards from the prestigious 15th International Awards for Liveable Communities during a ceremony held in Songpa, Seoul on October 31.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said San Carlos City placed second in Category C of the Whole City Awards (population of 75,001 to 150,000) while Paranaque City received the Bursary Awards, together with a grant of approximately £10,000, for its capacity-building programs addressing hunger and malnutrition.

Batangas City won the Project Awards for its socio-economic program on the City E-Code. Drafted in 2007 and implemented this year, the strategic policy codifies national, local and environmental laws with the aim of implementing them locally through volunteerism and community involvement.

Iloilo City received a Special Project Award for its program on Advancing the Iloilo River Development Initiatives for Integrated Sustainable Management. San Carlos City similarly received two additional Special Awards.

The International Awards for Liveable Communities is a competition among local governments worldwide that focuses on quality of life, environmental management and best practices.

Seventy-seven cities from 26 nations took part in the international competition. From October 28 to 30, participants that made the shortlist to the final stages of the competition made presentations in South Korea about their respective communities. The panel of judges is composed of international environmental and landscape management professionals.

The criteria were enhancement of the natural and built landscapes, arts, culture and heritage, environmental best practices, community participation and empowerment, healthy lifestyle, and strategic planning.

Other Philippine cities that successfully made the shortlist included Dagupan, San Fernando in Pampanga, and Las Piñas.

"That the Philippines took home several awards from such a prestigious competition is a testament to the tireless commitment of our leaders in promoting the welfare of our people, as well as the support given by the public to the programs of our local and national governments," the DFA said.

"No less than an independent and international panel of judges has acknowledged such accomplishment," it added. (PNA) DCT/LAM/FPV

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