|David Grossman, USAID-SURGE project chief in 2016 Intl Urban Dev Conference|
THE “2016 International Conference on Urban Development: Accelerating Resilience and Inclusive Growth” ignites more than 1200 participants on July 12-13 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Pasay City and unfolds the urbanization challenges and improvement potentials of emerging secondary cities.
Conference Organizer and Highlights
The convention aims to promote multi-disciplinary discussions on various issues related to urban development, such as improvement of water access and sanitation services; enhancing business climate for investments; promoting social inclusion in urban environments; financing urban development; technological solutions; feeding urban populations; climate change disaster risk reduction; urban planning and infrastructure development; urban land tenure issues; metropolitan arrangements; promoting local economic development; urbanization and housing; promoting innovation through human capital development and low emission development strategies.
It also encourages delegates to create a network of partnerships and build information that will support public and private sector collaboration in achieving safe, livable, and economically vibrant cities.
Benchmarking and Best Practices Sharing
Albay Congressman Joey Salceda, an economist, governor for three terms and plenary speaker at “Taking up the Challenge of Urbanization” session, shared his experiences on how Albay bounced back to calamities caused by climate change and rise with their Green Economy program.
Senator and Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard J. Gordon, a plenary speaker, reminded the mayors and other local government official to foster a culture of leadership and urge them to develop a culture of preparedness since the Philippines has a plethora of disasters. He stressed that Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, that he co-authored, is available for the strengthening of the disaster response and management capabilities of LGUs.
The Valenzuela City champions 3S (Simple, Speed, Service Excellence) Plus in Public Service Program.
Randy Sison, head of the City Information and Communications Technology Office, explains the technological innovation for urban governance, highlighting the city government’s modern payment matrix. Valenzuela City streamlined business permitting processes with Geographical Information System (GIS) for Business Permits; GIS for Real Property Tax; complete online and electronic payment systems; 3S Plus Automated Building and Construction Permits Application System; Online Business Permit Billing and Payment System; Valenzuela Trabaho, a job-matching web site; Online Police Clearance Application System, the first of its kind in the country; 3S (Sentro ng Sama-samang Serbisyo) Centers, “little city halls” built by the city government at strategic points to bring government services closer to the people; and the city’s joint venture initiatives, projects undertaken with the private sector.
City Administrator Aldrin C. Cuña, represented the Quezon City Local Government shares best practices in electronic payment in real property tax payment in a “Technological Solutions for Urban Development” session. This solution provides an efficient, transparent and innovative way in real property tax payment and disbursement of allowances.
Conference Management and Partners
The Conference is managed by Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), an international capacity-building NGO headquartered in the Philippines with regional offices in Vietnam, Cambodia and India.
The partners for this event includes: Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), World Bank, UN-Habitat, National Competitiveness Council, The Philippine Institute for Environmental Planners (PIEP) and University of the Philippines – School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP-SURP).
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