Iloilo river project bags Livcom special award

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011


THE Iloilo City’s river development project bags the Livcom Special Project Award during the prestigious UN-backed global annual International Awards for Liveable Communities (Livcom) held in Songpa, South Korea, last October 27 to 31.

The city’s “Advancing the Iloilo River Development Initiatives for Integrated Sustainable Management” won the award as a tribute to the City Government’s initiatives in making the river as an example of a best practice of public private integrated partnership.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog led the delegation to Korea to receive the award for Iloilo as one of the World’s Most Liveable Cities of 2011. The awarding was witnessed by representatives from more than 50 cities worldwide, with ceremonies held at the Lotte World Hotel in Seoul.

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Earlier, Iloilo City was named a finalist in the Whole City category under Category E with population over 400,000. It also submitted two entries for the Sustainable Project and six projects under the Bursary Award.

After three intensive days of evaluating 77 finalist cities from 26 countries at the largest event so far in the awards scheme’s 15-year history, the elite group of cities fulfilled the awards’ range of key criteria covering environmental best practice, healthy lifestyle of citizens, community involvement as well as arts and cultural heritage.

The winners are Nieuwpoort, Belgium under Category A with a population of 20,000; Tongyeong City, South Korea under Category C with population 75,000-150,000; Joondalup, Australia under Category D with population 150-400,000; and Nanjing, China under Category E with population over 400,000.

San Carlos City, Philippines won the Special Whole City Award and the Individual Award, while Batangas City, Philippines won the Project Awards on Socio-Economic with its City E Code project.

Other Philippine cities finalists are Las Piñas, Makati, San Fernando and Davao. (Lydia C. Pendon)

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