Thursday, September 1, 2011

Iloilo City posts 9 finalists in 2011 LivCom Awards

by Iloilo City Government on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 2:54pm

Iloilo City doubles its entries to nine environmentally-sustainable initiatives chosen as finalists in The International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom) 2011 to be presented at Songpa, Seoul, South Korea on October 27-31.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog is elated with the city’s inclusion of nine entries in the LivCom finals which recognizes global best practices for management of the local environment.

The city posted four finalists in last year’s LivCom awards in Chicago, USA.

The chief executive and other city officials are expected to attend the final presentation of entries before the judging panel scrutinizing 50 sustainable projects and 18 Bursary Awards applications from 60 towns and cities around the world.

Iloilo City has made it to the Whole City’s Category E for communities with a population of over 400,000, where it won a bronze award last year.

A Post Livcom: Advancing the Iloilo River Development Initiatives through Integrated Sustainable Management and 2011 Dinagyang Festival are finalists in the Project Award.

Last year, the Iloilo River Development Project won a gold award in the same category.

The best practices on Livelihood Enhancement Project for Sidewalk Vendors in Heritage Area; Disaster Risk Reduction Initiatives in Iloilo City, Pilot Integrated Coastal Environment Sanitation Project; Tuberculosis Social Mobilization: Iloilo City Experience; Composting: Alternative Livelihood for Wastepickers and Bamboo Reforestation in Maasin Watershed are finalists in the Bursary Award wherein the winner will receive a funding of £10,000.

Last year, the Wastepickers Livelihood Training Program, Community-based Water and Sanitation System and Community-based Disaster Preparedness Planning were finalists in the same category.

The finalists will be evaluated according to criteria such as enhancement of natural and built landscape; arts, culture and heritage; environmental best practices, community participation and empowerment; healthy lifestyle and strategic planning, according to a LivCom statement posted on its website.

Touted as the world’s only competition for local communities that focuses on environmental management and creation of liveable communities, the LivCom Awards encourage best practice, innovation and leadership in providing a vibrant, environmentally sustainable community that improves the quality of life.

Endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the LivCom Awards annually bring together some of the world’s leading innovators in the field.

The LivCom Awards were launched internationally in 1997 and being run as a UK Registered Charity.


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