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‘Tiger City’ leading the pack to ‘green’ route


The aggressive pursuit for a greener Philippines is one advocacy that local governments are now more than eager to undertake.

With the adverse effects of climate change becoming more apparent and destructive, leaders across government agencies, private companies and cause-oriented groups are hard-pressed to look for ways to ensure a more sustainable, low-carbon path for their respective districts and the rest of the country.

The city government of Mandaluyong, for one, has willingly taken a share in the herculean task of creating a greener Philippines when it formed a partnership with the International Finance Corp. (IFC), the private sector funding arm of the World Bank group.


Through a memorandum of understanding signed in July, the Mandaluyong city government and the IFC will jointly develop “green building regulations” that are expected to help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and consequently, mitigate the impact of climate change.

During a public ceremony held at the Mandaluyong City Hall in July, Mayor Benhur Abalos affirmed the city’s commitment to work with IFC toward drafting a green building ordinance that would require new buildings in the city to include environment-friendly features in their design, construction and operation.

These features will promote more efficient use of energy, water and construction materials and better waste management, the IFC said in a statement.

“With rising power rates and increased frequency of destructive typhoons coming our way, Mandaluyong is called upon to take the lead in green building initiatives,” Abalos was quoted as saying.

“This project will eventually help all of us in adapting to the impact of climate change as well as in reducing the city’s operational costs. We are encouraged that IFC is providing its expertise, global network and assistance to this program,” he added.

Public awareness

According to IFC, it will help build local capacity and promote public awareness for local regulators, developers and other stakeholders. The city’s own buildings and offices will adopt green features to demonstrate the financial viability of environment-friendly construction.

“Mandaluyong’s leadership in green building regulations takes to the next level its partnership with IFC in policy reform, building on the success of their collaboration in the regulatory simplification of business licensing and registration. This green building initiative will help attract environmentally responsible businesses to the city and make it a healthier and safer place to live and work in,” added Jesse Ang, IFC resident representative in the Philippines.

On a local scale, the construction of green buildings will ensure operational efficiencies for private sector businesses and government agencies, a move that will consequently help the government in cutting costly oil imports used for power generation.

Greener pursuit

According to the IFC, a study by the Department of Energy showed that Philippine commercial and residential buildings consumed more than 35 million megawatt-hours of electricity in 2010, accounting for about 50 percent of the country’s total electricity supplied from the grid.

On a larger scale, the pursuit for a greener Philippines has become more pressing as the country ranked third in the list of countries most vulnerable to climate change, based on a study of the UN University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security.

The World Bank stated that losses from natural disasters accounted for more than 0.5 percent of the Philippines’ gross domestic product annually, and climate change is expected to increase these losses further.

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Tags: environment , green Philippines , Mandaluyong , property , `tiger city’

  • DGuardian

    Bakit hindi gayahin ng Metro Manila at ng mga cities at towns ng South Korea, kung saan parang oasis ng mga magaganda at luntiang punong-kahoy ang nakatanim sa mga gilid ng daan at center islands sa buong kahabaan ng mga streets, avenues, at boulevards at maging sa mga grounds ng mga bahay, eskuwelahan, government agencies at private establishments. Sa Pilipinas, lalo na sa Metro Manila, pulos semento ang makikita na kadalasan ay baku-bako at sira-sira pa. Ang kahabaan ng EDSA ang isang ehemplo ng kawalan ng malasakit ng mga punong-bayan para sa environment.. Nangingitim na mga usok ang nalalanghap ng mga tao. Dapat ay magkaroon din ng proyekto ang Pilipinas para sa greening o pagtatanim ng mga halaman at trees sa ating mga bayan at lunsod. 

    Iyon ang dapat ding i-promote ng Department of Tourism para gumanda ang ating bansa at hindi polluted ang hangin sa kapaligiran.para gustuhing puntahan ng mga foreign tourists. Idadagdag ko na din dito na isama na rin ang pagpapaganda at pagpapaluwang sa ating mga sidewalks. Katulad sa South Korea, sana ay lagyan ng mga magagandang tiles ang mga ito at hindi ng mga burnaol ang pagkakagawa at sira-sirang sidewalks na sementado. Dapat ay pagandahin ang ating bansa at hindi humingi ang DOT ng 2 bilyon at kalahating piso na napakalaking pondo para lang sa promotion ng Philippine tourism abroad. Pagandahin at iayos muna ninyo ang Pilipinas bago kayo mag-imbita ng mga turista.

  • kismaytami

    Green route for Mandaluyong City??? LOL LOL LOL!

    I just quit my job there. I can’t stand too much vehicular smoke pollution. Everytime I reached city limits, I feel like entering the pollution capital of the Philippines.

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