The “green growth” study aims to find ways in promoting growth in rapidly-developing cities in Asia by looking into policies that promote “greening’ and competitiveness among fast-growing economies. This was revealed by Governor Hilario Davide, who is also the head of the Metro Cebu Development Coordination Board or the MCDCB. The environmental performance and quality of life in the city will be examined by the project to look into areas for improvement.
The OECD study comes with the completion of the roadmap study for sustainable urban development for metropolitan Cebu by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The roadmap study requires the implementation of the Mega Cebu plan, which can be started by offering it as the focus area of the OECD study, Davide said.
Since the development of Cebu is already at a critical stage, it would be advisable to take advantage of the study by using it to look into urban structure and land use policies in facilitating the creation of a better future for Cebu, Davide added. This can be used to create the details for “smart growth principles” that ensure green growth for Cebu while taking into account resiliency and economic competitiveness.
The entire “green growth” study costs around P10 million, and the Cebu City Government will have to shoulder 25 percent of the total cost. The remaining cost of the project will be shouldered by the OECD. The City Council already made a request to include the P2.5 million contribution of the city in the annual budget for next year.
In addition to Cebu, the cities of Bangkok in Thailand, Bandung in Indonesia, Iskandar or Johor Bahru in Malaysia and Haiphong in Vietnam are also a part of the “green growth” study.