There are currently 145 cities in the country, three cities in Mindanao made it to the top 10 of the Philippine Model Cities.
In its competition dubbed as Philippine Model Cities: Beyond the Most Livable Urban Centers, established newspaper The Manila Times recognized several key cities for their outstanding performances in different issues, including peace and order, environment, business, senior citizen accommodation, education, social services, health, employment, tourism, disaster-readiness, and infrastructure. Among cities in Mindanao, only Davao, General Santos, and Zamboanga cities made it to the top 10.
There are currently 145 cities in the country, 33 of which are in Mindanao.
The three Mindanao cities were chosen across all criteria by a panel of judges composed of Architect Felino Palafox, Convergys Philippines Services Corp. Chairman Marife Zamora, Wilcon Depot Director Rosemarie Bosch-Ong, and P&A Grant Thornton Tax Advisory and Compliance Division Head Eleanor Roque.
General Santos City, known for its marine resources and strategic location in the SOCSKSARGEN region and the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asia Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA, was awarded for its energies in creating “projects that transformed the city into a highly-urbanized area, becoming one of the regional centers and gateways of commerce and industry in the South.”
Zamboanga City was given an award for programs for Health and Elderly. Mayor Isabel Climaco received the award together with the largest contingent that attended the event, Manila Times reported. Accordingly, Phirst Park Homes presented the award.
Davao City won the Tourism Hub Award (business and leisure tourism) with presenter Marco Polo Davao receiving the trophy on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city.
The Manila Times Philippine Model Cities Forum and Awards were held on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the New World Manila Bay Hotel in Manila.
As a preview of the next awards where municipalities will be included, a special recognition was handed to an emerging hub from the south, the Municipality of Nunungan, Lanao del Norte, which was received by Mayor Marcos Mamay.