Proposed ‘Tagumpay Citywalk’ earns praise from UN Habitat

Tagum City – Resilient urban plans and designs of the local government unit (LGU) of Tagum were lauded when these were presented during a field exposure and learning exchange series organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) last September 11-12, 2019 in the city.

Tagum City presented this year its plan for the “Tagumpay Citywalk” which is an urban design planned to encourage the citizens to walk in the downtown area filled with pocket parks, trees and ornaments designed to reduce urban heat. 

With the citywalk connecting the city’s  Rotary Park to Rizal Elementary School, a bird’s eye view of the urban design would present a shape resembling that of an eagle, which is parallel to the central theme of the EAGLE WINGS, the LGU’s developmental thrusts in terms of governance.

UN Habitat is an organization that implements a 3-year International Climate Initiative- supported project entitled, “Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs” with the aim of strengthening the capacities of national government agencies (NGAs) to promote and integrate urban adaptation planning and designs in the institutional policies and regulations to support LGUs. 

During the course of the UN Habitat project, Tagum was among the two cities chosen to share and demonstrate their climate resilient urban plans and designs for knowledge sharing in a field exposure and learning exchange platform. 

The presentation of the said project was witnessed by representatives from Legazpi City, Angeles City, Cagayan de Oro City, and Ormoc City, as well as representatives from the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, the Climate Change Commission, the Department of Interior and Local Government, National Economic and Development Authority, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, and the League of Cities of the Philippines. 

During the field exposure, participants were able to visit the identified flood-prone barangays of Pagsabangan and Busaon to get information as to the city’s strategy to minimize and/or prevent damage from flooding reported in the area. They also learned about urban design elements and climate resilient plans which they applied on the peer to peer learning activity on the second day.

By the end of UN Habitat’s project, Tagum will set as an example as one of the “Green Cities” in the Philippines. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum

 

Mayor Allan L. Rellon of Tagum presented the vision of the city in regards to the plans for the Tagumpay Citywalk which would reduce urban heat in the downtown area of the city. Carlo Jay Abellana/CIO Tagum

 

Representatives from Legazpi City, Angeles City, Cagayan de Oro City, Ormoc City, and Tagum City and other government and non-government agencies converged in a field exposure and learning exchange event of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) at Big 8 Corporate Hotel, Tagum City last September 11-12 to discuss the design elements and climate resilient plans for urban development that would promote the idea of a “Green City”. Carlo Jay Abellana/CIO Tagum