DBM launches P2.5-B program to make RP’s cities greener

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is launching “Green, Green, Green,” a unique assistance program that aims to make the country’s 145 cities more livable and sustainable through the development of public open spaces. “Green, Green, Green” is a component of the Duterte administration’s massive national infrastructure development program, “Build, Build, Build”.A total of P2.5 billion has been appropriated for the program in the 2018 national budget. The allocation for each city was computed based on their respective population counts and land area measurements.“Green, Green, Green” will help city governments create forest parks, arboretum, and botanical gardens; improve livability of urban areas through various activities and methods such as landscaping, turfing, and tree planting; and transform streetscapes through installation of eco-friendly street furniture, fixtures, and shading.In addition, the city governments will increase connectivity and accessibility of public open spaces by creating bike lanes and walkways, and enhance sustainability through the construction of green infrastructure like bioswales and pervious surfaces, which aid during rainy season and flooding.DBM will gather city mayors and two LGU officers from each local government in a technical workshop which will begin on March 15, 2018. Discussions will focus on the importance of establishing and maintaining well-designed public open spaces in an urban area, as well as the best practices and lessons on designing public open spaces in the Philippines.Award-winning landscape architect and urban planner, Paulo Alcazaren, and landscape architect and UP College of Architecture lecturer, Faith Dumaligan will be the resource speakers for the workshop.The technical workshop on “Green, Green, Green” will be led by DBM Assistance to Cities Program manager Julia Nebrija and Local Government and Regional Coordination Bureau director Leila Magda Rivera.


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