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Cagayan de Oro City’s status and reputation as the country’s 2nd most competitive city today rose to another level after being adjudged as grand winner of the ‘Livable Cities Design Challenge’ initiated by the National Competitiveness Council and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
‘Livable Cities Design Challenge’ is a planning and design competition whose objective is to get city planners across the Philippines to better plan their respective cities for a climate-defined future and for disaster-risk reduction.
The city bagged the top award in the Government Center category when it bested three other finalists, namely the cities of Roxas, Valenzuela and Zamboanga.
Government center means a complex of government buildings which are designed to be disaster-resistant and must be designed to serve the public in pre- and post-disaster phases. They must serve its primary purpose as a public service facility such as school, hospital or office building.
Cagayan de Oro City’s entry was entitled ‘Oro Central’ which is designed to develop City Central School not just as a topnotch public elementary institution but as well as an disaster-resistant evacuation center in times of disasters and/or calamities.
The city’s delegation headed by City Mayor Oscar Moreno formally received the accolade during Wednesday’s final conference and awarding ceremony held in Manila.
Elated with the citation, Mayor Moreno profusely thanked local architects from the Mindanao University of Science and Technology, United Architects of the Philippines, private sector ug the local government team led by City Hall’s Local Investment Promotions Officer Eileen San Juan for working hard together on the conceptualization and designing of the city’s entry.