The Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) is a year-long initiative which aims to mobilize action and support cities in the global transition towards a climate friendly and one-planet future. The Challenge’s main goal is to highlight, recognize and reward city governments that are making substantial long-term efforts to combat climate change.
The Philippines joined the EHCC in 2015 to further build on the various actions of the local government units (LGUs) specific to climate change. With this year’s EHCC theme “Bridging the Gap” to 2020, powerful, inspiring and creative actions and solutions in terms of reducing GHG emissions and reporting co-benefits related to food, water and energy security are the focus of evaluation.
These seven (7) cities participated in this year’s Earth Hour City Challenge:
- City of Makati is one of the seventeen (17) towns that comprise Metro Manila. It is located at the center of the National Capital Region (NCR) with a total land area of 27.36 square kilometers which constitutes 4.3% of Metro Manila. A total population of 529,039 was recorded for Makati City according to the 2010 Census of Population and Housing. The city is the primary Central Business District (CBD) of the Philippines where majority of commercial activities in the country is concentrated. It also serves as the country’s primary link to international finance and the global economy. (http://www.makati.gov.ph/portal/)
- Quezon City is the most populous city in Metro Manila with a population of 3,177,435 according to the 2015 census. It has a land area of 161.126 square kilometers which comprises almost one-fourth of the expanse of Metro Manila therefore the largest city in the metro. Quezon City is located near the center of Metro Manila thus holding a convergence point for the metropolitan road networks therefore making the city an ideal distribution hub. The city’s location makes it easily accessible from the major highways, thoroughfares and mass rail transit systems. It is also the site for many government offices and major academic institutions in the Philippines. (http://quezoncity.gov.ph/)
- City of Paranaque is situated in the southern part of Metro Manila. It has a total land area of 46.57 square kilometer making it the third largest in the National Capitol Region (NCR). According to the 2010 Census, City of Paranaque has a total population of 588,126. The city’s strategic location has made it an important center for trade and business in Metro Manila. One of its barangays, Baclaran, is known to be one of the busiest markets in the Philippines wherein a large number of dry goods stores are located. (http://paranaque.gov.ph/)
- City of Santa Rosa is a component city located along the south corridor of Luzon or about 40 kilometers of Metro Manila. Being the third largest town in the Province of Laguna, it has a land area of 55.48 square kilometers and a total population of 284,670 according to the 2010 Census. Its proximity and accessibility from Metro Manila makes it an ideal site for local and foreign businesses and suburban residences thus gaining its title as the Investment Capital of South Luzon. It is linked to the capital city and other southern provinces by the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the Manila South Road and the Philippine National Railroad south line. With its strategic location, the City of Santa Rosa has drastically changed from an agricultural town to an industrialized and highly urbanized city catering to industrial, commercial and residential land uses. (http://santarosacity.gov.ph/)
- Naga City is an independent component city situated within the Province of Camarines Sur in the southeastern portion of Luzon. With a total land area of 84.48 square kilometers, the city is surrounded on all sides by rich agricultural, forest and fishing areas. Its total population based from 2010 census was at 174,931, higher by 14,415 people over its 2007 Census population results. With its rapid industrialization and commercialization, Naga City is as an economic center of the Bicol Region and also known as the trade city in the region. It also considered as the embarkation and resting point of goods from Visayas and Manila. (http://naga.gov.ph/)
- City of San Carlos is a second class component city located at the northeastern part of Negros Island in the Visayas region. It has a land area of 451.50 square kilometers and a population size of 133,578 according to the 2010 census. The city is primarily an agricultural production zone and its government aims to develop the city into a modern agro-industrial zone with a 5000-hectare new town built along its 18-kilometre coastline. Situated at the core of several economic growth centers in the Visayas region, the city is taking advantage of this strategic location by improving its transportation linkages and strengthening government support and private sector participation. (http://www.sancarloscity.gov.ph/)
- Cagayan de Oro City is a first class, highly urbanized and the capital city of the province of Misamis Oriental in Mindanao, southern part of the Philippines. With its land area of 57,851 hectares, it is the largest city in Northern Mindanao and ranked as 10th most populous city in the Philippines with a population of 602,088 based on the 2010 Census of Population. The city is recognized as the emerging center of commerce, education, and government administration in Northern Mindanao. (http://www.cagayandeoro.gov.ph/)