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The House leader promotes the development of sustainable cities

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On Wednesday, the chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development emphasized the need of fostering the inclusive, resilient, and sustainable growth of American cities and neighborhoods.

The development of sustainable cities and communities should be guided by the principles, concepts, and commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda of the United Nations, according to committee chair Jose Francisco Benitez, who sponsored House Bill 6715 in the plenary.

The guidelines of inclusive urban circular economy, spatial justice, urban renewal, urban mobility, digital connectivity, urban safety, ecological balance, disaster resilience, climate change adaptation, cultural diversity, participatory urban governance, and the alignment of economic, social, and environmental policies were also mentioned. He continued by saying that urbanization should adhere to these standards as well.

These goals are challenging, but it is urgently necessary to plan and develop our cities and communities in a way that will help us achieve them, he said.

“Our cities are crowded, and there is less room for real human interaction. Communities and cities are no longer able to breathe. We are unable to wait. Now is the time to take action “Added he.

Approximately 800,000 households are informal settler families, according to the 2020 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS), which the speaker mentioned.

“Cities can also be a metaphor for the worst aspects of human existence, such as poverty, pollution, crime, traffic congestion, and sickness. Inequalities that limit our population’s social mobility and development pressures that jeopardize the stability of our economy are examples of how this is currently visible in Philippine cities “said he.

He claimed that the policy aims to address these disparities and urban problems.

He also emphasized how the remedies outlined in this law serve as a road map for both a strong post-pandemic economic recovery and a green economic recovery.

The bill requires all metropolitan cities and municipalities to adhere to and carry out the plans, programs, and initiatives inspired by Ambisyon 2040 as well as the Philippine Standards for Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Additionally, the bill requires the development of a National Housing and Urban Development Sector Plan (NHUDSP), which will include short-, medium-, and long-term strategic plans to accomplish the development of sustainable cities and communities.

The House of Representatives has passed the proposal after second reading.

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