THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations Environment Ministers recognized Davao City for its achievements in the promotion of environmentally sustainable practices in the Clean Land for Big Cities category.
The award was given during the 15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment and 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution held in Vientiane, Laos last week.
City Administrator Melchor Quitain, who received the award, said Asean has recognized Davao City’s “exemplary initiatives to keep ASEAN cities clean, green, and livable even as they continue to grow as centers of economic activities.”
The City of Tangerang in Indonesia was recognized for Clean Air for Big Cities; Vietnam’s Da Lat City for Clean Air for Small Cities; Cambodia’s Phnom Penh for Clean Water for Big Cities; Thailand’sNakhon Sawan for Clean Water for Small Cities; and Thailand’sRoi-et for Clean Land for Small Cities.
Negros Occidental’s San Carlos City has been among the Top 10 cities for the 3rd Environmentally-Sustainable Cities 2014, along with Bandar Seri Begawan of Brunei, Cambodia’s Battambang, Indonesia’s Balikpapan, Luang Prabang of Laos, Malaysia’s Melaka, Myanmar’s Yangon, Singapore’s North West District, Chiang Rai City of Thailand and Vietnam’s Hue City.
In 2008 and 2011, Puerto Princesa was among the Top 10 cities. | JMT, NewsDesk