Lessons from the Philippine city of Naga and the turnaround efforts of its former six-term mayor.
Jerik Cruz October 30, 2017
‘The common characteristic found among the frontrunner cities — regardless of country, size and socio-economic profile — is that they’ve clearly rejected the “wait and see” approach,’ said one expert.
Shom Teoh and Augustine Kwan September 4, 2017
After decades of trying concrete solutions, authorities are planting bamboo and mangroves and using other soft-path methods to make its waterways less of a menace.
Keith Schneider June 22, 2017
The winner of a peace prize for local authorities reduced violence by tackling poverty.
David Hatch February 21, 2017
After many failed river rehabilitation efforts, a new strategy is showing positive results.
Anna Valmero June 23, 2016

Mayor Herbert Bautista has prioritized affordable housing, disaster preparation and a waste-to-energy project for his third term, GovInsider reports. 

May 11, 2016

Balanga seeks to emulate how the gambling mecca diversified its economy with startups, restaurants and a brewery, the Reno-Gazette Journal reports.

July 9, 2015

Clark Green City is envisioned as a high-density, diverse, mixed-income community, according to the project’s website. 

June 11, 2015

The world’s first combination boat/tricycle was designed by a Filipino startup to help motorists navigate flooded roads in Manila, Gizmag reports. 

April 14, 2015

City leaders across the region should implement policies now to promote dense, livable, inclusive cities before it’s too late for such planning, the World Bank warns in a new report. 

February 2, 2015

Under-investment contributes not only to traffic gridlock but also reduced productivity, a World Bank analyst says.

January 28, 2015
Sari-sari stores are ubiquitous in Philippine cities, and nearly all of them are owned by women. This social enterprise is helping them grow.
Anna Valmero November 14, 2014

Cagayan de Oro in the southern Philippines was honored for its plan to transform a public school into an emergency shelter and command center, GMA News reports.

October 21, 2014

Two flood-prone urban areas within Metro Manila have established command centers that vary considerably on staffing and resources, Next City reports. 

July 31, 2014

Manila’s efforts to reduce flooding include a comprehensive risk-mitigation plan and sharing knowledge with other flood-prone cities, according to the World Bank.

June 19, 2014

A new initiative will introduce 100,000 silent, emission-free electric trikes to Manila and other Philippine cities, but environmentalists are worried, Next City reports.

June 16, 2014
In an interview with Citiscope, the mayor of Mandaluyong explains why and how he turned around the city’s troubled cemetery.
Anna Valmero May 29, 2014
The coming wave of global urban growth will also produce a massive wave of urban death. This city in the Philippines has ideas for how to handle it.
Anna Valmero May 28, 2014

Rags2Riches protects women scavengers in Manila from exploitation and helps them reach global customers, CNN reports. 

May 28, 2014
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