Muntinlupa City has been selected as finalist in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) We Love Cities. This is “a public engagement campaign that allows people across the world to express support for sustainable urban development by voting for their favorite finalist from WWFs One Planet City Challenge and posting improvement suggestions for these cities.”
According to WWF, the campaign aims to “inspire and raise awareness for the sustainability progress being made in cities” and provide the public with a chance to give suggestions to improve their city.
Muntinlupa is one of the three finalists from the Philippines in the online campaign along with Santa Rosa in Laguna and Batangas City.
There are 27 participating countries in the We Love Cities campaign including the Philippines, South Korea, US, Canada, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The online voting will run until Oct. 11 and the city with the most votes wins.
“Muntinlupa has developed an action plan to combat the urban heat island effect that is a result of human activity and makes the city hotter than the surrounding area,” according to the campaign website.
It said that Muntinlupa “is taking a holistic approach, with actions as broad as dedicating spaces in the city for gardening to providing first aid training for all city employees, so they can assist the public during particularly hot periods.”
“And to protect the livelihoods of its urban community, the city is offering climate responsive agriculture training for urban farmers in order to increase their knowledge in areas such as aquaponics, vertical farming, mulching and mushroom culture,” it added.
Muntinlupa was a national finalist in this year’s WWF’s One Planet City Challenge.