BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Davao City is among three large cities in the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) recognized as Environmentally Sustainable Cities (ESC) for programs on land, air and water conservation and management.
The “Clean Land” citation (Big City category) for Davao City was awarded at the 3rd Asean ESC Awards (2014) 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, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) on October 28-31.
Also cited under the Big City category were Tangerang, Indonesia (Clean Air) and Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Clean Water).
Davao City was recognized for its clean and green programs, said City administrator Melchor Quitain who along with City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CityENRO) officer Engineer Liza Madrazo received the award.
Madrazo said in earning the recognition, Davao City banked on its clean and green projects and programs front-lined by massive reforestation and sound solid waste management.
The Laos recognition rites followed assessment by a Working Group which picked Davao City to be among recipients of the award during a meeting in Phuket, Thailand on May 17.
The final selection was done by a special panel composed of representatives of the Asean member nations.
The members of the 10-nation Asean are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Also awarded under the Small City category are Da Lat City, Vietnam (Clean Air), Nakhon Sawan, Thailand (Clean Water) and Roi-et, Thailand (Clean Land).