The capital city of Batangas province has been named the Philippine winner in the latest edition of the World Wide Fund for Nature’s One Planet City Challenge, joining national winners from 22 other countries around the world.
Joel Palma, executive director of WWF-Philippines, said the city’s comprehensive climate mitigation and adaptation plan, which includes interventions based on city-specific climate vulnerabilities, impressed the urban sustainability experts from across the globe who screened the entries.
He added that Batangas City also reported an ambitious target for carbon neutrality by 2030 and its vision to be the first carbon-neutral city in the Philippines.
In a letter from the WWF challenge team in Stockholm, Sweden, the jury acknowledged the city’s aggressive efforts in promoting climate risk assessment.
Palma praised the City of Batangas, as well as the other local qualifiers, for representing the Philippines well.