BusinessWorld: 100 cities submit funding proposals to go ‘green’: DBM

(File photo) New Clark City is envisioned as the country’s first “smart” city.

About 100 cities have submitted their proposals for the special fund for “green” infrastructure, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Wednesday.

“Currently, 100 cities are now processing their project proposals out of the 143 that submitted their expression of interest to avail of the funding,” Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said yesterday in a media briefing.

This comes after the DBM opened a P2.59-billion Local Government Support Fund – Assistance to Cities financing space in 2017 to support “the development of their respective open spaces.”

These include the enrichment of open spaces aimed at creating sustainable and livable urban environments through:

  • turfing, landscaping, and green space architecture

  • establishment of forest parks, arboretum and botanical gardens

  • transformation of streetscape, such as installation of eco-friendly street furniture and fixtures, and shading

  • augmentation of connectivity and accessibility, such as construction of eco-friendly bike lanes and walkways

  • and green infrastructure enhancements, such as tree planting, construction of bioswales and pervious surfaces.

— Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan


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