Cagayan de Oro City has made it to the final 4 cities in the Liveable Cities Design Challenge Philippines, a planning and design competition with the objective of having city planners across the Philippines better plan their respective cities and municipalities for a climate-defined future by being more aware and better prepared for disaster-risk reduction.

Aside from Cagayan de Oro, also named as finalist during the first stage of judging are Zamboanga City, Roxas City and Valenzuela City. Read more in’s article HERE.

The city’s entry is called “ORO CENTRAL” which intends to develop City Central School and is included in the “Government Center” category:

Government Center – a complex of government buildings which are designed to be disaster-resistant (e.g., able to withstand designated limits of wind velocity, floods, and earthquakes, etc.) coupled with an awareness and education program to make people better prepared for disasters. These buildings must be located over an area that is hazard-free and must be designed to serve the public in pre- and post-disaster phases. They must serve a primary purpose as a public service facility (say, a school or hospital or office building) and a secondary purpose during disasters (say, an evacuation shelter or command post). They must be designed to be the last remaining building in operation, with full back-up power, water, telecommunications, and other capabilities when all other buildings are down. This Government Center may be in contiguous area or may be scattered over different pockets or zones within city limits and accessible to a majority of the city’s population. 



The final round of judging will be today October 14, 2014 with awarding tomorrow, October 15, 2014. Visit Facebook page HERE.


Other cities in the competition are: Angeles City; Baybay; Bacolod; Cebu; Iloilo; Legazpi; Marikina; Olongapo; Ormoc; and San Fernando, La Union. 

Visit the competition website HERE.

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