The Iloilo River Development Project bagged the gold award in this year’s International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom) held November 8 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, USA.
City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog texted this good news as he’s in the US for the award.
His presentation of the project impressed the international panel of judges composed of environmental and landscape management professionals.
The project is Iloilo City’s entry under the Environmentally Sustainable Project Awards, category E for communities with a population of over 400,000 people.
Other finalists in the same category are Al Ain, UAE; Changwon City, South Korea; Changzhou City, China; Curitiba, Brazil; Medellin City, Colombia; Portland Metropolitan Region, USA and Wuxing, China.
Aside from Escoto, the city’s delegation also included councilor Edward Yee, city legal officer Jose Junio Jacela, as well as business executives Felix Tiu and Antonio Lim.
Renan Escoto is the city’s environmental management specialist who’s part of the team that prepared the presentation on Iloilo River Development Project.
He said this project exemplifies successful public-private partnership on protecting and preserving the river.