Momentum picks up as HCC signs first MoA with local Malabon government
Today Human Cities Coalition (HCC) and the Malabon City government signed a Memorandum of Agreement in Manila. Honourable Antolin A. Oreta II (Mayor of Malabon) and Mr. Ronald Lenz (Director, HCC) signed the MoA at the Malabon City Hall. This cooperation marks the starting point – by identifying and developing innovative urbanization programmes – for improving the lives of locals living in slums. Together with HCC, Malabon City signals its readiness to work towards addressing issues identified by the community, namely: access to electricity; land and housing tenure; access to clean drinking water; and adequate drainage.
Malabon City is one of the cities that comprise greater Metro Manila. Within the Philippines, Malabon is one of the most densely populated municipalities. It is low-lying and flat, making it prone to flooding. Malabon City is currently in the middle of implementing a city development plan, which aims to sustain community development by focusing on: poverty reduction; social, economic and environmental development; infrastructure development; and disaster risk reduction and management. Given the noticeable thematic overlap, Malabon City is proud to be HCC’s first official local government partner.
The MoA between HCC represents another significant milestone in realising HCC’s long-term ambition: To contribute to truly inclusive urban development that protects and serves the socio-economic interests of the urban poor living in slums and informal settlements across the wider Manila Bay area (and the second pilot city Jakarta). This overall ambition, along with this MoA, are also supported by the Dutch Embassy in the Philippines. With the signing of this MoA, HCC continues to strengthen its coalition and grow in a unique way by aligning community needs, private sector interests, and government engagement. This way of working leads to tangible improvements for slum communities while building upon governmental policy frameworks and private sector agendas.
HCC recently completed a needs assessment to better gauge community needs and wishes in Malabon City. Conducted by coalition partners Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and the Shared Value Foundation (SVF), this bottom-up, participatory assessment was undertaken in the slums of barangay Catmon and Tonsuya. This week the city also hosted a two-day HCC innovation workshop to build upon the findings of this needs assessment (pictured above). Here, local companies, SMEs, financial experts, community members, and government representatives gathered and worked towards designing solutions for two issues: electricity and land tenure.
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