Under a “people-helping-people” principle, the City of Manila is set to make the City become safer, more efficient, and more egalitarian without compromising the manifestations of the history and heritage inherent to the City. Upon assuming office, the Mayor has implemented several changes to make the City more livable. Sidewalks, parks, and passageways were cleared in an effort to “give back sidewalks and public spaces to the people”. Financial assistance programs for the vulnerable sectors such as students, senior citizens, and PWDs have been made along with efforts to eradicate a system which extorts unofficial payments from vendors.
With the great social capital and wide support being generated by the City Mayor, it is an opportune time to consolidate and integrate these visions, programs, projects, and actions for Manila into a coherent official plan of the City pursuant to statutory and national government requirements and aligned with the current global, national, regional, and city-level policies and priorities. In pushing for development that benefits all sectors, the City of Manila, through the City Planning and Development Office of Manila (CPDO-MNL), has partnered with the University of the Philippines (UP) through a multi-college/school collaboration led by the UP Resilience Institute (UPRI), to execute the PlanMANILA2030 – a grand, long-term scheme to formulate and develop the City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) & Zoning Ordinance (ZO) and Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) along with its implementing mechanisms.
The primary goal of PlanMANILA2030 is to formulate an updated long-term spatial and multi-sectoral development framework for the City of Manila that will facilitate urban regeneration as well as harness the City’s assets for sustainable, inclusive, efficient, resilient, and smart growth by 2030. Two comprehensive plans—the CLUP and the CDP—shall be produced through science- informed decision making and multi-sectoral planning providing the City of Manila an objective basis for making decisions that harmonize and synchronize development initiatives amidst the challenges brought about by rapid urbanization. Ultimately, PlanMANILA2030 hopes to enable the City to become a model city that utilizes best practices in urban planning and urban regeneration towards inclusivity, efficiency, sustainability, smart development, livability, and resilience.
To complement these comprehensive plans, the PlanMANILA2030 likewise shall produce the City’s Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) and the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (LDRRMP). Moreover, the project also aims to strengthen the Climate Change Adaptation-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CCA-DRRM) system of the City through an integrated and harmonized risk assessment, planning, organizational development and capacity building process in order to save lives, reduce damages and losses, protect livelihoods and businesses, and ensure a healthful and balanced ecology for Manileños now and in the years to come.