UAP attends the launch of DBM`s Green, Green, Green Program
October 3, 2018 | By: DBM, PNA
The United Architects of the Philippines recently attended the launching of Department of Budget and Management's Green, Green, Green Program. Chairman of the UAP Green Architecture Committee Arch. Ricky Martinez represented the organization during the launching.
Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, together with Program Manager and Urban Specialist Julia Nebrija, headlined the successful launch and recognition ceremony for Green, Green, Green which was held last October 1 at the National Museum for Natural History.
Coinciding with the UN World Habitat Day, the program launch aims to promote the development of public open space projects and create “greener,” more sustainable, and liveable cities all over the country through the expansion and rehabilitation of 143 projects, which include 13 institutional open spaces, 21 public squares and plazas, 60 parks, 16 streetscapes, 30 waterfronts, and 2 mangrove parks.
In his keynote address, Secretary Diokno shared how the program came about. “I saw the need for a program that would complement the Build, Build, Build and improve the immediate everyday lives of people living in cities.”
“What is missing in our cities today are the type of beautiful places we enjoy when traveling to some of the best cities of the world. In our drive to Build, Build, Build, I thought we should make sure to keep enough Green, Green, Green,” the Secretary added.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Finance and Climate Change, expressed her support for the DBM’s Green, Green, Green Program which was launched today, coinciding with the World Habitat Day.
“I congratulate and commend the DBM, and express my full support for its program to create public open spaces in our cities. I am glad that we have a budget secretary who not only understands ‘Build, Build, Build’, but also embraces and espouses ‘Green, Green, Green’,” said Legarda.
The Green, Green, Green Program, or Local Government Support Fund-Assistance to Cities (LGSC-AC), is a unique government assistance program that aims to make the country’s 145 cities more liveable and sustainable through the development of public open spaces.
The DBM has provided P2.589 billion for the program and has already received 143 project proposals for approval.
During the program launch, 77 cities were also recognized for their public open space projects.
“I commend the local government units (LGUs) who heeded the call and submitted project proposals to the DBM. I hope that this is only the beginning of a stronger partnership between the national government and LGUs in making our cities progressive yet eco-friendly,” Legarda said.
The Senator also emphasized that as we strive to make the whole P
3.7 trillion budget a climate resilient, adaptive and green budget, LGUs should also implement environmental laws, especially the Ecological Solid Waste Management Law.
“Let us green our communities. Let us all make every town in our country equitable, sustainable, resilient and inclusive,” Legarda concluded.