July 14 – The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Temasek Foundation (TF) hosted the closing ceremonies of the Training Programme on Urban Policy, Governance, and Green City Development. Four separate batches of government officials and officers traveled to Singapore in 2015 and 2016 to attend a 14-day extensive training in NTU in Singapore. The training course was a joint program and was partially funded by Temasek Foundation and NTU.
The BCDA said a total of 102 government executives who have completed a Singapore-based and funded training course in urban policy, governance and green city development will play a vital role in the development of the country’s first smart, green and disaster-resilient metropolis — the Clark Green City.
“The wheels to develop the country’s most modern urban core are now in motion and we have the drivers to steer the wheels in the right direction,” President Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said during the closing ceremony of the Executive Training Program on Urban Policy, Governance and Green City Development held at the Seda Hotel in Bonifacio Global City.
Casanova underscored the importance of learning from the Singapore experience in green city development, urban planning, public administration and governance, strategic planning, and economic development, among others, to ensure that the best practices in the development of 9,450-hectare Clark Green City are adapted.
He noted that the training program has allowed the BCDA to build a core group of local government leaders and competent urban planners that can execute best practices learned in green city building.
Officials who attended the closing ceremony include Singapore’s Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Kok Li Peng, Tarlac Governor Susan A. Yap, Temasek Foundation CEO Benedict Cheong, and NTU Vice President Prof. Er Meng Hwa.
*Story originally posted in BCDA’s Facebook Page