Makati City glows as finalist in WWF’s climate change challenge

Makati City is one of the three Philippine cities that made it as finalists in the WWF’s One Planet City Challenge, which recognizes cities with proactive climate initiatives.

Makati City has secured its place as a national finalist in the WWF’s esteemed One Planet City Challenge 2023-2024.

Formerly known as the Earth Hour City Challenge, this competition applauds cities with proactive climate initiatives and unwavering commitment to sustainable urban development since its inception in 2011.

“This distinction not only celebrates Makati’s environmental achievements but also sets us as a leader in ecological responsibility among over 350 cities from 50 countries,” according to the local government in a Facebook post.

Joining Makati are Baguio and Tagum, which were selected out of the 15 cities in the Philippines that submitted their entries for the competition. The selection was based on rigorous climate data scrutinized through an established assessment framework.

“We applaud the commitment of these Philippine cities that participated in this latest run of the OPCC. It is also important to highlight that the collective climate action of cities and their citizens plays a significant role in both mitigating and adapting to climate change,” stated Imee Bellen, One Planet Cities Project Manager for WWF-Philippines.