With more than half of the country’s population now living in cities and more people projected to be living in cities in the next decades, Philippine cities, currently contributing to 80% of GDP, are the arena where the battle for achieving our targets on sustainable development goals (SDGs) will be won or lost. Cities are drivers of urban growth being hives of economic activities, centers of cultural enrichment and education, efficient providers of basic social services and employment. However, the unmanaged growth and unplanned expansion of our urban areas present negative externalities of urban sprawl, increasing informality, social exclusion, congestion and pollution, limited access to basic services and insecurity. Our city leaders and planners are challenged to look for optimum solutions and make the right decisions --in the context of a fast-changing urban landscape and rapid urbanization-- to improve the quality of life of city dwellers and environmental sustainability of urban areas.
PCE: Planning City Extensions for Sustainable Urban Development is a Guidebook intended primarily to help local government units in addressing the challenges of urbanization through a well-guided planning of city extensions. Planned city extensions are areas that the city has identified as suitable locations to absorb urban growth, to maximize the opportunities and to minimize negative externalities that come with rapid urban growth.
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