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Butuan City, February 24 2016 — A workshop on local economic development was held in the City of Butuan, Agustan del Norte Province, from 22-24 February 2016, as part of UN-Habitat’s Achieving Sustainable Urban Development (ASUD) project.

The workshop aimed to integrate local economic development (LED)  issues and opportunities into the city’s LED Strategy and Implementation Plan, as well as contribute to the improvement of the city’s 2016 – 2025 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), currently being formulated. Key city government representatives, regional and national government stakeholders attended the event.

The workshop facilitated discussions on value chain analysis, key local economic development clusters and strategic locations, as well as enabled city government officers to draft models of spatial growth, and brainstorm spatial economic development tasks and projects.

Butuan City Planning and Development Coordinator, Mr Antenedo E. Milloren, said the technical workshop is important for the city when considering physical land use planning, particularly as it relates to the socio-economic sector.

“Land-use planning is a very powerful tool for socio-economic development,” added Mr Milloren. “The workshop has helped us to make a justification for LED in our CLUP.”

The city’s investment promotions and development officer, Ms Susan Pacaran, said the workshop has helped her better understand planning for economic development.

“I am thankful as my counterparts in the City Government also can see the wider perspective on how economic development can be supported through land-use planning.”

Following the workshop, UN-Habitat will continue to provide technical assistance to the City as they revise and reformulate their comprehensive land use plan.

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2015DrawingContestArtworkManila, February 17 2016 — A student from the Philippines was recently awarded the Gold Prize in a regional drawing competition, run annually by UN-Habitat.

Fourth grader, Maria Angelica Tejada, from P. Burgos Elementary School in Sta. Mesa, Metro Manila, was the second Filipino child to win the award since the annual competition begun nine years ago.

Her winning submission was one of 392 artworks entered into the contest from all over Asia and the Pacific.

In front of her fellow school students, Maria was presented with a certificate signed by Yoshinobu Fukasawa, UN-Habitat’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, and a personalised jigsaw puzzle of her winning artwork. Her school also received a large globe of the world for students to use in the library and in geography lessons.

The theme for the 2015 competition was ‘Designed to live together’ – encouraging students to consider the importance of creating inclusive communities.

Maria spent one week to complete the mixed media artwork – using watercolours, coloured pens and pastels. The piece depicts a vibrant community with members helping one other, surrounded by a landscape filled with trees, flowers and wildlife. All this is framed within a larger portrait of a smiling child. The artwork expresses both her creative talent and fine drawing skills.

The Silver Award was presented to Karmen Tam Hoi Man (6th grade) from China, and Bronze Award to Haruka Yasunaga (5th grade) from Japan. Nine other entrants were awarded commendation prizes. The winning entries feature within an annual UN-Habitat calendar, which is distributed to partners throughout the Asia Pacific region.

2015 World Habitat Day Children’s Drawing Contest winner, Maria Angelica Tejada (second from left), receiving a Gold Award certificate in front of her fellow students at P. Burgos Elementary School in Sta. Mesa in Metro Manila. The award was presented by UN-Habitat Philippines’, Cindy Bryson (far left) and Cleto Jr. Gales (far right). Maria’s school received a world globe, accepted by Head Teacher, Mrs Shirley Camba.

2015 World Habitat Day Children’s Drawing Contest winner, Maria Angelica Tejada (second from left), receiving a Gold Award certificate in front of her fellow students at P. Burgos Elementary School in Sta. Mesa in Metro Manila. The award was presented by UN-Habitat Philippines’, Cindy Bryson (far left) and Cleto Jr. Gales (far right). Maria’s school received a world globe, accepted by Head Teacher, Mrs Shirley Camba.