ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) has inked an agreement to serve as one of the technical partners for the Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE), a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and managed by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
The SURGE project aims to foster the development of broad-based, inclusive, and resilient economic growth for a critical mass of emerging secondary cities in the Philippines. Activities under SURGE will focus on three key components:
ICLEI SEAS is considered a technical partner for developing low-emission development strategies (LEDS) at the city level. In particular, ICLEI SEAS will be customizing its GreenClimateCities (GCC) methodology outlining how low-emission options can be identified and integrated into urban development policies, plans, and processes. Apart from LEDS-related activities, ICLEI SEAS will also support climate change adaptation activities through the conduct of urban systems analysis following the ICLEI-Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) Process. The ICLEI-ACCCRN Process has been piloted in 15 local governments in the Philippines.
Cities under the SURGE project include Batangas and Puerto Princesa in Luzon; Iloilo and Tagbilaran in Visayas; and Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga in Mindanao. Additional cities will be identified in succeeding years. SURGE is the flagship program of USAID’s Cities Development Initiative (CDI), a crucial component of the broader Partnership for Growth (PFG) between the U.S. and the Philippines which aims to shift the Philippines to a sustained and more inclusive growth trajectory.