17 September 2016, San Pedro, Laguna. Rotarians from San Pedro Magic, with whom FEED planted mangrove seedlings last 27th of August in Sorsogon, continued their environmental advocacies by supporting other socio-civic organizations with local government led by City Mayor Lourdes Cataquiz for the San Pedro Urban Renewal (SPUR) project, which aims to also help green San Pedro into a “liveable city”.
On Liveable Cities
The term “Liveable Cities” has been defined by many reputable agencies.
“The question that spurred the International Making Cities Livable quest was ‘how do children become fully human, caring and responsible adults, committed to the welfare of others, whether familiars or strangers; how do some children grow up capable of experiencing beauty, joy and laughter, and other children become adults capable of aggression and brutality, without joy or interest in their fellow human beings? And what are the circumstances, the kinds of social, familial and physical environments that produce one or the other human being?’ (From: The Forgotten Child)
The role of the built environment in shaping children’s lives, facilitating their positive health and development is not easily measured in economic terms but it can be understood. The built environment influences how people relate to each other, the opportunity for community to form, and the depth of our social networks. It regulates how much incidental exercise is possible through walking and biking. Buildings and streets contribute to reducing crime when buildings support eyes on the street, and shops and services put a functioning community in control of the public realm. Pattern, complexity, and harmony in the built environment can stimulate curiosity, dicovery, and a sense that the world is meaningful. Beauty in nature, architecture and public places can lift spirits, raise endorphin levels, and improve physical and emotional health. These are just a few of the ways in which IMCL encourages a city to increase livability for all.”
After the signing of the Pledge to the Environment, all volunteers went to their assigned areas to plant native Philippine trees in support of the SPUR initiative.
FEED Photo Tour
Thanks to the Rotary Club San Pedro Magic for inviting FEED to participate and gain first-hand insight into how feasible it is to partner with other civic organisations and leaders, with an authentic interest in environmental conservation for the benefit of a greater community. San Pedro City’s infrastructure projects also complement SPUR, namely through the following initiatives:
- construction of new school buildings
- rehabilitation of damaged and old school buildings
- construction and renovation of public buildings
- footbridges construction and electrification
- road construction and rehabilitation
- drainage system construction and rehabilitation
- road widening and asphalt overlay
- rip-rap construction and upgrading
- senior citizens halls construction and repair
- barangay halls rehabilitation
- basketball (covered) court construction and rehabilitation
- evacuation centers
- river retaining wall
- road speed humps,
- electrification of footbridges and tunnels
- river dredging and desilting
- road marking.
San Pedro is a first class city in the province of Laguna, Philippines, officially City of San Pedro (Filipino: Lungsod ng San Pedro) and often referred to as San Pedro City is named after its patron saint, Peter the Apostle. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 325,809 inhabitants. Despite being the third smallest in the entire province, with a total land surface area of only 24.05 km2, San Pedro has the highest population density in the province of Laguna.
The City of San Pedro is the 37th most populous city and youngest city in the Philippines. As of 2015, the population is 325,809, up from 294,310 in 2010, or an increase of almost 11%. Its area is 24.05 square kilometres (9.29 sq mi) with a density of 13,547/km2 (35,087/sq mi).
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