Philippines Towards a Local Economic Development Strategy in Quezon City
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Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
1. Cities, not only nations, must deliberately plan for their socioeconomic growth, taking into account the dynamism and ease with which businesses can now move their bases in various parts of the world. Undertaking LED study is very helpful for any local government at whatever stage of development it is in. The contents of the study should help guide the LGU to work through the steps needed to bridge the gap between where it is now and where it can best position itself for maximum socio-economic growth. 2. Cities must work strategically to strengthen and deepen the anchors which encourage businesses to choose to locate in their areas. A city’s ability to develop productive relationship with its stakeholders and partners are critical to the effective implementation of these strategies. For Quezon City, the stakeholder/partners are not only the enterprises but also the academe, nongovernment organizations, its neighboring local governments in Metro Manila, the national government agencies which are in-charge of national projects within its boundaries, as well as different sections of its population including informal sector. Maximized realization and utilization of these partnerships help expand resources available for growth and development. The LED also helps more clearly define the various partners’ roles and contributions to achieve certain goals. 3. Formulating and developing the LED will always be a work in process, regularly taking into account developments not only locally but also internationally; and being improved constantly as more information is made available or become accessible. It works best if it helps a city anticipate and prepare for opportunities, whether these are unfolding in the country, regionally or globally. This means having to institutionalize the processes that contribute to information and strategic requirements of LED. 4. Forming reliable comprehensive city-wide information requires going beyond traditional data sources. Industry studies, research and surveys by various institutions, local community generated data and economic information in local/regional/international context should be explored in order to find possible implications on the city’s development status and directions. 5. Strong and active participation of the local counterpart team leads to a reliable and realistic local economic development strategy. It also promotes the ownership by the users. 6. Critical to operationalization of the LED is having a body that would process the information into strategic initiatives/programs/directions/actions.
Quezon is the largest city in Metro Manila, both in terms of land area and population. The efforts to attract new investments in the city and provide jobs to a rapidly increasing population are underway. The Local Government has streamlined its business processes and tax collection. This has transformed the local government into the highest income earning local government in the Philippines. Despite rapid development and major improvements in the local economy, the Quezon City Local Government recognizes the need to develop a more strategic and comprehensive plan to guide its future growth. Recent initiatives of the local government, including development of a new Central Business District, needs a complementary Local Economic Development (LED) strategy that would bring a balance between the city's economic and social objectives as well as to improve the business environment and define a sound methodology to overcome upcoming demands. This project aims to assist the local government to develop a medium to long term LED strategy to enhance city’s competitiveness and secure sustainable growth.
The main objective of this project is to assist the City Government to develop a medium to long term LED strategy to enhance the city’s competitiveness, secure sustainable growth, face upcoming challenges, include the city’s diverse stakeholders during the entire process and strengthen the participation of the representatives of the poorest sectors of the city. More specifically, the project aims to: i) prepare a plan to secure the participation of a large number of representatives of the city's stakeholders; ii) develop an updated information system containing a conceptual framework of indicators on social, economic and infrastructure data providing the basis for decision making on further investments and promote a base for proper environmental interventions (GIS systems); iii) develop a comprehensive LED strategy; iv) develop an implementation plan; v) secure knowledge sharing.
(i) Secure broad participation of stakeholders; (ii) Understand the local economy and infrastructure by developing a social and economic indicators framework and an infrastructure inventory; (iii) Prepare a comprehensive LED strategy by revising and adjusting the city’s long term vision, analysing the main economic development drivers, studying the informal sector of the economy, conducting an institutional/ organisational study, and preparing a sustainable environmental management strategy; (iv) Develop an action and financial
Expected Impacts and Results
1) The exercise of compiling and analyzing comprehensive sets of information for the project enabled the Project Team to develop a set of city indicators in a format that can be updated annually. The study led to identification of areas that needed improvement. 2) Initial framework provided by LED study guided the development of city’s tourism plan prepared by the office of the Vice Mayor. 3) The LED study also helped integrate the City’s environmental initiatives which cut across several departments. 4) This study enabled better integration of the informal sector and urban poor in the economic development of the city. 5) It developed managerial culture within the Local Government oriented towards efficiency, productivity and consumer satisfaction by developing an e-governance system. It also enhanced capacity of the local government to share knowledge locally and internationally.