Batangas City Wins WWF’s Most Lovable City 2020

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A Model City for Cities

Batangas City clinched the coveted title of “World’s Most Lovable City 2020” in the recently concluded We Love Cities campaign, sponsored by world-renowned conservation organization, World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

As a member – LGU, Batangas City aims to be the first totally carbon neutral city in the entire Philippines by 2030. Through the leadership of the city government, the project as spearheaded by the Batangas City – CENRO and its head, Oliver Gonzales, the city has seen a rise in reliance with sustainable and environment-friendly platforms. Installation of solar panels and energy-efficient LED as street lights throughout the city have become a norm and not just a mere trend. Initiatives like harvesting rainwater and constructing sea walls are next down the pipe to embolden the city leadership’s vision to make Batangas City more livable, sustainable, energy-efficient, and globally competitive.

Official Announcement:

We Love Batangas City ❤️❤️❤️
54 cities from 26 countries 🌎 participated in our We Love Cities campaign this year. Over 1,170,000 votes were submitted in total. WOW! But ONE city received an extra-large dose of love from its citizens.
CONGRATULATIONS BATANGAS CITY, Philippines, for taking home the title “The World’s Most Lovable City” 👏🏆 ❤️
In addition to recognizing the importance of public engagement in achieving sustainability goals, Batangas City aims to be the first carbon-neutral city in the country by 2030 and has developed a comprehensive climate mitigation and adaptation plan to realize this vision. Way to go Batangas City!!
It’s been truly inspiring to witness the abundance of love expressed by people around the globe. Thank you a million times 🙏 for your suggestions on what cities can do to accelerate the transition to a climate-safe future!
How much do you love your city? And what should it do to become even more sustainable? Please share your ideas with us below👇

What Is It About?

We Love Cities has reached over 200 million people globally since its inception in 2013. Over 150 cities have participated, with over 10 million citizen engagements and more than 100,000 citizen improvement suggestions shared to city officials.

The initiative is run by WWF – the world’s leading nature conservation organization — passionate about building a future in which people live in harmony with nature.

As a key aspect of that mission, we support the creation and development of cities that enable all people to thrive and prosper while respecting the ecological limits of our one and only planet.

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We Love Cities is a public engagement campaign that allows people across the world to express support for sustainable urban development by voting for their favorite finalist from WWFs One Planet City Challenge and posting improvement suggestions for these cities. The One Planet City Challenge is the world’s largest and longest running city challenge. You can read more about it here. With the We Love Cities campaign we aim to:

Inspire and raise awareness for the sustainability progress being made in cities.
Give the general public an opportunity to celebrate, vote and upgrade their city through making suggestions to decision makers.
Reward communities and strengthen the bond between the public and decision makers.

No. The We Love Cities campaign has no influence on the outcome of the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC). The OPCC winners are selected through a jury process isbased on the data reported by the cities on the internationally recognized unified reporting platform hosted by ICLEI and CDP.

The cities profiled here are all finalists in WWF’s biennial One Planet City Challenge.
If your country is included in the One Planet City Challenge but your city is not profiled here, either your city chose not to participate in the Challenge or it participated but didn’t make it past the pre-selection process. In either case please encourage your mayor or public officials to inspire the world by developing and reporting really ambitious climate action plans next year.

The inclusion of cities in the campaign does not mean that they are 100% sustainable. WWF believes that no city in the world can currently be seen as perfectly sustainable., All cities still have a long way to go before they can claim that all their residents live high quality lives while equitably sharing our planet’s biological capacity to sustain them. But there are cities that are taking strong sustainability actions that can play a significant role in driving the transition towards a renewable energy-based and sustainable future.


Cities with ambitious climate actions and strategies need to be highlighted and celebrated so they can inspire other cities to follow their lead. The One Planet City Challenge has recruited cities from across the globe, all of whom have their own particular local circumstances and varying capabilities to act on climate change and sustainability issues. Thus, the pre-selection process has taken these local aspects into consideration and has put forward cities that have begun developing ambitious actions and strategies.

Your vote and all improvement suggestions received will be shared with your city representatives. In previous campaigns city representatives expressed a great interest in this feedback and many used it for the basis of continued dialogue with their citizens.
Your vote is also positive acknowledgement for your city’s action on climate change and sustainability which in turn encourages them to do even more to improve the lifestyles of their most important stakeholder – you!

As meeting places, creative hotpots and centers of financial, social and technical innovations, cities can drive progress in many areas. We wanted to focus on the areas where the biggest social benefits and climate wins can be made: transport, energy, housing, waste and food.

For example, cities can achieve huge emission reductions and increase quality of life through strategies such as car-free and car-restricted areas, electrification, expanding public transport, promoting cycling, making the city more compact and pedestrian-friendly, and developing areas where sustainable transport is available. Climate-smart food procurement and promotion of more veggie-based diets addresses food’s climate impact as well as health issues.

Closed-loop solutions and cradle-to-cradle approaches minimizes waste and taps it for material and energy. Smarter urban waste management can improve the economy, the environment and people’s quality of life simultaneously. Cities can refurbish buildings and support local renewable energy thereby eliminating a fossil-fuel dependency and protecting their economy against high energy costs.

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