Day 1 (26 July 2017)

ASEAN Theme SongNational Anthem

Welcome Address
Mayor Lani L. Cayetano, Taguig City
LCP National Chairperson
City Host, ASEAN Mayors Forum

Opening Remarks
Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi
Secretary-General, United Cities and Local Governments-Asia Pacific

Secretary Catalino S. Cuy
Department of the Interior and Local Government

Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan, Angeles City
LCP National President


President Republic of the Philippines

10:15-10:30 COFFEE BREAK

ASEAN strives to be a single community and integrated economic zone. To proclaim its vision, ASEAN has endorse its connectivity roadmap in 201ASEAN strives to be a single community and integrated economic zone. To proclaim its vision, ASEAN has endorsed its connectivity roadmap in 2016 to be adopted and applied in all ASEAN member states. This connectivity encompasses several elements, including physical, institutional, and people-to-people linkages and addresses strategies as cornerstone towards ASEAN Community.

Local governments play much essential role in realizing the ASEAN vision by bringing the policy on the ground. Local governments are closer to the community and are in a better position to respond to the emerging challenges faced at the local level. Also, they are expected to provide services to their constituents, build local infrastructure, create jobs, and create a good investment climate in their jurisdiction. Local governments can connect communities and integrate them in national economy and help reduce inequality brought about by regional integration.

This session looks into how local governments across ASEAN contribute and help attain regional integration. Overview of the blueprint and the ASEAN vision will be elaborated to discuss its association with local policy and programmatic support on specific thematic and digital innovation, labour, local economic development, and building sustainable infrastructure.

Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso
Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to ASEAN
ASEAN Connectivity

Austere A. Panadero
Undersecretary – Department on the Interior and Local Government
Localizing ASEAN Connectivity

Aw Tuan Kee
Director, Center for Livable Cities
Singapore Ministry of National Development

Allan Rellon
City Mayor – Tagum City
Executive Vice-President, League of Cities of the Philippines

Tony Abad
CEO, Trade Advisor

12:00-13:30 LUNCH

The progress of ASEAN Community is heralded by three critical elements of political-security, socio-culture, and economic development. At the heart of the ASEAN Community is the commitment to improve the quality of life of its people through cooperative activities that are people-oriented and people-centered.On the other hand, there are global landmark commitments adopted by United Nations member states, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sendai Framework for Action (SFA), New Urban Agenda (NUA), Paris Climate Agreement, and Financing for Sustainable Development. These commitments necessitate new ways of thinking for local governments in ASEAN.

In this session, local governments will discuss how they incorporate the elements of the global commitments in their local agenda and how these global agenda corresponds to the ASEAN vision.

Lee Yoong Yoong
Director, Community Affairs
ASEAN Secretariat

Dato’ Maimunah Moh Syarief
Mayor – Seberang Perai, Malaysia

Aida Jean Manipon
National Coordinator, UN Women Philippine Project Office

Vernice Victorio
Secretary – Climate Change Commission

Atsushi Koresawa
UN-Habitat, ROAP Regional Director

Christopher Rollo
Country Manager, UN Habitat Philippines

15:00-15:30 COFFEE BREAK

The ASEAN region is rapidly urbanizing with many of its cities growing in unprecedented rates. Cities are hotspots of global environmental change, providing both the drivers and solutions for economic, social and sustainable development. As cities grow, particularly in a climate-defined future, the demand and need to deliver the necessary urban infrastructure, fundamental basic public services with the necessary legal and regulatory frameworks that are resilient and can withstand the test of a changing climate becomes ever more paramount.

However, a serious challenge that local governments face involves the increasing fiscal gap between the financial resources available for programs and projects and the expenditure needs of the local government. This lack of funding for critical infrastructure and investment projects and programs, particularly those that respond to specific local vulnerabilities, and their maintenance, can hamper resiliency efforts and slow down the achievement of sustainable development goals.

This session aims to explore the challenges that local governments face in mobilizing and accessing funds to finance the construction, operation and even maintenance of projects and program, especially those that seek to address. It aims to discuss the opportunities and resources available such as the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund and to showcase examples of how national and local governments have been innovative in sourcing needed funds, possibly through new legislation, improved planning and budgeting, or strengthened partnerships with various stakeholders such as the private sector.

It is expected that through this session, participants can gain updated information and sustainable ways of getting financial aids that local governments can explore. This can also raise the uptake of both the funding agencies and the local government units in designing climate action plans with the support of the national and local leaders. More importantly, the session can give wide range of financial opportunities and learnings for the countries within the ASEAN region to discover international, regional and national or even community-based instrument in financing sustainable development

Eri Honda
Principal Urban Development Specialist, Asian Development Bank – Southeast Asia

Dato’ Maimunah Moh Syarief
Mayor – Seberang Perai, Malaysia

Kairos dela Cruz
Associate for Climate Policy

Alfred Matugas Coro II
Municipal Mayor – Municipality of Del Carmen, Siargo Island, Philippines

Atty. Angela Consuelo S. Ibay
Head, Climate & Energy Programme WWF


Good governance remains to be a highly contested term in international development literature. According to the World Bank definition, good governance entails sound public sector management (efficiency, effectiveness and economy), accountability, exchange and free flow of information (transparency) and a legal framework for development (justice, respect for human rights and liberties). Good governance means creating an effective framework for economic growth to be sustainable and inclusive for all.

Although the ASEAN member states have witnessed the dramatic decline of extreme poverty levels over the decades, more still needs to be done to sustain the results brought about by this regional progress. In particular, efforts towards inclusive growth need to be intensified so that development can be made more equitable and barriers to economic opportunities reduced, if not eliminated.

As waste and misallocation of funds through corruption becomes a deterrent to development, the collective action and movement toward good governance at all levels is gaining ground. There is a growing interest of citizens in many communities in integrity programs and accountability measures. As recorded by a significant amount of literature, partnerships among public officials, civil society and business have proven to be effective in the realization of critical reform objectives. This is further emphasized by the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint as it aims to develop and strengthen “the coherence of policy frameworks and institutions to advance Human Development, Social Justice and Rights, Social Protection and Welfare, Environmental Sustainability, ASEAN Awareness and Narrowing the Developmental Gap.”

This session will be an exchange on the experiences of good governance programs particularly in the local government level. The discussion will be an examination of the general national legal framework in strengthening integrity in the public sector and how these laws are enforced and monitored at the local level. These national and local institutions are discussed by looking at the mechanisms and processes that are integrated into the daily work of the local civil servants and how these could incentivize good performance and deter bad behavior.

Another aspect that this session would tackle is the relationship between good governance, transparency and integrity on the one hand, levels of investment, business opportunities and performance on the other. When integrity is given premium as a matter of standard, trust in government is built. Fair market conditions are achievable, resulting in increased business confidence and greater competitiveness. This in turn, would lead to higher levels of domestic and international investments that will generate more employment and economic activity. A vibrant and dynamic economy will thus be possible, helping eradicate unemployment and alleviate poverty, in the long run.

Although there is a strong correlation between good governance and inclusive growth, the process of reforming the local and national administration is difficult and complex. All relevant stakeholders must be engaged and involved. Hence, a third aspect of this session will focus on the partnerships built among the government, civil society and business to institutionalize the gains of good governance at the local level and how these are leveraged to create a national framework that is receptive to these multi-sectoral initiatives at the local level.

As ASEAN strives towards increased integration in a rapidly globalizing world, there is a greater need to look at institutions that structure political, economic and social interaction. Highlighting the role of local governments in strengthening good governance and its contribution to inclusive growth is timelier than ever.

Sitti Djalia Hattaman
Party List Representative, AMIN

Rafael Coscolluela
Former Governor – Negros Occidental, Philippines

Phokham Sayasone
Mayor – Sisatanak, LAO PDR

Syamsu Rizal
Vice Mayor – Makassar City, Indonesia

Marisa Lerias
Network Coordinator, DELGOSEA


ASEAN opens its borders to flourish as a single community. People-to-people mobility focuses on transformation of traditional transport planning to sustainable urban mobility planning and implementation. This session will focus on improving accessibility and social equity on mobility of people.

The session provides a convergence platform of the different on-going efforts to promote local sustainable transport program in the region. It will help identify needs and challenges of ASEAN cities for future development of a more focused program intervention to address their capacities related to implementing local sustainable transport programs.

Dr. Sang Bum Kim
Deputy Secretary General, CityNet

Jaime Fresnedi
City Mayor – Muntinlupa City

Bima Arya Sugiarto
City Mayor- Bogor City, Indonesia

Jen Jung Eun Oh
Senior Transport Economist, World Bank Vietnam

Dr. Sungwon Lee
Chief Research Director, The Korea Transport Institute

Jaime Leather
Principal Transport Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Mary Jane Ortega
Special Advisor, CityNet Secretariat


Millions of people and economic activities in Southeast Asia are increasingly threatened by natural disasters and climate-related hazards and risks such flooding events, stronger typhoons, and storm surges, earthquakes, landslides, etc. Addressing these issues would require stronger collaboration and joint actions among nations, among different tiers of governance, and among stakeholders. Multi-level and multi-stakeholder actions would definitely facilitate achieving the ASEAN Socio-cultural Blueprint 2025 vision which, among others, aims to realize “a resilient community with enhanced capacity and capability to adapt and respond to social and economic vulnerabilities, disasters, climate change as well as emerging threats, and challenges.”

Towards a more resilient region, ASEAN leaders have committed “to forge a more resilient future by reducing existing disaster and climate-related risks, preventing the generation of new risks and adapting to a changing climate through the implementation of economic, social, cultural, physical, and environmental measures which address exposure and vulnerability, and thus strengthen resilience”. This commitment was adopted during the 26th ASEAN Summit in Malaysia in April 2015 through the Declaration on Institutionalizing the Resilience of ASEAN and its Communities and Peoples to Disasters and Climate Change.

With the above regional and national thrusts is the recognition that cities and local governments are front-line actors in addressing climate change and disaster risk reduction. Through their local leadership and sustainable development agenda, local communities’ involvement in resilience building is built and further advanced. As such, this session will discuss and further explore the learnings from countries and cities in building climate and disaster resilient communities given their experiences and realities.

Zaldy Patron
Executive Director, Department of Foriegn Affairs – ASEAN Affairs

Rina Suryani Oktari
Professor, Syiah Kuala University – Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Professor Aparna
Assistant Professor, Nirma University – India

Bernard Barth

Laids Mias-Cea
Regional Director, UN Habitat