Day 2 (27 July 2017)


This session invites all mayors to share challenges in realizing the regional agenda and vision for ASEAN and discuss innovations and solutions. It will also share local experiences, policies, and programs contributing to the realization of the ASEAN Community. Commitment for key area of cooperation and action plans will also be explored under specific thematic issues relevant to ASEAN connectivity.

This session is organized by Mayors or Heads of Local Authorities. Other participants will join as observer.


Low emission development trajectory promotes carbon neutrality and strengthens urban resilience without hindering economic development. As Southeast Asian cities grow and develop rapidly, it is important that low emissions development strategies (LEDS) are integrated in their overall development planning. Conducting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventories is an important first step to assess and plan for a low-carbon city.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability has been at the forefront of raising ambitions at the city level to implement LEDS following the Green Climate Cities process which have been applied in various ICLEI projects. ICLEI strongly believes that local governments are crucial actors contributing and helping achieve national goals including the realization of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

Sunandan Tiwari
Senior Manager, ICLEI-Global Projects

Glynda Bathan-Baterina
Deputy Executive Director, Clean Air Asia

Dato’ Maimunah Moh Syarief
Mayor – Seberang Perai, Malaysia

Macy Tayco
Eco Solar

Racquel Naciongayo

Vic Aquitania
Executive Director, ICLEI-Southeast


Although women have enjoyed much more privilege today than they did many decades and centuries ago, there still exist some degree of inequality and inequity against them across different aspects of life. According to a study by True et al., Gender Equity Index (GEI) still detects gender gap in education, economic participation, and political empowerment. Women’s political participation have been some of the increasingly popular themes within world development issues as women’s movements become more active in demanding women representation in high-level development forums. The global commitment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been valuing this movement by putting a dedicated Goals for gender equality on Goals#5.

Similarly, ASEAN has been aiming to move into the same direction with the international discussion. The regional association has been making some efforts to mainstream genders in their vision for a single borderless economic region. Within the 3 pillars of Community blueprint, ASEAN has ensured an equal right of women and other vulnerable groups as well as protected their access to resources towards their livelihood improvement. Each of the pillars may have different emphasis of gender policy and targets as in accordance with their framework.

The Political-Security Community blueprint for instance, aims to provide the equitable access to opportunities for all, empowered participation and human rights protection for women, children, youth, the elderly/older persons, persons with disabilities, migrant workers, and vulnerable and marginalised groups. ASEAN is also working to finish a ratification of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and its effective implementation. On the other hand, the Economic pillar promotes women and youth entrepreneurship by creating a more conducive environment through the ASEAN On-line Academy; and catering their capacity for MSMEs.

Lastly, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community focuses to strengthen Social Protection for Women, Children, Youths, the Elderly/Older Persons, Persons with Disabilities, Ethnic Minority Groups, Migrant Workers, Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups, and People Living in At-risk Areas, including People Living in Remote and Border Areas and Climate Sensitive Areas, to Reduce Vulnerabilities in Times of Climate Change-related Crises, Disasters and other Environmental Changes.

This session will discourse the regional endeavor of ASEAN in bringing the gender equality and empowerment in the front particularly at the government level. Specific policy and programs at the regional level will be explored to be synchronized with the local efforts.

Sally Ante-Lee
City Mayor – Sorsogon City
Women Sector Representative, League of Cities of the Philippines

Stephany Uy-Tan
City Mayor, Catbalogan City
Co-Chair UCLG-ASPAC Women Committee

Dr. Hj. Neni Moerniaeni, SPoG
Mayor – Bontang, Indonesia

Aida Jean Manipon
National Coordinator, UN Women Philippine Project Office

Seadiman, PhD
Head, Planning and Development – Wakatobi District, Indonesia

Bernard Barth
Human Settlement Officer, UN-Habitat


This session will showcase international and local best practices in land administration and management that offer practical solutions to existing sustainable land governance in ASEAN. It will convene local and international experts, leaders, reform frontrunners from local governments, development partners, civil society organizations, and academe.

Topics for discussion include untitled property, mapping and registration of ancestral domain, land ownership by women, land registration disincentives, complex urban housing processes, inefficiency in generating revenues by local governments, and poor implementation of land use.

Ian Lloyd
International Land Specialist, Land Governance Innovations

John Meadows
Acting Team Leader, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s Mekong Region Land Governance Project

Atty. Annaliza Teh
Undersecretary for Climate Change Service, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines

Noel Rosal
Mayor, Legazpi City
Philippine Local Government Initiatives and Good Practices on Land Governance

John Avila
Senior Economic Growth Specialist, Office of Economic Development and Governance, USAID/Philippines

Engr. Randolf Vicente
Niño Raymond Alvina
Elmer Mercado
Nathaniel von Einsiedel

Dr. Ines Basaen
Executive Vice-President, Gardner College and President – Gates Professional Schools


Engaging community and bringing them in the front has been shaping ASEAN into a people-centered organization. Prioritizing their needs and benefits guides the policy and programs in the three pillars blueprint of Political, Socio-Cultural, and Economy. In economy particularly, the region is aiming to empower the localities by channelling the economic power at community level. People are given more opportunities to expose themselves at the various economic activities towards local livelihood enhancement. Entrepreneurship is thus fostered creating more rooms for innovation and creativity for each individual.

Nurturing local entrepreneur notably young people has encouraged creative industries to grow in the region. The industries have brought a new concept of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) enriching the current figure of local economic. In ASEAN, SMEs has been seen as an important driver for job creation and economic growth. The statistic from the association highlighted that 96% of all enterprises and 50-95% of employment in the region comes from the SMEs sectors. According to them, it can contribute to regional development through participation in international production networks, or global value chains. With the emerging vision of ASEAN as integrated economic region, creative SMEs are perceived to be a catalyst of vigorous production in the inclusive region.

Although the promising roles of SMEs in the region is much relevant to respond to the current local needs, SMEs have been facing challenges from increased competition, the ability to adapt to rapidly changing market demand, technological change, and capacity constraints relating to financing, knowledge, innovation, and creativity. Looking to these challenges, further assistance to SMEs shall be provided specifically creative SMEs where market is still an embryo with local governments as the front liner. Positioned at the lowest level, Local governments can strategically function to building their blocks to enhance their competitiveness at the regional level.

At the same time ASEAN has been working to cater SMEs through several programs including producing an ASEAN SMEs center. Harmonization of work with a clear division of task and responsibilities is needed to optimalize each institution resources. This will create a solid and uplifting environment leading to more tangible outcomes for creative SMEs.

Speakers will discuss a process in their region on how to support a vibrant creative SMEs and its correlation with the regional agenda of ASEAN. It will also explore a regional benchmark to guide local efforts in building their competitiveness.

Narongsak Tueansakul
Deputy Mayor – Municipality of Chiangrai

Bima Arya Sugiarto
City Mayor – Bogor City, Indonesia

Sieng Em Wounzy
City Mayor – Battambang City, Cambodia

Nora Terrado
Undersecretary – Department of Trade and Industry

Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi
Secretary General, UCLG-ASPAC

12:30-13:30 LUNCH
The world is shrinking and leaders from different cultures are finding that they need to work together. The cultures are formed of geography, faith, gender, generation, organization and sector. And in a global world, where problems cross borders between cultures, we need leaders who can cross those boundaries and cross cultures too; people who can communicate effectively and build diverse networks necessary to solve messy problems. We need leaders who don’t just shy away from difference but gravitate towards it. They don’t see heterogeneity as threatening; they see it as creative, exciting, inspiring and enriching. These are the leaders with Cultural Intelligence (CQ).Apart from being culturally intelligent, cities are also envisioned to be resource-efficient. Progress in terms of economic and social development over the last century has been largely achieved through the extensive use of our planet’s finite resources. Resource exploitation already exceeds the Earth’s biological capacity endangering the fundamental economic, social, and environmental systems on which our development relies. However, significant potential exists for improved resource efficiency through technological innovation and demand changes over the whole resource life-cycle, from the extraction and use of raw materials through disposal.

This session will pick up where the previous ASEAN Mayors Forum left-off. It will expound on the discourse regarding the future of cities through a deeper understanding of cultural intelligence and of how cities can better consume and produce resources. It will also feature technological advancements that will help cities deliver better services to their constituents.

Swati Matur
Leadership Pedagogy of Cultural Intelligence, Common Purpose

Anu Ramaswami
Professor of Engineering & Public Affairs – University of Minnesota, USA

Benedikt Seeman
Country Representative, Konrad Andenauer Stiftung

Edgardo Pamintuan
City Mayor – Angeles City
President, League of Cities of the Philippines

Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe
Undersecretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development

Krisel Lagman-Luistro
City Mayor – Tabaco City

ASEAN Community strives to establish an integrated region thatis united politically, economically, and socio-culturally. Thisobjective surely entails a massive amount of preconditions thatmust be fulfilled by every sector and actor involved. Aspreviously emphasized, local government is one of the essential actors to ensure the realization of the vision. Given ASEAN Community’s position as a regional initiative, it is easy to resort to the general belief that cooperation at the state level between Member States is the utmost imperative. Whilet here is no denying that, Member States also need significant assistance from authorities at the subnational levels to approve and ultimately implement the numerous and complex programs and policies prompted by ASEAN leaders toward establishing ASEAN Community. That is why local governments are to play essential roles in the ASEAN Community.Looking to these promising roles of local government, a regional effort to build their capacity and awareness have become an important work to perform. It has been started in Surabaya, Indonesia in 2014 through the 1st ASEAN Mayors Forum organised by Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Surabaya City Government, and Indonesian Municipalities Association (APEKSI). The first AMF has produced a Surabaya Communique to initiate the regional cooperation as a part of local governments’ effort to disseminate and influence regional agenda of ASEAN. Subsequently, the 2nd AMF was held in Makassar City, Indonesia in 2015 to continue the advocacy work jointly organized by UCLG ASPAC, Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Ministry of Home Affairs, APEKSI, and Makassar City government. It delivered a substantial progress of promising key areas of collaboration.

Taking into account the results of the two previous ASEAN Mayors Fora, the 3rd AMF is hosted by Taguig City Government, League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) and UCLG ASPAC. It will serve as a platform to prolong the advocacy and to acknowledge the good practices implemented by the local governments in their respective municipalities in relevant to with regional agendas.

On this session, the host cities of ASEAN Mayors Forums are invited to deliver presentation on the outputs and recommendations of the ASEAN Mayors Forum including the progress made by the host. This session will show the pathway of local governments’ advocacy to injecting the message in ASEAN regional bodies.