Manila, Cebu behind APEC peers on liveability, doing business

Wake-up call

"This serves as a good wake-up call for them, something that they should be working on a long time ago," Luz, who is also the APEC Business Advisory Council Philippines alternate member, said.

"Mayors are key drivers. We have 17 cities in Metro Manila. One guy won’t move the needle. It takes all 17 guys," he added.

Toronto, Vancouver, and Singapore emerged as the top 3 cities in APEC in terms of liveability, sustainability, and competitiveness.

Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, said: "In doing this study with PwC, I wanted to be sure we looked beyond economic clout and considered liveability and sustainability... I hope it helps build the momentum towards designing, building, and redeveloping competitive cities in APEC through research and action-oriented programs."

"When people think of where to live, work, invest, and visit, they don't think countries, they think cities. Density and diversity make cities more imaginative, so long as that density and diversity are well-managed. That's why public-and-public collaboration is needed to keep cities competitive," Zobel de Ayala added. —