The cities of Manila and Butuan in the Philippines are among the 50 Champion Cities selected as finalists in the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, a global innovation competition that identifies and accelerates the most ambitious ideas developed by cities in response to the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
In the first-ever Global Mayors Challenge, these 50 urban innovations rose to the top of a competitive pool of more than 630 applications from 99 countries. Finalists were chosen among 631 cities that submitted proposals. They were judged based on their idea’s vision, the potential for impact, feasibility, and transferability.
“By helping these cities test their ideas over the coming months, we will have a chance to identify cutting-edge policies and programs that can allow cities to rebuild in ways that make them stronger and healthier, and more equal and more just,” said Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Manila is proposing “’Go Manila,’ a suite of new policies, processes, and digital platforms to build the first modern data infrastructure in the city’s 450-year history.” This is seen to address the city’s problem of having reliable data that makes it even more challenging to assess the issues that affect its residents.
On the other hand, Butuan is planning to address its “ineffective agricultural market by giving farmers predictive data to make better decisions about the type and amount of crops to plant, and fix some commodity prices to reduce risk on vegetables and high-demand foods.”
15 of the 50 cities will ultimately win the grand prize, with each receiving $1 million and robust multi-year technical assistance to implement and scale their ideas. Grand Prize Winners will be announced in early 2022.

Sources:
https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/6/16/Manila-Butuan-in-top-50-cities-in-global-Mayors-Challenge-2021.html
https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/06/16/news/regions/butuan-finalist-to-bloombergs-global-mayors-challenge/1803344