Local leaders from Southeast Asian nations were elected as new members of ICLEI’s Regional Executive Committee (RexCom) for the term 2018-2021.
To create a balanced representation in the Southeast Asian region, a representative was elected for Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The chosen representatives are Dr. Bima Arya, Mayor of Bogor City, Indonesia; YBhg. Dato’ Sr Hj Rozali bin Hj Mohamud, Municipal President of the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai, Penang, Malaysia; and Atty. Leticia Clemente, Budget Officer, Baguio City, Philippines.
ICLEI members elect the RexCom every three years; choosing leaders that represent the voice and interests of local governments. The RexCom represents ICLEI members from nine ICLEI regions and is also the oversight council of the global organization.
From the elected RexCom, one representative is nominated to take a seat at the Global Executive Committee (GexCom) and speak for the region. The GexCom represents ICLEI at the global level and makes strategic decisions for the organization.
For this term, the RexCom will focus on the following areas: waste management; resilience and disaster risk reduction; and public spaces and Ecomobility.
The profiles of the elected RexCom officials are as follows:
Dr. Bima Arya
Bogor City, Indonesia
Dr. Bima Arya became the Mayor of Bogor City in April 2014. As its leader, Mayor Bima wishes to transform Bogor City into a smart and green city; as well as a city noted for its heritage. ‘
Recognizing transport as one of the challenges that the city is facing, Bogor wishes to focus on eco-mobility as a function of an eco-friendly city Approximately 600,000 commuters travel in the city every day and every weekend, that number increases by 40%. Current public transportation options only cater to 45% of the Bogor which leads to more people bringing their own personal vehicles.
To address these, the local government of Bogor City has built pedestrian and bicycle lanes in key areas of the city. Public spaces are also a priority and parks such as the Sempur Park, Heulang Park, Corat-Coret Park, and the Ekspresi Park are now catering to Bogor’s residents.
Bogor is also planning to reroute the current 23 routes of public transport into seven major corridors that will ply the city center. This will be supplemented by 30 feeder routes in downtown areas.
Sr YBhg. Dato’ Sr Hj Rozali bin Hj Mohamud
Municipal Council of Seberang Perai
Sr Hj Rozali Bin Hj Mohamud, is the president of Municipal Council of Seberang Perai (MPSP). He is also a Fellow of Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (FRISM), a Registered Valuer and Registered Estate Agency with Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Malaysia, ISO 9001 Lead Auditor and ISO 9001 Internal Auditor.
He is currently the CIO for Municipal Council of Seberang Perai responsible for developing initiatives and strategies to realize Seberang Perai Smart City. He has presented many papers on Public Citizen Partnership- the online platform for citizens to contribute ideas, lodge complaints about municipal services and engage in dialogue with authorities.
He also led the formulation of the MPSP Strategic Plan 2014-2018, MPSP Stay Dog Action Plan 2015-2018 and the Batu Kawan Ecotown Guideline; all of which are being implemented successfully.
Solid waste management is the current focus of Seberang Perai. The city generates 434,008.51 tonnes of solid waste per year; 55% of which are domestic waste and 45% from industrial waste. To address this, Seberang Perai has two solid waste management facilities, the Pulau Burung Sanitary Landfill and the Ampar Jajar Transfer Station. A phase 3 sanitary landfill, which is still under construction, will have a Material Recovery Facility to process recyclable materials.
The Municipal Council of Seberang Perai achieved 42% recycle rate which is the highest recycle rate in Malaysia.
Atty. Leticia Clemente
City Budget Officer
Baguio City, Philippines
Atty. Leticia O. Clemente is the City Budget Officer of the City Government of Baguio for almost 20 years. She was designated as the Investment Officer of the City. She likewise heads the Local Finance Committee, an inherent function as Budget Officer. An Accountant and Lawyer by profession, she has taken upon herself great interest on Sustainable Development.
Atty. Clemente is the enabler and convenor of various environment-related undertakings; to highlight the need for the LGU to level up its development goals in the context of sustainable development. She was actively involved in the finalization of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan approved by the City Council. She also took the lead in drafting Baguio City’s Environmental Code which was subsequently approved by the City Council.
Both policy frameworks integrate Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation measures.
Atty. Clemente pushes for more efforts for resilience and disaster risk reduction; citing the region’s risk and experience with extreme climate events. Her vision works towards a “safe and resilient region” by creating a sustainable and enabling environment that increases community consciousness on hazards, aims for zero casualties, reduce human suffering, property damage, and protect environment-sensitive areas from all types of disasters.