Allan Hil Pajimola (Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University)
Paulito Nisperos (Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University)
A livable city is a resilient local government unit which withstands societal challenges be it in social, economic, environmental or political aspects. This study described and explored the livability status using 8 research-based indicators of economic vitality, human urban environment, public safety, public infrastructures, sense of community, access to education, access to health care, and mobility and transportation of the 4 component cities in the Ilocos Region, namely Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, San Fernando City in La Union and Urdaneta City in Pangasinan. Using a combined qualitative and quantitative research approaches, employing triangulation of documentary analysis, satisfaction analysis and content analysis, findings revealed that each component city has its own livability advantages and at the same time livability challenges that need to be addressed. Generally, residents are satisfied with the facilities and services of the 4 cities. Nonetheless, the satisfaction survey results proved that there are specific concerns needing to address with in order to be responsive to its constituents as these cities envision for sustainable, walkable and livable city for all. As an output of this research, recommendations as input to enrich their City Policy Agenda were offered to the LGU respondents to address livability issues and challenges.