ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

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PEOPLE who work in the central business district (CBD) areas of Metro Manila are rental-burdened. An employee working in the CBD on an average day would need to spend at least 40 to 50 percent of his salary, if he decides to live near his place of work. Employees who…

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“DEVELOPMENT is not worthy of the name unless spread evenly like butter on a piece of bread.” This is a quote from a thesis I wrote when I was a scholar of the United Nations Development Program. There are two approaches to development – build and they will come, and…

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Part 2 THE worsening vehicular traffic congestion that Metro Manila is experiencing today is a confluence of many factors. It is a consequence of interrelated issues such as economic development, transport strategies, land use and zoning, among others. Traffic congestion is a symptom of imbalanced development, and it should not…

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THE rise of ride-sharing services in the Philippines does not come as a surprise to me, especially in Metro Manila where many people commute to and from work. In 2013, Metro Manila was recognized as one of the 20 largest megacities in the world. It is reported to have a…

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WORKING for Dubai made me realize that religion is not a hindrance in developing cities and nations. When culturally and spiritually diverse countries assimilate into one society, there is economic vibrancy, proliferation of artists, and more appreciation for identity, and respect. We can take inspiration from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Malaysia,…

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THIS week, I had the pleasure to be a resource person at the R&D Congress on Sustainable Urbanization in the Course of Asean Economic Integration, organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The R&D congress sought to be a venue for exchanging information and experience on sustainable urbanization…

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MINDANAO holds some of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines that I have visited including Siargao, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, and Jolo. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the island several times to meet with business leaders and key decision-makers on how to develop Mindanao towards inclusive growth. Despite the…

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THE most critical step in easing the extreme flooding of Metro Manila is the construction of the Parañaque Spillway, and the deepening and development of Laguna Lake. Since 1977, I have been proposing these two monumental projects. Forty years after, only the Manggahan Floodway has been built. With this, Laguna…

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