Ad­dress cor­rup­tion, Cebu govt urged

Manila Times - - REGION - RHEA RUTH ROSELL

UR­BAN plan­ner Felino Palafox Jr. called on lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) of Cebu to “ad­dress cor­rup­tion” in or­der to ex­cel to­ward a mega­lopo­lis.

“If we ad­dress cor­rup­tion, we could be on top of the world,” the prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect of Palafox As­so­ci­ates told re­porters dur­ing the launch of Palafox in Cebu on Wed­nes­day.

Palafox pointed out bu­reau­cracy in the pro­cess­ing of nec­es­sary per­mits from the Bureau of Fire and Pro­tec­tion, the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, among oth­ers.

He ex­plained that be­ing an ar­chi­tec­tural ac­tivist it af­fects their prac­tice be­cause it ex­poses the cor­rupt.

Palafox said Cebu has so much devel­op­ment po­ten­tial and known for “missed op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he added.

We can have clean metropoli­tan ar­eas,” Palafox said.

Bus rapid trans­port

Asked about his views on the pro­posed bus rapid trans­port in Cebu, Palafox said any public trans­port should be ac­com­mo­dated.

How­ever, Palafox pointed out walk­ing and bik­ing should be pri­or­i­tized over the use of au­to­mo­biles.

Best prac­tices

Palafox, the coun­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive and fel­low of the Coun­cil on Tall Build­ings and Ur­ban Habi­tat, wants to in­tro­duce best prac­tices, global trends and rev­o­lu­tion­ary prac­tices in the Philip­pines.

With more than 1,200 since - tries all over the world in­clud­ing the dev­as­tat­ing earthquakes in Nepal and Iran. “Now is the time to in­vest in the Philip­pines,” Palafox said.

- ding for the Land­bank build­ing in Cebu and lo­cal gov­ern­ment units like Bogo City and Toledo City has asked them

He cited the “speed humps” as so­lu­tion since it ham­pers ve­hi­cles like emer­gency am­bu­lances.

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