Palafox to res­cue Cebu from own rapid growth

World renowned ur­ban plan­ner and ar­chi­tect Felino "Jun" A. Palafox has set up an of­fice in Cebu, bring­ing world­class prac­tices to res­cue Cebu from be­com­ing a vic­tim of its own growth.

The Freeman - - BUSINESS - Ehda M. Da­gooc,

Used to be avail­able only by re­quests, Palafox said his firm Palafox As­so­ciates' en­try to Cebu would not only mean busi­ness but rather his way of giv­ing back to help the fast spin­ning ur­ban cen­ters like Cebu how to deal with growth through proper and en­gi­neered plan­ning. In an in­ter­view with Palafox, he said his com­pany is also mak­ing strong pres­ence in Cebu as well as Davao and other ma­jor ur­ban cen­ters in the Philip­pines, as he be­lieves firmly and even ad­vo­cates for Fed­er­al­ism.

An Asia Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (APEC) ar­chi­tect, build­ing thou­sands of iconic ar­chi­tec­tural land­marks all over the world, Palafox said it is now the right time to go back and share his ex­per­tise in his home coun­tries. Cebu and Davao are ripe to im­ple­ment sound ur­ban plan­ning projects.

In fact, Palafox had al­ready been talk­ing with the Mayor's League for his plan to in­ject his world-class ur­ban plan­ning ex­per­tise to these fast grow­ing ur­ban mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

While he ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ments on hard­core bu­reau­cracy cul­ture in the Philip­pines that de­railed or even wasted some good and well thought of plans, he was quick to say that it’s bet­ter now be­cause the gov­ern­ment is lis­ten­ing.

Ever since, he said bu­reau­cracy has been the ma­jor ob­sta­cle for the Philip­pines, or the "too much bad pol­i­tics".

In Cebu, Palafox has pro­posed to in­tro­duce Me­ga­lopo­lis devel­op­ment, in or­der to de­con­gest the north­ern and south­ern part of Metro Cebu.

A Me­ga­lopo­lis is re­ferred to as very large city, or an ur­ban area that con­sists of sev­eral towns and cities.

Cebu's set up, he said will be a cre­ation of three me­trop­o­lis, in­stead of hav­ing a con­gested lone me­trop­o­lis con­cept.

Although, Palafox has been work­ing with some mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and pri­vate sec­tor play­ers in real es­tate in Cebu, he said his firm's pres­ence is a tes­ta­ment of his com­mit­ment to help Cebu's gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor play­ers en­joy the growth of civ­i­liza­tion, in­stead of be­ing a vic­tim of its growth.

Palafox's projects all over the world are mostly adap­tive ar­chi­tec­ture, which de­signs could help save lives and prop­er­ties. He has the cre­den­tials and the grav­i­tas to be a cli­mate adap­ta­tion ad­vo­cate.

Palafox's is the Philip­pines' fore­most ar­chi­tect, mas­ter plan­ner, and ur­ban plan­ner.

Palafox As­so­ciates founded in 1989 is the only com­pany Filipino prac­tice listed among the world's big­gest ar­chi­tec­tural firms con­sis­tently for the past 10 years.

EHDA M. DA­GOOC

Ur­ban plan­ner and ar­chi­tect Felino "Jun" A. Palafox said Cebu's set up will be a cre­ation of three me­trop­o­lis, in­stead of hav­ing a con­gested lone me­trop­o­lis con­cept.

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