Architect and Urban Planner Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr. will be sharing his insights on how the Filipino workforce is affected by urban planning, or the lack of it, in the August 25 webisode of Open for Business.
Open for Business is the online business show of Eagle Brodcasting Corporation (EBC) that focuses on business, financial and economic news and headlines in the Philippines and in key markets around the world. It also highlights the insights of CEOs and key industry leaders in the fields of business, economy, finance and technology.
Palafox has more than four decades of experience in the fields of architecture and urban planning.
In a research reported by a flexible workspace provider in 2016, 35% of Filipino employees noted that the trip to the office is a waste of time due to traffic congestion. There are about 10 million Filipino commuters in Metro Manila, wasting three hours a day in traffic.
Also in Metro Manila alone, the worsening traffic costs P3.5 billion in lost opportunities per day, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
While some quarters say that it is the years of underinvestment, the lack of political will and the increasing number of vehicles on the road that caused the traffic problem and the discomfort of Filipino workers, some believe that these is caused by the country’s obsolete urban models.
Palafox is expected to share his knowledge on the topic and his insights on what both the government and private sector can do to address the issues on urban planning related to the Filipino workforce.
Architect Palafox founded, led and managed, Palafox Associates and Palafox Architecture in carrying out more than 1,200 projects in 39 countries, the planning of 17 billion square meters of land, and the design and architecture of 12 million square meters of building floor area.
Open for Business is aired on eaglenewslive.com, the video streaming and mobile broadcasting site of EBC. The site also features content from EBC’s TV, radio and online platforms. It also appears on the FB live video of eaglenews.ph.