Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said they will still resolve to make the economy and the city as prosperous and as progressive as can be, and that one of his priorities for this year is to try to close the deal with acclaimed urban planner Felino Palafox Jr. for Bacolod.
“Doing this would mean that I will need help and support from others because we might not be able to afford Palafox on our own. So we have involved Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez,” he said when asked for his New Year's wish.
Leonardia said Alvarez's chief of staff informed him that they will talk on how they can help the city.
How they will finance this is a matter that is not so clear. But as much as possible he wants to get an urban planner who will think in terms of what will happen to Bacolod in the next 80 years, he said.
Leonardia said Palafox is an achiever and he would dare to say that he is one of the best in the Philippines, one of the best in the ASEAN and one of the best in the world.
The mayor is set to meet with Palafox and his senior planners this month for exploratory talks.
Palafox had said, during a phone interview, that in the next years, Bacolod could have an “urban renaissance” considering “the visionary leadership of Leonardia.”
He cited Dubai, that after 15 years, it had developed from a desert to a first-world country.
Leonardia said that “If Palafox has done that for Dubai and we can use his brains to make Bacolod develop and grow, I think we would have established the road map, and he wants everyone to think in terms of what we would like to do here in the future. “
He would like to use the 80 th year of Bacolod as a kind of morale-boosting year where Bacolod will be proud as a city and the Bacolodnons will think that they have a participation, and this is all together everyone's effort, he said adding that “All the more I need support and cooperation from everybody.”
Leonardia said they believe that nobody has the monopoly of ideas, so the more people who will participate, the better.
Palafox is the president of Palafox Architecture and senior partner of Palafox Associates that has done more than 1,200 local and international projects, which include the master planning of more than 17 billion square meters of land area and the architectural design of more than 12 million square meters of building floor area in 39 countries.*CGS
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