Webinar Topic: Transportation in Metro Manila: Improving Mobility and Unlocking Opportunities for Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World
AECOM invites you to join us at The Future of Infrastructure: Philippines Webinar Series 2020.
Every year, AECOM publishes The Future of Infrastructure (FOI) report, which envisions where the industry is heading. This year’s issue comprises a series of relevant thought leadership articles covering themes relevant to the future of infrastructure planning, particularly in enabling resilience, social value, climate change and sustainability, and making the case for infrastructure in a post-pandemic era.
In the Philippines, The Future of Infrastructure 2020 conversation kicks off this July on the country’s concerted efforts and approach towards strengthening city resilience with a focus on mobility, infrastructure and utilities, smart cities, green places and sustainable environments.
Our first webinar examines Philippine mobility issues, challenges and opportunities. As the economy reboots, how can transport systems be redesigned and transformed to improve physical and social mobility for people and communities? In a post-coronavirus world, what must we do to accommodate safety and health concerns, future population growth and infrastructure needs, and how can the public and private sector collaborate to make it happen?
This discourse is especially timely as the Philippines and the world position for recovery, leverage infrastructure investment to improve lives, create better opportunities and strengthen economies.
Who should attend
The Future of Infrastructure: Philippines Webinar Series 2020 is open to all, especially those who are keen on understanding infrastructure and the built environment in the country and the region.
The webinar series is aimed at raising discussions on the possibilities in making our cities resilient together and delivering better infrastructure for the good of the nation.
Country Representative, Philippines, AECOM
Arnel Casanova is an expert in public-private partnerships, property development, urban planning, public infrastructure and utilities, finance, governance, social entrepreneurship, security, peace negotiations and mediation, and international relations.
An urban planner and lawyer, Arnel was formerly President and CEO of Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), a $10-billion state-owned enterprise in the Philippines. Under his stewardship the BCDA developed modern urban districts including the country’s first and only smart, green, disaster-resilient metropolis—the 9,500 hectare Clark Green City.
He was responsible for a number of major property development projects and public-private partnerships that have established vibrant economic districts such as the 600 hectare Bonifacio Global City in Metro Manila and the Philippine’s longest and most modern 94 kilometer tollway, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
He was conferred the Philippine Legion of Honor Medal by President Ramos and the Presidential Medal of Merit by President Aquino. The UP School of Urban and Regional Planning recognized him as its Most Outstanding Alumnus of the Decade. He graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School with Masters degree in Public Administration major in Finance and Leadership.
President & CEO, Aboitiz InfraCapital
Cosette V. Canilao is the President and CEO of Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc., the infrastructure arm of the Aboitiz Group. Cosette has over 25 years of leadership experience in public-private partnerships (PPP), investment and corporate banking, and in financial and infrastructure advisory.
As former Executive Director of the PPP Center, Cosette instituted several structural reforms and spearheaded numerous policy enhancements to create an effective platform to engage private sector in infrastructure delivery.
Cosette received her BS in Accounting from UP Visayas and MS in Finance from UP Diliman. She has also attended executive education programs at the Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Saïd Business School.
Dr. Regin Regidor
Research Fellow, National Center for Transportation Studies, University of the Philippines
Dr. Regidor is a Research Fellow at the National Center for Transportation Studies of which he was Director from 2006–2012, and engaged in research mainly on environmentally sustainable transport, leading the study team that formulated the “National EST Strategy for the Philippines” from 2008–2011 with support from the UNCRD.
He is also a Professor with the Institute of Civil Engineering of the University of the Philippines Diliman and has worked for the World Bank, contributing to the formulation of a “Transport Infrastructure Framework Plan and Roadmap for the Philippines” in 2013–2014, and crafting working papers on the “Politics of Transport Reform in Metro Manila” and “Promoting Partnerships for Transport Planning.”
He was part of a study team of experts that undertook “A Study of Long-Term Transport Action Plan for ASEAN” in a project supported by the Clean Air Asia and the Institution for Transport Policy Studies of Japan.
Vice President, AECOM
Veronica Siranosian is a Vice President in AECOM’s Americas Digital and Innovation and Global Ventures groups, which focus on advancing digital delivery and innovation in infrastructure planning, design and delivery.
With a background in public and private sector transportation and land use planning, she works with agencies to understand, proactively plan for, and realize the future of mobility, including micro-mobility, connected/automated vehicle technologies, shared mobility, vehicle electrification, and the application of these technologies to existing and future transport networks.
Transport Economist, AECOM
Jedd Ugay is a transport planner, infrastructure economist, and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) specialist in AECOM. He is also the Chief Mobility Officer of AltMobility PH, a transport advocacy group which advocates for a people-centered approach to solving transport problems.
He has been involved in projects such as the North-South Commuter Railway Project, Mega Manila Subway Project, Manila and Cebu Bus Rapid Transits, Automated Fare Collection System (aka Beep Card), BCDA Comprehensive Master Development Plan, Panguil Bay Bridge, and Puerto Princesa Airport.
Jedd is a regular commuter and bicyclist and continues to utilize his skills and experience in tackling some of the most pressing urban development issues faced today, including helping cities achieved his vision of “world-class” transport system where as succinctly illustrated by Enrique Peñalosa: “An advanced city is not one where the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport or bicycles.”
Your opinions matter to our discussions.
We would like to hear your views about your city’s transportation system and ease of mobility, and how they responded to the coronavirus outbreak. Please spend a few minutes to complete this survey. Your collective opinions will help shape our discussions during the regional webinars. Your feedback will be kept anonymous.