Bulacan signs contract with Palafox Associates

FIRST WORLD PROVINCE IN THE MAKING. Governor Daniel R. Fernando seals the deal with a hand shake with Arch. Felino A. Palafox, Jr., principal architect and urban planner of Palafox Associates, during the ceremonial contract signing for the updating of the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) of the Province of Bulacan with Vice Governor Alexis C. Castro, Enp. Ryan James Dizon, Director for Urban Planning (leftmost); Provincial Administrator Antonette V. Constantino (2nd from right) and Provincial Planning and Development Officer Arlene G. Pascual (rightmost) held at the at the Palawan Ballroom, Edsa Shangri-la, City of Mandaluyong last January 25, 2024. Also present to witness the contract signing are (R-L, at the back) Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Gerald Nelson Manalo; Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Hjordis Marushka B. Celis; Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Rowena J. Tiongson; Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Manuel Lukban, Jr.; Chief of Staff Atty. Nikki M. Coronel; Provincial Agriculturist Ma. Gloria SF. Carrillo, Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Officer Atty. Julius Victor C. Degala, Provincial Information Officer Katrina Anne B. Balingit (not in photo) and representatives from Palafox Associates.

CITY OF MALOLOS – As envisioned to be a potential first world province, the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Governor Daniel R. Fernando signed a contract with Palafox Associates for the Updating of the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) of The Province of Bulacan held at the Palawan Hall in Edsa Shangri-la, City of Mandaluyong, Manila last Thursday, January 25, 2024.


Architect Felino A. Palafox, Jr., the principal architect and urban planner of Palafox Associates, outlines his vision for the province 15 years into the future during the contract signing.


“Natulungan ko ang Dubai, desert town ng Dubai, na maging first world in 15 years, because there are roots of Dubai which I see also in the leadership here– visionary leaders, strong political will, good appreciation of urban planning, good appreciation of good design architecture engineering, excellent management and good governance. With those ingredients, I think Bulacan can be ahead to join the first world,” Palafox said.


According to him, Bulacan has a great potential for growth and development, citing that the province is more than four times the size of Metro Manila, four times the size of Singapore, and two and a half times the size of Hong Kong.


“The first highest development potential counter-magnet to Metro Manila is Bulacan. The topography is so nice like we can plan from ridge to reefs– from the top of the mountain, highlands, lowlands and coastal areas,” he added.


In his message, Fernando mentioned that both the Provincial Government of Bulacan and San Miguel Corporation have a fair share in advancing the province’s development, which made the contract signing possible.


“Bulacan now is the target– the target of economy, the target of development and infra, everything po. We cited already kung ano ang dapat gawin, may mga bayan na inilagay namin under economic development, ‘yung ibang bayan naman ay under sa infra,” Fernando said.