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Be Inspired by these 13 Filipino Environmental Planners!

Aspiring and incumbent environmental planners can definitely get inspiration from my Hall of Fame of Filipino environmental planners.

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In recent years, environmental planning is emerging as a trendy profession in the Philippines.

Although environmental planners and urban planners have been regulated by the government for a long time, only recently have Filipinos been severely interested in being involved in local government planning processes.

The increased interest may be a result of the suffering caused by poor urban planning to Filipino workers.

With news about worsening traffic, housing, and transportation conditions in Metro Manila, as well as the vulnerability of the National Capital Region to natural hazards like the Big One, urban planners are on spotlight as knowledge celebrities.

To support the continued interest in Filipino environmental planning, I feature notable Filipino environmental planners.

Some of them were already featured in a previous article about how environmental planners can increase knowledge.

Aspiring and incumbent environmental planners can definitely get inspiration from my Hall of Fame of Filipino environmental planners.

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These environmental planners satisfy at least two of the following criteria:

  • A registered Environmental Planner (required)
  • Writes about environmental planning consistently
  • Appeared in the first 10 pages of Google Search Results using the keywords “Filipino environmental planner”
  • Environmental planners I personally admire and have worked with

Of course, the list is incomplete!

Send me your suggestions for notable Filipino environmental planners by using the feedback form or leaving a comment at the end of the article!

Notable Filipino Environmental Planners

Prof Meliton Juanico        

Prof. Meliton Juanico is a recognized mentor for many Filipino Environmental Planners, as he is a long-time professor of land use planning at the UP Department of Geography.

Dr Juanico is also continuously involved in the planning processes of many Philippine LGUs. I worked with him in 2018 in updating the CLUP of the Municipality of Tiwi, Province of Albay.

Prof. Juanico also writes for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Arch EnP. Felino Palafox Jr 

Philippine urban planning is almost synonymous with Arch. Jun Palafox.

With four decades of international urban planning experience, everyone listens when Arch Jun speaks about interventions in Metro Manila urban planning.

Palafox Associates also has grand planning projects in its portfolio.

Arch Jun also writes for the Manila Times. I personally appreciate his list of the Top 10 Cities of the World for its inspirational value.

PRC Environmental Planning Board: Josefina Ramos, Lirio Abuyuan, Corazon Cruz       

If you are a Licensed Environmental Planner of recent years or are planning to take the board exam, you should know them!

The Board of Environmental Planningsupervise(s) the registration, licensure and practice of environmental planning” and “prepare(s) the contents of licensure examination.”

Arch. EnP. Paulo Alcazaren

Architect Alcazaren first comes to mind when sidewalks are in the conversation.

His “party-list,” the MADAFAKAS,  represents an integral need of Philippine cities: walkability.

Architect Alcazaren also features beautiful photos on his personal Facebook profile. He also writes for the Philippine Star particularly on city observations.

Prof. Ernesto Serote

Prof. Serote is to environmental planners as Mark Twain is to literature.

He is the “Guru of Philippine Local Planning,” persevering to help in building the capacity of Philippine local governments.

His book “Property, Patrimony  and Territory” is the primary basis for the Rationalized Planning System Sourcebook, one of the Bibles of Filipino Environmental Planning.

Arch EnP. Nathaniel “Dinky” von Einsiedel    

Arch Dinky is the Founding Chairman of ASSURE, an alliance of professionals involved in rebuilding Typhoon Haiyan-affected towns and cities in the Philippines.

He was also the First Commissioner for Planning of the former Metropolitan Manila Commission.

As  Principal Urban Planner of Consultants for Comprehensive Environmental Planning (CONCEP) Inc., Architect Dinky was also involved in the production of the Public Parks and Open Green Spaces Guidebook.

Some of his remarkable interviews are about the new Filipino city and public green spaces.

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EnP David Garcia   

EnP David Garcia is one of the most enthusiastic proponents of digital cartography in social media.

His “Hundred Largest Islands of the World,” is both art and science.

Being the Mapmaker, EnP Garcia also advocates for “open, accessible, and free” public map data.

EnP Mia Quimpo    

EnP Quimpo is currently Head of TRACTEBEL Philippines Urban Business Line; EnP Mia is a also former National President of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners.

EnP Mia recently contributed a reimagination of Metro Manila where everything is within reach.

Dr. Primitivo Cal     

Dr. Cal is a former dean of UP School of Urban and Regional Planning. He was also Undersecretary for Transportation during the Ramos Administration.

In 2017, he was featured by Rappler for an interview about the Philippine Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

Dr. Arturo Corpuz  

Dr. Corpuz is a member of the Board of Directors of Ayala Land Inc.

Dr. Corpuz has also been recognized as a Most Outstanding Environmental Planner.

His paper on land use policy and human development is an essential reading for local government planners.  

Arch./EnP. Armando Alli

The 2018 Most Outstanding Environmental Planner, I worked with Architect “Boy” Alli during my employment as Research Assistant at OIDCI. Then, he was a consultant for the C5 Transport System Project.

Arch. Alli often shares relevant files about the architecture profession through his managed Facebook groups. These files are now accessible on his own website.

Col. Celestino F. Desamito, Jr. (Ret.)      

Col. Desamito was the 2016 Most Outstanding Environmental Planner. He is a Director of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners for 2019-2020.

NEDA Regional Development Council XII calls Col. Desamito “the People’s Veterinarian.

Col. Desamito is also  member of the Provincial Land Use Committee of the Province of South Cotabato.

EnP Ragene Palma 

Most recent passers of the Environmental Planning Board Exam (including myself!) consider EnP Jean as an online mentor.

Her EnP Board Exam Review Series is the “holy grail” for self-reviewers of the Board Exam.

EnP Jean has also written about the importance of urban planning in the Philippines.

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Honorable Mention

The persons in the section are remarkable professionals involved in urban planning-related activities.

I include them here because I also admire their work, but I am uncertain if they are registered environmental planners.

Dr. Jose Rizal

One of the Philippine national heroes was also an environmental planner by practice.

Manila Bulletin reported in 2014 how Dr Jose Rizal “helped plan the now sprawling city in Zamboanga” by helping build fish pens, establishing a water system, and turning the town into a green space.

The Development Academy of the Philippines published “Parangal Kay Gat Jose P. Rizal: Bayaning Environmental Planner” in 2011, a book featuring how Pepe’s exile was a time for Dapitan’s planning.

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Dr. Robert Siy

Dr. Siy is an advocate for sustainable mobility.

His articles on the Manila Times greatly manifest this advocacy.

He is a seasoned transport planner and a former Director at the Asian Development Bank.

Read: 4 Major Themes from Ideal EDSAs of 9 Urban Planners and Architects

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