December 30, 2016
At business school, I was taught about clusters and diamonds. Given the “horrendous” traffic in the Philippines, I think we need to consider other models which may co-exist with these. Sure, zoning is a definite constraint but we need to plant local opportunities: where “quality” jobs are available nearby instead of the CBD (where people need only travel within or to directly adjacent municipalities or towns).
This might spell a boost in employee productivity and this will definitely improve the quality of life of people. A ‘win-win” as it were: we need to move away from “zero-sum” thinking.
This may not be in line with “conventional” wisdom but we need to try something different.