HCC in the News: Manila’s Masterplan and the Dutch Approach

HCC in the News: Manila’s Masterplan and the Dutch Approach

HCC, along with other Dutch experts led by Deltares, was recently highlighted in the Dutch media. On Saturday, May 26 Trouw newspaper published the article With Dutch help, Manila can again become the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ (Met Nederlandse hulp moet Manila weer de ‘Parel van de Oriënt’ worden’). Please find the English summary below.

Clipping from Dutch newspaper Trouw.

English summary: In Manila Bay, billions can be earned with future infrastructure development. HCC is part of the Dutch team of experts who have recently begun work on the city’s new sustainable masterplan to help guide this process. The Filipino government already has around 30 unsolicited proposals for infrastructure development on the table, so this masterplan will build the overarching framework to help the government choose and set (inclusive) criteria for the execution of the new infrastructure projects.

Dutch experts are working together to develop the masterplan and paying special attention to inhabitants like slumdwellers and sensitive environments like mangroves and coastlines. They will later also bid to be part of the implementation. While competition from countries like China is fierce, the expectation is that working in an inclusive manner (using the Dutch polder model as an example) can bring a competitive advantage.

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