Pasay’s urban planning concept metropolis is set to rise in about fifteen minutes

An artist’s render of a 15-minute city, where work, food, housing, education and cultural activities are easily within reach.

Fifteen minutes is a long time in the eyes of the modern metropolitan resident.

In just fifteen minutes, you may accomplish a lot of worthwhile tasks, like meditate, clear your inbox, jog a 1.5-kilometer route, perform high-intensity interval training (HITT), read the news, and make a smoothie.

However, 15 minutes is hardly enough time for a commuter in Metro Manila to get from point A to point B. You have probably not moved an inch in this time, especially during rush hour.

Do you know about the 15-minute city? It’s a contemporary idea for urban development that prioritizes both people and the environment. The phrase was first used by urbanist and Sorbonne University professor Carlos Moreno of Paris. He stated that the perfect neighborhood or city is one in which jobs, dining, housing, entertainment, and educational opportunities are all conveniently located within a 15-minute walk or by bike.

Pasay City, in its forward-looking 360-hectare smart city development, aims to create an innovative tropical 15-minute city for over 300,000 residents.

Situated at the edge of a densely-packed and overpopulated metropolis perpetually in a traffic gridlock, this city will provide respite to its residents and visitors with sustainable, inclusive, safe, and healthy living where all their needs can be accessed within reach.

Among its intended features, the project is envisioned to have low carbon and safe mobility networks with multimodal public transport services and enhanced infrastructure that prioritizes active mobility like walking and biking. There will be parking lots equipped with electric vehicle charging stations, dedicated bike lanes, easily accessible public transport hubs, and unimpeded pedestrian walkways.

An artist’s rendition of a soon-to-rise 15-minute city in Pasay

This assures lower transportation costs, less carbon emissions, and most importantly, healthier and happier people. No more long and tiring queues at the EDSA bus carousel or sitting hours on end in the middle of EDSA traffic.

The project has been thoughtfully planned and designed for many years, and finally it has received the green light by government to proceed. In fact, no less than Albay 2nd district Rep. Joey Salceda highlighted how the Pasay-led project is expected to earn billions in real estate assets for the government.

The project’s revenues are expected to provide an enormous multiplier effect on our GDP and around 300,000 additional jobs between 2027 and 2040. It is anticipated to employ 4% of all workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) by 2035.

It is anticipated that the Pasay 360 Project will reinvigorate the economy, foster livelihoods, and develop the next wave of Filipino leaders. Filipinos may take pleasure in it as we advance toward the twenty-second century.

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