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MPTC’s First Leaders’Forum – Cashless Society and Mobility: Road to Economic Recovery

by Junne Grajales

MPTC recently held its first online leaders’ forum: “Cashless Society and Mobility: Road to Economic Recovery.” It featured digital and mobility industry thought leaders from select business and government sectors.

MPTC provided a platform with its Leaders’ Forum where industry thought leaders can share and exchange views, trends, and collaborations.

This initiative is part of our sustained network and alliance-building efforts to inform our stakeholders about industry trends, pioneering moves to economic recovery, the partnership between the government and private sector, and our entry into the mobility ecosystem.

Sustainable Development and Smart Mobility

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President, Flagship Programs and Projects Presidential Adviser, and the National Action Plan Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Vince Dizon kicked off the event with a talk on “Sustainable Development and Smart Mobility” through their smart city investment program. He stated, “Exciting things are happening, despite the pandemic. We are thankful to the Metro Pacific group for NLEX, SCTEX, and your investments in Clark,” noting the transformation a well-maintained SCTEX has brought to New Clark City.

BCDA President Vince Dizon talks about their “Sustainable Development and Smart Mobility” strategies by transforming properties in Clark, Pampanga into premier centers of economic growth.

Contributions to Recovery and Business Continuity

Our very own President and CEO Rod E. Franco (REF) discussed “Contributions to Recovery and Business Continuity.” The combination of his experience and expertise yielded priceless insights. “As an infrastructure developer and operator, we will be able to help accelerate economic recovery and formulate effective pandemic response by accelerating our infrastructure build-up to help generate economic activities,” he explained. “What we expect to see in the cities of the future is a more synergized and holistic approach to transport problems. The goal is to improve the customer experience and promote more mobility among people. We at MPTC see ourselves as an active player in the future mobility system.”

Sir Rod (REF) shared that the emergence of smart cities, supported by the four trends summarized under the acronym ACES: Autonomous, Connected, Electric, and Shared will facilitate strategic, safe, and smart transport solutions to the public.

Innovations on Cashlessness

PayMaya President Shailesh Baidwan discussed his company’s take on “Innovations on Cashlessness” to make transportation safer and contactless for all. He said, “We are here to drive financial inclusion. We believe that digital finance is for all — whether you are a consumer or enterprise, you are a big company or small merchant, whether you are operating online or on the ground. Our mission is to empower every Filipino enterprise and consumer to thrive in the new digital economy.”

PayMaya President Shailesh Baidwan emphasizes their cashlessness advancements and that they “hope to partner with the government and companies to make digital financial services for all Filipinos a reality, with the transportation sector being at the forefront of this transformation.”

Why Mobility Matters to Local Governments

Baguio City Mayor Benjie Magalong talked about “Why Mobility Matters to Local Governments” and his integrated long-term plans for the City of Pines. He revealed, “We are actively redefining car lanes to create more space for micro-mobility.  We are putting in place pedestrian and bike zones, tourism routes, and parking infrastructure.  Our goal is to provide mobility choices, manage vehicular traffic, and define traffic-calming measures.  These are done with smart mobility in mind: cleaner, safer, and more efficient.”

Baguio City Mayor Benjie Magalong shares his city’s solutions to key mobility issues and plans for making Baguio City a smart city, and Why Mobility Matters to Local Governments”.

Panel Discussion

Move as One Coalition lead convenor and advocate for sustainable and inclusive mobility Robert Siy got the panel discussion going. He was excited about Sir Rod’s goal of having barrier-less tollways. “It will be a game-changer in the transportation sector. As a transport planner, it opens opportunities for smart cities to apply the same technology,” he noted.

Forum speakers likewise answered questions from invited panelists Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) President Nestor Mangio and Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines (PBOAP) Executive Director Alex Yague during the stimulating Q&A after their talks.

Industry leaders PamCham President Nestor Mangio and PBOAP Executive Director Alex Yague joined the speakers as panelists after the talks.

PayMaya Managing Director for Enterprise Business and Sales Mar Lazaro took part in the panel discussion to offer solutions to help navigate the transportation industry in the “new normal.” He asserted, “Our vision is to make not only transportation but all transactions to be digital by 2023. It should not only be affordable and practical, but it should be available now.”

REF closed the forum by giving a preview about where our company is heading. He declared, “We would like to be known as a leader not only in building and operating expressways but also in providing digital and technology-enabled mobility solutions.”

Missed the forum? Watch the FB Live recording here.

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