Establishing Science Cities to Accelerate Urban Development: Insights from the Philippine Experience (81151)

Session Information: Urban Development and Sustainability
Session Chair: Jonghoon Park

Saturday, 25 May 2024 15:40
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Traditionally, achieving city status in the Philippines has been viewed as a milestone, a recognition of having "made it". However, this perspective can be broadened to view cityhood not just as an endpoint but as a journey of development. This reframing positions cityhood as a pivotal strategy for enabling systematic and transformative urban growth, leading to outcomes that are both sustainable and inclusive. Through fostering density and connectivity, cities can transform into engines of growth and development, acting as catalysts that lift all sectors of society. This study explores the varied experiences of nations such as China, USA, Japan, and Korea in establishing science cities and parks. It specifically examines the readiness of Ubay, the largest municipality in the Philippine province of Bohol, to evolve into a science city. Legislative efforts are underway to designate Ubay as a "science city", taking inspiration from the Science City of Muñoz in the province of Nueva Ecija as a benchmark. This initiative highlights the existing government science, research, and technology facilities in Ubay, which have yet to catalyze significant socio-economic growth in the province or the broader region. The study proposes a framework for assessing Ubay's readiness and potential to become a science city. It enriches the traditional McKinsey 7S framework—strategy, systems, structure, staff, skills, style, and shared values—by integrating additional dimensions: "situation", "sustainability", "shocks", "science culture", "scenarios", and "synergy". This comprehensive model aims to provide a holistic understanding of what it takes to successfully develop a science city.

Segundo Joaquin Jr Romero, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Aileen Laus, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Segundo Joaquin Jr Romero is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at Ateneo de Manila University in Philippines

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