The Philippines now loses nearly 66 million USD per day due to traffic congestion. While it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that our country has failed in transport planning, the truth of the matter is, the Philippines actually has had several past transport plans that recommended a plenty of supposed big-ticket transport projects. Unfortunately, most of them, if not all, did not materialize.
I applied for and got accepted in this programme called Global Challenges in Transport with the theme "Infrastructure, Development and Finance" that aims to discuss topics on planning, management and appraisal of transport projects to be held in the University of Oxford next year. Although we still have to wait for over a year, the registration fee (£1,125 = PhP 77,000 = USD 1,430) is already due for payment within 90 days from July 27, 2018. (Note: Last October 1, 2018, it was extended, I was given until March 2019 to settle the registration fee. Yeyyy)
What I certainly like about this programme is, it offers a whole new global perspective on how transport projects are appraised and financed. As a transport engineering/planning professional, it is important to recognize that a project should not only end once the design, specifications, or its feasibility study has been completed. It is also equally important that engineers/planners make sure their outputs are directed to the proper channels for it to be implemented. I know political economy comes into play which is also a topic of concern for this programme.
This course is very essential particularly to someone who is passionate in learning on various transportation concepts and issues, and to those future leaders who will have a hand in the go-or-no-go of transport projects. Although it seems that our country is now recovering from almost two decades of no big transport projects, there is no denying that we still have a lot to learn from other countries and I believe this is an avenue to share our stories, to learn new ideas on transport infrastructure and development, and to unlearn the bad practices associated with it.
I appreciate those who will have the time to help and offer a bit of their extra resources for my attendance in this programme to come to fruition. Rest assured everything will be used sparingly for my registration fee, airfare, and other related fees. Thank you so much!
Proof of my acceptance: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SBbnToPe60U7IX0d...
Anything related to the Global Challenges in Transport programme: http://www.tsu.ox.ac.uk/course/