TTS Group Shares Traffic Knowledge With Manila

Posted: 23 November 2016

TTS Group is honoured to be invited to a conference organised by University of Santo Tomas to share experience in traffic planning with officers and consultants working in traffic industry as well as students from the University.

Kelvin Foo, our Director, SE Asia has been invited as one of the key expert speakers, and the only international speaker, to a conference of College of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Santo Tomas, at the Grand Ballroom of the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes O.P. building, on 16th November 2016.

The traffic problem at Metro Manila has been predicted by several studies since 1980s. In the last five years, about 450,000 vehicles were added, in which 60% are motorbikes, while very few infrastructures have been built. As a result, infrastructure supply is short of travel demand. There are now 2.35 million vehicles competing for limited road space. Daily commute time is from 90 to 150 minutes, which costs P2.4 billion a day (more than 10 percent of the gross regional domestic product).

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) is credited as Asia’s oldest existing university and now one of the most technologically advanced universities in Philippine. The University dedicates herself to the generation, advancement and transmission of knowledge to form competent and compassionate professionals. Themed “Upheave: Ascending Tourism in the Metro Through Transcending Traffic Management”, the conference aimed to discuss possible platform to consolidate efforts of all government agencies to solve traffic congestion in Metro Manila, demonstrate deeper understanding how traffic problems affect the influx of tourists and
travellers, describe best existing practices in traffic management, cite feasible solutions to solve congestion and create a strategic partnership for the promotion of tourism.

With more than 15 years of experience in the traffic and transport sector and widely known as the regional expert for various aspects of the
transport planning industry, Kelvin Foo is honoured to be invited as the only foreign guest speaker at the conference. Entitled “Southeast Asian countries’ best practices in urban traffic control – Case Study of Singapore”, Kelvin’s presentation shared his experience in traffic planning in Singapore as well as other Southeast Asian countries and spoke about his opinions on the traffic situation in Manila and what we could do to solve the problems.

Mr Engr. Nabor Gaviola, the President of Transport and Traffic Planners Inc. (TTPI) and a part-time professor at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, was assigned as the reactor to Kelvin’s presentation. Kelvin and Mr Gaviola exchanged professional opinions with each other and have come up with some very deep insights and valuable ideas about the topic.

In the end of the conference, representatives from the University of Santo Tomas gave Certificate and Token of Appreciation to Kelvin and other speakers at the event. The conference has successfully ended, and opened new opportunities for further similar and advanced events in the future.