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Using Technology to Achieve Social Innovation in the Philippines

Throughout our history, social innovations have played a central role in our technological transformation. By applying technology to resolve social innovation challenges, the Philippines is looking to solve the urbanisation challenges of Metro Manila.

Metro Manila, the most densely populated region in the Philippines
Accounting for 36.5% of the country’s GDP, Metro Manila is home to more than 12 million people. It is also the most densely populated region in the country with a population density of 20,785 persons per km2, more than 60 times higher than the national level.

Every day, residents of the city have to deal with one of its most pressing concerns: traffic congestion. A 2017 survey ranked Metro Manila as the 3rd-worst congested city in Asia. People had to spend 66 minutes on average stuck in traffic every day.

According to a study, traffic congestion costs the Philippine economy up to P3.5 billion (US$67 million) a day. If no intervention takes place, this amount is likely to increase to over P5.4 billion (US$104 million) a day by 2035. Over the same period, transport costs will have risen by 2.5 times, drastically affecting the livelihoods of lower-income groups more than the rest.

By 2030, Metro Manila is expected to house 14 million people. This growth will further complicate the urbanisation issues and add more stress to the city. To resolve this, the government has embarked on the New Clark City project to decongest the city.

 

The Philippines is looking to adopt technological solutions to resolves its social innovation challenges in Metro Manila, one of the most densely populated regions in the country. We take a closer look at three key challenges and explain how Hitachi works hand-in-hand with the Philippine government, as we co-create a brighter future together.

 

Philippines is home to
101
million people
Philippine economy is
59 TH
Largest in the world
Philippines’s GDP per capita is
US$ 8,815
In terms of PPP

How Hitachi Co-Creates a Brighter Future for Philippines


Hitachi has been helping policymakers to achieve their smart city visions in places such as Kashiwa-no-ha City
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With expertise in building railway systems in Japan and England, Hitachi hopes to play a key role in the new railway system to help ease congestion
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Hitachi has implemented a similar energy management system in Kashiwa-no-ha City, which enables efficient use, monitoring and control of energy in the city
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Easing Population Growth Pressures in Metro Manila

To absorb the population growth, the government is implementing a long-term solutions of building a new city, New Clark City, from the ground up.

 
Metro Manila is home to more than
12
million people
 
By 2030, it will be home to
14
million people
 
has a population density of
20785
persons per km2
Which is more than
60
times higher than the national level
A smart city
80km
away from Metro Manila
It will accommodate
1.12
million residents
It will create
925
thousand jobs

Just 80 km away from Metro Manila lies New Clark City, a development with improved urban planning, infrastructure and public services to ease the pressure of population growth in the capital. At full completion, New Clark City will accommodate 1.12 million residents, create 925,000 jobs and account for about 4% of GDP.

As a modern smart city, advanced technology will be integrated seamlessly integrated into New Clark City. Services key for day-to-day functions, such as traffic management, public transport, emergency services and security systems, will be managed through an integrated operations centre.

Hitachi has been helping policymakers to achieve their smart city visions in Kashiwa-no-ha City, Moreno Valley and Las Vegas. The Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City Project offers a vision of cities that co-exist harmoniously with nature, support the health and longevity of its residents, and foster the creation of new industries. With our expertise in smart city technologies, Hitachi is helping Kashiwa-no-ha City realise its ambition of a sustainable and human-friendly city.

Decongesting the Daily Traffic in Metro Manila

Every day, residents of Metro Manila have to deal with one of its most pressing concerns: traffic congestion

As the development in New Clark City takes shape, the government is planning to connect the upcoming city, based in Central Luzon, to Metro Manila with a new railway system.

Upon completion, the new line aims to shorten a 2-hour travel time from Metro Manila to New Clark City to 55 minutes. Expected to benefit 350,000 passengers daily in its first year of operations, the new line will ease the load of Metro Manila’s MRT-3 line, which serves about 600,000 passengers daily, despite a capacity for just 350,000.

As part of the initial stage, New Clark City is sharing data with Hitachi for planning purposes. With extensive expertise in building railway systems in Japan and England, Hitachi hopes to play a key role in the new railway system, bringing comfort and convenience to people in the Philippines.

Building an Energy Management System for New Clark City

To power a smart city like New Clark City, the Philippine government is looking to avoid heavy reliance on non-renewable sources of energy.

For power generation, New Clark City is looking to avoid heavy reliance on non-renewable sources of energy. With a dual-focus on renewable energy and a smart energy management system, the city seeks to ensure self-sustainability for its power, water and waste management facilities.

To do so, it is looking to Hitachi to provide a Smart Grid solution, where power distribution will be allocated automatically by channeling extra power to areas with higher demands within the system.

Hitachi is studying the feasibility of such a system by leaning on our experience of implementing the Area Energy Management System in Kashiwa-no-ha, which allows for efficient use, monitoring, and control of energy in the smart city.

Find out more about Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City

 

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Release Date: May 2018
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