Jason Gonzales is mayor of Lambunao, an agrarian, 80,000-person municipality in the Philippines, where rice, bananas, corn and coffee are cultivated, and 27% percent of the population lives in poverty. Effective policies and good governance are important for a city, but so is good design, such as the conversion of Times Square in New York into a pedestrian corridor that radically stimulated business and employment. His goal on fellowship is to interview prominent planners and visit successful cities to study how "thoughtful urban design" impacts public health, its citizens’ sense of equality, and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.

Organization

Municipality of Lambunao

Title

Mayor

Areas of Interest

Urban Planning
  • jason gonzales

Program Year

2018

Program

Global Program

Country of Origin

Philippines

Destination Country

United States