Wilfredo B. Prilles, Jr.
City Planning and Development Coordinator of Naga City, Philippines
Naga City - Current and Future Challenges for City Development and Planning
As one of the few self-governing cities in the Philippines, the city’s governing bodies have many years of experience in urban development. However, like many in the region, the city continues to face challenges related to natural hazards, climate change, and general sustainability problems such as the need for housing or securing livelihoods for the urban poor. The city continues to develop and implement strategies to ensure the resilience of cities in the future.
Under his leadership, the city planning department crafted its Comprehensive Land Use Plan, 2016-30, and is now preparing the successor 10-year Comprehensive Development Plan, 2021-30.
In September 2009, his team was given the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, the highest state honor accorded to public employees in the Philippines. The award recognized Naga’s pioneering effort on its Citizen’s Charter, which predated by eight years the Anti-Red Tape law requiring all state agencies to have their own service charter.
Willy is part of the pioneering group of Ford Foundation International Fellows in the country. In November 2004, he completed his M.Phil. in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from the University of Cambridge in the UK. In March 1995, Willy also finished his Master in Management degree from the Bicol University Graduate School on a Civil Service Commission scholarship.