Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PLDT eyeing 'campus-type' HQ in Filinvest

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is reportedly looking at Filinvest City as a potential home to their headquarters. 

Set in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Filinvest City is a masterplanned urban development by Filinvest Land Inc. At 244 hectares, the mixed-use project has zones dedicated to residential, commercial, business, recreational, educational, and medical establishments.

Manuel V. Pangilinan, PLDT chair, stated that the company is looking at a 5- to 10-hectare plot in the area, and are currently in talks with Filinvest for its acquisition.

PLDT was originally interested in an office building by Alphaland Corp. in Makati City. However, Pangilinan clarified that the potential deal with Alphaland will no longer push through, what with his company eyeing the Filinvest township instead.

Pangilinan stated that PLDT has plans to erect a “campus-style” headquarters much like the forthcoming corporate offices of Apple Inc., dubbed Apple Campus 2. Set in Cupertino, California, the computer giant’s “campus” consists of a sleek, round building -- dubbed “one infinite loop” -- with a vast, open space at its center.

“I would prefer a campus-style kind of headquarters,” said Pangilinan. “If you really dig deep into the telecoms world and even the media world, it is rapidly changing. The Internet is really affecting things. It will affect how people work and how they interact at work.”

Pangilinan delved further into the modern version of a corporate office, commending Apple for its innovation. “The traditional model is you functionalize [offices]—you assign different areas for finance, marketing, sales, admin departments. That’s why you build buildings and assign floors [for each department], but the interaction is different,” said Pangilinan. “Apple’s headquarters building is shaped like a big pie; it’s a circular thing. I guess they determined that’s the way they want to interact at work and force people to dialogue with each other and work with each other—pretty much open and free.”

Pangilinan, however, stated that PLDT is in no hurry to move, opting to consult its employees about the relocation before making any commitments. “Some live up north, so they could get stuck in traffic when travelling down south,” said Pangilinan.


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