Metro Manila as we know it today sadly has been borne out of unrealized plans coupled by shortsighted planning that did not take into account how fast it would grow over the last 30 years or so. (something I have talked about in the past here) Now we are suffering the brunt of these problems as a result: the traffic, the lack of proper housing, the overpopulation in the metropolis, pollution, and unchecked urbanization to name a few.
typical EDSA traffic (taken from the web)
informal settlers along a creek (taken from the web)
With all these problems the metropolis is facing right now, and considering what happened before, is there hope for Metro Manila? As critical as I am of what is happening in the metropolis, the Urban Roamer still believes there is hope for the metropolis. I’m glad that this optimism is shared by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which recently jointly came up with a “dream plan” for Metro Manila that will not only address the aforementioned challenges, but will also serve as a catalyst for the future growth of the metropolis, as well as the surrounding areas that is envisioned by the year 2030. A video was posted online about the details of the plan, as posted here below: