Metro Manila’s Flood-Prone Areas (as per the MMDA)

It has been about a month now in the rainy season this year, and the Metro Manila Development Authority just recently released a list of areas in the metropolis susceptible to flooding. So be mindful whenever there’s a heavy rain and to not find yourself at or nearby one of the areas listed below:

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Roundup Bits: Ferry Fares and Erap on Escolta

After publishing a couple of recent pieces on this site about the Pasig River Ferry and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) plans for Escolta, we now have some interesting updates about them. Without further ado, here are the latest developments: Continue reading


The MMDA and Escolta Redevelopment

Count me as one of the people who are not that fond of how the current administration of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is handling some of the problems Metropolitan Manila is facing today, from some of its traffic schemes to the problems of some of its traffic officers, among others, But that does not mean I would not give them some sort of praise if the situation warrants it.

This happens to be one of the things that I make such praise, thanks to the recent news that the MMDA is lending a hand in the revitalization in the old business-commercial district of Escolta by proposing a creation of an “Escolta Redevelopment Administration” to “help revive the area as transport, tourism, business, and culinary heritage hub and to assist the City Government of Manila.”

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino talking about proposed Escolta Redevelopment Administration in a recent meeting with stakeholders in the Escolta area (photo courtesy of the MMDA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/notes/mmda/mmda-chairman-proposes-the-creation-of-escolta-redevelopment-administration/725740034145559)

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Welcome Back, Pasig River Ferry

Today, Manila is all abuzz for two things happening today: the arrival of US President Barack Obama and the reopening of operations of the Pasig River Ferry service. The Urban Roamer will deal with the highlights of the Obama visit as it happens but right now, we will be dealing with today’s reopening of the Pasig River Ferry service in this entry. Continue reading