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    Fort Bonifacio Developments: Monorail at the North and Senate at the South

    Fort Bonifacio has been in the news as of late, thanks to two major developments that are being planned on both ends of the former military complex. On this edition of the Roundup, we shall take a closer look at both of these projects and what they entail for the future development of the area. But before we go further, there is one important thing that must be said about where these projects are to be located: they are NOT located within Bonifacio Global City. The thing is, Bonifiacio Global City is just part of the greater Fort Bonifacio area which extends from Kalayaan Avenue all the way up to…

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    A Glimpse of Public Transportation’s Future

    Let’s admit it. Public transportation in Metro Manila, and in the country in general, needs to be improved, which some may consider a total understatement. Not taking into consideration the problems with mass rail transportation (looking at you, Line 3), we are all too familiar the sight of people hanging by the entry rear of the jeepney, especially during rush hour, or the packed buses where passengers don’t have any space to wiggle. Then there is also the problem of pollution some of these vehicles emit thanks to poor fuel consumption, vehicles visibly suffering wear and tear but are still plying the roads. All these things compound the already very,…

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    Federalism and Metro Manila – Part 2

    Previously, we have discussed the matter of federalism and how it can help address the issue of congestion in Metro Manila for the region to achieve a more meaningful development. But as was pointed out last time, decongestion is just part of the equation to achieve this goal of a meaningful development. The other part of the equation is equally important, and that is governance. A metropolis of 17 kingdoms Metro Manila, sadly, presently suffers from an ill-conceived system of government that has often prevented measures that would have enabled meaningful development for the metropolis. The thing is, Metro Manila today is nothing more than a set of 17 little…

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    Federalism and Metro Manila – Part 1

    In the coming weeks and months, the discussions to amend the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines will go full force. These amendments, if passed by the constituent assembly and ratified by the people, will mean a radical transformation of the way things are being run in the country. One of these key amendments is the shift from a unitary form of government to a federal form of government. This means that the traditional highly-centralized powers based in Metro Manila will be devolved as the different regions of the country will have more say with regards to their respective development. With that said, the question being asked is what and how…