The Department of Transportation and Communication has just spoken: the new Manila International Airport will be built in Sangley Point in Cavite City. This announcement came on the heels of the recently-released report of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which recommended that the new airport be built in the area, something the Urban Roamer has touched upon in a recent post. And it seems the DOTC is intent on following that particular recommendation.
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. 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,…