GABILO, Mark Jovert D.

A big step to surviving urbanization “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” - George Bernard Shaw Dealing with the argument of Manila reaching its carrying capacity, there is truly a need to establish a substitute for it, a new capital that can keep up with the pressing demands of urbanization. Manila is now overpopulated. According to the National Statistics Office (NSO), in 2010, it has already 19,137 people per square meter, 62 times higher than the national average of 308 persons per square meter. Manila also significantly lacks ample roads which can provide smooth transportation to about 2 million vehicles per day. Flooding has continuously been a major dilemma inside the town, paralyzing people’s daily living every now and then. There is, as well, the major concern on the growing fault lines that could affect a number of cities in Manila. These are in connection with those found in Quezon City which, according to Department of Science and Technology (DOST), are also connected to that of Marikina Valley. Crime rate is also on top of the list of the major problems that are pushing Manila to the brink. According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Manila records more than a thousand crime cases every month. Right now, the Philippine capital is simply getting a dose it can no longer handle. As such, the idea of having a “new Manila” could be promising. Based on the data gathered by the Department of Natural Resources (DENR), Metro Manila generates so much garbage that they are responsible for onefourth of the country’s daily output of solid waste which are also the root cause of the deterioration of major waterways. The thing is, households do not engage to serious waste management practices, not to mention the presence of significant number of informal settlers building homes along waterways. The government, though liable to poor law enforcement, cannot totally be blamed for this, taking into consideration the number of people Manila houses. It is virtually impossible to produce less trash while having many residents who are producing it. Having a new Manila can be a major step in addressing this headache. Basically, bulk of the people will no longer utilize Manila that much resulting to, at least, less garbage produced. When this happens, rehabilitation can be feasible. As the new Manila rises, efforts in cleaning waterways and decompressing of landfills inside the Metro to sites such as in a former mining pit in Zambales, a huge vacant land in Real, Quezon, in Clark Field, Pampanga, in Rodriguez, Rizal and in Bagac, Bataan, can be commenced. The new Metro Manila can either be developed at Bulacan or at Rizal but not both at the same time. Of course, this would entail a lot of money which the country cannot produce readily. Given the fact these places are not part of fault line zones and that these are relatively undisturbed, we are possibly looking at even greater possibilities. To this point, however, it cannot readily be determined which city would be better. Both have started considering the construction of landfills, but also, both of them has had troubles in managing waterways, though to a lesser degree. It will all boil down to which location can be more geographically mobile for the people that Manila currently caters.
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GABILO. Metro showing signs of new fault? Inquirer News. A new Manila cannot be the same. D.L. Retrieved from http://www.abs-cbnnews. MM has 19.137 per sq m.ph Yap. Alave. 2011). (March 8.net . Metro Manila produces a fourth of Philippine garbage. 2012). (February 7.inquirer. B. 2013). says PNP.inquirer. Inquirer News. We may be too attached to the charisma of Manila.L. (September 9. K. 2013). rp3. Retrieved from http:// newsinfo.newsinfo. Mark Jovert D.J. but it’s about time to put some rationale thinking about its current situation.net Desiderio. Retrieved from http://www. (August 16. Retrieved from http://www.spot.com The Feed. Metro Manila crime rate down by almost 60%. but it can possibly be better.

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