No end in sight for Metro Manila trafficTraffic congestion in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila, is a major problem. According to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Metro Manila’s gridlocks cost the metropolis some P3.5 billion a day that could skyrocket to P5.4 billion by 2035. P3.5 billion, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) head of traffic Edison Bong Nebrija noted, could fund construction of a new bridge — alas not enough to put an end to the all-too-frequent “carmaggedons” that are now a part of Metro Manila life. Based on MMDA records, around 386,000 to 402,000 vehicles traverse EDSA daily, beyond the highway’s capacity of 235,000 During the “ber” months — the Christmas season in the Philippines runs from September to December — this increases by 20 percent.MMDA spokesman Celine Pialago said the main causes of traffic on EDSA, aside from the volume of vehicles, are an average of 42 … [Read more...] about No end in sight for Metro Manila traffic
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Metro Manila: What went wrong?First of two parts What is more disappointing is that these were all foreseen in the 1970s, and little was done about it. The World Bank-funded Metro Manila Transport, Land Use and Development Planning Project (or the MMetroplan) was published in 1976. I was a senior planner and team leader for development planning of the MMetroplan. The MMetroplan was an inter-agency project of the government of the Philippines with Freeman Fox and Associates that provided recommendations to manage development and control where it takes place and presented planning advice for transport and other development opportunities. The MMetroplan team said that with a “do nothing scenario,” Metro Manila would have catastrophic traffic and flooding; garbage and sewerage problems; lack of water supply, decent housing, and transportation systems; and will be vulnerable to disasters and other urban ills. Previous urban plans, transport plans, and traffic engineering and … [Read more...] about Metro Manila: What went wrong?
Metro Manila most congested city in Asia, says ADBTHE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has come up with a report on the extent of congestion in Asian cities. What it has to say about Metro Manila is not complimentary or pleasing for our National Capital Region because it confirms frankly and indisputably what most of its residents have long seen, felt and recognized — that our premier region is choking from population congestion and the exhaustion of the government’s capacity to provide sufficient vital public services like transport, water and power. Metro Manila, says the ADB report, is the most congested natural city in Asia. A natural city is one that has a population of more than 5 million.Metro Manila, according to the Commission on Population (Popcom), has a population of 12 million. It is a mega-city. In its 2019 development report, the ADB says that out of the 278 Asian cities with population of more than 5 million people, the Philippine capital ranked as the most … [Read more...] about Metro Manila most congested city in Asia, says ADB
Magnitude 5.5 quake rocks Metro Manila, Luzon (Philstar.com) - September 13, 2019 - 4:49pm MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 5.5 earthquake shook parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The epicenter of the earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, was located 40 kilometers north of Burdeos, Quezon province at 4:28 p.m., according to PHIVOLCS. Intensity 4 or "moderately strong" shaking which slightly rocked vehicles and was generally felt by those indoors and some people outdoors was recorded in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte and Quezon City. Meanwhile, Guinayangan, Quezon felt Intensity 3 or "weak" shaking felt by many indoors especially those on upper floors. PHIVOLCS said damage and aftershocks are expected. This is a developing story — Patricia Lourdes Viray … [Read more...] about Magnitude 5.5 quake rocks Metro Manila, Luzon
ADB to finance $100-M walkways in Metro Manila (The Philippine Star) - May 3, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — All over Metro Manila, there’s little or no room for expanding or constructing sidewalks. So the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is working with the Philippine government to finance the construction of elevated walkways for pedestrians, with the possibility of using them for bicycles as well. The bank is prepared to provide $100 million in loans for the so-called Greenways project, according to Ramesh Subramaniam, the ADB’s director general for Southeast Asia. An initial six sites have been selected for the launch of the project, which the ADB is discussing with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Subramaniam told journalists at a briefing in this Fijian city, where the bank is holding its 52nd annual Board of Governors meeting. Among the initial sites selected are North … [Read more...] about ADB to finance $100-M walkways in Metro Manila