Metro Manila, or Metropolitan Manila in a strict sense, is the political, economical, social and perhaps the educational heart of this great country. This is where most of the activities, in my opinion around 80%, of the country takes place. From government offices such as the Malacanang Palace to the different social hubs such as the Mall of Asia, almost everything of significance for the entire country is located here. It is for my opinion rather amusing to see almost everything of significance major economic zones, major universities, important government facilities etc to be compressed altogether in a small part of the country, as tactics suggests all an enemy state has to do is to capture the Metro.
It is ironic that though Metro Manila is the social, political etc. hub of the country, it is poorly maintained and has no proper master design, which I blogged about. The purpose of this blog is to point out that in order for this heart to truly develop and progress, what it needs is a united metropolis. Metro Manila consists of at least 15 cities and of course a municipality, Municipality of Pateros, in which all function separately and independently. There is no argument to the fact that each city/municipality has its own governing force, the problem is that each governing force only fulfills each selfish interest. It must be understood that all these cities coincide under one roof, the decisions of each city affect the metropolis as a whole and that each of the governing entities in each of these cities must start to think about the interest of the entire metro and not of their area of jurisdiction alone.
The battle for The Fort, Bonifacio Global City, is a prime example of how self-interested each city could be, with Makati trying to take control of the fort from the City of Taguig without realizing that this is one, if not the only, major source of revenue of the later. The metropolis should be united, both in actions and in goals, each city government must realize that their jurisdiction does not end in their area alone but of the entire metropolis, if each mayor could cooperate with one another and would plan together then Metro Manila could become a more organized, progressive and better place.
If one is to take a look at it, perhaps it would also be better if the revenues of the cities inside the metro are shared to one another, to which a high revenue earning cities such as Makati could help those other cities who lacks the resources to fund projects which would not only improve its citizens well being but the well beings of all those in the metropolis. All the 15 cities and a municipality of course must work as one to ensure the development of the entire metropolis, if each city would be concentrating in each jurisdiction alone then there would be uneven development, with those cities graced with better economic opportunities having far more development than those scarce of resources. The entire metropolis is like an organization, with each city governing a respective committee, for the entire organization to progress it takes each committee with all its resources at its disposal to help one another to ensure the growth and development of the entire organization.
The metropolis as a whole has so many problems, it needs the cooperation and action of all those in it to solve this problems a step at a time. The entire metropolis is not as huge anyway, and every mayor or governing entity of every city must think that their cities are really not far apart, and that if one city is starting to have problems, those problems are more likely to spill over to other cities as well. It must always be remembered that in the end those 15 cities and a municipality are all under one roof, they are all under one metropolis.
It is due time that the heart of this nation steps up on what it really should be, a progressive, developed and organized metropolis worthy of distinction. To conclude, this writer quotes Mr. Bong Austero from his article, which served as the inspiration of this blog, that was take from Manila Standard today.
On traffic and on the metro:
“We can’t seem to agree on anything other than the fact that the traffic problem is worsening by the day. But the traffic on our streets is just the physical manifestation of a larger and more complicated problem–our failure to listen to each other, to collaborate, agree on solutions, and pursue common courses of action. We won’t be able to solve the chaos in our streets until we are able to fix the breakdown in communication and the gridlock in the way we work together as a nation.” – Bong Austero
References: Austero, B. (2013, August 11). Traffic as symptom of a bigger problem. Retrieved October 6, 2013, from http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/08/11/traffic-as-symptom-of-a-bigger-problem/
– Miguel Rey Ramos, 2012-30997