Should the gov't move the Philippine capital?

After suggestions to make the country’s name "Filipinas", another branch of government seeks to make another change: replace the city of Manila as the seat of capital in the country.
 
In filing Senate Bill No. 655, Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV proposes to create a commission that will determine if there is a need to retain Manila as Philippine capital.
 
“Metro Manila is a capital which could hardly stand proud in the ranks of national capitals throughout the world,” Trillanes lamented.
 
“To better administer government transactions, as well as spur development in other areas of the country, it is high time to comprehensively study the potential of relocating and transferring of the national capital and permanent seat of the national government of the country from the City of Manila and the National Capital Region,” he suggested.
 
Trillanes explained national capitals occupy a commanding position in the stature and development of nation, standing as symbols of pride or a vehicle for national progress.
 
But the veteran lawmaker argued that Manila City in the National Capital Region (NCR) lacked proper urban planning manifested in its “antiquated drainage systems, and traffic gridlocks” since 1976.
 
He also pointed out that the hazardous air quality compounded by the proliferation of illegal settlers has only made Metro Manila “a place with only a little space for development.
 
With his Act Constituting a National Capital Commission for Capital Relocation, Trillanes hopes for the creation of an ad hoc commission to undertake a feasibility study on the matter.
 
“The body will be composed of three commissioners, who will be appointed by the President, and a secretariat that will provide technical and administrative assistance to the commission,” his bill stated.
 
“Within two years after its commencement, the commission will submit to the President a report of its study and recommendations,” it proposed.
 
Manila is the second largest city in the Philippines and is one the sixteen cities that make up the NCR or more popularly referred to as Metro Manila.
 
Located on the eastern shore of Manila, the city of Manila is home to about 1.7 million Filipinos as of 2010 national census.
 
Manila Mayor and former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada vowed to revive the glorious image of the city from proliferation of crimes and lackluster economic performance.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila
    Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a demolition crew begins to tear down a squatters' community at suburban Caloocan city, north of Manila, Philippines. Population growth and the lack of economic opportunities in rural areas have driven millions of Filipinos into the squatters' colonies that dot the sprawling metropolitan area in and around Manila. Most of the land they occupy is privately owned, and clearing the dwellings often results in violence. The landowner had offered about $1,344 in …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Mostly down; Thai shares near 2-week low

    BANGKOK, May 26 (Reuters) - Most sharemarkets in Southeast Asia fell on Tuesday with the Thai index ending at a near two-week low and the Philippines touching a near four-week low after trade data while ... …

  • China breaks ground on lighthouse project in South China Sea

    China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, a move that is likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions. China's Ministry of Transport hosted the ceremony for the construction of two multi-functional lighthouses on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef on the disputed Spratly islands, state news agency Xinhua said, defying calls from the United States and the …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Thai, Philippine indexes weak after trade data

    BANGKOK, May 26 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose in line with the rest of Asia on Tuesday but the Thai index pared early gains after weak trade data in April, while the Philippine benchmark ... …

  • Is your home on top of a faultline?
    Is your home on top of a faultline?

    The Philippine Institute of Volcanoly and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recently issued an updated and high-resolution "atlas" of the East Valley Fault and West Valley Fault, two major faultlines that run through sections of Metro Manila. Metro Manila may be due for a 7.2-magnitude earthquake within this lifetime, say experts from the institute, among them PHIVOLCS director Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr. According to records, the last major earthquake caused by the West Valley Fault took place 357 years …

  • Filipina maid photographs "modern slavery" in Hong Kong

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Filipina maid in Hong Kong has published stark photographs of burned and beaten domestic workers to highlight the "modern slavery" she says has long been the city's shameful secret. "Hong Kong is a very modern, successful city but people treat their helpers like slaves," said Xyza Cruz Bacani, whose black and white portraits won her a scholarship from the Magnum Foundation to start studying at New York University this month. It's common …

  • Want to buy a brand new car?
    Want to buy a brand new car?

    Tired of fixing your old car? Maybe this is the best time for you to invest in a brand new one. BPI Family Savings Bank, the country’s leading consumer bank, is extending its newest campaign “Bagong Kotse, 1-Month Libre” promo until June 30, 2015 which allows potential car buyers to avail of a car loan term […] The post Want to buy a brand new car? appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • ‘Kentex owners still in Phl’
    ‘Kentex owners still in Phl’

    The daughter of one of the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. owners has assured the government that the businessmen are still in the Philippines, contrary to some reports that they have fled the country. Barbara Ang, daughter of Kentex shareholder Veato Ang, said her father and his business partners have no plans of leaving the country despite the razing of the Valenzuela slipper factory, which killed 72 workers on May 13. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian also stood by his promise to punish any local …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options