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Old May 16th, 2012, 10:48 AM   #6981
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Old May 17th, 2012, 07:25 AM   #6982
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metro manila needs a governor katulad ng ginawa ni Marcos noon ng ndi kanya kanya ang mga city, wala kasing pagkakaisa at coordination. MMDA cant do it, sa unified traffic violation ticketing system lang yata sila nagkasundo.
Local autonomy granted by pimentels Local Government Code is to blame. Local autonomy = kanya kanyang diskarte. Local autonomy authorized more local corruption.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 08:28 AM   #6983
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Master plans for Metro Manila: What to ask and what to look for - Part 1
18-May-12, 7:21 AM | Benjamin de la Pena and Dinna Louise C. Dayao



Two big projects that were recently made public could play key roles in the future of our megacity.

MMDA announced a process to create Greenprint 2030, "a green development blueprint for Metro Manila." The plan will include a "spatial strategy that will guide the urban form of the metropolis, primary infrastructure, green systems, and the clustering of economic activities to improve livability."

Quezon City passed an ordinance that designated 250 hectares in the largest city in the National Capital Region as the new Quezon City Central Business District (QC-CBD). The law includes a master plan and new zoning and land use regulations for the future CBD.

What will these projects mean for our megacity?


In a survey we posted earlier this year, we asked, "What should the vision for Metro Manila include?” The top two answers were “a program to make the megacity cleaner and greener” and “a program to make it easier to get around the megacity.” Both answers are really about creating a megacity that puts people, not cars, first.

In this two-part article, we answer the question, "What should citizens look for in the master plans for Greenprint 2030 and the QC-CBD?"

We need not wait until the build-out of Greenprint 2030 and the QC-CBD to find out if they will make the city cleaner, greener, and easier to get around. We can look at the master plans that go with these projects.

(Note: MMDA is holding workshops "to raise awareness among key stakeholders in regard to global best practices and approaches to enhance metropolitan competitiveness, livability, and sustainability." The framework for Greenprint 2030 is set to be completed in June 2013. On the other hand, you can view the proposed plans for the QC-CBD.)

A master plan is a set of drawings or diagrams drawn to scale showing the structure or arrangement of the proposed buildings, streets, and open spaces. It looks like a map with a lot of detail on what will be built.

Here are three examples:

Daniel Burnham's 1905 plan for Manila
The Master Plan 2008 of Singapore
A Master Plan for Barcelona

The master plan usually has three parts:


The zoning or land use plan.
The street or transportation network plan.
The green or open space plan.

The land use plan


The zoning or land use plan defines what kinds of “uses” are allowed or not in specific places. The land use map uses colors to show what functions will go in specific places.

For example, yellow means only residential uses—like homes, apartments, and condos—are allowed in that area. Red means commercial uses, like offices, malls, restaurants, and groceries. Orange means mixed-use, that is, residential and commercial uses combined. Green means parks and open spaces. Check out the legend in the map for the meaning of other colors.

Here's a good example from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

What to look for:
A good mix of land uses

Plans that mix uses, for example, by putting commercial and residential areas next to or on top of each other, are much more people-friendly. People can easily get their daily needs without having to ride a vehicle. They can walk or bike to the store or the office.

Putting offices near apartments or corner stores in residential areas encourages more walking and less car use. This lessens air and noise pollution. So a land use map with a lot of small color blocks mixed together is better than a map with large areas of a single color.

The land use map is also usually attached to a set of zoning rules that set in law the uses defined in the map. For example, zoning rules may set how tall buildings can be or how close they need to be to the street.

These laws may also define how dense the housing is, that is, how many homes, apartments, and condos are allowed in each area. Subdivisions with single homes on lots will have low densities; tall apartment buildings will have higher densities.

What to look for:

Higher densities

Density is usually expressed with the letter R plus a number. R1 will be less dense than R2. The higher the number, the more housing units are allowed per acre or hectare.

The denser the place, the greener it is. Denser places tend to be greener because they work better to support walking, cycling, and mass transit. Less dense places tend to be car-dependent.

Look for the mix in incomes, too. Housing, particularly in mixed-use places, should not be meant only for the rich. There should be incentives that encourage developers to put in affordable housing so teachers, nurses, call center staff, and store clerks can also live near their places of work.

In Part 2, we'll discuss what citizens should look for in the open space plan and the street plan.

Benjamin de la Peña is the Associate Director for Urban Development at the Rockefeller Foundation. Contact him via benjiedlp@shortmail.com or follow him on twitter @benjiedlp. The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of the foundation.

Dinna Louise C. Dayao is a freelance writer and editor. You can reach her at dinnadayao@gmail.com.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 10:35 AM   #6984
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Master plan na naman....puro nalang plano ng plano..
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Old May 18th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #6985
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Ayusin muna ang nabubulok na area ng Metro Manila bago mangarap ng nakadilat ang mata ang MMDA.

Yung mga nanlilimahid na lugar--City of Manila, Camanava, Pasay, the other side of Taguig, the other side of Quezon City muna..
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Old May 19th, 2012, 03:06 AM   #6986
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Master plans for Metro Manila: What to ask and what to look for - Part 2
19-May-12, 6:31 AM | Benjamin de la Pena and Dinna Louise C. Dayao



In Part 1 of this article, we talked about what citizens should look for in the land use plans of the master plans for Greenprint 2030 and the future Quezon City Central Business District (QC-CBD).

In this article, we'll discuss what to look for in the street plan and the open space plan.

The street plan


The transportation network plan shows the roads and transport hubs.

What to look for:
Wide sidewalks, ground-level pedestrian crossings

Pedestrian connectivity is about how easy it is to walk from one place to another. Places that make walking a priority put people, not vehicles, first. Places that put cars first make it difficult for people on foot to get around.

All the streets in the plan should have wide sidewalks. Good sidewalks will be wide enough so that at least five people can walk side by side. Trees should shade these sidewalks to make walking pleasant.

The sidewalks should be well connected. Pedestrian crossings should be at ground level. Pedestrian overpasses and underpasses mean the roads are too wide and the traffic too fast for people to cross safely.

What to look for:
Narrow roads, small city blocks

The sizes of the roads and city blocks determine how walkable a place is. Plans that put people first will show a fine grid or street network with lots of small streets.

In contrast, plans that have very wide roads (i.e., more than four lanes of traffic) are hostile to pedestrians. Wide roads tend to be faster and, therefore, more dangerous for people on foot.

Lots of wide roads also usually mean very big blocks. This means people have to go a long way around just to get from one place to another. (You can learn more about “walkability” and the benefits of people-friendly street networks here.)

What to look for:
Bicycle lanes

Bicycle lanes encourage more people to ride their bikes to work or school. This reduces car use and air and noise pollution and makes the city greener.

The more bike lanes you build, the more cyclists will ride. So concludes a new study of 90 of the 100 largest cities in the U.S.

Protected bike lanes are better. “There's not a city in the world that has more than 10 percent of the population cycling that doesn't have protected lanes,” says Gil Peñalosa in this article. Peñalosa is executive director of 8-80, which promotes creating livable cities filled with walkers and bikers.

Bike lanes should also be supported by other bike infrastructure like bike stations. Here are good examples from Chicago and from Washington, D.C. Programs and ordinances that require office buildings to provide bike parking and shower facilities also help to make the city greener.

What to look for:

Transport hubs

Eight out of 10 people in Metro Manila take the tricycle, bus, jeep, FX, or train. Having transport hubs will make it easier for commuters to catch their rides. It will also organize public utility vehicles so they don’t hold up traffic while loading passengers.

Transport hubs should be easy for people on foot to get to. They should be in central locations that are well connected by sidewalks.

What to watch out for:
Large parking lots or parking buildings

These are red flags that the planners think cars are more important than people. Making parking easily available promotes car use. Places that are greener tend to reduce the number of spaces available for parking.

The open space plan

The green plan shows how much of the land is set aside for green or open spaces. Not all green spaces are good, however. Private golf courses do provide trees and open spaces, but they are usually for members only (i.e., the rich). Golf courses can also act as barriers for pedestrians and force people to walk a longer way. This discourages walking and encourages more car use.

What to look for:
Green spaces that everyone can access

Every city needs a large, green, and public park like the Quezon Memorial Circle. Parks give people a place to come together, enjoy nature, and relax. The trees in these green spaces serve as the lungs of the city and clean the air.

There should also be lots of small parks that are open to the public. They give “green breaks” to everyone.

To encourage more people to walk, there should be a park or a playground within a 10-minute walk (about 800 meters) of every household in the city. This is one of the goals under PlaNYC, New York City’s plan to be a greener city. (Project for Public Spaces lists the qualities of great parks and public spaces.)

Let's be vigilant citizens and make sure our voices are heard. Let's look at the master plans for Greenprint 2030 and the QC-CBD. If we wait until the build-out, it will be too late to have our say on these two projects that could improve our megacity or make it worse.

Let's make sure these master plans put people, not cars, first.

Benjamin de la Peña is the Associate Director for Urban Development at the Rockefeller Foundation. Contact him via benjiedlp@shortmail.com or follow him on twitter @benjiedlp. The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of the foundation.

Dinna Louise C. Dayao is a freelance writer and editor. You can reach her at dinnadayao@gmail.com.
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Old May 19th, 2012, 04:27 AM   #6987
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Bago matuloy yang "master plan" na yan, paano mo mapapaalis yung army size squatter colony sa BIR Road at NHA Property hanggang sa likod ng Agham Road, sinubukan na dati alisin yung sa meh NHA, anu ginawa, nagwala sa EDSA

O dapat siguro gawin parang katulad ala Isla Puting Bato tapos walang bumberong ppunta
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Old May 19th, 2012, 09:56 AM   #6988
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Bago matuloy yang "master plan" na yan, paano mo mapapaalis yung army size squatter colony sa BIR Road at NHA Property hanggang sa likod ng Agham Road, sinubukan na dati alisin yung sa meh NHA, anu ginawa, nagwala sa EDSA

O dapat siguro gawin parang katulad ala Isla Puting Bato tapos walang bumberong ppunta

I like that idea....cruel but it's the only way to flush out those idiots..
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Old May 19th, 2012, 12:59 PM   #6989
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Old May 20th, 2012, 01:45 AM   #6990
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I like that idea....cruel but it's the only way to flush out those idiots..
Wag naman... Hire the Ampatuans and burry them in Smokey Mountain...
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Old May 20th, 2012, 12:50 PM   #6991
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Or you could probably send them to Panatag and #OccupyPhilippines. Two birds with one stone, eh?
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MMDA with its limited funds should focus on cleaning the street of manila first of ugliness and debris before talking about ambitious plans.
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Old May 21st, 2012, 08:20 AM   #6993
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 12:25 AM   #6994
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Ayusin muna ang nabubulok na area ng Metro Manila bago mangarap ng nakadilat ang mata ang MMDA.

Yung mga nanlilimahid na lugar--City of Manila, Camanava, Pasay, the other side of Taguig, the other side of Quezon City muna..
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 12:38 AM   #6995
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Pampapogi points lang naman mga yan...
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 01:56 AM   #6996
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 09:02 AM   #6998
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 09:12 AM   #6999
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Though I still believe that money spent on MMDA's LED displays along EDSA can be better spent elsewhere, I can't deny its potential utility to motorists.

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Exactly and relocate all the squatters - yes it's another ambitious plan!

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