This is an answer to Sydney, who posted this comment on one of my previous posts. I'm not reacting to Sydney's post per se (i am very thankful for his kudos) but to a sentiment he expressed that I think is shared by a lot of pinoys. Sydney said:
"There is a lot of work to do in MM. There are some improvements going on but maybe it is too little too late especially with the ever growing population."
I looked through the population stats for Metro Manila (from the 2000 census) and it looks like, although the population is still growing, it is growing at a slower rate.
This corresponds to both Phillip Longman's and Stewart Brand's findings that cities are population sinks. Fertility drops when countries urbanize -as people who move to cities have less children -the rate drops below 2.1% (the replenishment rate). Most city growth in the next 50 years will be driven by in-migration. (Which is a perfect segue to what will be my next post: on Subic as a metropolis).