this week in our cities...

  • Belmonte wants to model QC after Singapore and he can do this as the city will soon retire P1B in (inherited) debt after posting P6.1B in tax collections.

  • from the MStandard article:

    Aside from salaries and wages, the bulk of the budget this year will go to infrastructure projects, including an underpass at the Quezon City Memorial Circle that will be similar to the Lacson in Quiapo, Manila.

    “For (the) underpass alone, we will spend about P80 million. Around P380 million will be spent in 87 road projects.”

    Egad! They want a pedestrian underpass in QC Circle? The cars win again vs. the pedestrians!


    "Ayala Corp. is now constructing the 70,000 sqm North Triangle Commercial Center at QC Business District Development Center located between the North Triangle and North Edsa. The rehabilitation of Araneta Center is also being fast tracked. Megaworld is also pouring in some $12.5 million in office development in Eastwood City Cyber Park. Araneta Center will also develop a P15 billion “scenic garden” mass transport-based residential project."

  • Atienza prepares to redevelop Quiapo.

  • Fernando tries to resolve the traffic control feud with metro mayors, but Lina tells BF to back down for now.

  • This whole traffic tickets/police power snafu points to the weakness of the MMDA, both as a political entity and as an enabling law. The metro needs a strong regional administrative/planning authority and NCR congress reps should make this #1 priority. (If they can get past the turf war that is.)

  • Congress promises to open NAIA-3 by March.

  • SBMA remains the biggest employer in Bataan

  • De Quiros asks why we keep naming our streets after public officials.

  • Another fire guts a section of the metro, leaving a a hundred families homeless in Cubao. This after an earlier fire displaced 3,000 in Tondo. All in all, 109 fires in December

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