Jan Gehl, one of the most effective urban planners and urban theorists alive, has this advice about dealing with the seemingly overwhelming challenge of changing our cities:
Check the video above (a segment from Contested Streets) about the success of Copenhagen. Says Gehl:
It's really wonderful to live in a city where everyday, when you wake up in the morning, you realize that today the city is a little bit better than yesterday.
What they've done in this city is they taken little steps every year for forty years and (now) there is a fantastic difference between what it was then and what it is now.
One day at a time. Little steps over decades.
It would be impossible to "solve" Metro Manila overnight. But we can do it over time.