By Juan L. Mercado
Listen beyond Vice President Jejomar Binay’s flustered stutters whenever a sensitive question is lobbed.
By Guillermo M. Luz
We need to build better cities in the Philippines. So a few months ago, we launched a Liveable Cities Design Challenge in partnership with Asia Society, Urban Land Institute, Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Reconstruction (Assure), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Apec 2015 National Organizing Council, Microsoft, and USAID. Our dream was to start a trend toward better urban planning for cities across the country.
By Rina Jimenez-David
At the height of the lahar flows following the eruptions of Mount Pinatubo, well-known geologist and volcano expert Kelvin Rodolfo told a public gathering that folks whose lands and houses had been devastated by lahar should not despair.
By Neal H. Cruz
The Ayala Group of Companies is either very lucky or very influential and persuasive. In less than a week, it has bagged two billion-peso projects—the unified ticketing system for LRT 1, LRT 2, and MRT 3, and the development of the 7.7-hectare prime property of the Negros Occidental provincial government in Bacolod, adjacent to the provincial capitol. And only last January, the Quezon City government and the National Housing Authority broke laws to eject the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation from a 7-hectare property on Quezon Avenue, over which the MSBF has a 50-year usufruct which will be in effect for 14 more years, in order to hand it over to Ayala Land.
In every administration’s desire to generate additional revenues, the idea of selling land occupied by units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines always arises.