House committee mulls moving government offices to decongest Metro Manila

News Bureau – Samriddhi Srivastava

The Philippines’ government is mulling relocating the country’s capital and the center of President Rodrigo Duterte’s government — Manila — due to congestion.

To this end, the House committee on housing and urban development, headed by Alfred Benitez, has formed a technical working group (TWG) which will review a proposal to create a body known as administrative capital city planning commission (ACCPC). The function of this proposed body would be to study the feasibility of relocating the capital and for the creation of “mass housing projects for informal settler families (ISFs),” according to a government press release.

“Overpopulation, traffic congestion and high vulnerability to natural disasters have made Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR) a pariah among world cities. There is a need to rethink and develop a masterplan that will decongest Metro Manila,” Benitez, chair of the House Committee on housing and urban development, said.

Metro Manila, one of the most densely populated regions of the world, was home to 11.9 million people in 2010, according to Benitez, who cited data provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority. The number is expected to have risen sharply since then.

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