PH urban population expected to grow 67% by 2030, says Asian Development Bank

Interaksyon.com-citing the "Competitive Cities in the 21st Century: Cluster-Based Local Economic Development" report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australian government-revealed that the country's urban population will grow by 67 percent by year 2030.

Interaksyon.com-citing the "Competitive Cities in the 21st Century: Cluster-Based Local Economic Development" report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australian government-revealed that the country's urban population will grow by 67 percent by year 2030.

 

That means there will be "an additional 34.8 million Filipinos settling in urban centers like Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao, among others." Urban management specialist Brian Roberts, one of the authors of the report, pointed out that Metro Manila now has 12 to 15 million people and "is already experiencing many of the development challenges associated with high urban populations like congestion and poor quality of life."

 

The ADB-Australian government report blamed lack of employment opportunities, land shortages, as well as natural disasters and climate change-which have rendered uninhabitable many communities  hit by landslides, drought or uncontrolled flooding-for the bloating of the urban population. A similar trend of burgeoning urban populations is also happening in other Asian nations.

 

Roberts said that "ideally, a city must keep its population at between 3 and 5 million for it to operate efficiently." He added that while a slightly higher number may still be tolerable, "a population exceeding 10 million will result in a situation where quality of services and other infrastructure facilities deteriorate."

 

The ADB-Australian government report suggested solutions such as increasing revenues and pursuing Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to help finance land use plans. It also highlighted the need for repair and maintenance works on existing infrastructure, which "seem to be missing from the Philippines’ development efforts."

 

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