HomeAsia-Pacific Social Science Reviewvol. 1 no. 1 (2000)

Metropolitan Arrangements in the Philippines: Passing Fancy or the Future Megatrend? (An Inquiry into the Evolution and Dynamics of Metropolitan Arrangements in the Philippines Under a Decentralized Regime)

Ruben G. Mercado | Rosario G. Manasan



In the next century, human progress will hinge on the metropolitanization of the majority of the world's population, transformation of the old models of metropolitan development and planning, and the elimination of urban inequality... What is needed is a new way of thinking about the metropolis and urban planning based on the idea that the metropolis is progressive and desirable and not a plague to the humanity... Th9 new way of thinking should project the current trends of metropolitan development into the twenty-first century, not as fantastical futuristic visions but as sane scientific assessments of the laws that govern metropolitan development and that permit us to consciously guide that development.