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Strained carrying capacity + lack of drainage systems + dammed and silted waterways ++++ = flash floods and slow seepage = the fault of President Aquino (or the past Presidents for that matter).

Incorrect. It’s more like

Strained carrying capacity + lack of drainage systems + dammed and silted waterways +++ = flash floods and slow seepage = failure of decentralized governance (including the governed – there’s something seriously off when we actually write a fiction author – Dan Brown – our stand on Metro Manila as the Gates of Hell but be comfortably seated when actual shit happens under our leadership).

The President does not hold the plans and budgets of the 42,000+ barangays, 1,491 municipalities, 80 provinces, and 17 regions. The President is not the barangay captain and the council, nor the Mayor and the Sangguniang Bayan, nor the Governor, not even the Congressman or woman. Nor is he the 100M Filipinos. This is why popularity polls singling out one leader are crap.

National policies and visions for localities are not lacking. Decentralization gives LGUs wide berth in terms of how they can finance local visions and plans. Local governments on their part don’t realize that when they say – blithely so – they can’t do something as basic as roads because “there’s no budget” – that this is an insult to taxpayers. Citizens work their asses off in order that every pay day the government can take a 20% cut off their labor – and their local governments tell them there’s no budget? After a hard day’s work this is the last thing you and I would like to hear.

Metro Manila is comprised of 17 LGUs.

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