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The Green TigerThe Costs of Ecological Decline in the Philippines$
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Barbara Goldoftas

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195135114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195135114.001.0001

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Come What May: Bahala Na

Come What May: Bahala Na

(p.179) 9 Come What May: Bahala Na
The Green Tiger

Barbara Goldoftas

Oxford University Press

In Metropolitan Manila, environmental health is the next frontier of environmentalism. In this sprawling urban area in the 1990s, the growing population — including migrants from ecologically degraded provinces — added to the pressure on inadequate systems for water, sewerage, and power. One case study explores the Pasig River Rehabilitation Program, which had the goal of cleaning the city's main river for industrial use and recreation. Part of that program involved relocating thousands of squatters living along the river's banks, a controversial measure that had mixed results. A second case study explores the accomplishments and failings of the privatization of the water supply in Manila and the challenges of constructing sewerage facilities in a densely populated city. The chapter also analyzes how a country's elite can insulate itself from environmental decline.

Keywords:   Metropolitan Manila, environmental health, Pasig River Rehabilitation, privatization of water, sewerage

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