"The great thing about functional metropolitan planning is that it allows greater coordination and implementation of vital national, regional and local programs."
Aside from Metro-Manila, other LGUs have agreed to group themselves together to sustain an interrelated growth and expansion of their province and cities with their adjacent municipalities to address common services that cuts across boundaries.
Like Metro-Cebu and Metro-Davao, other urban centers have grown like the emergence of a Metro-Baguio (or the proposed Metro-BLIST, i.e. Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, and Tuba), a Metro-Olongapo (Olongapo and Subic), a Metro-Dagupan (Dagupan City, Calasiao, Binmaley, Mangaldan, and San Fabian), a Metro-Angeles (Angeles City, San Fernando and Mabalacat), a Metro-Batangas (Batangas City, San Pascual and Bauan). In the Visayas Islands, a Metro-Iloilo (Ilo-ilo, Pavia); and a soon-to-be Metro-Bacolod (Bacolod, Talisay, Silay). And in Mindanao, a Metro-Zamboanga and a Metro-Cagayan de Oro may emerge.
The great thing about functional metropolitan planning is that it allows greater coordination and implementation of vital national, regional and local programs like disaster mitigation plans and relief efforts, decongestion of traffic, waste management, among others. It is an inter-LGU collaboration to improve and facilitate the provision of basic services that are common across communities. These are not additional layers meant to be “greater than the Province” or a highly-urbanized City (HUC).
In one of the Senate TWG meetings held on the LGCode amendments, someone suggested to abolish the provinces and recommended “Metropolitanization” instead. Any amendments being proposed in the LGCode cannot abolish any level of an LGU nor create new layers as this will require amending the 1987 Constitution.
Under Section 1 of Article X, it states that “The territorial and political subdivisions of the Republic of the Philippines are the provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays.”
What needs to be done is to further strengthen the supervisory powers and functions of our Provinces and HUCs and to download more resources to meet the increasing demands of the people.