Manila is the capital of the country, and for many, its heart and soul

The wellspring of  growth and dynamism, Manila throbs with the heartbeat of the people, and serves as the barometer of change, and of their growth and development.

As it lives or dies, so does the rest of the nation, This why urban development, with a vision to bring back the glory days of this beloved city is critical not just for the benefit of the denizens of its 16 territorial districts, but for the citizens of its 7,107 islands.

The City of Manila is entering very interesting times. With a visionary leadership, it has begun once more to pull itself up by its bootstraps, carrying with it the visions and dreams of the more than 12 million Manileños for a better life and a better city.

Still, there are challenges. Urban decay and congestion is a reality, as well as the erosion of the natural gifts of the city: air, water and land.

But with a visionary leadership, one flexible enough to freethinking enough to be able to question and rethink the old models of industrialization and urbanization, explore newer mindsets and concepts and channel social, scientific, and technological development, this is all possible.

Because while the instruments have changed, the goals have not. At the forefront remains the basic imperatives  of a functional administration: to keep crime low, the quality of life high, and the economy strong.

Peace and order. The delivery of basic goods and services including health and education. And more importantly, a Sustainable Economic Growth program, backed by policies that are fundamental in the fight against poverty by generating employment and increasing incomes.

These are imperatives that require much of everyone in this beloved city.

On its 444th  Araw ng Maynila, The Standard reaffirms its dedication to doing its part in working towards this vision through fair and responsible journalism– the kind of news and opinion that The Standard prides itself in providing. The kind that empowers different audiences through information and engagement through our multiple platforms.

Times and technologies may change, and so do names and offices. But The Standard will always be, however, first and foremost, a product of Manila, with its interests at heart. 

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