Manila as locally pronounced as "Maynila," is the capital of the Republic of the Philippines. It is located in the eastern coastal region of the Manila Bay. As per local census of the year 2007, Manila's population had significantly increased to 1,660,714 a population occupying an area of 38.55 square kilometers and thus making it the most populated city in the world. Manila lies proximate with the equator wherein the temperature ranges varies very little, rarely going below 20 °C and going higher above 38 °C.

With such diverse economy and ideally located harbors, Manila is considered the chief seaport within the Philippine Archipelago and among the busiest in the world. The City of Manila is a well-known manufacturer of industrial related products such as chemicals, textiles, clothing and electronic goods alongside food, beverages and tobacco. Local entrepreneurs continue to thrive with processing of primary export commodities such as rope, plywood, refined sugar, copra and coconut oil.

Annually, Manila is a happy host of over 1 million tourist arrivals with its major destinations such as the "Intramuros" , the walled city during the Spanish colonization period and the National Museum of the Philippines. Within the City of Manila, tourists can find other tourist attractions like the "China Town", the Manila Zoo, including the sites of "Ermita, Malate and Sta. Cruz", the well-known icons for nightlife and shopping destinations for the upper class. Manila is also hosting annual events like the "Feast of the Black Nazarene" and with highlights of free performances at the Rizal Park and such other features of events through the sponsorship of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

A predominately Roman Catholic City comprising about 93% of its population with such other denominations and sects as the Philippine Independent Church 2.4%, the "Iglesia ni Cristo"1.9% followed by protestants 1.8%, Buddhist 1.1% and other religions comprising the rest of 1.4% of the population.

Aside from the Manila Cathedral, Manila is a seat of three other minor Basilicas, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, the minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz and Basilica Minore de San Sebastian which during Spanish colonization was the home-base for numerous Catholic Missions to the Philippines.



As the seat of political power in the Philippines, Manila is home to the "Malacanyang Palace", the office and residence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines and such other national institutions as the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, the Central Bank and offices of the Budget and Management, Finance, Health, Justice, Labor and Employment and Tourism. Manila is the location of such other National Institutions like the National Library, National Archives, National Museum and the Philippine General Hospital.
As a major city, Manila has various transportation options currently in existence, from the post-world war locomotive locally known as the "Jeepney" to the "Tamaraw FX" and the Toyota Kijang. These are utilized as public utility vehicles plying to different routes within the City of Manila. Horse-drawn "Calesa" of the Spanish Era are also available for tourist along the Binondo and Intramuros areas.
The establishment of the "Manila Railway Transit System" has greatly enhanced the transportation availability in the city and has helped a lot in easing up the otherwise heavily congested traffic system. Aside from the Port of Manila at the Manila Bay, the "Pasig River Ferry Service" is currently servicing commuters through the Pasig River to points of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport respectively.

Since 1997, PUVeP has implemented numerous research and social outreach projects. A summary list of these projects can be downloaded here.

PUVeP served as the main coordinator for following European Union funded projects:

GIS-based Urban Environmental Resources Management and Food Security Project
(EU AsiaUrbs Program)


Urban and Periurban Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development for Sustainable Vegetable Production and Marketing Systems
(EU INCO_DEV Program)

1997 - 2000

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