Rodriguez, Rizal, more commonly known as Montalban, is a developing urban place. Subdivisions and housings have sprouted here and there, and based from a wikipedia entry, Montalban is the 8th richest municipality in the country. I listed here 3 of my wishlists for the town which I think will be beneficial to its local economy and residents (and given that I have vested interests when it comes to appreciation of its land value).
1. Rodriguez City: Not sure if the technical specs of the Montalban already meets the qualifications for a town to become a city (in terms of revenue, population etc) but I do hope that Montalban becomes a city in the next few years. Local government should aim for this to invite more residents and investors, to further spur the growth of its economy.
2. Improve Public Transport: There are 3 major roads to reach Montalban: via Marikina, Batasan and Litex. Montalban has a growing population and workforce, and I believe majority actually work in NCR (QC, Manila, Makati, Ortigas areas) so the need for better public transport is high. Possible road extensions and widening is a bit limited for the town, but it won’t hurt if we have more legitimate PUVs instead of the sneaky colorum (non-yellow plate, out-of-line) ones. The current count of franchised public transport is not enough to service the volume of commuters that is why colorum vehicles abound. So why not give these colorums a better opportunity to have actual franchised lines? Also, sorry but we need to lessen the tricycles plying the highways. They clog the streets!!!
3. SM City Rodriguez: Naks I already have the name. Please SM, build a mall in Montalban. They say all the lands touched by Henry Sy via SM appreciated in value so please do consider building one in Montalban. As of this writing, we have Montalban Town Center and Puregold is being constructed nearby. There is still a wide piece of land just a few meters away from these establishments waiting for SM. A department store and 4 cinemas will be perfect. Concerned about the fault line? I don’t think so. Fault line runs across NCR and even reaches Tagaytay! Additional traffic? #2 should handle that. And hopefully with more malls, comes along more ATMs! If you’ve seen the ATM lines for BPI and BDO, always box-office.
So there. I hope this entry finds its way to the authorities.