A Biden Doctrine Can Reinvent Geopolitics

by Bobby Reyes

“Homeless” | Photo by Hanibaael is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A Biden Doctrine can reinvent geopolitics by addressing worldwide homelessness first and foremost. Why? Because of two American cities (New York and Los Angeles) land in the Top Five of the world’s most-homeless cities. Secondly, the U.S. — being the world’s biggest economy and top military power — can use diplomacy and its economic and military aid for humanity’s basic needs like shelter.

India’s Mumbai and the Russian capital of Moscow rank third and fifth in the Top Five of Homelessness, and they both devote a vast amount of resources for atom bombs. President Biden may propose to both (and the other member countries of the International Nuclear Club) to channel their resources instead to address their populations’ essential needs like housing, food, education, jobs, and economic opportunities. And, of course, Climate Change (Global Warming).

Top 5 Homeless Cities Around The World

Sadly, according to Arcgis.com, the Philippines is the international capital of homelessness and followed by four of the world’s biggest cities. The list:

  1. Manila, the Philippines, with a population of nearly 14-million. The most-homeless city globally is Manila, with 3.1 million homeless people, with 70,000 children.
  2. New York, U.S., home to 8.5 million people, is the second-most homeless city globally, with the homeless population being 74,000.
  3. Mumbai, India, total population: 18,500,000; homeless population at 60,000
  4. Los Angeles, U.S., total population: 4,000,000; homeless at 58,000.
  5. Moscow, Russia, total population: 12,000,000; homeless at 58,000

“Homelessness is an epidemic that is ever-present in all of the regions of our world. Unfortunately, it is very common to see many people on the streets without a roof over their heads in any big city.

– Arcgis.com

Arcgis.com reports that “Homelessness is an epidemic that is ever-present in all of the regions of our world. Unfortunately, it is very common to see many people on the streets without a roof over their heads in any big city. This story map focuses on the top five most-homeless cities around the world and looks closely into the factors that lead to such high poverty and homelessness rates.”

The report continues with this description of the world-record holder in homelessness:
“The most homeless city in the world in Manila, the Philippines, with 3.1 million people, with 70,000 of them being children. Homelessness is a large problem across all of the Philippines, with one-fourth of the the overall population living in poverty.

“The homeless epidemic is causing the city to take drastic measures to make their streets “appear” cleaner. In 2015 Pope Francis visited Manila, and the government detained people living on the streets so that there were significantly less-homeless people for the Pope to see (Bagri).

The Philippines as a whole struggle with the homeless epidemic with a total of about 1.2 million children who are living on the streets without a home.”

Not Just the City of Manila But Metro Manila

As Googled, Metropolitan Manila (which includes the City of Manila) has an estimated population of 13,923,452. On the other hand, surrounding cities in Rizal, Laguna, and Bulacan are now part of Metro-Manila’s suburbs. And by many estimates, the day-time population of Metro Manila exceeds 21 million, which includes the several millions of visitors transacting business, tourists, vendors selling or getting supplies in the National Capital Region (NCR), and the transients, if not the homeless population.

“The Philippines as a whole struggle with the homeless epidemic with a total of about 1.2 million children who are living on the streets without a home.”

—ArcGIS.com

Therefore, the estimate of 3.1 million (homeless) people, “with 70,000 of them being children,” logically refers to Metro Manila, if not the NCR. Everybody agrees that at least 100,000 street children (kids who live homeless in the streets, pushcarts, under the bridges, sidewalks, and other temporary shelters) in Metro Manila.

As suggested earlier in this column, President Biden can use American economic and military aid as investments in local cooperatives to address basic needs. It may be the fourth in the series, Part II – How Mexican Bamboos Can Make Joe Biden a Genius.

As proposed, replacing the Mexican-American border wall (presently made up partly of concrete and steel) with rows and rows of “BAMOS” (Bamboo, Abaca, Moringa, and Other Species) can also bring additional benefits. Such as organic materials like plywood and wallboards made of bamboo, packaging materials made of abaca, food, and other products besides generating oxygen for the environment.

Implementing the “BAMOS” proposal may also include building new towns for the homeless populations of the U.S. and Mexico on both sides of the border. It may only cost lower than the $100 billion or more (and partly spent) by the now-disgraced Trump administration.

Turning the PDM’s Op-Ed Section Into a Think Tank

I proposed to columnist and CEO of Philippine Daily Mirror Ricky Rillera to turn the Op-Ed section into a Think Tank. I have posted the suggestion in the comment section in Fr. Shay Cullen’s Reflections and Jose Ma. Montelibano’s Viewpoint. Both columnists have also been writing about poverty and street children, orphans, and socio-economic empowerment for the Philippines’ poor people.

Coming up with consolidated proposals and a unified lobbying approach in the U.S., the Philippines, Mexico, and other countries can be more facilitated and effective if done collectively by writers and social scientists.

“Perhaps the “Pueblo Filipino” project in Colima Province of Mexico can be the model of a bilateral or even a multilateral approach to providing affordable, convenient, and safe retirement homes for retiring senior citizens and displaced military veterans and other retirees.

Perhaps the “Pueblo Filipino” project in Colima Province of Mexico can be the model of a bilateral or even a multilateral approach to providing affordable, convenient, and safe retirement homes for retiring senior citizens and displaced military veterans and other retirees. “Pueblo Filipino” is spearheaded by Numeriano Bouffard, the president of the FPACC Foundation, Inc. The FPACC is the acronym of the “Federation of Philippine-American Chambers of Commerce.” Its headquarters is in Orlando, Florida.

As a suggestion for a joint study, I provided Mr. Montelibano the link to my 2016 commentary, “The NCR (AKA The Imperial Manila) Is Beyond’ Urban Growth” Redemption’.”

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