China’s island-building skills lift hopes in Duterte’s backyard


"Chinese investors are set to spend $200 million to raise three islands from the sea to create a new port," writes Norman Aquino. The project, in Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte's hometown of Davao, is "a direct result of Duterte's October visit to Beijing, when he secured investment and credit pledges worth $24 billion."

Credit: Children sit on wooden poles next to houses on stilts in the Isla Verde shantytown of Davao, Mindanao, the Philippines, on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Davao city's reputation as one of the safest, most vibrant and best-run cities in the country is drawing migrants and business people in their thousands. It has become a victim of its own success, and an archetype of modern urbanization in developing countries, where inward migration is outstripping governments' ability to supply infrastructure and services. Photographer: Veejay Villafranca/Bloomberg