In a bit of news that would not be a positive sign to all with an interest, reports are coming in of a vast reduction in the rate the squatters are being cleared from railway tracks in Manila.
It has been described by locals as being as slow as one shanty per week for the multi-story concrete ones.
This is all far removed from efforts last year that, until about October, was wiping out illegal lineside communities faster than a tornado wipes out cane crops. Earlier reports by PNR staff that the trains would cease in November for track rebuilding also have come to nothing.
It would be reasonable to assume that Gloria's aim for a 'Linkage Project' completion in 12 months is now an unrealistic possibility.