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He may never set foot in New Clark City, but taxi driver Edgard Labitag hopes the Philippines’ first green, disaster-resilient, high-tech metropolis will ease the pressure on Manila — meaning fewer hours stuck in traffic and more time with his children.

At the wheel on a sweltering Sunday afternoon, the 42-year-old bemoaned another shift spent inching along the infamously congested streets of the capital city of 13 million people.

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