Coronavirus highlights Manila’s overcrowding as Philippine government offers to pay residents to leave

The coronavirus pandemic is giving Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte a reason to reduce overcrowding in Manila, which in recent decades has swollen into one of the most heavily populated areas on Earth.Duterte is offering cash and goods to induce city dwellers to move out of the greater capital region in an ambitious programme called “Back to the Province”, one of the most aggressive attempts in decades to lure Filipinos to the countryside.With the pandemic exposing how swift population…