MANILA - The proposal to have a car brand coding may not be a feasible solution to address traffic congestion on EDSA, an official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Wednesday. MMDA's EDSA Special Traffic and Transport Zone chief Edison "Bong" Nebrija said he does not believe that the proposal of former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) consultant Arison Gorospe would work. "No, not really," he told ANC's Headstart. Nebrija said when they come up with a policy, they do a dry run and check for apprehension. Under Gorospe's proposal, the following brands would be banned from plying EDSA: Monday - Toyota Tuesday - Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Isuzu Wednesday - Nissan, Ford, Foton Thursday - Honda, Chevrolet, Mazda, Subaru Friday - Suzuki, Kia, Volkswagen, Mercedez Benz Saturday - JAC, Tata, Audi, BAIC Sunday - Mini and Lotus, Volvo, Ssangyong, and others The coding for each car model would also change every 6 months. Nebrija said that just like … [Read more...] about Proposal: Will car brand coding work on EDSA?
Do decongestants work
Foreseen and forecast for decades, but for an abject failure of foresight! Finally, Metro Manila’s decongestion and population dispersal (people redistribution) seems like an official epiphany, albeit much delayed. Senate President Tito Sotto and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian have both recently proposed moving the administrative machinery of the national government away from its festering chaos and inescapable doom. To the provinces……Hallelujah! This gives me pause and cause to sound like a broken vinyl record, once again and for the very nth occasion. I have been at this advocacy for decades. Too long have I internalized this infernal malaise. So, here we go again! Succor from Metro Manila’s daily calvary? “Hope springs eternal….it is human nature to hope against all odds!” Are we then seeing the beginnings of the formation of a national policy precisely “conceived, concerted and undertaken to address the chaotic congestion and the … [Read more...] about Decongesting Metro Manila: A failure of foresight
Airlines sign pledge to decongest NAIA MANILA, Philippines — Local airline companies have committed to step up efforts in ensuring convenience and comfort of passengers who often encounter flight delays and cancellations due to the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Airline operators Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, PAL Express and CebGo signed yesterday their pledge of commitment and support for the directive of President Duterte to decongest NAIA and enhance the comfort and convenience of air passengers. To further decongest NAIA, the airline firms also pledged to support the development and promotion of other gateways in the country, especially the Sangley Airport in Cavite. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the accelerated construction of additional facilities at Sangley Airport to meet the operational timeline set by the President for the military air base to commence general aviation and … [Read more...] about Airlines sign pledge to decongest NAIA
DOTr speeds up Sangley work to decongest NAIA MANILA, Philippines — Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade vowed to “do whatever it takes” to fulfill President Duterte’s order for the immediate start of full operations of the airport in Sangley Point, Cavite to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Tugade in a statement yesterday said he has directed construction work to be done around the clock to develop Sangley Airport to meet the operational timeline set by Duterte. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) ordered the hiring of additional manpower, implementation of extended working hours and infusion of additional equipment starting today. “Whatever it takes, we need to make sure that the directive of the President is delivered. Hire more manpower to work 24/7. This needs to be completed on or before the timeline set by President Duterte,” Tugade said. Duterte has directed the operations at Sangley … [Read more...] about DOTr speeds up Sangley work to decongest NAIA
MANILA, Philippines — It is unclear where a bridge symbolizing the fusion of two cultures—or ties of two states—is leading, as its construction faces opposition from local and international organizations and from some government agencies. The construction of China-funded Binondo-Intramuros "Friendship" Bridge last year made headlines as the proposed project is feared to overstep the edge of the San Agustin Church’s buffer zone in the walled historic area of Intramuros in Manila. Encroachment of the buffer zone, required by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, could lead to the delisting of the church and three other baroque churches in the country as world heritage sites. The San Agustin Church, officially known as the Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustin, was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1993 under the serial declaration of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines. It is Manila’s sole UNESCO World … [Read more...] about Bridge burning bridges: Why the China-funded Binondo-Intramuros structure is controversial