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?
How 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
Arthur Tugade: The understated statesman Last week, I spent an entire morning with Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade – just he and I. We had an animated conversation which swung from the aviation industry to his personal philosophies, from his dreams for the nation to gardening. I got to know the man behind the enigma. The public may know Secretary Tugade as man who pushes hard, who spurts out invectives when frustrated, who is impatient, unpredictable and moody. This, I learned, are just minute aspects of his multi-faceted character. The man I got to know was akin to senior statesman and a father figure. I got to understand where the Secretary’s impatience stems from. Many times during our conversation, he stressed how the Philippines is 20 years behind in infrastructure. The bottlenecks in airports, seaports and roads are the reason why the economy has not been able to operate on all cylinders. The economy’s growth, albeit high at … [Read more...] about Arthur Tugade: The understated statesman
At last… an order that should have been given three years ago was issued last week. President Duterte has signed Administrative Order 18 calling for an end to tax perks for ecozones in Metro Manila. With the administrative order, Peza can “no longer accept, process or evaluate the establishment of ecozones in Metro Manila immediately.” By this order, the President has taken an important step towards not only encouraging the faster development of ecozones in other less developed regions but also in decongesting Metro Manila. I remember the meeting I had with DOTr Secretary Art Tugade after the 2016 elections after he was given the almost impossible task of untangling Metro Manila traffic. The group included former DPWH and DOTC Secretary Ping de Jesus and MAP transport issues head Eddie Yap. The consensus was Metro Manila was too congested and any proposed solution to alleviate its transport woes will be at best, palliatives. We need to discourage more people from the … [Read more...] about Decongesting Metro Manila
Duterte mulls revamp of airport management MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte is eyeing a revamp of officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after expressing dismay over delays in international and domestic flights, purportedly due to a lightning advisory, last weekend. A “red lightning alert,” when issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), usually stops all tarmac operations to protect the lives of ground workers at the NAIA. This system was adopted after a ground crew was struck dead by a lightning bolt at the NAIA Terminal 3 almost two years ago. “He expressed dismay and hinted at its revamp,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said, narrating how the President relayed to Cabinet members the details of his surprise visit at the NAIA early Monday morning. Aside from sharing his assessment, Duterte wanted airport … [Read more...] about Duterte mulls revamp of airport management