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 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
Time again for ‘talkatese’ If there is one leader here in our country who really walks the talk, maverick Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon fits it to a tee. No one can out talk Gordon, especially on matters that are very close to his heart. Gordon was in his usual self when he was our featured guest last Wednesday in our Kapihan sa Manila Bay at Café Adriatico in Remedios Circle, Malate. We had very lively conversations with Gordon who told us about his previous night’s attendance to the appreciation dinner in honor of former Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Manila Hotel last Tuesday. Together with President Rodrigo Duterte, Gordon was invited to the reception for Mrs. Arroyo under whose term he served as Tourism Secretary during her presidency. According to Gordon, President Duterte took the occasion to personally seek his support on his administration’s priority to increase the fund allocations for the defense … [Read more...] about Time again for ‘talkatese’
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
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