Wednesday, June 17, 2015

South Korea’s public transport

Inquirer Opinion: "A four-day stay in Seoul, South Korea, with my colleagues several weeks ago, opened our eyes to a different world amazingly far beyond compare to dear home country Philippines. It was definitely fun-filled—from the time we arrived at the Incheon Airport through the next days until we left. And this was so mainly because of Korea’s highly efficient mass public transport system."

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Why make the poor pay for public transport?

Inquirer Opinion: "Public transport like the MRT or LRT should therefore be considered an essential part of production, or of the social or collective way by which wealth is produced in our society—just as machines, factories, offices, etc. are an essential part of production.

Consequently, the cost of constructing, operating and maintaining this component of production should be considered a cost of production—just as everything else used for production, and for which part of capital is used, is considered a cost of production.

But if public transport is an essential part of production and its upkeep and operation are a cost of production, then a basic question faced by all cities or countries is: Who should pay for it?"


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Philippines suffer #climatechange caused by developed countries

BBC News - Typhoon Hagupit sweeps across Philippines: "Typhoon Hagupit is sweeping across the eastern Philippines, toppling trees and power lines and threatening coastal areas with a powerful sea-surge."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Philippine Commuters Are Challenging Politicians to Ride Public Transport at Rush Hour · Global Voices

Global Voices: "Netizens called on officials to ride the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) as well as the Philippine National Railways (PNR), which run across the country’s national capital region, during the rush hour to experience for themselves the difficulties that ordinary commuters experience every day."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Makati presses offer for free bus rides to MRT commuters

Celebrity Philippines: "The Makati City government is not giving up on its free shuttle services so easily.
In a letter sent to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay renewed his call for the LTFRB to allow the city’s free bus shuttle services for MRT commuters on  “compassionate grounds.”
Binay reassured LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez that the city government shared the agency’s concern for the welfare of the riding public.
“When Makati decided to offer free shuttle services, our intention was to help ease the suffering of our riders, to show them that government is sensitive to their needs and will go the extra mile to serve them,” Binay stated.
The mayor cited the long lines and frequent mechanical breakdowns at MRT that have greatly inconvenienced commuters as “an emergency situation that requires government intervention.”"

Thursday, June 5, 2014

In Philippines, #freetransit leads to more transit

philstar.com: "Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay has also committed to purchase four more new buses to augment the six city-owned vehicles being used for the free transport program, which has been well-received by the riding public.

“Our present fleet of vehicles could only accommodate up to 250 passengers per trip, and the overwhelming response of the public to our program in its initial run has prompted our decision to add more buses, so that more citizens would benefit,” Binay said."

Monday, May 12, 2014

Thousands of old trees to be killed to make way for traffic

Bro Martin Francisco Bsmp: "Thousands of trees all over the Philippines, many of them century-old, have been cut for road widening and infrastructure development projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Many more trees face the same fate. In several cases, road widening was deemed unnecessary."