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River run

The revival of the Pasig River Ferry comes across as an afterthought, but it’s a welcome idea just the same in view of the traffic gridlock feared to occur when an estimated 15 road projects get underway all at the same time in Metro Manila. (As it is, the traffic situation is a recurring nightmare.)

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

As we learn from Rizal, Pasig ferry an efficient mode of transport

May I refer to Neal H. Cruz’s column titled “Promote alternative means of transportation” (Opinion, 2/14/14), wherein he stated: “We are glad to read in Sunday’s Inquirer that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will revive the Pasig River ferry as suggested in a recent column….

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



I sympathize with the Share the Road Movement. Complaining that virtually all of the country’s streets are given to the 2 percent that owns cars, the group marched to the Supreme Court last Monday to demand that half of them be given to nonmotorized transport (walking, bicycling) and the other half to a motorized one. Additionally, it demanded that public officials be made to take public transport on a regular basis.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Road karma


A friend, a hospital administrator, recently told me a story of a mother who was rushing her child for emergency treatment but got caught in a traffic gridlock about a kilometer away from the hospital.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Vandalism rioting in Metro Manila

Vandalism is again on the upsurge in Metro Manila.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘HD’ look at traffic problem

How “defined” must the traffic problem in Metro Manila be for us to see and understand it? What is the main mission objective of an operative of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)? Isn’t any one of them, by any chance, seeking practical, durable and commendable solutions to the perennial traffic problem in the metropolis? Or if solutions have been found, isn’t any one of them enforcing them? Or am I wrong? The issue is not well understood or is it?

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Another traffic scheme going to waste?

Is the “new” traffic control scheme yet another doomed initiative of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) at taxpayers’ expense?

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Fair warning

Comes again the question in the wake of the devastating temblor that hit Central Visayas and parts of Mindanao: Is Metro Manila, a city of some 10 million people, prepared for a major earthquake?

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

La Salle asked to also think of public’s wellbeing

Recently, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the city of Manila undertook bold moves to ease traffic congestion in the metropolis. But this was at the expense of low-income earners who had to take two bus/jeepney rides (instead of one) and pay double fares before they could reach their usual daily destinations. They also lost precious time in transferring from one vehicle to another. At first there was a strong howl of protest coming from the affected poor sector of our society, but as time passed, they realized that everyone had to make sacrifices for the sake of our country.

Posted: September 27th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The Uniwide terminal


Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino sent a nine-page letter in reply to my column of Sept. 10 (which is only two-and-a-half pages typewritten) on the provincial bus terminal located at the Uniwide Mall in Parañaque City.

Posted: September 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Coastal Mall blues


There is a current drive to collect one million signatures to convince government, particularly the Metro Manila Development Authority, to scuttle plans to centralize bus terminal operations in the metropolis, specifically the one located at the Uniwide Coastal Mall meant for buses coming from Cavite and environs.

Posted: September 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »


Everything started with the best of intentions and the gravest of needs. A study by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency had stated the problem in stark terms: Metro Manila was losing P2.4 billion a day in possible income due to the heavy traffic that eats away at the daily productivity of 14 million commuters. Last year, President Aquino signed Executive Order 67 calling for the building of three new centralized transportation hubs by 2016. By severely limiting or perhaps even banning the entry of provincial buses into Metro Manila, the EO sought to cut down on congestion in the big city.

Posted: September 7th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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