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Edsa by the numbers

23 kilometers Length of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue   6 Number of cities through which Edsa passes— Caloocan, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasay   2.8 Million Estimated number of people who use Edsa daily   264,000 Estimated number of private vehicles that pass through Edsa daily (as of 2013)   15,200 [...]

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Once again, why not try ‘four-day work week’?

With monstrous traffic jams expected to hit Metro Manila as a result of the construction of several major road projects, I am reviving my suggestion for a “four-day work week,” cum one additional day-off applied alternatively or on a staggered basis in various areas in Metro Manila on an experimental basis. For instance, offices in Quezon City, Las Piñas and Manila will have no work on Mondays; Pasay, Taguig and Caloocan on Tuesdays; Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa and Parañaque on Wednesdays; San Juan, Pasig and Makati on Thursdays. The combination of the cities or areas in the alternating arrangement of the additional day-off will depend on population or traffic conditions, as determined and recommended by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

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

Why bunch all 17 road projects together?

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Only a nitwit will schedule 17 road projects (another two were added to the first 15) in a metropolis that has long been suffering from monstrous traffic jams brought about by too many vehicles on too few streets.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Unfinished business

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Yesterday’s (Thursday)  front-page headline, “Stray bullet kills baby,” gave me a sense of déjà vu. I found the Jan. 2, 2013 front page of the Inquirer on the Internet and it read “Hunt for Marcos loot to end,” followed by a smaller headline, “Ranjilo dead, Nicole fights for life.”   Ranjilo Nemer, 4, and Stephanie [...]

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Move people, not vehicles

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Why does the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) want to tear up streets still in good condition while leaving badly damaged streets unrepaired? The “concrete reblocking” of portions of Edsa never stops while roads in the provinces badly needed to bring produce to the markets are neglected.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Time to re-engineer Metro Manila

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All year round, we cope with bad air quality, poorly maintained roads, street garbage and outdated public transit in Metro Manila. But when the rains fall, the metropolis literally comes to a halt and reveals how unlivable the city has become. Rains, floods and the ensuing traffic jams, it turns out, are the great equalizer. [...]

Posted: August 19th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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