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    6. Do I get on and off a ride only at designated stops?

    We allow people to occupy one or two lanes to compete in getting a ride. We allow passengers to get down anywhere they want, even in the middle of the road. We should totally enforce rules on bus/jeepney/cab stops. We should apprehend both the driver and the passenger.

    7. Do I cross the streets only on pedestrian lanes?

    I think there was a time in the Marcos era when they tried to discipline jaywalkers by detaining them in makeshift jails open to public viewing. It may not be very humane to do this again but there should be some form of humiliation in the penalty when an ordinance is being introduced for it to be effective.

    8. Do I have too many drivers?

    Decades ago family drivers were employed only by the very rich and they served the head of the family and the very young members who couldn’t drive yet. There was an excitement among teens, especially boys, to get their own diver’s license prior to legal age that they falsified public documents lying about their age. Most of the time, the eager teenaged son was given a corresponding task to drive for his younger siblings as a way to earn his use of the family car. So siblings would go to school together using one car, wait for each other and go home together. But now we see a lot of drivers employed by middle class families, sometimes more than one in a family. Come on, does your grade schooler really need his own driver? What about the school bus? Some have his/hers/kids’ drivers in a single family. The problem with multiple drivers is that we tend to be lax in scheduling our trips causing more cars on the roads at any given time.

    9. Do we make our children get their driver’s license the legal way or do we pay off someone or pull strings in order to get one without having to go through all the trouble?

    Making our children get their driver’s license the legal way makes them experience bureaucracy and hopefully, the little pain felt will make them value it more and take this privilege of driving more seriously; consequently, making them more decent drivers.

    10. Do I cut or swerve and drive like a maniac bus driver on the road because everyone else is doing it?

    I remember when the boys were growing up and they would ask why the bus drivers drove that way? In one of my pissed off moments, I answered, “Because they are bus drivers, “bus” is short for “bastos!” For a time they believed that answer to be true and I had to correct it later on. But seriously, this is a question we have to answer honestly, “Am I also a “bas driver?”

    11. Do we occupy sidewalks?

    Pedestrians are discouraged from walking because we don’t have sidewalks. We see sari-sari stores and other structures extending up to the sidewalks.

    12. Do we use the roads as our basketball court or palengke or extension of our living room when there’s a wake?

    Some barangays allow their residents to use their precious roadways as basketball courts, palengkes and funeral parlors where tables and chairs are set up. Waze gets confused with these roads. Sometimes she directs you to detour to avoid congested main roads and you end up being delayed more because you didn’t anticipate all these “occupy barangay road” practices.

    There are many more that you can add to this list. Again, our traffic problem is so because we allow it to happen! Admittedly, I am guilty of some of the above items. I hope that these 12 points plus the ones you will add will make you look deeper into your own contribution to the chaotic and, contrary to what Abaya said, really fatal situation. Once we all do, we will be kinder in lambasting the government officials and be more proactive in doing our own little share in solving the Metro Manila traffic mess.

    As I end this article, I somehow feel more hopeful. Why? Because come to think of it, there are at least a dozen things we can do to ease traffic which are behavioral in nature and which we can readily do before those mass transport systems are put in place. Instead of just making new traffic ordinances here and there in an experimental basis, I think PNoy should call on the entire nation. He should deliver a speech declaring that we are in a state of emergency, apologize for their shortcomings and ask everyone to come together and sacrifice as a nation for the common good. Hmm… I actually imagine writing PNoy’s speech (in parody so I don’t bore my readers) once he declares Metro Manila in a fatal state of emergency! Watch out for that speech. smiley

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    I will speak at the First Quarter Macroeconomic Briefing to share my insights on the presidentiables, to be held on February 4 at the Ateneo Rockwell Campus from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For reservations, please contact 4265661 or e-mail eaglewatch.soss@ateneo.edu.

    Rose Fres Fausto is the author of bestselling books Raising Pinoy Boys and The Retelling of The Richest Man in Babylon (English and Filipino versions). Click this link to read samples - Books of FQ Mom Rose Fres Fausto. She is the grand prize winner of the first Sinag Financial Literacy Digital Journalism Awards. Follow her on Facebook and You Tube as FQ Mom, and Twitter & Instagram as theFQMom.

  2. #72
    ^^^ (Cont'd )

    6. Do I get on and off a ride only at designated stops?

    We allow people to occupy one or two lanes to compete in getting a ride. We allow passengers to get down anywhere they want, even in the middle of the road. We should totally enforce rules on bus/jeepney/cab stops. We should apprehend both the driver and the passenger.

    7. Do I cross the streets only on pedestrian lanes?

    I think there was a time in the Marcos era when they tried to discipline jaywalkers by detaining them in makeshift jails open to public viewing. It may not be very humane to do this again but there should be some form of humiliation in the penalty when an ordinance is being introduced for it to be effective.

    8. Do I have too many drivers?

    Decades ago family drivers were employed only by the very rich and they served the head of the family and the very young members who couldn’t drive yet. There was an excitement among teens, especially boys, to get their own diver’s license prior to legal age that they falsified public documents lying about their age. Most of the time, the eager teenaged son was given a corresponding task to drive for his younger siblings as a way to earn his use of the family car. So siblings would go to school together using one car, wait for each other and go home together. But now we see a lot of drivers employed by middle class families, sometimes more than one in a family. Come on, does your grade schooler really need his own driver? What about the school bus? Some have his/hers/kids’ drivers in a single family. The problem with multiple drivers is that we tend to be lax in scheduling our trips causing more cars on the roads at any given time.

    9. Do we make our children get their driver’s license the legal way or do we pay off someone or pull strings in order to get one without having to go through all the trouble?

    Making our children get their driver’s license the legal way makes them experience bureaucracy and hopefully, the little pain felt will make them value it more and take this privilege of driving more seriously; consequently, making them more decent drivers.

    10. Do I cut or swerve and drive like a maniac bus driver on the road because everyone else is doing it?

    I remember when the boys were growing up and they would ask why the bus drivers drove that way? In one of my pissed off moments, I answered, “Because they are bus drivers, “bus” is short for “bastos!” For a time they believed that answer to be true and I had to correct it later on. But seriously, this is a question we have to answer honestly, “Am I also a “bas driver?”

    11. Do we occupy sidewalks?

    Pedestrians are discouraged from walking because we don’t have sidewalks. We see sari-sari stores and other structures extending up to the sidewalks.

    12. Do we use the roads as our basketball court or palengke or extension of our living room when there’s a wake?

    Some barangays allow their residents to use their precious roadways as basketball courts, palengkes and funeral parlors where tables and chairs are set up. Waze gets confused with these roads. Sometimes she directs you to detour to avoid congested main roads and you end up being delayed more because you didn’t anticipate all these “occupy barangay road” practices.

    There are many more that you can add to this list. Again, our traffic problem is so because we allow it to happen! Admittedly, I am guilty of some of the above items. I hope that these 12 points plus the ones you will add will make you look deeper into your own contribution to the chaotic and, contrary to what Abaya said, really fatal situation. Once we all do, we will be kinder in lambasting the government officials and be more proactive in doing our own little share in solving the Metro Manila traffic mess.

    As I end this article, I somehow feel more hopeful. Why? Because come to think of it, there are at least a dozen things we can do to ease traffic which are behavioral in nature and which we can readily do before those mass transport systems are put in place. Instead of just making new traffic ordinances here and there in an experimental basis, I think PNoy should call on the entire nation. He should deliver a speech declaring that we are in a state of emergency, apologize for their shortcomings and ask everyone to come together and sacrifice as a nation for the common good. Hmm… I actually imagine writing PNoy’s speech (in parody so I don’t bore my readers) once he declares Metro Manila in a fatal state of emergency! Watch out for that speech. smiley

    ***********************

    ANNOUNCEMENT

    I will speak at the First Quarter Macroeconomic Briefing to share my insights on the presidentiables, to be held on February 4 at the Ateneo Rockwell Campus from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For reservations, please contact 4265661 or e-mail eaglewatch.soss@ateneo.edu.

    Rose Fres Fausto is the author of bestselling books Raising Pinoy Boys and The Retelling of The Richest Man in Babylon (English and Filipino versions). Click this link to read samples - Books of FQ Mom Rose Fres Fausto. She is the grand prize winner of the first Sinag Financial Literacy Digital Journalism Awards. Follow her on Facebook and You Tube as FQ Mom, and Twitter & Instagram as theFQMom.

  3. #73
    From pAbaya to TuGrabe

    DEMAND AND SUPPLY

    By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 27, 2017 - 12:00am

    No, I didn't think up that headline. I saw it as a hashtag on social media. Filipino humor can be devastating during difficult times. Unfortunately for whoever is the transport secretary, they are only as good as the performance of the MRT3.

    MRT 3 had long been falling apart, but lately, it seems things are getting intolerably worse. The past and present transport secretaries have been nibbling at the periphery of the problem?as if rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

    Both of them, pAbaya and TuGrabe are lawyers so they should know it all starts with the Original Sin: the MRT 3 BLT contract entered into by the FVR administration. It had been revised by succeeding administrations. After all the financial gymnastics, the Sobrepena-led MRTC still owns the system.

    What has been sold to the financial market are MRT bonds representing 77 percent of the securitized future monthly rental payments for Phase 1 of the MRT 3 project and excludes any economic interest in other aspects of the MRT3. This was what government bought through DBP and LandBank.

    The GFIs bought their MRT bonds at a big discount to face value. Market perception of the credit worthiness of the bonds may have been tarnished by the delayed lease payments.

    Around 2007-2009, there were periods when the then DOTC was almost one year in arrears. DOTC also neglected to set up the standby L/C in PNB which was supposed to be the cure for late payments. The last tranche of the bonds will mature on 2025, or the end of the lease period.

    Since government banks hold 80 percent of total outstanding bonds, it is like paying from one government pocket to another to some extent. But Sobrepena?s MRTC retains ownership. As owner of the system, it is the responsibility of MRTC to maintain MRT 3 and make capital investments such as new trains.

    But as it happened, Mar Roxas and his successor, pAbaya unilaterally took over the maintenance responsibility and awarded a contract to replace Sumitomo. Then pAbaya went on to award the P3.8 billion contract for new trains to a Chinese supplier.

    MRTC claims the transportation department did all those in violation of their contract. MRTC also claims they tried to talk to both pAbaya and TuGrabe, but both refused.

    I can understand why a government official will try to avoid having to deal with Sobrepena. I would too. The guy has a terrible track record in business, from the College Assurance Plan fiasco, Fil-Estate and Camp John Hay.

    Perhaps the reason Mar Roxas ruled against Sobrepena is because MRTC has not kept their side of the bargain. I am told that maintenance, even under Sumitomo, had deteriorated just before the contract was cancelled.

    But, as I said, there is no escaping the need to deal with MRTC. Ignoring MRTC means they will be indefinitely tied up in litigation while commuters suffer.

    The MRT 3 contract has provisions for international arbitration of disputes. Indeed, there is a pending arbitration case in Singapore that needs to be cleared.

    The only other thing government can probably do is to expropriate the system in the public interest. They can argue forever about the just compensation, but in the meantime, government can ask another group to invest and fix the system.

    But such a drastic move will unnerve investors who will now worry about the sanctity of contracts with government. Doubts will likely affect investor attitude on everything else having to do with risking capital here.

    We lost an opportunity to amicably fix the problem during the watch of Mar Roxas. At that time, Sobrepena had an agreement with Manny Pangilinan to make a joint proposal. Manny will pour in the needed investments, fix the dilapidated system and charge a fare competitive with aircon buses running at-grade. P-Noy reportedly commented that MVP may get too rich and that was the end of it.

    Now, I understand the deal between Sobrepena and MVP is no longer operative. MVP made an independent unsolicited bid together with Ayala (part of the original MRT 3 consortium) and the transport department gave it original proponent status.

    The proposal involves an investment of P12 billion to rehabilitate the train system without any fare increase for at least two years, as well as the handling of operations for a period of 30 to 32 years. It also includes resolving issues on the MRT-3 including the buyout of the government's stake held by LandBank and DBP, as well as other shareholders in MRTC or the private owner of the train system.

    But MRTC, as the owners of the MRT-3, now wants to reassert their rights. They claim they can rehire Sumitomo and fix the MRT-3 system without stopping operations, if DOTr would allow them.

    MRTC claims they have submitted several letters to Transportation Sec. Art Tugade and President Duterte as early as February. But they got no response.

    The rehabilitation plan of MRTC will include a full inspection of the MRT to be completed within 30 days by 100 engineers, the purchase of $50 million worth of spare parts, replacement of broken rails, the complete overhaul of all 73 MRT cars.

    MRTC has, likewise, expressed willingness to advance the $150 million for the rehabilitation of the trains, to recover later only through fares, even without increasing MRT fares beyond the rates of air-conditioned buses.

    Trusting Sobrepena to perform or even have the financial capacity to carry out his proposal is another thing altogether. It may be cheaper for President Duterte to talk to him, appeal to his sense of patriotism and when everything fails, to threaten him with Tokhang.

    As unpalatable as dealing with Sobrepena can be, he has to be dealt with or no lasting solution is possible and MRT 3's problems will just worsen. That will be TuGrabe.
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  4. #74
    Maria Isabel Lopez's license revoked over ASEAN lane infringement

    ABS-CBN News

    Posted at Nov 27 2017 01:16 PM | Updated as of Nov 27 2017 03:56 PM

    MANILA - (UPDATED) The driver's license of former beauty queen Maria Isabel Lopez has been revoked after she used a traffic lane reserved for ASEAN delegates earlier this month, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said Monday.

    The Land Transportation Office also prohibited Lopez from applying or reacquiring her license for the next 2 years, said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago.

    Lopez must also pay an P8,000 penalty for reckless driving, disregarding traffic signs, and violation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, MMDA added.

    The actress earlier this month admitted in a Facebook post that she removed the traffic cones along EDSA which allotted a lane for delegates of the ASEAN Summit.

    Her lawyer said their camp is saddened by the revocation of her license, but they will file "necessary remedy for the reconsideration of the LTO's decision."

    "We reiterate that revocation is too harsh a penalty for a first time offender like her," said lawyer Sol Taule.
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  5. #75
    Ma'am Karen's burden

    DEMAND AND SUPPLY

    By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 29, 2017 - 12:00am

    I have ridiculed the transport department for having too many lawyers and not enough engineers calling the shots. But it seems they just have the wrong kind of lawyers. After hearing UP Law and Harvard trained Atty Karen Jimeno discuss how she is updating the cumbersome and antiquated legal system at DPWH, I must say the infrastructure agencies need lawyers like her.

    Ma'am Karen made a presentation on behalf of DPWH before the Foundation for Economic Freedom last week. She bravely responded to questions from FEF's normally skeptical members. She came out of it pretty well, her fever and bad cold notwithstanding.

    Actually, I have seen her presentation on the P8-9 trillion Build Build Build program in one form or another over the last year. But her last slide is important. It was about the reform measures she initiated to make DPWH more effective.

    The most important items are about how Atty Karen thinks they should handle right of way (ROW) acquisition. ROW problems are seriously slowing down delivery of infra projects.

    Indeed, even with leftover PPP projects like the NLEX-SLEX connector road being undertaken by San Miguel, I see a two-year delay in completion because of ROW problems. The original delivery was supposed to have been last September. The project won?t be delivered in 2018. If we are lucky, maybe we can start using portions of it by end of 2019.

    The project is important because by one estimate, it can reduce EDSA traffic by 50 percent. And Ramon Ang of San Miguel plans to run a BRT system on top of it that goes all the way to Susana Heights in Muntinlupa. That means it will benefit not just car riders but ordinary commuters many of whom are probably using MRT3.

    The Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) should have been completed by now all the way to La Union but ROW problems caused so much trouble and delay. DPWH was moving too slowly to enable the contractor to complete the expressway construction faster.

    ROW problems severely affect the ability of DPWH to absorb all that money being made available under the Build Build Build program. To Ma'am Karen's credit, she admitted the system is a mess. But she has introduced reforms that should help somewhat.

    Usec Karen informed us they have decentralized the approval of ROW payments, an improvement of the current system where everything must go up to central office in Manila. On her recommendation, they created a task force to minimize delay in project implementation.

    But Usec Jimeno also shared the problems she found when she took office. For one, they don't have enough lawyers to handle the ROW cases. They have vacancies but could not get capable lawyers to join the staff because of the pitifully small salary.

    She didn't deny that the bureaucracy is too laid back and with no sense of urgency. But that's also because a good number of them are casual employees for years and years and have no motivation to do better.

    But Usec Karen is now more hopeful they can move faster on ROW cases thanks to the new ROW Law for big ticket projects. They however also have problems in complying with property appraisal requirements as those authorized by law to do appraisals like the DBP and Land Bank have their own priority concerns.

    Actually, I can understand why DPWH officials are reluctant to move fast on papers sent to them for approval. Look at what happened to former secretary Babes Singson who is now facing an Ombudsman case over ROW payments he authorized that turned out to be problematic.

    Criminal syndicates are entrenched in the system. It is not easy for a top official to know if the papers sent to him by his staff are legitimate.

    Usec Karen admits that having a more efficient ROW system is critical to their mission and it is her responsibility to make sure the legal staff is up to the challenge. Inasmuch as I am sure the Usec joined DPWH because she thought she could make a difference, I am hopeful things will improve in the coming months.

    But, I suggested to her to revise the rest of her powerpoint presentation to provide a more realistic delivery date of projects. They have to take into account the delays that will still happen due to ROW and other bureaucratic problems.

    I do not believe they can institute 24/7 work schedule on the urban infra projects given that all have serious ROW problems. Costs will just dramatically increase if they mobilize a work force for a 24/7 schedule but are slowed down by ROW problems.

    In any case, Usec Karen also revealed that DPWH has also issued orders to streamline procurement process based on the New Procurement Manual. They have also started to implement Project and Contract Management Application (PCMA) that will improve transparency and accountability of physical and financial outcomes through use of online geographic based status reporting and geo-tagged photos.

    The Usec also said they created the Infrastructure Monitoring Advisory Groups (IMAGs) that will enable participatory and transparent monitoring of big ticket projects. They have also created a multi-media citizens feedback mechanism to receive and take action on any complaint, query or suggestion.

    I must say that the good intentions are there but whether they can execute is another. In the end, it is project delivery that counts.

    I admire people like Usec Karen who leave well paying private sector jobs to make a difference in delivering public service. That's Ma'am Karen's burden.

    For now, it would be nice to see work started on those seven bridges across the Pasig River being constantly announced by DPWH Sec Mark Villar.
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