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It’s still not enough

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MRT-3 ridership reaches half a million daily

While I was away, the price of unleaded gasoline did finally breach P60.57. Which brought the prices of gas to $5.19 a gallon in the Philippines. Oil companies reduced the price of gas yesterday by 1 peso or by almost 4 cents. But expect it to rise by next week.

People are turning to the trains as an alternative to using the car but is it enough? It doesn’t seem that traffic is getting any easier. Because what we need is a real mass transportation system. Our country has spent that past 20 years, while our neighbors dug more tunnels and expanded their railways in the city, we removed ours. Now when we finally need it, we have to wait at least five years before it gets here. The MRT was already ridden with anomalies and corruption. I know this for a fact first hand. Now is not the time. But of course, one can never be too greedy in this country.

We are feeling brunt of all the politics and greed that runs this nation. The sins of our past are now here to haunt us. Inept leaders of government and all the bureaucracy that has tied projects like this down in the past has come to make us suffer for it today. It is unfair to blame it to the current administration since they too are powerless to events that are happening globally. Face it peeps, you’re not the only one suffering in the world.

The one thing that people don’t seem to realize that you must make drastic lifestyle choices to see this global economic crunch through. There are a lot of things that I used to buy and used to do, I don’t anymore since I’m trying to save up some cash. I would love to take public transportation. I usually take the trains in almost every city I go to. Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Vienna, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, it’s everywhere but here?! These cities have long expansive rails that take their citizens practically everywhere they need to go. Here, I have to take my car.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my car. But driving is a total pain. What makes driving around in Manila expensive is all the gas you waste while you’re in traffic. I have to pay separately from train to bus to jeep to tricycles. Tricycles are such an eye sore. It’s a sign on how far your country is sinking. It’s not a solution to transportation if these public vehicle licenses are being issued just as much as a driver’s license. It just adds more congestion to the already congested streets and it doesn’t make it any easier to the regular car driver that these moving chicanes have to stop at every corner.

I want someone who can clean up the streets. Literally. I want to see only buses, taxis and private cars on the street and everyone else taking the train. No tricycles. You have feet! Start walking. It’s healthier. Jeeps?!? Probably as shuttles but not from one end of the city to the other.

The hard part about all of this is that I want to live long enough to see all these changes happen. Yeah, I can dream on. But it shouldn’t be just a dream it should be our goal.

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July 11, 2008 at 5:35 am

It was the weather agency’s fault

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Sulpicio Lines files case vs PAGASA for ‘faulty forecasting’

Seriously?!?! Blame the weather? Is that the best they can do? How can they explain that they were the only vessel who left port that day? Other who left earlier took refuge in nearby Batangas ports until the storm had passed.

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July 1, 2008 at 8:33 am

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Another Philippine tragedy

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Princess of the Stars only latest in string of tragedies

The tragedy that struck Philippine waters last Sunday is not something new. Yet despite the history of Sulpicio lines regarding accidents in the sea. Why do these things happen?

Both government and company are to blame. There is no lack of technology or awareness that there was a super typhoon coming and the travel route would lead them directly to the path of the storm. The coast guard should have not allowed the ferry to sail at a time when the storm was to make it’s way through the country. The company should have exercised extreme caution. You’d think that they’ve learned their lessons from the past.

No amount of “documents” that detail the ship was seaworthy is enough of a gauge that it could withstand the typhoon.

Sad to say that no amount of anger on this blog or any other blog will bring the lives of those passengers back. But hopefully, we will have a voice this time. Through blogging and through web 2.0, bring this issue and make sure that this never happens again.

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June 23, 2008 at 10:52 am

Should the government be allowed to control the power company?

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As the saga continues on our Philippine television sets (until something else happens), should the government be allowed to control our electricity. After having seen how they run this country, would we really want them to?

Let me describe a situation regarding this. Is the country leading to an oligarchy or have we been living it all this time?

Ever since we “declared” our independence, powerful families have controlled our country for generations. Almost everyone who has or is elected or appointed into power is related to a certain degree from another.

Banking institutions, electricity, television, newspapers, telco companies, malls, groceries, basic products and so on. And we let them. Why? To a certain degree, they’re doing a lot better job than the government. But in any system there’s always a bad side. We have monopolies. We don’t see it but it’s there. Why else why there isn’t any Ikea or Target here in the Philippines? Why are our phone companies limited to cities that they are given licenses? The government says that it’s there to protect us. But it’s there to protect those who owns these business. We are unable to compete in the global economy because our country operates in a closed environment.

Wouldn’t it be better for us “little” people to have a very competitive atmosphere? We all act this way because we’re too engrossed in petty arguments that have no real impact to the ordinary person. The sad part is that we eat it all up. Everything that our television, newspapers and radio reports is more enthralling than any soap opera on tv. In any case, I want to be proven wrong. I want to believe that every little thing I do amounts to something good, not only for me but also for others. But if everything would be as strictly controlled as everything as they want it to. Then it’s best to look somewhere else for progress.

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May 30, 2008 at 10:10 am

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Bring on the rain and another ZTE witness

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At the height of the Meralco’s power woes with the government, another ZTE witness with PROOF!

For the uninformed, ZTE refers to one of China’s largest IT company who won the bid to provide the Philippines with the infrastructure for high speed broadband. Yay! The contract was canceled by the President due to anomalous dealings and complaints from the losing party of the contract. Over the past 12 months, Senate hearing after senate hearing has produced various witnesses but to date has achieved nothing nor has it passed laws to prevent things like this from happening.

Anyway let’s get to the point. I’ll rant about the other things attached to this case another time.

This witness has come out at a time where the largest power company has be called to the senate to answer for their high power rates. Now doesn’t this all seem a little odd? Trying to draw attention away from the reality at hand? Wooing the public back to the faults of the government?

What is not seen is the fact that Filipinos do not see that they are being led on from one government issue to another with no clear resolution. Unless that this ZTE thing is brought to court and not in the Senate (where nothing really happens anyway), this issue will just drag itself all the way to 2010.

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May 18, 2008 at 5:06 am

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It’s all about power

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The current tv drama that some people without a life a re sucking out of the legislative body of the Philippines is the electricity situation in the country.

The Manila Electric Company, or Meralco has been in the hands of the Lopez family since electricity came to the country in the early 20th century. Fast forward almost a hundred years later, the government is accusing the company of jacking up power rates too high and passing off it’s losses to the consumer.

This compounded with the fact of rising gas prices (I’ll get to the gas in another blog post) has not made the situation any easier.

One way to paying less electricity? Lower your carbon footprint! Turn off that computer or that monitor when you’re not using it. Replace light fixtures with more energy efficient ones. Airconditioners and refrigerators are the largest consumers of electricity. Unlike in the west, we are fortunate that we don’t use washing machines or clothes dryers that much.

Why is the power company passing on their loss to the consumers? Sure there are illegal taps. Illegal taps in the country amount to 50% but no one gets charged. Why is no one charged for it when there are laws that say it is illegal? That is why it is just so blatant. It’s no different from the water taps as well. No one will be able to live in the city illegally thus reducing the financial burden of those who pay.

In the end it’s everyone’s fault. The laws work. It’s the people who are tasked with laws aren’t.

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May 13, 2008 at 6:30 am

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Apparently it’s true!

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Some FilAms sending rice home to ease crisis for relatives

It’s true folks! Balikbayan boxes from the US are no longer filled with “the Nike shoes” or bags of chocolate. They are now filled with sacks of rice. So all those Manila Boxes, Star Cargo and LBC shipments be warned if they seem a wee bit heavy this month. They’re filled with rice!

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May 10, 2008 at 4:08 am

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