The State of our Streets

February 17th, 2014

 Image grabbed from Philstar

Here in Metro Manila, there is not a day that a motorist does not complain of being stuck in a traffic jam. To travel on the metro streets in a breeze is considered an exception and not the norm.

I for one got a bit scared one time when I was walking along Ayala Avenue and didn’t see any vehicles on the street. As in the street was empty. I had to look around and walk fast for fear that something was amiss.

Such is the state of our streets here.

This morning was no exception. A friend who was taking the Skyway, shared on social network that she got stuck in bad traffic. Everyone thought that it was because of the start of work for the Skyway Stage 3 project, which will connect SLEX to the NLEX through Buendia to Balintawak. This project aims to decongest EDSA, C-5 and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. The traffic jam this morning though was caused by a vehicular accident, according to the news.

Still, accident or no accident, metro streets are always jammed every day. Now with the Skyway Stage 3 project, the goal is noble actually. It has to be done.

What gets my beef is the seemingly lack of preparations (again!). Alternate routes, and working ones at that, should have been prepared and established years or months before this project starts. What’s happening, I heard, is that it was only at the start of the project (which is today) when the alternate routes are also identified. Take note, identified. Not prepped and tested.

Such is the state of our streets!

Update

Here are the alternate routes as Skyway Stage 3 construction starts!

Reflections of Moscow and the Metro Bombing

March 31st, 2010

by Nono Delid

The recent deadly bombing in two Metro stations in Moscow left the Russian nation in mourning and resolve to search and punish the perpetrators. Fear of the same calamity likewise gripped the Russian capital. I join the world in condemning the incident as I sympathize with its people on this tragedy.

Seeing those pictures in international media and reading them from papers left me reflect those times many years ago when I was in Moscow, circa 1984 when “glasnost and perestroika” were not yet around. For those who are fond of real spy stories, from Mossad, CIA, Scotland Yard to KGB, the place Lubyanka maybe too familiar; specifically Lubyanka prison which was then, to Western observers, almost synonymous to Gulag. Because this is where the main headquarters of the famous KGB was located. Today, it is also the headquarters of the Federal security Service, the agency tasked to protect its citizens. The first bombing took place in nearby Lubyanka Metro station.

I remember this place quite well. Daily, on our last week in Moscow back then, we would pass by it, or ride the Metro through this station. Because this station was very close to our hotel, the Rossia Hotel, which was just a stone’s throw away from the Kremlin and Red Square.

We have been amazed by the magnificence of Russia’s Metro Subway stations that we would just then joyride from station to station. In many instances, we got lost, because many stations were actually several levels below ground levels. Everyday, millions of Russian people use the Metro. One time coming in from the central city of Liepetz, we disembarked from a Moscow central station and that was when we realized that at least 5 million people use that line daily.

How Typhoon Pepeng (Parma) Looks Like

October 1st, 2009

Metro Manila and neighboring towns Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite are still recovering from Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana), and another typhoon is heading its way here.

This early, Typhoon Pepeng (Parma) is described as a super typhoon, packing winds of 150mph and it’s heading toward northern Luzon.

Help us pray that Pepeng (Parma) weakens as it nears land!

As I write now, rains are starting to pour in Makati. Plurkers also share that it’s beginning to rain in their areas (Quezon City and Pasig). Yet, more help is needed in the calamity areas. If you have more to give, visit these drop-off points:

  • Team Manila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell shall be accepting relief goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk, Bottled Water and Clothes) for distribution by Veritas.
  • Aranaz Stores in Rockwell & Greenbelt is accepting donations of any kind for Payatas communities affected by Ondoy.
  • Papemelroti stores in 91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall are accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes – NO CASH pls.)
  • Petron: You may bring your relief goods to all Petron branches.
  • LUCA stores (Rockwell, Shang-rila, Eastwood, or GA towers): Send your old clothes & donations (no cash pls).
  • MOONSHINE boutique in Rockwell also accepting relief good to help Ondoy victims in Marikina and Cainta.
  • MINISTOP IBARRA (Espana cor. Blumentritt, Sampaloc Manila) is also accepting relief goods, Food (non-perishable goods only) Clothing, Medicines, Beds, Pillows, Blankets, Emergency Supplies to help Typhoon Ondoy victims.

Read more list…

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After Typhoon Ondoy

September 29th, 2009

We learn after every experience.

We learn that we are strong.
We learn that we are smarter than the test.
We learn that we have the capacity to sacrifice to help others who are in need more.
We learn that humans have no strength against nature’s wrath.
We learn that our local governments are not ready to help us in times like these.
We learn that trauma is hard to overcome.
We learn that hardheadedness won’t get us anywhere.

Most of all, we learn that our Lord and Savior offers us refuge anytime!

The situation is heartbreaking. But the support from all over the world has come pouring in as fast and as strong as the flood waters were. The goodness of the human heart again emerges.

Below are sites that lead you to where you can send in your donations for Typhoon Ondoy victims or help find missing persons.

If you know more links where people can send in their donations, please do share here.

As the streets of Metro Manila were submerged by flood waters, this pedestrian didn’t have the heart to shoot photos or record videos.

Be safe everyone!

GoNegosyo Guy Talks about the Philippine Economy

September 4th, 2009

I am no economist, and I don’t understand anything about it. What I know about economy is mostly managing personal finances, which I don’t excel in, also. :D

But I am a good observant, and so I know that a country’s economy is doing good if I see people spending, building, traveling, and investing.

Some say that the country’s economy is no good, that the administration of PGMA is not doing anything good at all. I’m glad that Wizheart showed me the articles of Joey Concepcion.

Joey Concepcion started the GoNegosyo advocacy, encouraging and helping out small entrepreneurs to do business and succeed in it.

So, if you are like me who wants to understand the goings-on of the present Philippine economy, check out Joey Concepcion’s articles.

Pro economy, pro Philippines

PGMA is no Bush

Next president must be pro economy

The Liberal Party Rigodon

September 2nd, 2009

The biggest news to hit local politics yesterday is the announcement of Mar Roxas to support Noynoy Aquino for president in 2010.

Supporters of the move say that Roxas is doing the greater sacrifice. After all, Roxas is putting country first before personal interest.  How noble sounding!

To me as an audience of this latest rigodon, it’s not about personal interest, but personal interests. I’m seeing principles being set aside to give way to popularity.

And that sealed the deal for me. For the 2010 elections, my eyes are now focused on the Nacionalista Party. :D

The photo is grabbed from HERE.

Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #4

August 31st, 2009

Taken from CTalk by Cito Beltran
The Philippine Star, August 31, 2009

A number of whistleblowers would like us to think that they are heroes.

They would like us to think that they have suffered sleepless nights, oppression and political harassment for exposing a crime. They would like us to think that it is such a great personal sacrifice for them to be whistleblowers because their lives and their family are now in grave danger. They actually even want us to believe that they are the good guys.

Some people have actually fallen for this great lie, which is nothing more than “adding insult to injury”. Now, some people are trying to sell us the idea that because of what these whistleblowers have done, we should vote for them to be elected into Congress or in the Senate.

In short, we are now being asked to let the whistleblowers become the cops.

We are being told to “honor” people who were involved in illegal or criminal acts, we are being told to forget that they may, or have directly participated in deals or agreements that were disadvantageous to the government or to the people of the Philippines.

Continue reading…

Related posts:

Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #3
Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #2
Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #1

Ayala Avenue Filled Up for Tita Cory

August 4th, 2009

Yesterday, the remains of former President Corazon C. Aguino were transferred to Manila Cathedral from La Salle Greenhills.

The route of the motorcade was from Ortigas Avenue to EDSA to Ayala Avenue, then to Buendia, to Manila.

As the parade drew near Ayala Avenue, office workers in Makati trooped to Ayala to pay their last respects.

I just noticed that my shots were not able to capture the yellow confetti. Thanks Paolo, my 6-footer officemate, for taking these shots. :)

More photos HERE.

Corazon C. Aquino, Icon of Philippine Democracy

August 1st, 2009

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Revelation 14:13

A Fighting SONA

July 27th, 2009

If there was any way I wanted the SONA to be written and delivered, I would want it to be that of today’s SONA. It was a fighting SONA, loudly ringing of the truth that this government had done for the past nine years, which is caring for the economy and business.

President Gloria Arroyo, for the first time, addressed her critics, and at the same time talked proudly of her accomplishments. She should be.

  • The Philippines has the strongest, sustained and continued growth in GDP. Jobs created by BPOs, IT investors have benefited as well the taxi drivers and the vendors.
  • While the world is in crisis, Philippines is weathering it because of the strong economic policies, though unpopular they may be. Investing in the country has never been fair and investment friendly as before. I know because I work for a multinational company, and I know how dismissive government agencies had been before.
  • Good infrastructure such as nautical highways and expressways and highways, airports that are of international standards. Can you remember a time before today when Filipinos traveled, visited, and started exploring the country? One of my projects is a directory of Philippine destinations, and in one of our studies, we found out that many of our tourists lately are Filipinos themselves.
  • The easy movement of goods and people as well as giving the people the capacity to earn, have made this country stand the economic and political crises.

There are more here…

I couldn’t help nodding my head in agreement on these points:

The noisiest critics of constitutional reform tirelessly and shamelessly attempted Cha-Cha when they thought they could take advantage of a shift in the form of government. Now that they feel they cannot benefit from it, they oppose it.

As the campaign unfolds and the candidates take to the airwaves, I ask them to talk more about how they will build up the nation rather than tear down their opponents. Give the electorate real choices and not just sweet talk.

This is my wish, too.

I say to them: do not tell us what we all know, that democracy can be threatened. Tell us what you will do when it is attacked.

To titillate even more his critics, she went:

At the end of this speech I shall step down from this stage, but not from the Presidency. My term does not end until next year. Until then, I will fight for the ordinary Filipino. The nation comes first. There is much to do as head of state – to the very last day.

:P

I am sad that many opposition Senators did not attend. It does not speak well of the kind of statesmen that we have. I believe it is their duty to hear the SONA in Congress. Sen. Biazon put it well when he said that he was there because it was his duty to be there, although he might not agree with what President Arroyo was saying.

In the U.S., during Bush’s unpopularity, when Bush delivered his SONA, the democrats were there, stayed on, and listened. Never mind if the democrats didn’t approve of Bush’s policies or give his governance a thumbs up.

Here in the Philippines, those on the other side, as expected said that GMA did not portray the true state state of the nation, and that in no categorical terms did GMA say that she would be stepping down in 2010/2011. Well, isn’t it sentido comon? :-D

I wish everyone of us had been vigilant of the changes that the country underwent in the last nine years, that is if everyone was able to tune out the political noise.

In the end, it’s anybody’s interpretation, depending on which side are you, and how open minded you are. :)

Read the SONA.


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