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Metro Manila is going to encounter what I call a Traffic Tragedy.  This week work on the Skyway Project 3, which would connect South to North or vice versa, started already.  People and the Philippine government are panicking, as they are anticipating the head ache inducing traffic congestion that would ensue, as construction will be starting soon, and some of the roads are being closed/narrowed to make way for the project.  I do concur with the initial reaction of the public, but I would like to point out to the Philippine government, that there are a few avenues that can be explored, to lessen the impact of the major road projects that would last for 2 years or more.

The government could revive the Pasig River Ferry Service, which would provide an alternative mode of transportation for the public, as long as the Pasig River is cleaned, so as not to hamper the operations of the ferry service, and also informal settlers along the Pasig River should be relocated, so as not to add to the pollution of the river.  The ferry service could also be a tourist attraction likes the river or ferry services of European cities, if all of those mentioned before are met.  Also the ferry service would be running smoothly as there is no traffic in the river passages, which would mean faster travel time for the public.

Also the government could adapt what is already present in Europe, in developed cities, and even in our very own backyard.  What I mean is the rent a bike program and bike paths in major cities  overseas.  This would provide alternative mode of transport and at the same time a healthy way to exercise for the public.  Our very own Makati has a bike rental program in place already, which we can further enhance and replicate in Metro Manila cities.

Also we can use the existing transport facilities we have, such as the PNR (Philippine National Railways) train which plies from Alabang to Tutuban, the LRT, and MRT.  We just need to have it developed further, such as adding train service, frequency, and if possible add more carriages/cabins.

There is also another alternative mode, which is popular in the United States, which is the carpooling.  This would lessen the numbers of vehicles on the roads, and save more on fuel.  In the U.S. the system works like this, in a neighborhood one person with a vehicle(car/van) picks up those who joined the carpool, and brings them to a certain location close to the working locations of those who joined the carpool.  Each passenger either pitch in by paying for fuel, and other costs (parking, incidentals) incurred by the vehicle, during the duration of the carpooling, this is done on a monthly, weekly, daily basis, depending on the vehicles owners whim.  This can be done either one way or roundtrip, based on the agreement that was made.

There are various possibilities to explore.  The only thing that would make it all work is through the cooperation of the government, and the public.  Because if either one of them, does not do its part, then the whole system will not work, adding to more head aches for both parties.

This is my most recent personal post after a long long time.  I have heard a lot in the news lately.  Flooding in Metro Manila, Summary Execution here and there, Sinking of Roro Ferry, Sex for flight scandal, etc.  Why is all of these happening here and abroad involving the Philippines?

As for the flooding in Metro Manila, government departments have been pointing fingers here and there.  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has been pointing the blame for the flooding, at The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), saying that MMDA has not done its part in cleaning of the sewers/drainage and canals.  In retaliation, MMDA is blaming the DPWH for the slow and inefficient installation/replacement of antiquated sewer/drainage systems by its appointed contractors and sub contractors.  Why can’t they just work together, in order to find a solution to the problem, that has beleaguered the citizens/residents, for a very long long time.  Instead of bickering with each other, why don’t they just team up and work together for the best solution!

As for the summary executions, I feel that those who do the summary executions, feel that they are helping the nation/community by killing criminals, or cleansing it of the dirt.  But why only pick pockets or snatchers are being killed? Why not go after the big time criminals and multiple offenders such as the killers, rapist, etc., if they are indeed trying to cleanse the nation/community? Or it could be the police authorities cleansing their plate, by killing criminal who could be associated with them.  But whichever it is, taking someone else’s life is not up to us.  Only the Creator has the right to do that.  Taking someone else’s life is a mortal sin, against mankind, and against God!

Sinking of the Roro Ferry, this type of disasters have been going on since time immemorial.  Overloading of passengers, poor maintenance of the marine vessels, overloading of cargo, fires, etc., are the common causes blamed on such sinking.  The question we should ask is what happens after? After the sinking, were the causes rectified? Were the responsible people penalized or imprisoned? The usual answer is no.  Which is why these types of disaster will keep on happening, as the persons held responsible for the disasters are not penalized/imprisoned or held liable.

Sex for flight scandal.  I have heard on the news, that these rumors of the said scandal has been rife for a long time.  Even when, Mr. Noli De Castro, was Vice President.  But are these rumors true? No one has been brave enough to surface as a witness, to prosecute or even implicate these government personnels.  If it is true, do these government personnels have no heart? To take advantage of people, especially women, who have already been abused and taken advantage of by individuals.  Do they want to further hurt or burden these poor poor OFW’s? Whose only wish or dream is to provide a better future for themselves and their family?

Is our world becoming too commercialized, insensitive to the feeling of others, that feelings of empathy, sympathy, and caring for others, are all gone and amiss? What is happening to our world? What kind of world are we leaving our kids, grand kids, and the future generations? I do hope that we would all be able to wake up in time, to rectify all of our mistakes, and give the future generations, including our kids, and grand kids a brighter future to embrace!