PNoy says he will not give up amidst problems and challenges

admin   •   February 24, 2015   •   2255

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Year 12 (TAYO 12) awarding ceremonies at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (February 24). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines – “Just recently, the country faced another challenge due to the incident in Mamasapano. As president, I am doing everything, to face and respond to the problems of the nation. Most of the time, I just ignore fatigue and wakeful nights. I should not be carried away by my emotion because I might aggravate the problem. At all times, I need to be calm, and to always look back as to what is the purpose of all our perseverance. This is the only thing we want: to not repeat the past, and to endow to the next generation a Philippines more progressive and better than before we came to office.”

This is an excerpt of President Benigno Aquino’s speech during the recognition of Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) held in Malacañang on Tuesday.

This is in relation to the 29th anniversary of EDSA People Power revolution tomorrow, February 25.

The President said that in the past years, the Philippines has faced many challenges, threats to the security of Filipinos caught in the conflicts abroad, spread of diseases like Ebola and MERS-Corona Virus, earthquakes, crisis, typhoons and Mamasapano incident.

These past days, some group have been calling for the resignation of President Aquino because of the issue on Mamasapano clash wherein 44 SAF troopers was killed.

Because of the incident, the peace negotiations with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) became a hot issue particularly the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

At the end of his speech, the President reiterated that he will not give in to the challenges the country is facing and assured that he will continue his programs and reforms towards development.

“Indeed we have come this far because we chose to do what must be done, and prioritize the interest of the majority. However, we know that we will be facing more challenges. But should we give up now when we are already able to realize those, which are only dreams before? Should be surrender now when more and more people are joining us towards inclusive development,” President Aquino said. (Nel Maribojoc / UNTV News)

Learn: Decongesting EDSA traffic once Build, Build, Build road projects are complete

Maris Federez   •   August 19, 2019

The Duterte administration has been relentless in carrying out infrastructure projects under the Build, Build, Build program which is expected to decongest the traffic along E. delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

This move is prompted by the fact that despite the policies being implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila, it seemed to have gotten worse due to the increasing volume of vehicles and the lack of discipline among motorists.

MMDA traffic chief, Col. Edison “Bong” Nebrija claims that “volume talaga ang problema natin [(vehicle) volume is the real problem]. I mean, hindi naman ito ganito noong summer na walang pasok hindi rin naman ganito to noong hindi tag-ulan. So we will be managing as it is kasi wala naman talaga kaming bagong polisiya [I mean, it wasn’t like this last summer when students were on vacation; it wasn’t also like this during the dry season when there is no rain. So we will be managing as it is as we don’t really have new policy].”

Based on original design, EDSA can only accommodate around 260,000 passing vehicles per day.

The latest MMDA information, however, showed that vehicles passing EDSA every day have already exceeded 400,000.

To date, travel speed along EDSA is at 19 kph, and traversing the whole stretch of the said national highway will take around two hours.

And to address this concern, alternative routes such as the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project, NLEX- SLEX Connector and the C-5 South-link Expressway had been put into place.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said once the Skyway Stage 3 is completed, there will no longer be a need for the more than a thousand motorists to pass by the whole stretch of EDSA from Makati, Manila and Quezon City and vice versa.

The NLEX-SLEX Connector is also seen as a big help in curbing the volume of vehicles going to and from Manila, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela.

Even the opening to C5-Southlink expressway is expected to somehow decongest EDSA as it will provide an alternative route to motorists in going to the southern portion of Metro Manila and back.

The MMDA estimated that around 100,000 vehicles will be reduced along EDSA once the projects are completed and become open to the public.

“Well, it will increase the length of our road networks. Alam naman natin na [We all know that] we are lacking 3,000 kms of road network. If that happens, it means almost 1/4 of the volume that we have. It’s almost two lanes ang mape- free up natin [will be freed]. That’s a big advantage to us,” Nebrija added. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

MMDA defends implementation of provincial bus ban on EDSA

Maris Federez   •   August 13, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) believes that the full implementation of the provincial bus ban along EDSA is a big help in easing the traffic in Metro Manila.

MMDA data shows around 6,500 buses pass thru the yellow lane along EDSA; 3,500 of which are provincial buses.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia admitted at Thursday’s Senate inquiry that the past dry run on provincial bus ban was a failure.

The yellow lane and failed dry run of provincial bus ban are now being blamed for the worsening traffic, particularly that of last week’s traffic situation.

To which Garcia took on the defense, saying: “Na-highlight lang ng media kasi nga palpak yung dry run, so sabi nga namin, palpak ang dry run dahil walang nakisali, siguro out of 100 operators, five lang (the dry run failed and media highlighted it. The dry run failed because no one cooperated. Let’s say, out of 100, only 5 joined [the dry run]).

Garcia also denied allegations that they were experimenting with EDSA’s traffic situation, saying they were just implementing what was then the practice of the past administration.

Senate Committee on Public Services Chair, Senator Grace Poe, said there was lack of consultation on the MMDA’s part.

Poe said, “Imbes na i-ban ninyo agad, bakit hindi kayo kumuha ng mga inter modal terminals within strategic areas dun sa may EDSA kung tatanggalin ninyo ang 43 or 45 provincial terminals along EDSA [Instead of immediate banning, why didn’t you come up with inter-modal terminals within strategic areas on EDSA if you are going to remove 43 to 45 provincial terminals along EDSA]?

Senate President Vicente Sotto III also proposed the implementation of an extensive No Parking Zone in Metro Manila.

“Ang talagang solusyon [The real solution} to decongest EDSA is no parking in Metro Manila,” Sotto said.

Sotto also hinted at transferring the government agencies outside of Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, the MMDA will wait for the result of the motion for reconsideration they filed regarding the Quezon City Regional Trial Court’s decision that suspends the provincial bus ban.

For now, MMDA said they will strictly implement the clearing operations in the alternate routes in Metro Manila. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

Number coding scheme lifted on August 12 – MMDA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reminds motorists that the number coding scheme is lifted for Monday (August 12) which is a regular holiday in commemoration of the Muslim community’s Eid’l Adha.

“The Number Coding scheme is lifted for Monday, August 12, 2019,” the MMDA said on its official Twitter account.

Thus, vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 will be allowed on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila throughout Monday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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