Six More Years Of What Exactly? Heavy Traffic and Floods?

I guess it has already been said that it’s really a bad idea for Mar Roxas to campaign on the premise of continuing the Aquino administration’s Daang Matuwid. People are wondering, isn’t he his own man yet? Last night, a heavy down pour late in the afternoon or early evening (depending on where you were) […]

Let them eat cake: How much wretchedness can the Metro Manila commuter take until one says ‘enough’?

One good thing about being assigned in the graveyard shift in Metro Manila: The relative ease of commuting to work compared to the hapless regular shift employee facing the daily grind of both traffic in the major roads and the overworked and under-equipped MRT-3 train system traversing the EDSA thoroughfare that starts from the North […]

‘Disaster preparedness’ has become an oxymoron in the #Philippines

It has been becoming increasingly apparent that “natural” disasters are now a routine occurrence all over the Philippines. The idea that Filipinos ought to be more “prepared” for such calamities — whilst something one would think ought to have been an obvious national priority — is only now resonating across the broader public. To the […]

Manila commuters’ nightmare: SM City ‘grand central station’ plans for MRT and LRT lines now in pieces!

What was once a grand plan to construct what could have been considered Manila’s first true “Grand Central Station” near SM North EDSA Mall has stalled and has literally broken up into little pieces that will leave commuters, as usual, grasping the short end of the stick. The station would have linked tracks being built […]

Metro Rail Transit crisis gripping Manila a result of long-term failure in thinking

The “increase in population” that has been made the excuse du jour of Malacanang to wash its hands off the appalling mass transport crisis paralysing Metro Manila today is something that the government cannot absolve itself of any responsibility for. Facing mounting calls for the head of Al Vitangcol General Manager of the Metro Rail […]

Manila’s Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) stations: Disasters waiting to happen?

It seems MRT-3 stations are becoming potential death traps as dangerous crowd control practices are now being used to “manage” the increasing volumes of passengers using the line. As seen in the following photo, passengers are made to queue on stairs leading to the train platforms packed like sardines. The photo was posted by a […]