Three ingredients essential for the Philippines to progress that ‘thought leaders’ fail to address

The trouble with the Philippines’ political discourse today is that it is hopelessly partisan. As a result, there is no energy channeled into mapping a way forward for the Philippines. Instead, much of the talk is around discrediting one other. Whilst there is a small niche within the social media chatter that appreciates and rewards […]

#Dutertenomics heralds the dawn of a ‘golden age of infrastructure’ for the Philippines

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” – Oscar Wilde The government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to shift to deficit spending to the tune of hundreds of billions of pesos in investments in infrastructure for this financial year alone. This follows decades of underspending and a steady […]

350 kph bullet train to link Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Bandung

Construction of a high-speed train line allowing travel between Jakarta and Bandung at speeds of up to 350 kilometres per hour has started. The USD 5.6 billion project is a key component of a long-overdue programme to upgrade decrepit infrastructure being spurred by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Indonesia lacks a mass-transport system, forcing its increasingly […]

5 ways to decongest Metro Manila traffic

After neglecting the problem for nearly six years, it seems like the current government under President Benigno Simeon Aquino is finally addressing or at least acknowledging Metro Manila traffic congestion specially along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) – the notorious highway once famous for street revolutions but is now looking more and more like […]

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 […]

Dear PNoy: Your promise to throw yourself and Jun Abaya under a train is now due!

Back in 2013, President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III made a promise before a huge crowd of yellow-shirted supporters. President BS Aquino promised that the LRT (Light Rail Transit) Line 1 project (Baclaran to Bacoor) would be completed in two years. Best of all, it’s all captured on video! As usual, President BS Aquino made […]

Manila’s primitive public transport system: A national embarrassment!

It is no longer news that Metro Manila, the Philippines’ premiere urban centre is a mess, and its residents’ biggest bane is its mass transport system. For a metropolis the size of Greater Manila, the existing rail network is extremely sparse and public road transport is utterly chaotic. Over the last couple of years alone, […]