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The New Normal

The announced third extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila from May 15th to the end of the month may have disappointed a lot of people who are looking forward to going back to work and getting back to their daily normal lives. However, because of the absence of an effective new vaccine against the COVID-19 virus ...

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Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic: Turn, Turn, Turn

Since the lock down started on March 15, 2020, I began contemplating on the importance and relevance of my work as a motoring journalist and entrepreneur. I decided to look back at my past experiences to find inspiration and motivation. When I was working as a sales trainer for the old Nissan Motor Philippines (NMPI) in the 1990’s, I often ...

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An Unsolicited Advice on Managing Metro Manila Traffic (Part 5)

We deliberately delayed the posting of the last part of our “unsolicited advice” because of the often idiotic developments that happened after we posted the first four parts of this Opinion column. While we continue to be disappointed with the way the traffic problem is being addressed, we are happy to note that some of our government officials may have ...

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An Unsolicited Advice on Managing Metro Manila Traffic (Part 4)

First and foremost, we would like to thank the numerous readers who sent us messages asking why we have not posted the next part of our “unsolicited advice” on managing traffic in Metro Manila. We intentionally delayed this part, which will deal with the third E or Enforcement of the 3 E’s of Traffic Management, because we know that we will ...

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An Unsolicited Advice on Managing Metro Manila Traffic (Part 3)

In the second part of this online Opinion column, we summarized how the first E (Engineering) of the 3 E’s – Engineering, Education and Enforcement – can help manage and eventually solve the horrendous Metro Manila traffic. For the third installment, we take a look at the second E (Education) aspect of traffic management. A lady columnist of one the ...

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An Unsolicited Advice on Managing Metro Manila Traffic (Part 2)

In Part 1 of our online Opinion column, we proposed how the horrendous Metro Manila traffic can be managed using the 3 E’s – Engineering, Education, and Enforcement. We looked at how economic growth can cause traffic congestion and how Malaysia worked on their traffic problem. We considered the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), more common known as “Numbers ...

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An Unsolicited Advice on Managing Metro Manila Traffic (Part 1)

I’ve been driving around Metro Manila since 1983 and I’ve seen how the traffic has become heavier every year for the past 36 years. When I started working in 1989, Manila to Makati during the heaviest morning rush hour traffic took just 30 to 45 minutes. Today, Manila to Makati takes around two to three hours, depending on the weather ...

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Counting Cars

I am what you may call a “certified car nut“. I love being around cars. Even as a young boy, I was always playing with toy cars and my childhood dream was to own a lot of cars when I grow up. In school, my workbooks often have sketches of cars or automotive parts drawn in a blank page or ...

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Remembering Papa Through Cars

July 1st marks the birthday of my late father, Atty. Jaime “Jimmy” G. Dizon. He would have been 85 this year. Papa, as we lovingly called him, died seven years ago on September 5, 2012 from complications stemming from myelodyplastic anemia, a condition where his bone marrow ceased to produce red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body. Prior to ...

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Save the Sunlight: A Compelling Case for Electric Vehicles

Please allow me to begin this Opinion piece with the lyrics of a song “Save the Sunlight” by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass with Lani Hall: Doesn’t it make you feel like trying to save the sunlight? Surely you feel the way we do It’s not gonna last forever Blue skies and sunny weather The problem is up to ...

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