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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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The Real Influencers

Nowadays, “influencer” is such a big buzzword in social media. By definition, influencers are people who affect a sale or the viability of a product, but are typically removed from the actual purchase decision. In short, they influence people to buy a product without actually pushing the product to the buyers. It used to be that consultants, analysts, journalists, academics, ...

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Old Cars and Rising Prices

Most of my friends, especially those who know me really, really well, say that I’m an “old soul” when it comes to music and cars. I specially love old cars be it American, German, Italian, French or Japanese. Call it “vintage”, “classic”, “old school”, “collectible”, or sometimes, even “junk”, I just love them. Even my son, Chevy Martin, who’s just in ...

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