Resigning ourselves to traffic

There are two things we should resign ourselves to: First, is that the paralyzing traffic in the metropolis will ever be solved. At least not under this administration. Second is the public clamor for incompetent officials whose turf is traffic management to resign from their posts.

So, if you are calling on Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino and Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya to resign, forget it. These two will never resign as long as President BS Aquino is coddling them despite their incompetence.   

Vehicular traffic is not our only problem. We also have the twin and related problems of drug trafficking and human trafficking of underaged children forced into prostitution by criminal syndicates.

How can we expect metro traffic to ease up when MMDA chairman’s solution to it is to direct traffic himself wearing a colorful  uniform and wielding a baton? It makes for a good campaign gimmick for Tolentino who’s running for the Senate. But a public relations stunt is hardly the solution to the monster metro traffic.

Tolentino’s Plan B to lessen traffic congestion is to junk the number coding scheme and revive the odd-even vehicular scheme This would mean limiting motorists even more from using their cars that they had saved for to buy because the government cannot provide an efficient public transport system. The almost daily breakdown of the Metro Rail Transit and the Light Rail Transit is the reason commuters buy cars and motorcycles to get to and from work. The Aquino administration had five years to address the problem but it’s only this week that MRT management announced that several more carriages will be arriving from China. The wagons may be new, but has MRT replaced the broken rails which could result in a major derailment? 

Incidentally, what ever happened to the road users’ tax the government collects from motorists?  The government claims the tax is used for the upgrade and repair of roads. That explains the constant reblocking of Edsa which contributes even more to the snail-paced flow of traffic on the major artery. Why not do the road repair on those three-day holiday weekends we have?

Car owners complain why they still have to pay a road users’ tax when they are already taxed by the Land Transportation Office when they register their vehicles. The road users’ tax should be spent instead for the construction of more elevated highways since it’s difficult for government to assert right of way for the opening of  new roads even as the volume of vehicles continues to climb.

PNoy appeals to the public for patience while the government is looking for a solution to the traffic problem. Mr. President, the public has been patient for five years waiting for you to do something.

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The Office of the Vice President was recently adjudged the worst performing government agency by the Makati Business Club (MBC) because of corruption allegations against the Binays. But how come MBC did not include the Office of the President in its ranking? It is after all, the source of all government power and funding. With all its flaws and foul-ups, the OP should at least rank in the top three category.

The  MBC “hall of shame” listed in its survey included the Court of Appeals, Department of Transportation and Communications (under Jun Abaya), Land Transportation Office, the Department of Agriculture (Proceso Alcala),  and the Bureau of Customs ( Commissioner Bert Lina).

MBC ranked the top three best performing agencies as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas managed by BSP Governor Amando Tentangco, Philippine Export Zone Authority under Lilia de Lima and Secretary Ramon Jimenez’s Department of Tourism.

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It was a business deal gone sour that resulted in the suspension, for unprofessional conduct, of a certain Dr.Sonny Viloria from the practice of medicine. In a case filed by government retiree Josefina Ablan Mendoza, the Board of Medicine recently affirmed its Aug. 28, 2013 suspension order against Dr.Viloria. It appeared that Mendoza signed an agreement with the doctor for them to establish a clinic for alternative medicine at her condominium unit at Tiffany Mansions on Eisenhower Street, Greenhills in San Juan City and for them to share in the profit of the business venture,

The clinic was doing well and Ablan Mendoza was given her share of the proceeds during the first year of their clinic’s operation until Viloria decided to go into business for himself and allegedly issued a check that bounced. Mendoza met with the doctor to make good on the bad check amounting to P123, 900 but was ignored, prompting her to file a case. She claimed she lost money which was mostly her P1.5-million retirement pay as a government nurse. She is now 90-years-old and without gainful employment, she can no longer recover her investment because of her advanced age.

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