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The harrowing experiences of ‘consolidated’ jeepney operators

In February 2017, the Philippine government ratified the Paris Agreement, embedding its principles of reducing carbon emissions into national policy. To support the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions to the decarbonization initiative, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), along with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), introduced the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) in...


Humanizing Metro Manila’s transport system

Metro Manila was tagged as having the fifth worst public transportation system worldwide in the 2022 Urban Mobility Readiness Index launched by the Oliver Wyman Forum and the University of California, Berkeley. This study examined 60 metropolises across the globe to assess their public transport system, including, among others, the reliability of public rail systems,...


Why not electric jeepneys to modernize the ‘kings of the road’?

When eFrancisco Motor Corp. chair Elmer Francisco rattled off their ejeep’s accessories during a virtual launch on the night of Nov. 30, Bonifacio Day, some viewers gasped in awe. There’s nothing like it yet on the market. It’s got Wi-Fi, GPS system, CCTV, video and audio system, dashcam, AC. But that’s just the bling.  The...


Death by drowning in Laguna de Bay

Friday on ANC, the skipper of the Aya Express, Donald Anain, recounts what happened in the waters of Laguna de Bay off Binangonan, Rizal, on July 27. Snippets of the tragedy were reported by some survivors a day earlier, more or less jibing with Anain’s account of how, buffeted by strong winds, the motorized banca...


No contact apprehension: Can cameras end the traffic mess?

Have you ever opened your mail and found a notice of violation (NOV) jolting you with a fine of P2,000, or even P4,000? Your immediate reaction might well be “What the [expletive]!”—and understandably so. But then you’ll realize that the attached digital image of a vehicle shown, supposedly, running a red light or making an...