MMDA opens bike lane in Makati-EDSA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) opened a one-kilometer bike lane from Magallanes to Ayala Avenue along the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) on Thursday.

“We wanted to have bike lanes on the roads of Makati to further promote the healthy practice of using bicycles as everyday means of transportation,” MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino told reporters.

“These dedicated lanes are intended to ensure the safety of the bicycle riders who traverse Metro Manila’s major roads”, he added.

Users of the MMDA bikes should present a valid identification card to be issued a plastic card indicating the bike number. The issued card will then be surrendered at the control area where they will exit.

Palace Exec gives the decision to Congress in renaming EDSA

From Highway-54 then a Filipino historian Epifanio de los Santos (EDSA) and now Cory Aquino Avenue?

Yesterday, a senior palace official said that the Malacañang would leave the decision to the Congress in regards of renaming the 24-Kilometer Metro Manila’s main highway- EDSA.

“As far as the Palace is concerned, we all know our President, he does not want to raise… it’s part of the billboard thing.” Presidential Spokesperson Laciera told reporters at a press briefing

“It’s not proper for us to comment. It’s a self serving statement if we are to comment on that. It’s a congressional initiative, let Congress decide on that,” he said. He refused to give further comments on the matter.

In August 2010, President Aquino passed a directive to all Cabinet secretaries and heads of Government Agencies and Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) that as much as possible to try to avoid from associating his personality and identity in their programs and projects. Added to that, President refuses some other government projects to be named after him.

Still, some Filipinos are not onto the fact that EDSA will be renamed to the late Cory Aquino. One commented that it was just like the Marcos days that every Avenue will be named after their family: Mariano Marcos Ave; Imelda Ave and etc.

Solon proposes changing “EDSA” to “Cory Aquino Avenue”

In honor of the late president and the “icon” of democracy in the Philippines, a Filipino lawmaker suggested renaming the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to Cory Aquino Avenue.

“It would be but a fitting tribute to former President Corazon Aquino, woman of courage and valor, that EDSA, an avenue that became testament to the country’s love of democracy, be named after her,” said Bohol Representative Rene Relampagos.

The late president Cory Aquino is connected with the history of EDSA as the venue of the 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted Former President Ferdinand Marcos and made Aquino president.

EDSA is one of the main roads in Metro Manila stretching 54 kilometers. Before it was renamed after the Filipino Historian, Epifanio de los Santos in 1959 through Republic Act 2140, EDSA was known as Highway 54.

However, the news was not welcomed by netizens in the country. Others expressed their frustrations on the lack of focus of Filipino lawmakers on more important matters such as government budget and developmental laws. While others expressed their sentiments on why the government is focusing on lighter issues on renaming EDSA wherein the issue of heavy traffic is much more important and timely.

All set for Holy Week

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

All set for Holy Week

As reported by ABS-CBN, more than 1,000 traffic enforcers will be discharge starting this Wednesday, April 20.

These enforcers will be assigned to major thoroughfares, particularly EDSA and other exit points of Metro Manila, as part of MMDA’s Metro Alalay Semana Santa.

The Philippine National Police, meanwhile, will deploy 135,000 officers throughout the country and 5,000 in Metro Manila.

Well, it seems like our Authorities are already prepared for possible street traffics for next week’s Holy Week, as they will  also be manning bus and jeepney terminals, airports and shopping malls in anticipation of this Holiday.

photo from: FemaleNetwork.com

DOST-TRC expo features Business Innovations

In time for the EDSA celebrations, the DOST-Technology Resource Center (TRC) stages the Innovations for Business Expo (IBE) on Feb. 25-27 at Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

The expo, one with the spirit of EDSA revolution, presents the event as a way to liberate Filipinos out of poverty and bring the country to the next level of development.

TRC, the organizer of the event, has been serving the Filipinos by providing avenues for livelihood and business development for 34 years by commercializing the technologies and innovations developed and improved by the Department of Science and Technology. TRC proves that innovations and technologies should not remain in the laboratories but instead applied to businesses.

Its vision is to use these technologies to develop Filipino businesses and enable them to be at par with the international standards in quality and productivity that will redound to better life and better economy.

The three-day event showcases hundreds of technologies and innovations that will bring the business industry to the next level of development. Some of the DOST-generated technologies are a fruit juice enterprise module, banana and pineapple fiber pre-treatment technology, vacuum frying, non-cyanide copper and gold electroplating, non-cyanide bush plating, Talisay dye powder production application technologies, gasifier combustor and charcoal briquetting and many others.

The DOST-PEZA Open Technology for Business Incubatees will present computer-applied innovations such as small and medium enterprises cost-effective generic business software using the software as a service model in the form of pay-per use services and with applications such as payroll, inventory, human resource management, POS and accounting. Other incubates are in designs engineering outsourcing and sub-contracting services, Web solutions, document archiving and retrieval, full-service graphic animation enterprises and many others.

The event is packed with seminars, discussions and demos on business innovations and development and business opportunities. It will be highlighted by the topic, “Innovation Forum on Open Technologies for Business and Making Technologies Work”. Other topics include Practical Tips on Waste Management, Silkscreen Printing Business, Innovative Production Systems and Processing of Edible and Medicinal Mushroom, Packaging Innovations, Empowering Small-to-Medium Enterprises for Global Competitiveness , Herbal Soap – Innovation in Going Basic, Dishwashing Liquid and Fabric Softener, Innovations in the Food Service Industry, Franchising Your Business Presentation and Discussion, Innovative Designs & Techniques in Flower Arrangement Business, Perfumery to the Next Level.

Secretary Mario Montejo and PEZA Director General Lilia de Lima along with other government officials will join the event.

For more information, call 576-4395, 399-8779; 0922-8194720 or visit www.trc.dost.gov.ph/trctechforum

from: http://www.philstar.com/

Collapsed water pipe snarls traffic at EDSA-Santolan

For several hours, a water pipe “leak” flooded a key road near Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) in eastern Metro Manila early Monday morning.

The incident, which local residents said occurred at about 4:45 a.m., slowed down early-morning traffic at the corner of EDSA and Connecticut Street in San Juan City.

Ang tingin natin dito nagre-reduce tayo ng di peak hours, ngayon peak demand na, medyo naglakas tayo nag-maximize operation sa San Juan pumping. Baka sa pag-maximize nagkaroon ng pressure surge at nagkaroon ng leak (We usually reduce water supply during non-peak hours. But when we started maximizing pressure when demand peaked, there was a pressure surge and the pipe leaked),” Manila Water spokesman Jeric Sevilla said in an interview on dzBB radio.

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MMDA eyes urinals for women, too

MANILA, Philippines – Soon, women will have their own pink urinals.

An official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday said there were also plans to put up toilets for women along Edsa following the establishment of urinals for male drivers.

MMDA General Manager Robert Nacianceno said women’s restrooms, which would be situated underneath footbridges on the major thoroughfare, was one of the agency’s proposed projects for this year.

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Girl killed, mother loses arm to speeding bus

MANILA, Philippines – A three-year-old girl was killed while her mother’s arm was amputated after they were hit by a passenger bus whose driver was rushing to pick up passengers in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City yesterday afternoon.

“The woman and her daughter had their hands raised while they were crossing a pedestrian lane near the Santolan flyover, but the driver did not see them,” said a woman who saw the girl hit by a JELL Transit bus driven by Mario Villamar.

The bus crushed the girl’s body and the left arm of her mother, Christine Jumabon, 28, who was taken to the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital for treatment.

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Cory Aquino magic is back

In death, she revives People Power.

MANILA, Philippines—For one last time, Corazon Aquino returned to the scenes of her greatest political triumphs.

And as it was more than two decades ago, she drew multitudes who showered her with cheers, confetti and even tears in a huge outpouring of love and gratitude for the woman who led them in their fight to win back their freedom.

Ayala Avenue in Makati, where Aquino marched to defy a dictator in 1983, and EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue), where the People Power Revolution she inspired was born, turned into seas of yellow for one brief afternoon.

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Confetti spirit revived

The spirit of the 1986 EDSA revolt was re-awakened as yellow confetti poured down from the highrise buildings along Ayala Avenue in Makati City and EDSA as the funeral motorcade of the late President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino passed on its way to Manila Cathedral Monday morning thru afternoon.

After a mass held by Tarlac Bishop Florentino Sinence in La Salle-Greenhills Gymnasium, the casket of the former President was placed in a 10-wheel truck filled with flowers  hich slowly moved towards EDSA as confetti poured from buildings and overpasses. Workers came out from their offices, students from their schools, and motorists and pedestrians joined the chanting of “Cory, Cory.”

While the convoy moved, people from different walks of life didn’t hesitate to show their respect for the late President. Participants in the convoy brought placards that read: “Cory Mahal Ka Namin! Hindi ka Nag-iisa! Salamat!” They wore yellow ribbons or head bands.

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