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Analysis

Does ‘Build Build Build’ really exist?

The BBB program has created a brand of its own. It is true to its promise to increase public investment on infrastructure and generate jobs. However, is it really the program that did this? Or is it just a label for something.

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Notebook

Giving civil service a chance

As someone who had several traumatic experiences with the services of the government, I always had the idea of entering civil service myself at the back of my head. But never did I expect that I am now in service for more than six years with the dream of becoming a cabinet secretary someday.

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Opinion

Streets for Life: Where are we heading?

#Love30 trended over social media the past week as the celebration came by from 17th to 23rd. On a very wide and diverse Filipino context, when you talk to certain groups about speeding and sharing the roads, you will get good smiles from some and handful of smirks.

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Analysis

Trust issues

As we are entering the 2nd year of our not so normal lives, let us be grateful that we are still connected no matter how disconnected we are. While our trust issues pile up, let us equip ourselves with sufficient critical thinking, common sense and reading comprehension. We may not be able to trust specific people but the only way to emerge victorious is to subject the information to deep scrutiny before allowing entry to our heads.

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Transport

On child safety in motor vehicles

There are still a lot of challenges toward the full implementation of the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act – economic would be the highest. Nevertheless, other laws on road safety exist and each of us can contribute by following them. The good part is that some do not even require us to shell out some cash to comply. What then is the best reason not to follow?

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Analysis

Effects of COVID-19 in the infrastructure sector

Although the world has seen different effects on the infrastructure sector, it seems that the Philippines has laid in place its infrastructure boom at the right time, at least. But the true indicator of the sector’s success lies on which direction the country would be going after the pandemic.

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Transport

We just lost billions and it’s not from COVID-19 or PhilHealth

Road crash is undeniably the least popular issue that has severe economic impacts even before the pandemic wiped out economies, big or small. According to the World Health Organization, about 1.3 million die per year due to road crash and between 20 to 50 million are injured.

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Transport

With COVID-19, do jeepneys need to max out capacity?

Public transport is really an important component for a prosperous city. The COVID-19 pandemic has tested our already obsolete boundary system of public utility jeepneys which only foster to some extent unfair competition revealed by the shortage of demand at present. It is indeed a good idea to expedite the jeepney modernization program which would also standardize the wages of drivers and shift it from a demand-driven venture to a service- and quality-driven public transport system.

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Opinion

Stop blaming “government”

The government has two sets of workers: the leaders (politicians and their political appointees) and the civil servants. Civil servants serve all citizens and must be highly skilled individuals who achieve their positions by merit and operate in the interest of the general public.

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Analysis

Digital Isolation: When the PH gov’t disagrees with Facebook

The Philippine president did not take the Facebook shut down of several allegedly fake accounts lightly. Now it threatens to block the social media giant in his land. What are the implications and how did other nations decide to block the largest social media platform?