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UP holds forum on PHL maritime disputes and foreign policy

UP Professor Aileen S.P. Baviera presents her research “Domestic Stakeholders in Philippine Maritime Disputes: Impact and Influence on Foreign Policy” at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
The UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS), in partnership with the UP Asian Center, held a public lecture “Domestic Stakeholders in Philippine Maritime Disputes: Impact and Influence on Foreign Policy” by UP Professor Aileen S.P. Baviera on 3 June 2016 at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
Prof. Baviera tackled the implications of maritime disputes involving the Philippines and China. She presented possible policy objectives for …

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UP welcomes Lumads in time for Manilakbayan 2015

In commemoration of the National Indigenous People’s Month, UP welcomes Manilakbayan 2015—a movement of victims of human rights violations from Mindanao who are peasants, workers, Lumads, Moros, women and children—that aims to bring the issues of Mindanao into the country’s political and economic capital.
The University of the Philippines supports the Lumad protest caravan through “Manilakbayan 2015: Kampuhan sa Diliman”. The university will host about 700 Lumads and Mindanaoans on its Diliman campus beginning on October 26, the day of the arrival of Manilakbayan in Metro Manila, to November 1.
With the bannering call: “Stop the Attacks on Our Schools, Communities and …

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The Dignity of Travel: The Cebu BRT Project

Photo from Cebu City BRT Facebook page photo album.
Complex urban transport problems warrant a continuous search for solutions. The need for mobility is a given in today’s cities where commute trips tend to become longer as a result of urban sprawl and the growing mismatch between residential and employment locations which result in more trips made in terms of volume and distance. With a growing middle class whose tendency is to acquire and use private cars as the main mode of travel and the existence of low-quality public transport services, traffic congestion worsens with its attendant economic and environmental externalities. …

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A Package Deal for Metro Traffic

MMDA Deputy Chairman Undersecretary Alex Ramon Cabanilla.
They are massive in scale. They breathe smoke and fire. They cause tremendous amounts of inconvenience, not to mention great financial losses. They are consistently aggravating and occasionally directly life-threatening. But the difference between dragons and traffic congestion is that one of them is all-too-real and much more complicated to deal with.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Deputy Chairman Undersecretary and former UP School of Urban and Regional Planning associate professor Alex Ramon Q. Cabanilla put it another way: “Our traffic problem is the product of years and years of benign neglect. It started out …

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A Place and the Case for UP and DOST’s Monorail

The Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) Prototype in UP Diliman, Quezon City.
There is no better endorsement for a rail system in a congested city than the existing ones.
The amount of patronage the Light Rail Transit and the Metro Rail Transit are getting despite the long lines and system breakdowns attests to the lengths commuters are willing to put up with just to get a traffic-free, automated ride toward their destinations.
For them there is hardly any alternative given the chaos of the whole public transport system, characterized by abusive bus, jeepney and taxi drivers and operators; lane preference given to private vehicles; …

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The LTFRB on the Colorum Phenomenon

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino and his agents flagging down colorum taxis and buses.
Most Filipinos are familiar with the term “colorum”—slang for illegal public land transport in the country.
For the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and its two agencies, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the term “colorum” refers to a franchise violation according to five criteria.
Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 issued by the DOTC on 2 June 2014 states that if a private motor vehicle operates as a public utility vehicle (PUV) without proper authority from the LTFRB, it is operating …

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UP Forum Roundtable Discussion on Transportation: How do you solve a problem like EDSA?

A portion of the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Quezon City.
Grace L. Poe
Republic of the Philippines
Discipline is the most potent weapon. It should be a priority in the minds of commuters, drivers, car owners and those who drive motor vehicles not just on EDSA but elsewhere.
Unfortunately, discipline is something that cannot be legislated but only earnestly encouraged, promoted and displayed.
The following should also be encouraged:
a. Funding mass transit requirements of the country. It means fast-tracking the expansion of MRT and LRT, funding the upgrading of PNR, and the competent maintenance of the transport system.
b. Implementing our …

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Women in Transit

Two female nursing students hang on for dear life at the back of a jeep. This photo, taken by Marvin Sy and uploaded last October 15, 2014 in Top Gear Philippines’ Facebook page, bore the caption: “Is chivalry dead? We really hope there was not a single male passenger inside that jeepney.” The photo has gone viral since, and sparked a discussion on gender equality and whether or not chivalry is required.
Metro Manila has an actual population of 11,855,9751 of which 51 percent are women and 49 percent men.2 About 52.2 percent are women 15 years old and over, some …

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Motor Vehicles and Filipino Jeepney Drivers in Metro Manila

Scientific research in support of government’s transportation policies is crucial in addressing the National Capital Region’s (NCR) perennial traffic problem.
Studies have been conducted by government in cooperation with international organizations, but these apparently lack consultation with the road-users who are stakeholders and beneficiaries of government action. The most affected population, the Filipino drivers and commuters, deserve to have their voices heard for a truly inclusive response to the NCR’s chaotic traffic situation.
The 2014 SONA Technical Report of the Aquino administration credits the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with developing the country’s Transport Roadmap for Metro Manila and Its Surrounding Areas …

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Railways and Train Commuters in NCR

Protesters against the Metro Rail Transit and Light Rail Transit fare hikes. Photo from Bulatlat.com
The Philippine population officially hit 100 million last July 27 with NCR as the country’s most densely populated region.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported NCR population to be at 11.9 million as of July 2013.3 PSA data revealed that of the said total population, 51 percent were female, nearly two-thirds were of voting age, most were high school graduates (vis-a-vis college, ranking second, and elementary ranking third, as the highest level of educational attainment of top three segments), around 5.26 million were in the labor force, …

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