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MMDA has nothing to replace U-turns

  The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) began closing intersections in 2003 under a program called “Big Rotonda Scheme,” initially along Quezon Ave. from España to Commonwealth Ave., then along Epifanio delos Santos Ave. (EDSA). The goal was to speed up traffic along main thoroughfares. To replace the closed intersections, …

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Dams in the news in wake of floods

  Two dams were in the news last week – or rather, an old established dam in Isabela and a proposed one in Quezon Province. The Magat Dam in the Magat River, the largest tributary of the Cagayan River, the longest river in the Philippines, was built in 1975-1982 primarily …

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Kickbacks for solons? President gets PACC list

  President Duterte has received from Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica a list of lawmakers believed involved in corruption in the implementation of public works projects by private contractors. He said he will send the list to the Ombudsman, saying it is ”the only investigating agency that has …

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More funds to boost PH rice production

When William Dar took over as secretary of the Department of Agriculture in August, 2019, he proposed a new strategy for agriculture built around eight programs – modernization of agriculture, industrialization of agriculture, promotion of exports, farm consolidation, roadmap development, infrastructure development, higher budget and investments in agriculture, and legislative …

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A month to go before Christmas

When the government’s COVID-19 restrictions began in March, few of us expected that the disease would last the way it has. We had read about plagues like the bubonic plague that killed a third of the world population, mostly in Europe, in 1350. There was the cholera pandemic that originated …

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