THIS corner has a little apprehension over proposals for a three-digit number coding as a way to solve traffic problems in Metro Manila.
That’s why I’m glad our policy makers are taking a second look at it before it can even be implemented.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was urged by lawmakers to study further the 3-digit number coding scheme proposed by House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez.
According to them, the proposal seems promising and practicable but they need more intensive study in order to determine its expediency and seamlessness.
Suarez proposed the 3-digit number coding scheme for the holidays to get more vehicles off the road and help ease traffic congestion.
When approved, the scheme would be implemented from Monday to Friday with the old 2-digit number coding reverted to during weekends.
MMDA Chairman Tim Orbos supported the lawmakers’ call, saying MMDA would conduct a social impact study and cost analysis and recommend their findings to the Committee.
Orbos said he would also take the matter up with the Metro Manila Council composed of Metro mayors.
There is a need to be as exhaustive and thorough as possible as to weighing the pros and cons in order to establish the wisdom of the scheme so our policy makers can come up with an objective solution to traffic congestion, albeit provisionally.
Stakeholders and concerned agencies should help each other to solve the traffic woes. As much as possible, our solutions must not give way for situations wherein the public particularly motorists would be sacrificing too much such as preventing them from using their cars.
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The Metro Manila Film Festival deserves commendation for ensuring quality Filipino films and helping to boost the local movie industry.
I agree to observations that change has indeed come to the MMFF as manifested by the quality of entries chosen by the selection body of the festival.
Revolutionary changes were instituted at the MMFF following an investigation conducted last year by the House of Representatives.
The probe led to the total makeover of the MMFF to realize its true intentions namely quality films and supporting the industry.
The House was able to allay fears that commercial films will take a back seat. It also helped MMFF entries to be shown outside of the film festival and still earn as well.
With reforms already working in its favor, we can expect MMFF to ensure transparency while beneficiaries of the fest could get their share correctly and on time.
Among the beneficiaries of the annual film competition are the Movie Workers Welfare Fund (Mowelfund), the Motion Picture Anti-Piracy Council, the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).
Observers expect a successful holding of the MMFF as manifested by the quality of entries chosen by the selection body.
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