Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bayani "BF" Fernando's Real Work

Most of the time I spend my day travelling around Metro Manila, and there's only one thing that keeps ruining my day and making me fill so stressed, and that is the traffic situation around the Metro.

Here in Metro Manila, most of us will be experiencing similar scenarios everyday. A bad traffic situation, which leads to a delay on our task and affecting our entire day thus resulting to an unproductive day.

some causes of traffics are:

Public Utility Vehicles(PUV)
Street Vendors

Let me start with the most common of them all,

the PUV's

Everywhere you go, these PUVs are around, swerving and stopping anywhere they wish. Very unpredictable that often times they cause accidents. I pity the passengers that they drop of in the middle of the road and leave them to make their way to the sidewalks in the roads of metro manila, although there are still some who are the so-called "pasaways" who, in the middle of the road, ask PUVs to stop and drop them immediately. Especially in main roads and highways, these are very dangerous because it can cause a person to lose his life due to negligence of both drivers and passengers. Good thing that Bayani Fernando made PUV stops in selected areas of EDSA for PUVs to load and unload passengers safely and without affecting the traffic flow of these busy roads. It would be a good idea though if BF would also put PUV stops in other busy areas to avoid heavy traffic during rush hour.
Also, I admire what BF did with the colorum PUVs, it takes great courage to apprehend them. With these colorums gone, there are less traffic-causing PUVs in our roads, which makes travelling more convenient for people.
next, the Beggars, street vendors, and jay-walkers

Have you ever wondered what beggars along the streets do? i mean aside from begging, of course. I personally have met some of the beggars in QC area for community service, and they do go to school, quite frankly, some of them are even good, or better yet outstanding. Its just that they don't have the same opportunity as others to have a better education. With their life in the slums, others take advantage of them and use them, making them beg for money in exchange for a little sum of money. Others, on the other hand, uses the money for addiction purposes. (Click to know more about their gimmicks on the streets.)

Street vendors' intentions are good, they just want to earn. And this time, it's much better compared to beggars that just begs for money around the streets. But BEWARE of them! Some use this as a modus to distract you and use this opportunity to snatch something like your watch or jewelry.

Jay-walkers are just plain "Pasaways" or shall I say lazy. Why? because they can just walk a few more steps away and reach the pedestrian lane or the foot bridge established by the MMDA, but still they want to cross the street in an illegal manner regardless of all the signs posted by the MMDA stating "Walang tawiran nakakamatay". Do we need to implement laws against these people to discipline them? and that if they don't cross the street in the pedestrian lane and a car hits them, then its their fault and not the drivers fault. Some other countries already implemented this kind of system to enable them to discipline their citizens. All of these people contributes to traffic in the city and they put their lives in danger. When will people learn of the right way?

next, the Floods

MMDA Flood ControlIts funny how people complain to the government when it comes to flood, while the actual reasons are so obvious.. that people are the ones who are responsible for it. They just throw their trash anywhere as if our city is one big trash bin. Some people just drop their trash while they are walking or while riding PUVs. Recently I just saw a privately owned FX and a woman opened the window and throws plastic along West Avenue. Residents that live near creeks keeps on throwing trash into it, while the MMDA's Flood Control team keeps on cleaning it. No wonder they never get their job done. Also, residents will complain that the reasons for flash floods is because of the clogged creek or drainage. Now, who's to blame?

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