Monday, 12 May 2014

Manila's Anti Smoke Belching Unit Caught Racing in the Steet: Advocacy and Official Function at its Best?

I guess we can't just get enough of this thing - veteran journalist Ira Panganiban posted these photos on his Facebook page, showing a group of men on motorcycles seemingly waiting for the guns mighty bang to start the race.

Anti Smoke Belching Unit of Manila (ASBU) on street race

Their shirts bear the print "ASBU Manila", which stands for "Anti Smoke Belching Unit" of Manila.

Anti Smoke Belching Unit of Manila (ASBU) on street race

But indeed, they were on a race on Osmena Highway, as per description by Panganiban.

It goes with the irony, doesn't it? These guys are supposed to be government employees, tasked to police smoke belching in Manila city. Yet, they can't police themselves; They violate a simple helmet law.

That guy driving the second motorcycle from the left is wearing a woven hat. How amazing!

Anti Smoke Belching Unit of Manila (ASBU) on street race

Anti Smoke Belching Unit of Manila (ASBU), which I bet is under the office of Mayor Estrada should be looked into.

Motorists attitudes on the streets like these can be punishable acts according to the Department of Justice.


There are serious threats borne by racing in the public streets but these guys look like they're held up high with their throttles.

Dang, after a long and quite hiatus on this blog, I finally found a subject to post about.


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

No free rides on Jan. 9 for Black Nazarene Devotees

There will be no free ride for the Black Nazarene devotees on January 9 (Thurs), the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said on Tuesday.
Devotees are expected to troop to Luneta and Quiapo on the said date. As per past conducts of the feast, LRT ridership tend to increase as people flock to Manila's busy district Quiapo.

Feast of the Black Nazarene

That said, LRTA spokesman Cabrera said, barefoot passengers will be allowed to board the LRT trains.
The feast of the Black Nazarene is when a "life-sized, dark wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross" is being carried out for public veneration.

Urban walkers out there - beware of the increase traffic volume on the said date. Better plan your routes wisely.

Monday, 9 December 2013

LTO goes after abusive taxi drivers, again

The Land Transportation Office launches Oplan Isnabero! News like these is of course a sweet ring of the bell but if the trend is just turning round and round in a vicious cycle, it's a different story. It could be just another piece of dismay.
LTO Oplan Isnabero
So much so, if the program is only active at the initial phases.

A lot of us got tired of these kinds of taxi drivers in the metro. Let's hope that Director Mohammad Yusoph Lamping of LTO’s law enforcement service is out there to really ensure that his men will really impose / implement the rules continuously, not fading into oblivion as days pass by.

This has been the trend, there's no denying.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) warned the abusive taxi drivers to beware as LTO personnel are out there to observe and apprehend them.

Lamping said:
Iniikot natin ‘yung different malls in Metro Manila, ‘yung mga commercial area, at ‘yung lahat na may pampublikong sasakyan, taxi man yan bus, jeep o FX para mabigyan ng proteksyon yung ating mananakay laban sa mga [taxi na] hindi nagpapasakay at umiiwas sa pasahero
Apela natin sa mga taxi driver at sa mga transport operator na ‘wag mamili ng pasahero. Pag nasa taxi bay na po iyan ay pasakayin na ‘yung mga nakapila na mga ta
Sa observation natin ngayon, mukhang kulang din ‘yung mga taxi lalo na pag sa hapon at gabi especially around rush hour mga 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This reminds me of a reading related to dynamic transport supply and demand management. Anyways, let the government perform its roles.

Whatever turnout this effort would bring in, the erring or apprehended drivers will be fined with - "P1,700 plus a 45-day revocation of the driver’s license.", as per Lamping's statement.

You may report such abusive taxi drivers or operators to LTO via its hotline number 927-1851 or text 0998-9768-273.

You can also use this tool to report abusive taxi drivers, made by Taxikick and Taxikiss.

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