TITO F. HERMOSO

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Conclusion The Balintawak traffic build-up is aggravated by the higher throughput of North Luzon Expressway traffic, now that the well-illuminated 3×3 section from Balagtas to San Fernando is fully operational. A welcome feature of the new carriageway is not only the superb night-time illumination of LED arrays but the gently…

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Second of three parts Though not as visibly intensive as before, the Metro Manila Development Authority continues to put up footbridges. Of late, the Public Works department has also finally recognized the growing pedestrian traffic at the Balintawak cloverleaf and is at last installing a long footbridge. We hope it…

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First of three parts The pre-Christmas seasons of last year and the year before can serve as a good comparative baselines to judge if Metro Manila traffic improved or at least didn’t worsen. This probably goes to show that with or without a functioning Inter-Agency Council on Traffic czar, what…

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There’s a saying about being “careful about what you wish for, you just might get it.” We can smell the intense lobbying but for the good of the economy, all parties moved forward to craft a realistic revenue-positive Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) law that will not only…

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(Second of two parts) In understanding President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcements (and rants), one needs a sensible and “applied” approach – a technique well honed by former Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella. Unfortunately, Abella has been replaced by Harry Roque whose style is more akin to “predictive text” than Abello’s sanitized and…

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(First of two parts) Seeing the glass half full, we have no cause for complaint especially if we look at the Public Works department’s bulging portfolio that, to name a few, includes the ongoing C-5-Cavite Expressay (Cavitex) link and a just-opened segment of Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX). The Plaridel bypass,…

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(Second of two parts) The hosting of the 2017 Asean summit culminated the Philippines’ chairmanship of the regional bloc and the idea of using another former US military base – Clark – had its merits. Clark International Airport would be able to take the capacity strain and prevent disruptions to…

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(First of two parts) Remember the transport mess during the 2015 APEC Summit? It’s not that hard considering we just went through Asean 2017, which by some accounts was worse. How did we do it? Well, we practically had the same planners, the same plan and the same characters. When…

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Second of two parts As I sauntered to the waiting area, I asked the people leaving Window 4 – where the licensee’s photo is taken, the official signature electronically rendered and the biometrics of all fingerprints recorded, the (official receipt) OR issued and the card given – how long it…