By Miguel Raymundo
THIS business conglomerate is old money, mega bucks even before Chinese names dominated Philippine business. This corporate giant builds cities. This company promises to make our lives better.
This enterprise is at the top in the list of companies with high level of involvement on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Most think it does not involve itself in government shenanigans. It is generally perceived as clean and not involved in government corruption.
It is Ayala Group of Companies owned by the family Jaime Zobel de Ayala, no. 7 on the list of the country’s wealthiest, reported to have a networth of US $3.5 billion.
Is Ayala really clean? Is it an exemption to the adage: in every great wealth is an even greater crime?
LRT-MRT COMMON STATION CONTROVERSY
OpinYon thinks Ayala is not as clean as they want people to believe.
OpinYon has its reasons:
By Miguel Raymundo
GIVEN the severe punishment being endured daily by millions of motorists and commuters due to hellish traffic situation in Metro Manila, there is an extreme urgency for the incoming Duterte administration to look for and introduce quick yet effective solutions.
However, there is no need to give incoming President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers as proposed by some quarters.
Rather what is needed is an extraordinary commitment and dedication especially by the people he assigned to address the transport woes.
These newly appointed officials led by Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade should not forget that they are there to serve the people and not the big and moneyed corporations.
Various groups with Road Users Protection Advocates (RUPA) foremost among them are one in saying that the horrendous traffic situation from which the people are suffering is the end product of corporate greed.
They claimed that…
By James Veloso
TRAFFIC is a killer.
In fact, contrary to what outgoing Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya had said that traffic does not kill the truth is -it in fact could kill both literally and figuratively.
A Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) study said that in 2012 the Philippines lost ₱2.6 billion a day due to traffic jams. A new study now says that the country is losing P3 billion daily due to wasted man-hours and opportunities caused traffic congestions.
If traffic does not kill business in particular and the economy in general, then we don’t know what it does.
On the other hand, various health studies have confirmed that frequent exposure to pollution caused by traffic jams are one of the main reasons in causing debilitating health conditions especially lung problems for the affected individuals. (Please see lead story for the Health section in this issue)…