MAKING OUR SEAS SAFE AGAIN

IN HER 2014 report for the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association entitled ‘Improving the Safety of the Philippines Ferry System’, Abigail Golden of Columbia University was able to trace the main causes of major ship accidents in the country for the period 2000 to 2012.

Golden’s study revealed that the main reasons for at least 15 sea incidents that occurred during that period included passenger overloading, stormy weather, vessels’ crew that are poorly trained in accident scenarios, improperly stowed or balanced cargo,  vessels malfunctions and old and second-hand ships.

Of all these reasons, second-hand and aged sea vessels were pinpointed as…

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TRAIN OF HOPE

AFTER more than two decades and lots of hurdles along the way, the construction of the proposed 830-kilometer Mindanao Railway Network (MRN) appears to be more certain now than ever before.

This after the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board on June 28 approved the P35.26-B allocation for Phase 1 of the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment of the big ticket project. 

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) aims to begin operations of the railway by 2022.

The multi-billion project which was first proposed in 1992 has seen four presidents come and go, and for various reasons has failed to make…

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RETHINKING RICE POLICY

IT SEEMS like the government’s dream of attaining rice self–sufficiency will remain just like that - a dream.

This after the National Food Authority (NFA) recently reported that the country would still fall short of the required buffer stock even with the planned importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice.

The law mandates that NFA must ensure a stock for 15 days for the whole year and 30 days for the lean months. NFA’s current inventory of the main staple is only good for six days.

Studies indicated that about 32,000 metric tons of rice are consumed daily which means…

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ALARMING GROWTH

DURING his last State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte received a very rare nod of approval from opposition lawmakers for his stance on the reproductive health law.

The thumbs-up sign was given by the members of the so-called Magnificent 7 bloc in the House of Representatives, after he asked SC Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to reconsider the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the RH law.

To recall, his predecessor former President Benigno ‘Noynoy” Aquino III  signed into law Republic Act 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act in December 2012.

The controversial law has…

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TOURISM AND TERRORISM

Tourism Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre

 

THE words terrorism and tourism may sound like a perfect rhyme, but they bring about contrasting meanings and effects especially in the case of our country’s travel competitiveness ranking.

This after the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index reported that terrorism has been pulling down the country’s travel and tourism sector causing it to slide five places to 79th spot out of 136 countries.

Also, the country got a very low overall score of 3.6 and of the 14 pillars considered, it was on safety and security that the Philippines…

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