The Launch: TRANSPORT ASIA is Born

The TRANSPORT ASIA Editorial Team

By Rose de la Cruz

THE COUNTRY’S only industry magazine, Transport Asia, was launched last September 28 to share with government officials, stakeholders, and the public sectoral information that is not obtained from other similar publications. 

Held at Club Filipino, the event was attended by mostly captains of industry, regulators, media friends and colleagues. Transport Asia is one of the publications of the Opinyon Media Advocacies, Inc.

Keynote Speaker Communication Secretary Martin Andanar underscored the massive infrastructure program of the Duterte administration under its Build Build Build agenda.

Andanar mentioned that “presently ongoing and on schedule with an estimated outlay of P8 trillion for the next five years with the completion of nationwide highways, roads, bridges, air and sea ports, railroads, railway systems and other converging vertical structures”.

“It is the President’s intent to connect towns, cities, islands and most importantly people from the north, east, west and south of the country,” he said.

COMMUNICATIONS Secretary Martin Andanar echoes the Presidents’ plans for better quality of life for Filipinos.

Decongesting Metro Manila

Andanar summed up the vast expanse of the project as N.E.W.S. which both Transport Asia magazine and OpinYon newsweekly “are expected to be focused on for our people and for Asia”.

The acronym N.E.W.S. stands for north, east, west, and south. Andanar explained that “it is the President’s intent to connect towns, cities, islands and most importantly people from the north, east, west and south of the country.”

He added that on the drawing board is the Department of Transportation’s subway for the metropolis and the railroad network from Mindanao.

To decongest Metro Manila traffic, he emphasized that “in the next two years, we shall be taking the trains to and from Clark in Pampanga and Metro Light Railway Transit from Manila to Bacoor in Cavite.”

He added that public utility vehicles are being modernized, point-to-point buses being increased and transport systems are being augmented in land, sea and air to and from specific routes.

Andanar reported that the Cavite barge terminal, first in the country, is being refurbished and modernized along with the present and future ROROs, ports throughout the islands.

All these, once completed, would provide every Filipino a better quality of life with the services necessary for the comfort and progress everyone deserves.

OPINYON Media Advocacies President Ray L. Junia expresses appreciation for the support of those who witnessed the launch.

Making It Happen

Secretary Andanar’s speech was a segue to the main event, the launching of Transport Asia with its maiden issue dated October 2017. 

Publisher Ray L. Junia acknowledged that the industry now has a more focused publication that is not only delivering local but regional issues as well. Contents will center on land, sea, and air transport concerns and interests.

The maiden issue’s theme is Full Speed Ahead, to be followed by November’s “Connectivity: Moving Goods” that will feature transport logistics.

EDITOR in Chief Luchie Aclan Arguelles welcomes guests.

Editor in Chief, Luchie Aclan Arguelles, welcomed guests and friends who braved the rush-hour traffic and rains> She expressed appreciation to those who “believed that we can make this happen”.

Before the ceremonial toast led by Publisher JoeEs Escartin, multi-awarded sand artist Joseph Erwin Valerio exhibited the evolution of land, sea, and air transport to the birth of the magazine.

The weekly OpinYon Free was also relaunched.

 

An Unconventional Wish

SURPRISE! Ray blushed with the impromptu greetings and presentation of his Family after dinner was served.

And, to cap off the night, OpinYon President Ray Junia was given a surprise by his grandchildren with a Disney performance as an asalto to his birthday, September 29. 

Presenting him a birthday cake, Ray Junia expressed a very unconventional wish: ‘I wish there will be no more traffic”. 

He hoped there would be no more traffic, which elicited guffaws from the attendees who had to go through the mammoth road snarls getting to Club Filipino. 

In closing, Junia said traffic is a problem of space and the demand for space is too high for the supply and that is what’s happening to us. 

Ray elucidated why he named the magazine Transport Asia was to give a better appreciation of what to expect and what government is doing, what are the trends in the region as well as legal issuances that magazine editors will simplify and storified from the legal and technical approaches to be understood by the regular readers. 

On one hand, OpinYon VP, Nikki M. Junia was the animated host who also rendered several songs with the RSVP Strings band.

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