Opinyon launches its baby, Transport Asia


By Rose de la Cruz

Opinyon Media Advocacies, which is turning eight this year, launched last Sept. 28 its newest baby, Transport Asia, the pioneer industry magazine in the country that also focuses on trends in the Asian region.

Though most of those who made it to the maiden issue failed to grace the launch backing out at the last minute for reasons only they know, the night was filled with laughter, music, chatter from first-time acquaintances and catching up among buddies who have lost touch all these years.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar keynoted the launch, which was attended by who’s who in the transport sector and regulators, road construction suppliers and road providers. Just as Andanar (and former Speaker Sonny Belmonte) had left, another Cabinet member, Secretary Sal Panelo, Presidential Legal Counsel and Ombudsman of OpinYon, arrived towards the end and gamely posed for pictures with some of the guests who asked for “selfies.”

Panelo who loves to sing in videoke bars did not oblige to the request of Nikki Junia, entertainer for the night, for a number or two.

Andanar speech Andanar reported on the massive infrastructure program of the Duterte administration, “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.

The vast expanse of the project is summed up as N.E.W.S., which both Transport Asia magazine and OpinYon are expected to be focused on for our people and for Asia, he stressed. He added that on the drawing board is the Department of Transportation’s subway for the metropolis and the railroad network from Mindanao.

“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 emphasized. 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.

The Cavite barge terminal, first in the country, is being refurbished and modernized along with the present and future ROROs, ports throughout the islands, he stated.

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

Junia’s birthday wish Prodded for his birthday wish, Transport Asia and OpinYon president, Ray Junia said he wished 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.

But seriously, 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.

He then pointed to a table of space providers (meaning those involved in road construction and the developers of toll roads.

He said he named the magazine Transport Asia 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 TA’s Editor In Chief Luchie Arguelles would simplify and storified from the legal and technical approaches to be understood by the regular readers.